The temperatures are really heating up this summer!
You can head to the pool 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.
Keep it even cooler by joining us on our final Summer of Love stop this Saturday, August 17th! We will be at B Chord Brewing Co. for our Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles Summer of Love Music Festival, presented by iHeartRadio. Read on to find out more information!
We All Scream for Ice Cream
The Meadows Original Frozen Custard – Ashburn
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.
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!
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.
Photo by @theprairiemommy
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!
Fantasticks – Ashburn
Ice cream and summertime can make anyone feel nostalgic! Create your dream gelato pop with a variety of gelato flavors, dips, toppings and drizzles. Let your inner kid thrive at the newest sweet spot in One Loudoun!
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Chill out with a Craft Bev
Pour out a cold one
One of the first places we want to go when the temps are high is a cool countryside brewery where the fresh air is blowing and cold beer is flowing! The brewery on our mind right now is B Chord Brewing Company: a place where we can not only rely on refreshing beer anytime, but we can also jam out to excellent tunes on Saturday, August 17th for the Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles Summer of Love Music Festival, presented by iHeartRadio! Join a stellar lineup of musicians — including headliners Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root and his new band, Uprooted — snap a pic with our #LoCoSummerOfLove Tour Bus and try B Chord's custom creation, a Summer of Love Honey Wheat Ale. Don’t forget to collect a stamp on your LoCo Ale Trail Beer Passport!
Cool off with a caffeine fix
Coffee shops can be the perfect cool-down spot! Shoes Cup & Cork in downtown Leesburg is an eclectic little joint that was originally a shoe repair and hat cleaning business established in the early 1920s! 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!
Wine slushie season!
When the summer sun starts heating up, wine lovers go straight for the slush! This incredible invention allows you to drink red wine varietals (which are normally served at 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 Frosé 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 slushie game:
Did someone say Rosé?
Speaking of Frosé… if you’re anything like us, you define “bliss” as kicking back, relaxing and enjoying the warm weather we’ve been waiting for with a cool glass of Rosé in hand. Luckily for you, DC’s Wine Country boasts a large range of flavor profiles and an abundance of refreshing Rosés, so you can “Rosé all day” like a pro. At the moment, one of our absolute favorites is the special Summer of Love Rosé by Tarara Winery. Check it out, along with Tarara's Summer of Love red and white wines, at our upcoming #LoCoSummerOfLove Music Festival!