Valentine’s Day and Christmas Eve are the two mostly likely days for couples to pop the question. Here in Loudoun County, we recommend these three unique engagement spots. Loudoun County, with its award-winning, revitalized downtown, entertainment, sports, arts, shopping, dining and agriculture including wineries, breweries and distilleries, is a vibrant community. The surrounding Loudoun area offers everything from fishing, hiking and boating to golf, antiquing and exploring historic sites.
A sunset stroll along the grounds of Morven Park
The grounds of Morven Park, one of our favorite unique engagement spots, include 1,000 acres of lawns, fields, wooded areas and boxwood gardens. Much of the property has been placed in conservation easement in order to preserve the open space for future generations. In addition to Morven Park’s formal gardens, the landscape consists of verdant rolling hills overlooking pastures dotted today by creatively designed equestrian cross-country jumps. Approximately 400 acres of Morven Park’s property are within the wooded Catoctin Ridge, offering opportunities for year-round hiking and exploration. The gardens and grounds are open year-round from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
A wine toast with chocolates at Stone Tower Winery
Set atop Hogback Mountain on 306 exquisite acres, Stone Tower’ unique engagement spot consists of underlying rocky soils, undulating terrain and unique mountain views. Just outside of Leesburg, the winding uphill road to the winery and vineyards highlight the beauty and bounty of the vineyard. During the Signature Tour and Tasting, you get an in-depth, educational tour and sample current vintages right next to the vines and barrels from which they were created. Enjoy a glass of Cabernet Franc, which is cherry jubilee in a glass as rich notes of vanilla and pipe tobacco are complimented by pomegranate and stewed cranberries. Delicious when paired with chocolates! Advance reservations are required; please make online or call 703-777-2797.
A day in Middleburg, hunt and antique country
Middleburg’s historic district is less than a mile long and the ideal engagement spot, but it’s filled with many unique stores, including equestrian shops, high-end clothing boutiques, fine art galleries, restaurants, wine bars and more. Take an afternoon stroll down Main Street, USA and you’ll be sure to have interesting conversations and possibly find something unique to take home. You may want to stop at the Gold Cup Wine Bar at the Salamander Resort to pop the big question, or have an early dinner at The Red Fox Inn & Tavern. Established in 1728, this historic fieldstone inn and tavern embodies the Piedmont’s cultural heritage and is inspired by four centuries of Virginia Hunt Country tradition. Who knows…you may want to spend the night. The Red Fox Inn is open Monday – Saturday, 5-9 p.m. and Sunday: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Prix Fixe Brunch), 5-8 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 540.687.6301
And once she says YES, then it’s time to call West Belmont Place at The National for your wedding ceremony, reception, guest room block, rehearsal dinner, or after party. Our expert planners will help you put together the best event for you and your guests. We work with a variety of budgets, cultures and themes. Call today and ask for Paula Safran, Director of Catering, at 703-724-6265, to make your site visit appointment.