Engaged Couple in Downtown Leesburg

Top things to do in Loudoun County: a guide for couples and guests

Wondering how to make your Loudoun County wedding unforgettable for every guest?

How can you ensure your big day is a celebration of love and the region's rich culture and beauty?

At Zion Springs, our expertise doesn't just lie in hosting unforgettable weddings; we're deeply rooted in Loudoun County, with over 15 years of experience guiding couples and their guests to discover what this picturesque area offers. 

Zion Springs is ready to help you discover the best of Loudoun County for your wedding guests, highlighting everything from quaint historic downtowns to thrilling outdoor activities and superb culinary delights. We'll assist in designing an itinerary that reflects the area's local charm and diverse adventures, ensuring your wedding festivities are as lively and varied as Loudoun County itself.

Explore historic downtowns: Leesburg, Middleburg, and Purcellville

The charm of Leesburg, Middleburg, and Purcellville provides the perfect backdrop for your special day. Imagine your engagement photos with the romantic 'Leesburg Love Locks' or the elegant equestrian settings of Middleburg. These towns are a journey through history, with memorable spots that will make your wedding stand out. Focus on attractions that blend beautifully into your wedding theme, from quaint breweries for a casual gathering to historic estates for great photo ops. Let these towns enhance your wedding experience with their blend of history and charm.

Venture further to the charming smaller towns of Lucketts, Waterford, and Round Hill, each with its own story and hidden gems. From the Victorian-era homes housing antique shops in Lucketts to the entire village of Waterford, a National Historic Landmark, these locales extend beyond mere visits to offer experiences that are the essence of Loudoun County's spirit.


Discovering historic sites in Loudoun County for couples

Loudoun County is full of history, making it a great place for couples to find beautiful and meaningful spots for their wedding photos. Let's look at the must-see historic sites that tell the story of this area's past. 

Morven Park: a glimpse into Virginia's grandeur

Just a short drive from Zion Springs, Morven Park is a testament to Virginia's rich history and political legacy. Stroll through its expansive gardens or explore the governor's mansion to discover tales of leadership and elegance that have shaped this region. This estate is not just a venue for stunning photographs; it's a journey through the epochs that have sculpted Virginia's identity.

Oatlands Historic House and Gardens: echoes of the 19th century

Venture into the heart of Southern heritage with a visit to Oatlands, located 20 miles from Zion Springs. Explore the complexities of post-Revolutionary America, where luxury and struggle intertwine. Each corner of Oatlands tells stories of a bygone era, making it an essential stop for couples immersed in history.

The Marshall House: legacy of leadership

In vibrant Leesburg, close to Zion Springs, The Marshall House stands as a monument to General George C. Marshall's enduring influence. Beyond its historical architecture, the house is a repository of values and diplomacy that Marshall championed. A visit here offers more than a glimpse into the past; it provides lessons in leadership and integrity relevant to our times.

Beyond these historical landmarks, Loudoun County's museums and galleries await to enhance your understanding of the area's rich cultural heritage.

  • Loudoun Museum: Centrally located in Leesburg, this museum is a compendium of the county's stories, from Quaker settlements to pivotal Civil War moments.
  • Art Galleries: Loudoun's art scene reflects its diverse history and contemporary spirit. The Cooley Gallery, Arts in the Village Gallery, and Gateway Gallery & Gift Shop showcase works ranging from traditional to avant-garde.

The same landscapes that house ancient estates and museums also provide a backdrop for numerous outdoor activities. Beyond its rich history, Loudoun County has natural beauty and adventure activities, from scenic trails and vineyards to tranquil parks and waterways. As we shift focus, let's explore how couples can create lasting memories in the great outdoors, blending the past's elegance with today's excitement.


Outdoor adventures in Loudoun County

Outdoor activities, from peaceful walks to exciting zipline adventures, are fun ways for your guests to connect and enjoy the beauty of Loudoun County. These experiences can help everyone relax and make lasting memories together.

