It’s True… Make Spring Market a Road Trip
Just in case you missed it, it’s true! We’re moving our annual Spring Market this year to the Clarke County Fairgrounds in beautiful Berryville, VA. Our seams were bursting here in Lucketts, so we decided that it was finally time to go bigger and better than ever. This year’s Spring Market will feature over 200 vendors, fun DIY paint workshops with the one and only Amy Howard, pop-up musical performances, a beer garden, and ten relaxing glamping stations. You definitely don’t want to miss this! In fact, you should make a weekend road trip out of it. Mark your calendars for May 19-21st, grab your girlfriends, and bring a trailer – because you’re going to need it!
Take Time to Breathe in Loudoun Valley
As you drive west out of historic Leesburg, you’ll soon realize that Western Loudoun is much different than its eastern counterpart. Crowded neighborhoods will give way to farms full of corn and cattle, and the Blue Ridge Mountains will beckon you further and further away from the city life.
Only 15 minutes from Leesburg, you should take some time to check out charming Purcellville, VA. Venture into the old town area to shop or eat at the incredible Magnolia’s at the Mill. It features upscale cuisine and a vast beer selection in a beautiful setting. The building is simply gorgeous and has been impeccably renovated, but you can also enjoy their outdoor patio if the weather is nice. Another dining option (possibly for every meal), is LouLou Creperie + Bar à Vins. How can anything be better than crepes, croissants, and coffee? OK, maybe you’re a bagel person – we get it. Then don’t worry, because Bada Bing Bagels has what you need with their New York-style bagels and sandwiches.
Head to the Mountain
A little further west on Route 7, you’ll start to creep up Mt. Weather, which serves as the line between Loudoun and Clarke Counties. Take a little time to relax in Bluemont, especially after a long day of picking! Some of our favorite spots in Loudoun County are there.
Wild Hare Hard Cider sits right inside old-town Bluemont. Don’t blink or you may miss it! It’s a boutique micro-cidery that features seasonal ciders to tickle your taste buds. If cider isn’t your style, try Bluemont Vineyards or its sister brewery, Dirt Farm. Both offer spectacular views of Loudoun Valley from the side of Mt. Weather, and they have delicious flatbreads for your snacking pleasure.
If you want some fantastic views on the other side of the mountain, make sure you plan to spend a couple of hours on the wine decks at Twin Oaks Winery. Also located in Bluemont, it overlooks miles and miles of the Shenandoah Valley.
You’re Almost There!
Once you pass over Mt. Weather, you’re almost at Spring Market! Enjoy the view as you come down the mountain… the Shenandoah Valley is picturesque in the spring. You’ll pass the Shenandoah River, lots of cows, and you’ll even see a couple of llamas if you’re paying attention. The rolling hills mean that you’re almost at Clarke County Fairgrounds, located just 15 minutes from the top of Mt. Weather.
The fairgrounds are surrounded by adorable Berryville, VA, the heart of Clarke County. The streets are lined with little restaurants and shops, and it simply oozes the perfect small-town vibe. Make sure that you secure a reservation for high tea at The Tea Cart. You’ll feel like you’re in an English garden in little ol’ Berryville!
You Need This Weekend!
Let’s be honest; you’re probably in need of a break! We know we are … who knows what winery or brewery you’ll find us at after the market is over? We all work really hard in the DC area; it’s time to take a step back and actually enjoy the beauty around us.
Plan a few stops or be completely spontaneous, whatever works for you! We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite places here to help you out and ensure you have a memorable weekend. So, come on… grab your girlfriends! Bring the trailer! We’ll see you in May at the Clarke County Fairground … new home of the Lucketts Spring Market.