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If you know us, patroning local breweries and wineries is our go to activity on the weekends. They are the perfect blend of “still cool enough to go out” but with the stipulation of nap time schedules. One of the biggest reasons we like to go to them is that we can get out of the house and our LO can run around and get energy out. Win win!
If you’re from around the DMV this list may be of interest to you – so bookmark this page for future reference!
Where it is: 16015 John Marshall Hwy Broad Run, VA 20137
Why we love it: We love this spot for its picturesque landscape, delicious BBQ, good brews, and large, flat layout. In addition to the ideal landscape for LOs to run around there are chickens you can visit adjacent to the outdoor bar.
Attractions near by: Just across Rt. 66 from the brewery is a local flower farm that sells itself on pick your own seasonal varieties of tulips, sunflowers, and gladiolas. Check their website for the best times to visit.
Where it is: 42245 Black Hops Lane, Leesburg, VA 20176
Why we love it: Vanish is the ideal spot for a day of family fun. While it is a bit of a drive for those coming from inside the Beltway, the amenities are worth it. In addition to great beer and plenty of food options, the space is large enough to accommodate groups who want to dance to the band or sit in a quieter location. For the children, there is a playground on site as well as an ice cream truck. If your family adventures include four legged children, don’t hesitate to bring them along as Vanish has a dog friendly picnic area.
Attractions near by: Since Vanish is a bit of a drive, make a day of it and take your time exploring the area. Stop in the downtown historic district of Leesburg for a bite to eat and some shopping. One of favorite spots to stop by is the secret garden at Shoes Cup and Cork. If you’re making it a parent’s night out and want something a bit fancier, make reservations at Lightfoot next door.
Another great stop nearby, is The Old Lucketts antique store. Get lost in all of the antique and restoration treasures, perusing inside and out. Don’t forget to check out their Design House and snap a family photo by their seasonal mural.
Where it is: 9925 Discovery Blvd, Manassas, VA 20109
Why we love it: 2 Silos is one of the areas newer breweries. Settled in Manassas, 2 Silos boasts a fantastic location for a day of family fun. With food choices of BBQ, pizza, and empanadas – you’d be hard pressed to not be satisfied. Recently Peterson’s Ice Cream Depot from Clifton opened up a on-site shop located right next to the playground. While their menu isn’t quite as expansive as their home store, they did have child friendly AND adult friendly treats. If you’re looking for entertainment, check out the HUGE stage with various local music acts.
Attractions near by: If you are interested in earning your keep or simply enjoy buffing up on your history, take a short drive over to the Manassas National Battlefield Park. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, try checking out two of the areas nearby museums: Freedom Museum and the Manassas Museum.
Where it is: 22860 Monroe–Madison Memorial HWY, Aldie, VA, 20105
Why we love it: Quattro Goombas is a great spot to go if you are a house divided on beer and wine preferences. Their grounds house BOTH a brewery and a winery – so you really can’t go wrong. In addition to great libations, you can feast on delicious Sicilian style pizza; and quench your thirst with one of their famous wine slushees. The grounds are expansive and flat, which are ideal for LOs to run around and get some fresh air.
Attractions near by: Close to Quattro Goombas, is the small historic town of Aldie, VA. With a variety of historic markers, the mill museum, and more – the history buff in you will be satisfied. If you are interested in local fares, check out the food trucks and farmer’s stands at Gilbert’s Corner Market.
Where it is: 42615 Trade West Drive Suite 100, Dulles, Virginia 20166
Why we love it: In a land of wineries as far as the eye can see, Solace is Loudoun County’s largest brewery. While indoor space makes up most of Solace Brewing Company’s property, they encourage family time as they have a designated area for patrons with children. If the picnic tables are free outside, take your LO out to see if they can spot any of the planes from nearby Dulles airport. While the brewery does not have a consistent food source on site, they do have a rotation of delicious food trucks everyday. Plan your visit ahead by checking their website for when the trucks are coming.
Attractions near by: Solace is located in an industrial park area. While this makes it a bit further from lots of attractions, you will find lots to do if you are willing to drive a bit. Aldie, Middleburg, and Brambleton are just some of the towns worth exploring. If you are interested in exploring one of NOVA’s parks, check out Mt. Zion. After all the fun and excitement, stop by The Burger Shack in Chantilly. Their sliders and milkshakes are worth it!
Where it is: 18701 Foggy Bottom Road, Bluemont, VA 20135
Why we love it: Dirt Farm is a far drive from the Metropolitan area. However, the view is BREATHTAKING. While the grounds are settled on top of a hill, and not too conducive for small children to run around, a quick beer and slice of their house made pizza pair perfectly with the endless beauty of the Virginia countryside.
Attractions near by: If you prefer to sip wine, drive next door to the Bluemont Vineyard. If you bring your children with you, be sure to save plenty of time for a country life experience at Great Country Farms across the street. With a variety of pick-your-own produce, country store, hay rides, slides, animals, and more – children of all ages will have a good time.
Where it is: Barrel Oak Winery, LLC 3623 Grove Lane, Delaplane, VA 20144
Why we love it: Barrel Oak Winery is a great place to visit for adults, families, and even four legged friends. Similar to Quattro Goombas, Barrel Oak serves both the beer and wine crowds. The grounds are expansive, but hilly. If you plan on allowing your children to “explore” be sure to keep an eye on them. If you are hungry while you visit, be sure to check out their house made pizza.
Attractions near by: One of our favorite things to do when we head out to Delaplane, is to venture out to one of the many orchards nearby. Hartland, Stribling, and Hollin Farms, are just a few that support the local agriculture of our area. If you are interested in a BBQ dining experience (and the best apple cider donuts around), then drive a bit further down Rt. 66 to Linden, VA and check out The Apple House.
While these are merely a few of the many breweries in this area, they are tried and true by us! If you are in search of some ideas of things to do with you friends and family – check them out! Cheers!