Nature parks and trails in Loudoun

Loudoun's parks and trails are serene escapes into nature, ideal for guests seeking relaxation or a gentle adventure. Algonkian Regional Park, stunning Potomac River views, and the W&OD Trail, perfect for biking or walking, these peaceful retreats are just a stone's throw away.

Ziplining and adventure parks

For those craving a dose of excitement, Loudoun County adventure parks provide thrilling ziplining experiences. Navigate through treetops and embrace the exhilaration of flight, all within a short distance from Zion Springs. Bond with nature and experience the county differently.

Hot air balloon adventures

Experience Loudoun County from above with a hot air balloon ride; stunning views are guaranteed to highlight your visit.

Golf enthusiasts' paradise: premier courses

Loudoun County boasts several premier golf courses, including Stoneleigh Golf and Country Club, River Creek Club, Raspberry Falls, and Loudoun Golf & Country Club. These public courses provide an exceptional golfing experience amidst the scenic beauty of Loudoun.

Tee off at Topgolf Loudoun

A fusion of technology and sport, Topgolf Loudoun is a fun, interactive golfing experience suitable for all skill levels. It's an ideal outdoor activity, blending entertainment with the beauty of Loudoun County's landscape.

Indoor skydiving at iFLY Loudoun

For a thrill that defies gravity, iFLY Loudoun is an unforgettable indoor skydiving experience. Located in Ashburn, it's an exhilarating activity that guests of all ages and skill levels can enjoy.

Exploring beyond Loudoun: Harpers Ferry

Just beyond Loudoun's borders lies the historical and natural site, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Ideal for hiking, river activities, and historical exploration enthusiasts, this destination is a perfect day trip to enrich your Loudoun County adventure.

Notably, Harpers Ferry was the site of the Harpers Ferry Raid (October 16–18, 1859), a pivotal event in American history. This assault, led by the abolitionist John Brown and his armed band, targeted the federal armory located at Harpers Ferry, then in Virginia (now West Virginia). Serving as a main precipitating incident to the American Civil War, the raid highlights the area's deep historical roots alongside its natural beauty.

Discover the great outdoors in Loudoun County, enjoying everything from quiet trails to adventure spots. Then, explore the local food scene, with its farm-to-table restaurants, wineries, and breweries highlighting the area's flavors.


Savor the flavor: Loudoun’s culinary delights

Loudoun County, affectionately known as DC's Wine Country, is a haven for food and wine enthusiasts. With over 40 wineries and tasting rooms, your journey through Loudoun is incomplete without indulging in the local culinary scene. From casual farm-to-table eateries to upscale gourmet restaurants, Loudoun offers a diverse dining experience.

Discover Loudoun's premier wineries and breweries

Take a journey through Loudoun's vineyards and breweries. Whether you're a connoisseur or enjoy a good glass of wine or beer, the county's tasting tours offer a glimpse into winemaking and brewing. Here's a quick guide to get you started:

  • Bluemont Vineyard has breathtaking views and exquisite wines, making it a must-visit for those seeking a blend of beauty and taste.
  • Sunset Hills Vineyard captivates visitors with its historic 140-year-old barn and award-winning wines, showcasing the best of Virginia's wine country.
  • Stone Tower Winery presents a luxurious experience with its sprawling estate and premium wines. Its commitment to quality and hospitality ensures a memorable visit.
  • Doukenie Winery, a family-owned gem, invites guests to indulge in the rich flavors of their meticulously crafted wines in the countryside.
  • Breaux Vineyards stands out with its expansive vineyard views and diverse wine selection, offering a taste of Loudoun's vibrant terroir and winemaking expertise.

