— A sure sign of spring is the blooming of the cherry blossom trees! According to Japanese legend, each spring a fairy maiden hovers low in the warm sky, awakening the sleeping cherry trees with her delicate breath.
The Town of Middleburg is celebrating spring this year by publishing a walkable Cherry Blossom Trail. The merchants are decorating their storefronts and the restaurants are preparing cherry-themed dishes.
Welcome spring with a trip to Middleburg to see the cherry blossoms in all their glory!
The Middleburg Cherry Blossom Trail has two stops.
The school welcomes visitors during daylight hours every day except when school is in session (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.). The campus has a 1.25 mile walking trail from which you can see most of the cherry blossoms as well as a variety of other spring blooms.
Cherry Blossom trees are located:
- In front of the administration building: A large Yoshino (the same Japanese cherry tree seen at the D.C. Tidal Basin)
- The courtyard near the gym: three Yoshinos
- Memorial trees just across from the sports field parking lot: 3 Snow Goose and 1 Higan Weeping Cherry
- At the intersection of cross-campus road and Halfway Road (Plains Road): two Yoshinos
The Cherry Blossom Walk is located behind the community center. Each tree was planted in memory of a Middleburg resident who was the victim of breast cancer. Cheryl Atkins, also known as “Cherry Blossom,” is the inspiration for the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation. Before she succumbed to breast cancer in the mid-2000s, she asked her husband to help other women prevent the tragedy of breast cancer. The short walk consists of eight cherry trees, each one donated in honor of a victim or survivor of breast cancer. For more information and to donate, visit cherryblossombreastcancerfoundation.org.
Other Cherry Blossom Festivities
Boxwood Estate 2019 Rosé — This rosé shows aromas of red bramble fruits, raspberry, and strawberry. On the palate there are hints of strawberry, black cherry; soft tannins help structure the wine and support a nice lingering finish. We are currently hosting guests 21 and over.
Drink — Hey Jealousy
A gin sour featuring classic flavors of spring from Japan. It is Japanese Roku Gin mixed with Sakura tea and house-made lemon sherbet, and topped with a fresh Yuzu egg white foam.
Entrée — Pan-seared rockfish over roasted fingerling potatoes and sautéed spinach, garnished with olive tapenade and a cherry balsamic glaze.
Dessert — Chocolate-covered cherry cheesecake
FestivALE — A cherry farmhouse ale and the official beer of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, FestivALE is brewed by Old Ox Brewery. Originally brewed over the winter for the seasonal workers planting crops, today the farmhouse ale is a sign that spring has arrived. The saison yeast brings herbal and spice notes that complement the sweetness of the cherry. Note the celebratory effervescence, the silky mouthfeel and dry finish. Indulge in FestivALE with our FestivALE Cherry Canapé.
Awesome Blossom — Stop by Gold Cup Wine Bar for a delicious Cherry Blossom Cosmopolitan
Enjoy the Foxes on the Fence artwork, pink lemonade and cookies compliments of Hunt Country Sotheby’s International Realty. The lemonade stand will be open Saturday and Sunday April 10, 11, 17 and 18 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.