Trillions of noisy cicadas are expected to emerge next month as Brood X makes its once-every-17-years appearance in mid-May, and Loudoun hospitality businesses are getting in on the buzz.
“Loudoun looks a little different from the last time Brood X emerged in 2004 and our partners are on board to provide some unique and fun opportunities to embrace one of the strangest natural occurrences in the region,” stated Visit Loudoun President and CEO Beth Erickson. “And while the last 13 months may have felt like 17 years, the cicadas emerging from darkness to light, creating a thunderous song of love (or attraction) seems perfect for right now.”
Dining, shopping, and exploring hot spots around Loudoun have launched specials to make the most of a swarm of locusts.
Heading outdoors, Algonkian Regional Park Naturalist Mark Felprin will lead visitors through the park to discover what makes this year’s cicada arrival unique on May 22 for Cicadamania. Registration is $5.
Cicada hunters can also visit the 1,000-acre Morven Park to search the grounds, gardens and wooded trails. Follow Morven Park on Facebook for cicada facts and to know when the first ones are spotted, and follow the hashtag #MorvenParkCicadaWatch.
At Crème de la Crème in Middleburg, pick up ceramic cicadas, hand-crafted by a local artist for displaying flowers.
For dinner, Cocina on Market in downtown historic Leesburg, already featuring a grasshopper taco, will expand its menu to include cicada tacos to dine on the restaurant’s rooftop patio while the Brood X bugs are around. The cicada taco is filled with Mole verde, avocado, radish and pickled Virginia ramps.
Meanwhile at The Conche in Village of Leesburg, visitors at the special Mommy and Me sculpture class June 13 will make their own chocolate cicada, learning from a chocolate master how to make a crunchy raspberry and hazelnut praline chocolate shaped like the bug. The store will also be selling cicada-shaped chocolate bon bons.
Old 690 Brewing Company will release a BrewdX beer on May 21, a New England style IPA brewed with 10 ingredients, and which will sit in the tank for 17 days. And Salamander Resort & Spa will offer the Cicada Cocktail featuring whiskey from Loudoun’s Catoctin Creek Distillery, amaretto, cream and simple syrup.
Finally, visitors can finish off a day surrounded by cicadas at one of Algonkian Regional Park’s 12 vacation cottages along the Potomac River, which are equipped with full kitchens and Wi-Fi.
For more, go to visitloudoun.org/dont-bug-out-your-guide-to-cicadas-in-loudoun.