Bad news, guys. Brace yourselves… 

Last year, more than 705 million vacation days went unused 💔 Those poor, poor vacation days. So lonely. So unloved. 😔

We know what you’re thinking: “This is tragic! Unheard-of! Unacceptable! What can I do to help?!”

Never fear, reader. Luckily, this whole sad situation can all be avoided with just two simple steps: 

Make a plan now to use your 2019 vacation days 📆
Go on said vacations 😎

Yep, that’s all it takes! 😅 And, even though it sounds a little silly, vacation is actually so good for you in a ton of ways! Taking time off has proven associations with: 

📈 Greater productivity
👏 Higher professional performance
🤓 More positive attitude toward work
🌞 Increased levels of happiness 
💡 Boosted creativity
🧠 Improved mental health 
💪 Better physical health
🤗 Stronger personal relationships 
👯‍♂️ A better social life

See? Planning for vacation is a simple way to make sure you take advantage of every chance to be happier, healthier and less stressed! Over half of Americans report having unused vacation time at the end of the year. Why be one of those #NoDaysOff dum-dums when you could increase your quality of life with a sweet little holiday?! 

To help fill your calendar, we’ve gathered all our very best vacation ideas in Loudoun County, Virginia. Whether you’re in charge of planning your annual besties trip or you’re just ready for a solo sojourn, you’ve come to the right place 😎 We hope you find some vacation inspiration that sparks your imagination ✨ Oh, the places you’ll go! 

Girls' Trip!

Every now and then, you seriously just need a little girltime. A little indulgent, no-judgement getaway with the ladies you love, including all forms of self care 💁‍♀️

- Girlfriends’ Getaway to Middleburg: Grab your gal pals for a weekend escape to stunning horse country. 
- Girlfriends’ Getaway to Leesburg: Leave the city behind to explore charming Leesburg with your ladyfriends! 
- 5 Perfect Girls’ Trips to Loudoun: Every group has a spa lover, a wine guru, a beer buff, a fashionista and an activity enthusiast. Celebrate your crew with a girl’s getaway to Loudoun County, Virginia!
- Relaxing Wine Country Weekend: Slip away for a 36-hour getaway to Virginia’s famed wine country, Loudoun County!
- Spas & Wellness Attractions: Enjoy a relaxing retreat at a soothing spa. 
- Tours of #DCsWineCountry: Who wouldn’t love a winery tour of award-winning Loudoun vinos? 
- Retail Therapy: Raise your hand if you’re ready to shop-till-you-drop! 
- Resort Accommodations: Tranquil views, peaceful atmospheres and luxurious accommodations make the perfect spot for your grand getaway.
- Rosé All Day: Loudoun boasts a large range of flavor profiles and an abundance of refreshing rosés, so you and your girls can “rosé all day” like the pros you are.
- 6 Reasons Why Loudoun County, Virginia is a Perfect Destination for Wine Enthusiasts: Experience various varietals, get lost in the equestrian countryside and discover firsthand why we’re a great destination for wine lovers.

Family-Friendly Fun

Spring break, fall break, long weekends… you name it! Loudoun’s the perfect place to plan a fun-filled family vacation, no matter the occasion 👩‍👩‍👧‍👦 

- Loudoun’s Civil War in a Day: Give your kids a better grasp on local history when you spend the day exploring Loudoun’s past.
- Top 5 Museums in Loudoun: Who’s up for a little family field trip? Plus, the awesome Loudoun Museum is back and better than ever!
- Recreation Attractions: Relieve some built-up energy with a heart-racing virtual reality experience, an epic trampoline sesh or a tree-top zipline tour!
- Farms: Pick your own fruits and veggies, bounce along a hayride and visit some friendly farm animals! The annual Spring Fall Tour and Fall Farm Tour are perfect times for an awesome agricultural adventure. 
- Loudoun’s Top 10 Most Instagrammable Spots and Most Photogenic Outdoor Spaces: Snap a memorable family pic at one of Loudoun’s many photo-ops.
- Make a Splash at Loudoun’s Water Parks: Summer means chasing any way to cool-off, and Loudoun’s bringing the water works! 
- Exploring a National Historic Landmark Like a Local: The Perfect Day in Waterford: Take a trip back in time discovering one of Loudoun’s treasured historical villages.
- 5 Ways to Start your Summer in Loudoun County: Bring on picnics, sunshine and all of the outdoor activities.
- 5 Ways to Celebrate Mom in Loudoun: There’s no better place to show mama some love than #LoveLoudoun! 
- 5 Ways to Explore Loudoun with "Man's Best Friend": How could we leave behind the true favorite child?! 

A Thrill-Seeker's Adventure

Attention, adrenaline junkies! Dare to explore Loudoun for a vacation full of adventure. 🚴‍♂️🧗‍♀️🏎️

- Loudoun on Two Wheels: Grab a bike and explore Loudoun along the W&OD Trail, a 40 mile, vehicle-free, paved trail running from Arlington to Purcellville.
- Exploring Historic Leesburg by way of the Washington & Old Dominion Trail: Winding through historic Leesburg and ending in Purcellville, the W&OD offers a great way to explore downtown shops, restaurants and LoCo Ale Trail breweries.
- Summit Ropes: Climb high and low to your heart’s desire at this brand new, state-of-the-art, one-of-a-kind indoor adventure course!
- iFly: Experience the feeling of freefall — with no parachute and no jumping — at this indoor skydiving facility. 
- Hogback Mountain Paintball and Pev’s Paintball Park: Two perfect spots if you live for the thrill of hiding and seeking! 
- Autobahn Indoor Speedway: If you’ve ever wanted to drive like a race car pro, come check out the largest indoor karting facility. Reach speeds up to 50 mph while racing complete strangers or your best friends! 
- Exit Plan: If you enjoy beating the clock, take on an escape room adventure where you have a mere 60 minutes to escape by solving puzzles and clues with your team.

