The temperatures are really heating up this summer! You can head to the pools for a refreshing dip or stay close to the air conditioning, but sometimes there is just nothing better than a frozen treat! Whether it’s creamy scoops, frozen sweets or icy drinks, we have plenty of ideas to keep you cool this summer.
Luckily, Loudoun County has many snack options that not only beat the heat, but also pack delicious flavor! Keep it chill with these local favorites that are perfect for cooling off on a hot sunny day.
We All Scream for Ice Cream
The Meadows Original Frozen Custard – One Loudoun
If you are hot, you probably can’t think of anything that sounds better than the words: Arctic Swirl. At The Meadows, you can get original frozen custard or yogurt swirled together with your favorite candy, nuts or fruit! For a lighter option, check out the fat-free Italian Ice with a variety of flavor options ranging from blue raspberry to root beer.
- Tipped Cow Creamery – Purcellville
For fresh hand-crafted ice cream, try one of Loudoun’s newest editions, Tipped Cow Creamery. Located above local favorite Monk’s BBQ, this family-owned shop also makes delicious vanilla and chocolate waffle cones in house. Feeling hungry? Grab a spoon and dig into killer sundaes available in Banana Split, Classic, Neapolitan or Peanut Butter.
- Scruffy’s Ice Cream Parlor – Middleburg
A sweet staple in downtown Middleburg, Scruffy’s has been serving delicious scoops of ice cream for 30 seasons and counting! As if you needed more of an excuse to eat ice cream, Scruffy’s is also a huge supporter of animal rescues and even donates all tips to the local shelter to help animals in need. Sweet treats and supporting a good cause? Say no more!
Frosty Fruits, Smoothies and Pops
- Greenheart Juice Shop – Leesburg
New to Leesburg’s historic downtown, Greenheart crafts 100% organic, unpasteurized, cold-pressed juice and superfood smoothies. From Cacao Bliss to Mango Colada, this tiny shop packs a variety of big flavors. Refreshingly fresh drinks and snacks that are both healthy and tasty? Yes, please!
- Pop Culture Craft Pops – Purcellville
Popsicles and summertime can make anyone feel nostalgic! With a range of icy pops with flavors like Watermelon Cucumber Mint, Sweet Tea and Basil Lemonade, to more creamy pops such as Mocha Crunch and Mango Banana Cream, the folks at Pop Culture Craft Pops really know how to create unique and exciting flavor profiles. The owners’ brick and mortar shop is opening this summer in downtown Purcellville but in the meantime, follow their mobile pop cart!
Wine Slushies – need we say more?
When the summer sun starts heating up, winery goers everywhere rejoice– wine slushy season is here! This incredible invention allows you to drink red wine varietals, which are normally served room temperature, in frozen form usually with a sweet twist! Often mixed with local fruits and sparkling sodas, wine slushies have everything you need to stay cool and hydrated on a hot day. From a glass of Fróse to a carafe of red wine, slushies come in various sizes and flavors so you can decide whether to share or keep all for yourself – no judgement!
Here are a few of Loudoun’s wineries that are serious about their slushy game:
- Quattro Goombas Winery - Aldie
- Fabbioli Cellars - Lucketts
- Dry Mill Vineyards - Leesburg
- Sunset Hills Vineyards - Purcellville
- Bluemont Vineyard - Bluemont
Cooling Caffeine Fixes
- Shoe’s Cup and Cork – Leesburg
This eclectic little downtown coffee shop was originally a shoe repair and hat cleaning business established in the early 1920s. The sign you see out front today is the same one that was installed for a promotion in the 1940s! While appreciating the history of the building and the funky vintage shoe chandelier, grab a cup of the house-roasted fair trade coffees, frozen lattes or cold brews. Don’t forget to check out the outdoor secret garden and bocce ball court!
- Common Grounds – Middleburg
Recently celebrating its 6th anniversary, Common Grounds can’t be missed when traveling through historic Middleburg. With several coffee and snack options, they are also now serving iced matcha drinks. The shop even features local artists each month and musicians on “Singer and Songwriter Saturdays” to support the community talent.
- SideBar – Leesburg
Not your traditional coffee shop, this popular restaurant is opening a new coffee bar and to-go window this summer. Conveniently located in the center of downtown Leesburg, they plan to serve black nitro coffee as well as a brown sugar vanilla latte nitro with beans sourced directly from local roasters Wicked Goat.