Love is in the air in Loudoun! With its rolling countryside dotted with vineyards and historic estates, beautiful horse farms and unpaved roads, Loudoun is a place that exudes romance year-round and that reminds visitors of a simpler time in life. It’s a place where celebrities and Washington notables alike escape to and one that is filled with romantic opportunities. This February, book a stay and try one of these Northern Virginia date ideas while relaxing in DC’s Wine Country.
Vino and views
Enjoy one of the 40 wineries in DC's wine country that offer breathtaking views, surprising blends and unique varietals that will please any palate. Many Loudoun wineries offer toasty fireplaces, perfect for getting cozy with a loved one and a glass of red wine. Try a traditional German treat by the fire at Otium Cellars or a warm bowl of soup at North Gate Vineyard, which features a rotating soup menu on weekends. At The Vineyards and Winery at Lost Creek, taste the 2015 reserve chardonnay, which just won Best of Class at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
Heart pumping adventure
Your loved one doesn’t have to be the only one to get your heart pumping while in Loudoun. Take your date in Northern Virginia to new heights and experience the thrill of skydiving without the parachute at iFly. The 45-foot tall, glass-encased cylindrical wind tunnel provides the DC area’s first indoor skydiving experience. Or, bundle up and head to Harpers Ferry Adventure Center to soar through the trees on the zipline course or tackle rope bridges and other suspended obstacles in the Aerial Adventure Park.
A love that is out of this world
Let your love reach new levels at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Explore the nearly 3,000 artifacts, memorabilia and archival materials that chronicle the history of aviation and spaceflight, including the iconic Space Shuttle Discovery, the B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay, a NASA android, and the record-setting SR-71 Blackbird.
Beyond roses and red boxes of chocolate
Forget the traditional gifts this year and instead purchase tickets for your next date in Northern Virginia that is sure to create memories to last a lifetime. Get tickets to My Bloody Valentine and take a trip through a haunted mansion just outside historic Leesburg. Open for just three nights,- February 10-12- the tour takes you through the love-wrecked horrors that happened to the Carver family at Paxton Manor. Or, put your minds to the test at Exit Plan. During this escape room adventure, decipher codes, solve puzzles and try to find the answers you need to escape within the hour.
Bond over brews
Join your loved one on a journey through the LoCo Ale Trail. This month we celebrate more than just Valentine’s Day in Loudoun; we also celebrate the 20+ breweries and the creative minds behind more than 200 beers for FeBREWary. Throughout the month, various breweries will have special events and unique brews. The festivities will culminate on Feb. 25 with a special event at Vanish Brewery. Sample from more than 15 Loudoun breweries and try the special collaboration beer, which will debut that day.
A cozy affair
While there are plenty of date opportunities in Northern Virginia throughout your weekend, there is one date to enjoy just steps from your cozy room at Lansdowne Resort & Spa. Join the culinary team of the resort for a six-course dinner at Piedmont's Table restaurant. The $95 per person meal includes delectable choices like Chilean Seabass, Lobster ravioli and grilled oysters. Don’t forget to pair each course with some Virginia vino.
For more date ideas in Loudoun, visit www.visitloudoun.org and don’t forget to share your memories using #loveloudoun.