It's another beautiful day in Loudoun and I sit at my desk writing, I'm torn. I love the summer season and don't want it to go, but I also enjoy spending Labor Day weekend with friends and family to send Summer out with a bang. If you are looking for ways to enjoy your long weekend and say goodbye to Summer, here are a few of my recommendations:
A Day at Algonkian Regional Park
The best part of Labor Day weekend is spending a little extra time with those that you hold dear. A perfect way to celebrate is to pack a picnic, grab the hiking gear, pack the swimsuits and more and head to Algonkian Regional Park in Loudoun. The park has over 800 acres of outdoor adventure for you to enjoy. Tee it up at the golf course, have a picnic near the water, take a stroll through the woods or take the kids to the water park.
Catch the Sunset at Bears Den
ICYMI: The Appalachian Trail runs through the western part of Loudoun County. If you're looking for a great way to spend Labor Day evening, head to Bluemont and hike the trail up to Bear's Den Overlook. At 1,350 feet, the Bears Den Rocks provide a panoramic view of the Shenandoah Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains. It's the picture perfect place to watch the sunset (or the sunrise if you are an early rise) on Labor Day.
Enjoy the Washington and Old Dominion Trail
The Washington and Old Dominion Trail is an old railroad route that was paved over and runs 45 miles from Shirlington to Purcellville. Whether you want to walk, run or bike, the W&OD Trail provides a beautiful scenic journey through Loudoun County. It travels through a handful of Loudoun towns with plenty of places to stop off for breaks like great breweries, restaurants and more. Check out the trail and plan your experience.
Float the River with Harper's Ferry Adventure Center
Nothing says Summer like floating down the river in your tube with your family and friends. Or is that just me? I don't think so. If this seems like the perfect way to spend a day this weekend then make sure to head to Harper's Ferry Adventure Center and sign up for tubing (or whitewater rafting for the adventurous types) down the Potomac River. Don't forget to pack your sunscreen and your water wings. It's going to be a fun day.
Picking the Last of the Summer Produce
Loudoun's agricultural history is reflected in the many farms that are still producing local, fresh produce. There are a handful of farms in Loudoun that allow guests to pick their own seasonal products so they can have a taste of what Loudoun is all about. Crooked Run Orchard, Great Country Farms, Wegmeyer Farms and more invite you to visit them to get your hands a little dirty and try picking on your own. Check out our Pick Your Own Blog for more info.
There is so much to do this weekend in Loudoun to enjoy Labor Day. Share your memories with us by using #LoveLoudoun