This is the season for romantic couples. Or at least for romantic couples with big plans…
February is National Weddings Month while next month – Sunday, March 13th, to be precise – is the Love Loudoun Wedding Showcase. The event, taking place at Lansdowne Resort & Spa, will bring together the venues, vendors and partners that make Loudoun such a popular place in which to say, “I do.”
Well, there are more than 60 wedding venues in Loudoun, from scenic wineries such as Breaux Vineyards, Fleetwood Farm Winery and 8 Chains North to rustic, renovated farm barns, luxury resorts, rural bed & breakfasts and the gorgeous gardens of historic homes such as Oatlands and Morven Park.
But it’s not only the wedding day that Loudoun caters to. From bridal showers to rehearsal dinners, it’s the perfect destination for events Beyond the Big Day, too.
Round out your Loudoun wedding plans with these other exciting possibilities.
There’s nothing so romantic as a proposal in a vineyard. Greenhill Winery and Vineyards in Middleburg has rolling views of the Piedmont and, if booked in advance, a horse drawn carriage to transport you through the vines. Nearby Goodstone Inn & Restaurant has more than superb fine dining: staff will help you set up a proposal area, with champagne at the ready. The restaurant was ranked in the Top 10 in Northern Virginia by NOVA Magazine. Bluemont Vineyard out west has stunning east-facing vistas and engagement packages where you can propose in the vines. We’ll toast to that.
There’s plenty of sporty adrenaline action in town. Open day and night, TopGolf in Ashburn is the driving range craze – with drinks and dance music. Nearby iFly is for anyone who wants to fly without going to astronaut school. Channel your medieval warrior at axe throwing hot spot Axes and Os in Sterling, which also serves local beer and great bar food. Rugby and soccer fans among you? Get tickers to a big game at Segra Field, Leesburg – home ground to Major League Rugby stars Old Glory DC and soccer’s Loudoun United, feeder team for pro team DC United. When the action is done, head to Schmidt’s BBQ in downtown Leesburg for ribs, briskets and local beer, or to newly opened Bourbon Bayou Kitchen in Ashburn, an ultra-trendy New Orleans inspired restaurant and cocktail bar.
Pamper your friends at one of our superb spas. The 12,000 square- foot wellness center, Spa Minérale at Lansdowne Resort & Spa offers the latest detox therapies and a sumptuous salon. Forbes Five-star Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg has a range of body treatments and rejuvenating facials. For those with a sweet-tooth, The Conche at the Village at Leesburg is a chocolate-themed restaurant and cocktail bar with spacious new outdoor seating. Don’t miss the (literally) smoking Soot & Rye cocktail and remember to take a box of artisanal handcrafted chocolates home with you. If it's history, ambiance and fine dining you want, enjoy the four-course tasting menu at the historic Red Fox Inn & Tavern in Middleburg – Jackie O’s former playground.
Restaurants for those all-important pre-wedding dinners run the gamut from fine dining to low key. The Lightfoot in downtown Leesburg is a high-ceiling classic replete with chandeliers, spiral staircase and an innovative New American menu. For a local scene with great ambiance and farm to table food, Tuscarora Mill in Leesburg and her Purcellville sister restaurant Magnolias at the Mill are both beloved gems with burger-meets-bistro menus and ample outdoor seating. For a more lively scene, Vanish Farmwoods Brewery near Lucketts has great on-site BBQ and craft beer, while MacDowell’s Brew Kitchen with its al fresco “beach bar” is a downtown Leesburg legend.
Wedding and Thank-You Gifts
Forget the big box stores – Loudoun is perfect for quirky local gifts and accessories. You can purchase wines, beer, whiskey, bread, goat cheese, jams, handcrafted goods – sheep’s wool gloves, hats, scarves – from a myriad of wineries, breweries, farm stores and farmers markets, all part of the #TakeLoudounHome initiative to inspire and promote local artists and artisans. Our historic downtowns meanwhile are retail destinations too, with a slate of chic stores and trendy boutiques selling fashionable home décor and upscale urban gifts and accessories. Don’t miss Middleburg’s Washington Street and Leesburg’s King Street, the county’s two leading retail thoroughfares.
Unique among DMO’s in the U.S., Visit Loudoun offers a complimentary service to connect couples planning a wedding to local venues, hotels and vendors – everything from caterers, photographers and florists to hair stylists, DJs and limousine services – all free of charge. Overseen by Dana Henry, Social Marketing Sales and Client Services Manager, the program started 12 years ago and simplifies what can be a costly and time-consuming process for any couple.
Go to www.visitloudoun.org/weddings/complimentary-assistance/ for more information.