Loudoun County's craft beer highlights

Loudoun County is a treasure trove for beer lovers, boasting an impressive craft beer scene that blends local flavors with exceptional brewing skills. Here's a closer look at what makes its breweries stand out:

  • Old Ox Brewery and Lost Rhino Brewing Co. are the pillars of Loudoun's craft beer community, offering a wide array of beers. Old Ox Brewery is known for its diverse selection, from crisp lagers to bold IPAs, while Lost Rhino takes pride in its mix of traditional and innovative brews that reflect the county's rich agricultural roots.
  • Dirt Farm Brewing provides an experience with its farm-brewed beers enjoyed amidst breathtaking mountain views.
  • Vanish Farmwoods Brewery emphasizes a farm-to-glass philosophy, serving a variety of fresh beers in a rustic hop farm setting.
  • Crooked Run Brewing in Leesburg captivates with its innovative craft beers and welcoming atmosphere, making it a cozy spot for enjoying new flavors.
  • Bears Chase Brewing stands out for its scenic location and exceptional craft beers. In the heart of Loudoun's rolling hills, this brewery offers a relaxing retreat where visitors can savor high-quality brews amidst stunning countryside views.

Featured farm-to-table dining in Loudoun

Experience the essence of Loudoun's farm-to-table restaurants with these standout dining options:

  • The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm offers a dining experience that's in harmony with nature, serving dishes made from locally sourced ingredients.
  • Market Table Bistro in Lovettsville celebrates the region's agricultural heritage, offering a seasonal menu highlighting the freshest local produce.

Explore the dining scene in Loudoun County, where fresh local produce meets exceptional culinary skills. Consider one of these restaurants for your wedding rehearsal dinner, with a menu that showcases the diverse flavors of the area.

Beyond the dining experience, take the opportunity to explore Loudoun's dynamic shopping scene. With everything from trendy boutiques to charming antique stores, the county presents a shopping adventure that seamlessly blends its historical roots with contemporary style.


Discover retail treasures: Loudoun’s shopping guide

Take a break from wedding festivities to explore the vibrant shopping scene in Loudoun County. From premium outlets to local boutiques, a wealth of retail experiences await you.

Where to shop in Loudoun:

  • Leesburg Corner premium outlets is your go-to for designer brands at discounted prices.
  • Downtown Middleburg and Leesburg offer a range of boutiques with everything from stylish fashion to home decor.
  • Purcellville is a treasure trove for vintage lovers, with shops like Nostalgia and Re-Love It offering one-of-a-kind finds.
  • Farmers markets in Leesburg and EatLoco in Ashburn give you a taste of local life, with loads of fresh veggies, handmade crafts, and delicious treats from the area's farmers and crafters.

Loudoun County blends high-end shopping with local experiences, perfect for a break from wedding events.

Loudoun’s vibrant nightlife and entertainment

Loudoun County is packed with all kinds of nightlife and entertainment spots, so there's something for everyone to enjoy after the wedding festivities wind down.

  • Ion Arena, in Leesburg, is the county's biggest indoor concert space and has hosted famous bands such as Imagine Dragons and The Lumineers since its 2019 opening. It quickly became a favorite for unforgettable events, with a capacity of 5,500 people.
  • The Tally Ho Theater, also in historic Leesburg, is a local music scene staple, featuring acts like Blues Traveler and Lake Street Dive. Known for its cozy vibe and eclectic lineup, it appeals to various musical tastes.

In addition to these venues, the county's rich arts, culture, and music scene extends into bars, breweries, and wineries throughout the area, showcasing a range of musical styles from rock to bluegrass, with lively entertainment options every evening. Now, let's get back to planning your wedding.

Discover more at Zion Springs: your gateway to Loudoun’s charms

As we conclude this journey through Loudoun County, we hope this guide has showcased the depth and breadth of experiences awaiting you, whether you're here for a wedding or simply exploring.

Zion Springs is a premier wedding venue in Loudoun County. It’s a place for unforgettable celebrations and serves as your gateway to the treasures of this picturesque region. We aim to make your visit truly memorable, inviting you to wander through charming historical towns, savor the local culinary delights, and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the great outdoors.

Keep exploring with Zion Springs. We're here to make sure your journey is packed with unforgettable experiences. Want to see more? Take a tour of Zion Springs. Looking for a place to stay? Consider our lodging at Zion Springs for your visit. Here, in Loudoun County's heart, we're ready to make your trip unforgettable.

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