A Spring Drive in February


A 70 degree day in February can mean only one thing – road trip!

We left Arlington mid-morning in the BMW 1M, heading up the GW Parkway to cross the American Legion Bridge into Maryland. Our first destination was White’s Ferry – the only old school car ferry that still exists to carry vehicles across the Potomac River. We took the Clara Barton Parkway to MacArthur Blvd and past one of my favorite hikes, the Billy Goat Trail. The morning was cloudy but dry and we enjoyed no traffic along the route. The BMW’s stiff suspension was a little bumpy on the back roads we were on. I was reminded of one of my favorite things about the 1M: the interior is sparse, only what is needed and nothing more. No big displays or heavy interior pieces, just seats that hold you as you enjoy driving. We took Falls Road to River Road, ending in some patchy, narrow roads but still got great views of forest-filled Maryland and the Potomac River peeking through our windows as we worked our way to White’s Ferry. The Ferry is quaint and small – a boat that moves 300 yards back and forth across a calm and beautiful bit of river, taking cars and bikes and passengers. The markers on the building show floods more than two stories high, occurring 3 times.


Once off the ferry, we were back in Virginia and on to our second destination, historic Leesburg. We headed into town to enjoy lunch at Shoe’s Cup & Cork. What a fun and delicious place – it had a secret garden in the back and a 1920’s speakeasy upstairs. I made a mental note of the neighboring restaurant The Lightfoot, which was built into a gorgeous old bank. It looked like the perfect place for a romantic and swanky dinner. Sadly, the Cooley Gallery was closed for the day but inside I could see amazing ceramic mugs and art pieces inside the window. Driving through town, Alex wondered if the Porsche Boxster would have been even more fun with its top down on this spring-like day in February.

Since we weren’t quite ready to return to the real world, we followed the sun west toward Waterford and Lovettsville, both lovely small towns on great windy roads. We will definitely head back there again to explore more in those beautiful Virginia hills. The BMW 1M was comfortable and fun for the day. Our drive home was filled with discussions about where to road trip next and which car to bring.