For the Boys

The time’s always right to get away with the guys! Man to man, Loudoun’s honestly where you want to take your boys for some real fun 👯‍♂️

- 6 LoCo Ale Trail Itineraries: Cheers your way through Loudoun’s 30+ breweries, each with their own unique twist on craft beer. Pick a cluster or two to conquer, and start collecting prizes with your Beer Passport
- 36 Hours Along the LoCo Ale Trail: For a laid-back weekend adventure, ditch the nine-to-five routine and relax along the LoCo Ale Trail.
- Architecture and Wine: If you gentlemen appreciate beautiful design as much as  you love delicious wine, check this itinerary out!
- Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Take Your Next Beercation in Loudoun: With tasting rooms located on farms, industrial parks, mountain tops, historic downtowns and right off the bike trail — Loudoun County, Virginia is in no short supply of quality brews, making it a beer lover’s hub!
- Golf: Swing your heart out at one of Loudoun’s excellent golf courses or at TopGolf, a premiere golf entertainment complex where you can challenge your friends to point-scoring golf games with microchipped balls. 
- Distilleries: That’s right, we’re not just a beer and wine destination. Our growing craft liquor scene does not disappoint!

A Romantic Elopement

Hey, you love birds! Fly into Dulles or flutter on over from the city for a romantic countryside escape to Loudoun 💜

- Wine with a View: Taste Virginia fine wines at one of the 40+ vineyards and tasting rooms in DC’s Wine Country. Cheers to love! 
- Adventure in DC's Wine Country: Wine country is the perfect place for a couple of crazy kids in love. 
- 5 Reasons to Plan a Romantic Getaway in Loudoun County, VA: What better way to escape the hustle and bustle than with some relaxing and romantic quality time in Loudoun!
- Parks: Explore Loudoun’s serene, natural landscapes with your better half by your side. 
- Top 15 Nightlife Spots in Loudoun: Hop around town with your hot date! 
- The Other Brew: Staying Caffeinated in Loudoun County: Snuggle up and reconnect over a cup of coffee at one of Loudoun’s many java spots. 
- Bed and Breakfasts/Inns: Cozy up in your new home away from home, Loudoun County!
- 3 Must Visit Gardens for Your Loudoun Spring Getaway: Wander through a garden and find love blooming in every corner. 
- Cold Temperatures Means Cozy Fireplaces!: Heat things up with a little chatting and cheersing by the fire.
- 2019 Weddings in Loudoun Open House Weekend: Fiancés, make a romantic weekend out of our Weddings Open House and get ahead on the planning!

A Trip For Your Tastebuds

It’s not just our craft beverages that bring the crowds — Loudoun County is also a foodie’s paradise. Come taste for yourself! 😋

- Destination Restaurants: These restaurants were chosen for a reason. Eat at them. 
- Vegging Out in Loudoun: Vegetarian Options for Any Meal: The bounty of fresh ingredients produced right here on Loudoun's farms makes our restaurant scene diverse, innovative, and (you guessed it), vegetarian-friendly!
- Top 5 Mac and Cheese Spots in Loudoun: Come check out the ooey, gooey, out-of-this-world cheesy goodness made right in Loudoun!
- Top 3 Burger Spots in Loudoun: From traditional burger stacks to one-of-a-kind concoctions, you are sure to find your burger bliss in Loudoun. 
- Fresh Farmers Markets of Loudoun County, VA: Discover roadside stands, farms with markets onsite and cooperative markets sharing the bounty of Loudoun’s farms with residents and visitors.
- Top 10 Comfort Foods to Warm the Soul: Loudoun’s done your favorite foods better than you’ve ever tasted. Warm your soul (and your stomach!) with these comfort food classics!
- The Sweet Life of Loudoun County: Whether you prefer macaroons or macarons and whether you’re Team Chocolate Chip or Team Oatmeal Raisin, you’ll delight in the desserts Loudoun’s serving up on the daily.
- Experience True Farm-to-Table Dining in Loudoun: True to it its respected agricultural roots, Loudoun provides the perfect backdrop to experience farm fresh eats and locally sourced produce.
- Perfect Patios in Loudoun County: Dining among the vines, at a picnic table or on a cozy patio are all options in Loudoun County! Discover several special spots that will make your experience unforgettable!
- Quench Your Thirst at these Top Five Happy Hour Spots in Loudoun County: Let the stress of city life melt away at one of Loudoun County’s top rated happy hour spots!
- Cool Loudoun Treats to Beat the Summer Heat: Whether it’s creamy scoops, frozen sweets or icy drinks, we have plenty of ideas to keep your summer cool.
Loudoun Restaurant Week: Heads up — our very own celebration of Loudoun dining is coming back for its second year the last week of August 2019!