Explore Loudoun County

         

Horseback Riding

There are many horseback riding facilities in Loudoun County. Please visit the VisitLoudoun horse-riding page for specific information. 


Biking

The Washington and Old Dominion (W&OD) trail end in Purcellville is 7.6 miles from Stone Gables or a trailhead in Leesburg that is even closer. This trail is enjoyed by bikers and hikers alike.  The W&OD trail is 45 miles in length and begins in Arlington.

Check out Friends of the W&OD Trail site

The W&OD page on Wikipedia  (with mileage chart)

C&O Canal Bicycling Guide http://bikewashington.org/canal/canal_c.php 





         
         

Virginia Wineries

There are over forty wineries within the county, five or six within a few minutes drive. 

Although we love many wineries in Loudoun County the list if wineries below are within minutes of Stone Gables; Williowcroft, Stone Tower, Zephaniah Farm Vineyard, The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards, Quattro Goombas Winery and Brewery, and Casanel wineries.

http://willowcroftwine.com/
https://www.stonetowerwinery.com/
https://zephwine.com/
https://goombawine.com/
https://www.thebarnsathamiltonstation.com/
https://casanelvineyards.com/

History

Exploring Loudoun County's Past

         
         

Adventures

Head to Harpers Ferry, WV for some kayaking, canoeing, tubing, hiking, ziplining, rafting, and ropes courses.
- Harpers Ferry Adventure Center https://harpersferryadventurecenter.com/
- River and Trail Outfitters https://www.rivertrail.com/

Polo Anyone?
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Kingland Farm has Polo, food, fun, and dancing. Check their schedule of events on their facebook page on facebook.com/kinglandfarm/
- Great meadow Polo Club http://greatmeadowpoloclub.com/

Breweries

There are many breweries nearby. Some of our favorites are:
Black Walnut Brewery https://www.facebook.com/blackwalnutbrewery, Black Hoof Brewing https://blackhoofbrewing.com/ Belly Love Brewing https://www.bellylovebrewing.com/,  Crooked Run Brewing https://www.crookedrunbrewing.com/, Dirt Farm Brewing https://dirtfarmbrewing.com/, Adroit Theory https://www.adroit-theory.com/, Old Ox Brewery https://www.oldoxbrewery.com/, Vanish Farmwoods Brewery https://vanishbeer.com/, Solace Brewing Company https://solacebrewing.com/, Quattro Goombas Winery and Brewery https://www.quattrogoombas.com/,  Old 690 Brewing Company http://www.old690.com/, Loudoun Brewing Company https://loudounbrewing.com/, Dynasty Brewery http://www.dynastybrewing.com/home.html 

         
         

Hiking

If hiking is on your agenda, Stone Gables Bed & Breakfast is close to several trails and parks to include our favorites of Raven's Rock and Bears Den, Snickers Gap, as well as the Appalachian Trail.  Here are some links below: 

Ravens Rock:  Raven Rocks via the Appalachian Trail is a 8.9 kilometer (5.8 miles) moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bluemont, Virginia that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.  

Bears Den: Bears Den shares the same parking area as Ravens Rock. A shorter and easier hike at 1.8 miles. https://www.hikingupward.com/OVH/BearsDenOverlook/

Appalachian Trail Head Access Point: Snickers Gap - Bluemont, VA | 39.1156159 ,-77.8467352

Hikes in Harpers Ferry, WV: https://www.nps.gov/hafe/planyourvisit/hikes.htm

Red Rock Wilderness Park:  Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Regional Park is a 2.7 kilometer (1.7 miles) moderately trafficked loop trail located near Leesburg that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round.

Ball's Bluff Orange Trail Loop:  Ball’s Bluff Orange Train Loop is a 3.4 kilometer  (2.3 miles)  loop trail located near Leesburg that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running.

Morven Park Trail:  Morven Park is a 3.5 kilometer  (2.2 miles)  lightly trafficked loop trail located near Leesburg. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for walking. 

Goose Creek Trail:  Goose Creek Trail is a 4.7 kilometer (2.9 miles) lightly trafficked loop trail located near Leesburg that features a river. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips. 

These are just a few of the many trails in the area. Give us an idea of difficulty and mileage and we can give you some options just for you! Do you want to visit a winery afterwards? We can pair up a winery in the area of the hike you choose!

Itinerary Ideas

Here are just a few ideas for a planned day. As I find out more good ideas we will add them!

Hiking comes First! If you do one of these hikes after the large breakfast you will have at Stone Gables, you can pop over to a few places nearby the hikes that have excellent views, wine or beer, and snacks:
Dirt Farm Brewing https://dirtfarmbrewing.com/
Bear Chase Brewing Company https://bearchasebrew.com/
Then you can come back...take a dip in the pool and head to downtown Leesburg for dinner and the bar scene.
 
A leisurely day along Rt 15 - If you like to poke around in some antique stores but do get thirsty you can drive up to Lucketts and visit Vanish brewery https://vanishbeer.com/. On the way back visit Old Luckett Store https://www.luckettstore.com/ and On a Whim https://www.facebook.com/pinksilo/, Rust and Feathers https://rustandfeathers.com/, and Hummingbirds Nest. You can also stop at Fabbioli vineyard and winery http://www.fabbioliwines.com/, Lost Creek https://www.lostcreekwinery.com/, Winery 32 https://www.winery32.com/, Tarara https://www.tarara.com/, or Hidden Brook http://www.hiddenbrookwinery.com/.
 
On the river! If you like kayaking or tubing you can head to Harpers Ferry and check out https://harpersferryadventurecenter.com/?utm_source=googlelocallistings&utm_medium=organic. We have done the tubing and had a blast. While in the area you can hike but the website is still not giving info: https://www.nps.gov/hafe/planyourvisit/hikes.htm and Harpers Ferry Brewery (great views!)...on the way back there will be a variety of wineries and near Hillsboro is Old 690 Brewing Company http://www.old690.com/ 

         
         

Antiquing

There are some excellent places to poke around in close to our B&B. Here are a few:
- Old Luckett Store https://www.luckettstore.com/
- On a Whim https://www.facebook.com/pinksilo/
- Rust and Feathers https://rustandfeathers.com/
- Black Shutter Antiques http://www.blackshutterantiques.com/index.html
- Vintage Magnolias https://www.facebook.com/VintageMagnoliaLLC/?fref=ts 
- Dig Records and Vintage https://www.facebook.com/digrecordsvintage/
- Middleburg Antique Emporium https://www.facebook.com/middleburgantiquegallery/