Combining suburban convenience, historic character and rural farmland charm, Loudoun County has become one of the fastest growing areas in the country, so it should be no surprise that there’s a lot to see and do this summer.
There’s no way to do it all, so that’s why we’ve broken it down into the following list of our top five summer adventures you won’t want to miss out on.
In Loudoun County, there are more wineries to explore than anyone could manage within a week much less a day. If you had to pick one, Stone Tower Winery atop Hogback Mountain stands out as one of the most unique for the quality of its wine, the beauty of its landscape and the value of its tour experience. And at only ten miles from Purcellville, it’s an incredibly convenient country drive from a new home at Mayfair.
It features two enormous tasting rooms, including the family-friendly Harvest Barn and the prestigious Tower View Tasting Room. And for just $15, you can visit on a whim and enjoy a six-wine tasting. Or you can bring a group for vineyard tours where you’ll get an in-depth look at the meticulous process of Stone Tower’s artisanal winemaking approach.
For a planned event, you can also use one of these limo and touring services to ride around in style from winery to winery, tasting the best Loudoun County has to offer.
The Twilight Jumpers at Great Meadow
The home of several of Virginia’s biggest equestrian spectacles, Great Meadow Park is just a short drive southwest of the Loudoun County line in The Plains, Virginia. The scenery here is like that of a fairytale, as rolling green meadows stretch out toward the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains not far on the horizon.
During the summertime, this 380-acre events center and steeplechase course hosts a range of events for horse enthusiasts and casual fun-seekers alike. One of the most popular events is the Twilight Jumpers, occurring every final Friday of the month from 6:30pm to 11pm (May through August).
As the sun sets, riders and their well-bred companions set off around the dressage ring to prove their skills. The competition includes two classes: a child/adult amateur class that begins at 7pm, and a professional, invitation-only class that begins at 8pm and often includes international Olympians and world-renowned riders. General admission tickets are only $40 dollars for a carload. Food and refreshment tents serve up artisanal eats and local beer and wine. After the jumping is over, dance parties ensue with a DJ under the pavilion.
Make the perfect start to a summertime Saturday morning by visiting the Leesburg Farmers Market, held just a short drive into town from Waterford Manor. Listen to live music from local artists as you shop around a wide selection of producer-only foods.
The Leesburg Farmers Market is arguably the most popular in the county. It’s open from 8am to noon every Saturday through October. If you’re looking for small-town vibes or want to try new products and produce, there are numerous other farmers markets to explore throughout Loudoun County.
Sky Meadows State Park
Just 18 miles southwest of your new home at The Bluffs at Sleeter Lake lies the quaint country town of Paris, Virginia. And just outside of Paris you’ll find the entrance to one of the best State Parks in Northern Virginia.
This nearly 2,000-acre outdoor paradise is set where the rolling hills of Virginia’s Piedmont transition through the foothills to the first ridge of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s a popular destination for hiking, horseback riding, camping and birdwatching. The park also offers trail access to the renowned east coast walking path the Appalachian Trail.
Leaving your new home at Waterford Manor, you’ll hit Loudoun County’s hottest golf destination on your way east toward the world-renowned shopping at Tysons Corner or the growing urban centers in Ashburn or Reston. As a 30-minute drive from Waterford, it makes for a perfect stop after a day of shopping in Fairfax or as your destination all on its own.
Topgolf is a multi-storied, state-of-the-art driving range that allows guests to track their ball flight and distance, as well as compete against each other through a range of available challenges.
Bring a group of friends or a date, as each golfing bay receives full food and bar service. Or bring the kids, game rooms are available for that next birthday party. And just across the street, check out iFly, an incredible indoor skydiving experience that’s fun for the whole family!