If you’ve got the urge to get dressed up and dance the night away on New Year’s Eve, you no longer need to head to points east. Loudoun has a number of swanky events on tap to help you ring in 2016 in style.
The county’s newest posh event is Stone Tower Winery’s inaugural New Year’s Eve Ball. The winery opened a larger event space earlier this year and has hosted a number of weddings and other functions. The winery owners decided it was time to throw a bash of their own.
“We have this lovely ballroom. It’s such a great space for a celebration,” Vice President Lacey Huber said. “We’ve watched all these other people throw parties and we thought we should throw one ourselves.”
The event includes welcome drinks, hors d’oeuvres, a dinner buffet, dessert spread and late night snacks and sparkling wine toast. Additional Stone Tower wines and craft beers will be sold separately. Huber is especially excited about the musical entertainment: The Baltimore-based Bachelor Boys Band, an eight-piece ensemble with a full horn section. Tickets for the event are $150 for wine club members and $165 for non-members.
“They’re really energetic and fun,” she said of the band, adding that they’ll start out soft with jazzy tunes and Sinatra-style fare and then move on to a rocking dance party as the evening moves on.
The event is black tie optional, and sequins and sparkles are recommended, Huber said, so it’s a great chance to get dressed up.
“I think people are excited about that,” Huber said. “[The winery] is really magical at night. It’s going to be very sparkly.”
A lavish New Year’s Eve celebration is longstanding tradition at Lansdowne Resort which has helped ring in the new year since its opening nearly 25 years ago. This year’s event features entertainment from the popular Monster Band, which played the resort’s Independence Day celebration last summer, and a range of ticket options for couples or singles.
The resort, which is in the process of renovating its guest rooms, is offering three packages for revelers this year, according to Marketing Manager Danie Zambrano. The deluxe $509 package for two includes dinner during the prime 7-8 p.m. seating, open bar at the after party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., and an overnight in one of the resorts new rooms. A scaled-back overnight package is priced at $409. For locals looking to enjoy the party without an overnight stay, tickets for a buffet dinner and after party with open bar are $156 per person. But Zambrano says for couples, an overnight stay makes sense and eliminates the need to drive home.
In fact, she said, with New Year’s Eve falling on a Thursday this year, resort management is encouraging guests to make a weekend of it, offering a recovery package on New Year’s Day and discounted room rates for Friday night.
“We want everyone to go back after the weekend re-energized,” Zambrano said.
Middleburg’s Salamander Resort & Spa celebrates its third New Year’s Eve with a five-course New Year’s Eve dinner, with optional wine pairings from 6 to 9 p.m., followed by a festive after party from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
General Manager Reggie Cooper says the event is becoming a staple—both for guests staying for the holidays and for locals, many of whom flock to the after party after attending local dinner parties and other events. Attendees flow from the resort’s living room space to the quieter library—and with temperatures in the 50s predicted, the terrace will be open with fire pits for outdoor mingling, Cooper said.
Tickets for dinner are $150 (including the after party) and $50 for added wine pairings. Tickets for the late night party only—including dancing (with music provided by a disc jockey), dessert, a sparkling wine toast—are $45. And if you’re looking for something fun but a little tamer, Salamander is hosting its inaugural family party from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., including music, dancing, crafts and a buffet dinner. Tickets are $59 for adults (which also includes admission to the after party) and $45 for children.
So book your sitters and put on your pearls and party hats—there are more options than ever for ringing in the new year in style—LoCo style.
Here’s a listing of some of the best events for New Year’s Eve in Loudoun. Events take place Thursday, Dec. 31.
Stone Tower Winery New Year’s Eve Ball
8 p.m.-1 a.m., Stone Tower Winery, 19925 Hogback Mountain Road, Leesburg. Details: stonetowerwinery.com
This elegant evening features a catered dinner and live music by the Bachelor Boys Band. Cost is $150 per person for Tower Cru Club members and $165 for non-members.
Lansdowne Resort New Year’s Eve
6 p.m.-midnight, Lansdowne Resort, 44050 Woodridge Parkway, Leesburg. Details: lansdowneresort.com
This celebration includes dinner, after party featuring music by the Monster Band and an open bar, with an optional overnight stay. Packages range from $156 to $509.
Salamander Resort Culinary Masterpiece NYE Dinner
6-9 p.m., Salamander Resort and Spa, Middleburg. Details: salamanderresort.com
Give the season of celebrations a memorable send-off with a five-course dinner featuring optional wine pairings. Dinner includes automatic entry into the Toast to the New Year party from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Cost is $150, with an additional $50 for wine pairings. Advance reservations are required.
Salamander Resort Family New Year’s Eve
8 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Salamander Resort and Spa, Middleburg. Details: salamanderresort.com
Celebrate with music, dancing, crafts, buffet and more. Tickets are $59 for adults, $45 for children. Advance reservations required.
Salamander Resort Toast to The New Year Party
9 p.m.-2 a.m., Salamander Resort and Spa, Middleburg. Details: salamanderresort.com
Enjoy an evening of revelry to count down and welcome 2016 with dancing, champagne toast, dessert bar, and disc jockey. Tickets are $45 per person. Advance reservations are required.
Franklin Park Family New Year’s Eve Celebration
7-9 p.m., Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville. Details: franklinparkartscenter.org
Ring in the New Year with a family-oriented celebration featuring entertainment by Loudoun Valley High School Comedy Cult and The Great Zucchini. Event features glow sticks and party favors for everyone, refreshments and simple party crafts, photo booth and more. This event sold out last year—advance registration is recommended. Admission is $5 per person or $20 for a family of four.
Live Music: 4 Six 2
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Spanky’s Shenanigans, Leesburg. Details: spankyspub.com
The high-energy, Ashburn-based cover band plays hits from Aerosmith to Weezer. Cover is $10. Special VIP package including hors d’oeuvres and sparkling wine is $50 per couple.
Dr. Seuss New Year’s Dinner
5 p.m., The Wine Kitchen, Leesburg. Details: thewinekitchen.com
Celebrate the big night with a seven-course, Dr. Seuss-themed dinner featuring pan-roasted snapper and bacon-wrapped tenderloin paired with seven wines. Cost is $120 per person, not including tax and tip.
Bar Louie New Year’s Eve
9 p.m.-2 a.m., Bar Louie, One Loudoun. Details: barlouieamerica.com
Bring in the New Year with a fun, energetic crowd. $75 package includes six drink tickets, live music, a sparkling wine toast and breakfast buffet.
Smokehouse Live New Year’s Eve
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Smokehouse Live, Village at Leesburg. Details: smokehouse-live.com
The joint will be jumping with great barbecue and music from Scott Kurt & Memphis 59.
The house bar and market place are open to the public—or take things up a notch with a special VIP package including an open bar of beer, wine and specialty cocktails, sparkling wine toast, late-night breakfast buffet featuring popular mainstays and specialty treats whipped up by the pit masters. Advance VIP tickets are $85 per person, $148 per couple and $48 for designated drivers through Dec. 26.