Welcome to Loudoun County
The perfect balance between work and play
Loudoun County came to be in 1757 and is named after the Earl of Loudoun (John Campbell), who was Governor-General of Virginia from 1756 to 1759. However, the Quakers had already begun to settle the area in the 1720s. Loudoun County’s agricultural aspect was very important during the Revolutionary War Era with a good portion of its grain going to the Continental Army. As such, it was called the “Breadbasket of the Revolution.”
While Loudoun’s roots are rural, today it is a sprawling suburban area home to some of the nation’s largest high-tech companies with huge data centers. That said, it still retains some of its rural charm with a multimillion-dollar equine industry, a good 24+ farms, and 35+ wineries with beautiful vineyards in the picturesque rolling hills of Virginia. Loudoun County has seven towns and cities, 23 census-designated places, and 44 unincorporated communities.
What to Love
Spectacular views of the countryside
Tours through historic small towns, mansions, and museums
Upscale shopping with boutiques, spas, and trendy bistros
Outdoor paradise of hiking trails, camping, canoeing, and picnicking
Excellent public transportation throughout the county and to Washington, D.C.
There’s a strong sense of community and wellness in Loudoun County. Locals enjoy one another’s company and get the freshest produce from May through October at the 15 different farmers' market locations. Quality of life is of paramount importance with many entertainment and relaxation venues well balanced with work and professional ventures. Residents enjoy local breweries, vineyards, and museums but the outdoor summer concerts are a favorite.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
The Tuscarora Mill started out as a mill in 1899 and is now a fabulous restaurant where you can enjoy their wine cellar and perhaps the Pan Seared Halibut. Down at the 1836 Kitchen & Taproom, they say the Schnitzel Platter is delicious. If a quick snack of Asian noodles or spring rolls is more your thing, make a pit stop at the 4 Sisters Asian Snack Bar. What’s life without dessert, though? You only live once, so try the Homemade Fudge Brownie Sundae at Abbott’s Frozen Custard.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy and get the latest fashions in clothing, home décor, and jewelry at Zazu. If handmade Amish furniture might fit perfectly in your dining room, stop by The Aldie Peddler for pieces that will last a lifetime.
Things to Do
Picture yourself enjoying an 18-hole golf course, swimming pool, tennis courts, and a posh clubhouse at the Loudoun Golf & Country Club. Thursday night is fried chicken night in the restaurant, but any night you will find a fabulous dinner. Whatever you order, be sure you save room for their Rum-Raisin Bread Pudding.
If you’re more into whitewater rafting, kayaking, fishing, hiking, and camping, you’ll want to head to the Harpers Ferry Adventure Center. Their ropes course has three levels of difficulty and over 50 rope bridges and cables. Over at the Red Gate Farm, you can watch a jumper show, take horseback riding lessons, and they have facilities to board and train your horse.