Posh Worthy Bridal Shower Venues

You’ve picked the ring, picked the day, and maybe already picked the venue. The big day is almost here and now you’re in full wedding-planning mode. While doing this can be fun and exciting it sometimes can be stressful, too, because of all the logistics involved.

Planning a bridal shower, on the other hand, most often is a more relaxed activity. Bridal showers tend to be smaller, cozier affairs, with less fuss. And it’s usually someone else (such as a maid of honor or relative) who’s doing the planning, letting the bride have one less thing to worry about.

Still, because they’re part of the wedding celebrations, bridal showers should involve the same level of love and care for the happy couple as a wedding does, setting the tone for the upcoming nuptials. While celebrations at home are always the easiest choice, sometimes you want a little extra – and to let someone else do the set-up and clean-up.

Below we list some nice choices for bridal showers in Loudoun County. These are just a sampling of many great local venues, and are in addition to our featured wedding venues (see our related article in this issue of Posh Seven magazine!), most of which also are good choices for hosting bridal showers. Please note that some of these are small businesses which will need extra time to accommodate groups, so call ahead to check their policies

The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm
Lovettsville
patowmackfarm.com
The food is the main draw at Patowmack Farm – it’s one of the first farm restaurants in the United States, and is known for its creative meals with fresh ingredients. Each month its menu showcases foods inspired by cuisines from around the world, for some of the most unique dining experiences in Northern Virginia. But while the food is the star attraction, you also will be wowed by the setting and vistas. Out in the country, surrounded by nature’s splendor, you will feel like you are worlds away even though you are just 20 minutes from downtown Leesburg.

The Tea Cart
Berryville
theteacartva.com
For an event where a lighter meal leads to hearty conversation, a tea service is ideal. The Tea Cart is a traditional British tearoom that offers a fun and relaxing way for friends and family to gather. You may feel like a member of the royal family or a character in a Jane Austen novel as you sip on fine tea from porcelain cups in an English garden setting with elegant murals, floral accents, and lush Victorian seating. Soups, sconces, finger sandwiches, and sweets accompany the more than two dozen teas you can choose from.

Creek’s Edge Winery
Lovettsville
creeksedgewinery.com
Many local wineries provide beautiful views (and wines, of course) but some are limited on food offerings. Creek’s Edge pays as much attention to its menu as to its wine list. Salads, sandwiches, charcuterie platters, brisket, pork, and more are available at this winery which has much character thanks to its design. The owner, who has a background in construction, designed and built the tasting room and winemaking cellar along with his children and community members. The Amish structure, in the tradition of raised barns, recalls a past era but still provides modern comforts. Attached to the winery is a silo that mimics the inside of a wine barrel complete with metal strapped oak, and beyond the vineyards are sweeping landscapes that lead to the creek, further adding to the atmosphere.

Tuscarora Mill
Leesburg
tuskies.com
Once upon a time people came here to do hard work – this was a grain mill, after all. These days, work will be the farthest thing from your mind when you arrive at the warm and welcoming Tuscarora Mill, whose elegant setting still has a relaxed vibe. Tuskie’s, as the locals lovingly call it, offers a charming place for your celebration. Or make that “places,” as for private events you can reserve the elegant Wine Cellar, cozy Log Cabin Room with exposed-wood walls and a stone fireplace, or the sunlight-filled Garden Room. Seafood, steaks, sandwiches, and more, along with specialty drinks, provide a menu to please just about any palate.

Lightfoot Restaurant
Leesburg
lightfootrestaurant.com
Another repurposed building that’s now a spot for fine dining, and also in downtown Leesburg, is Lightfoot Restaurant. Few places can match the unique interior of Lightfoot, which once was an elegant bank. The Romanesque revival-style two-story building was completely renovated but you can still see the bank vault doors and some original woodwork and ceilings. It’s bright and elegant, but not stuffy. Lightfoot is not all about looks, though – the restaurant is known for its terrific food, which includes just about anything from burgers, sandwiches, and pasta to duck, seafood, and fine steaks.

Aylesbury Tea Room
Leesburg
aylesburytearoom.com
If you like tradition but prefer something simpler, Leesburg also has a tea room. The Aylesbury Tea Room provides afternoon teas and rentals for private events. The full tea service includes finger sandwiches, homemade scones with cream and strawberry preserves, fresh fruit, biscuits, chocolate truffles and other sweets, and of course teas, along with prosecco or sherry.

Parallel Wine & Whisky Bar
Broadlands
parallelwinebistro.com
Looking for lively libations? With more than 80 wines by the glass, more than 100 craft beer selections, and more than 300 bourbons and whiskies, Parallel is the place to raise your glass (or glasses!) to the bride-to-be. This festive, award-winning bar doesn’t skimp on food, though – its extensive menu offers creative choices for entrees, snacks, sharing plates, charcuterie boards, and desserts. The nice-sized venue has different options for both indoor and outdoor seating, letting you decide how formal or casual you want your gathering to be.

Cooper’s Hawk
Ashburn and Reston
chwinery.com
When you can’t decide between hosting a bridal shower at a winery or at a restaurant, Cooper’s Hawk eliminates the decisionmaking: this place is both. A Napa-style tasting room featuring Cooper Hawk’s own wines leads to a modern restaurant with upscale décor but a casual feel and a huge menu. A bridal shower here could take the form of just a wine tasting, or a dinner out. You’d probably be best off enjoying both: because Cooper’s Hawk pays equal attention to both the wines and the food, it’s a great place to discover new pairings.

Fabbioli Cellars
Leesburg
fabbioliwines.com
With more than 300 wineries now in Virginia, it can be hard to stand out. But Fabbioli Cellars works to be memorable. Surely you’ll remember its many awardwining wines (which include special ones such as pear, strawberry, and raspberry merlot). But along with these are the unique circular building, the special monthly wine pairings, and even the friendly resident cats who add to the welcoming vibe. With about two dozen wines available there’s bound to be something for every taste in your group.

Doukenie Winery
Hillsboro
doukeniewinery.com
This winery, on a 400-acre estate, has glorious mountain views, a pond, and animals, all of which provide a tranquil, picturesque setting. You can enjoy their wines indoors in the large tasting room or outside on the large porch or picnic tables. The winery was founded by the grandson of Doukenie, who came to the United States from Greece at a young age with her mandolin (hence the logo), and the winery extends that feeling of family to its customers.