If you love history and quaint Colonial towns, Virginia is a must-visit getaway destination. The natural beauty just beckons you to relax with an easy hike or ride via horseback through old-growth forests. The many spas invite you to relax and unwind before your baby arrives. Tour the historical buildings and explore America’s history. As for accommodations, there are numerous cozy Virginia vacation rentals to choose from. Take a look at the top babymoon destinations in Virginia.
1. Chincoteague Island
Chincoteague Island is a barrier island on Virginia’s Atlantic coast known for wild ponies, windswept beaches, and solitude. Start out with some time on the beach at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, just over a bridge from the main island. Grab a lunch from Captain Zack’s Seafood or Sea Star Cafe, and enjoy a romantic picnic on the beach. You might even see the famous wild ponies. If not, book a Saltwater Pony tour, a boat tour of the Chincoteague and Assateague islands, where you can spot the wild ponies along with dolphins and bald eagles. If you want a little more one-on-one time, rent a two-person kayak at Assateague Explorer Kayak Tour and Rentals, and embark on your own tour. Finish off your day with a romantic dinner at Bill’s Seafood Restaurant, which provides an intimate setting.
Abingdon, in southwest Virginia, is squirreled away on Mobjack Bay, just off the Chesapeake Bay. Settled by Daniel Boone in the 18th century, this town is full of history. Stroll hand-in-hand down Main Street and downtown’s historic district for a view of Colonial houses. Go on a self-guided tour of all the local sites, including the Abingdon Muster Grounds, where once upon a time, the militia formed for the American Revolution. Explore more than just history with the Virginia Creeper Trail that leads along farmland, over rivers, and through the Blue Ridge Mountains. It features a gentle grade, so you can hike it even with a baby bump. After exercise, completely relax at the Martha Washington Spa with a soothing massage for both you and baby, then listen to the soothing strains of bluegrass. Heartwood or Capo’s Music Store both offer live music. Plus, you can shop local artisan goods.
Williamsburg, across the York River from Abingdon, dates back to the 17th century, one of the oldest settlements in the country. If you’re even mildly interested in history, this town has it all, from a historic district you can stroll with your sweetheart to a living history museum complete with actors in period costumes that bring Colonial Williamsburg to life. In fact, participate in the fun and take a horse-drawn wagon ride with a driver decked out in an 18th-century outfit. Take one of the town’s many walking tours, one of which is Haunted Williamsburg, the perfect excuse to hold your partner tight. While Williamsburg whisks you back to a simpler time, there’s no shortage of good food and restaurants. For instance, the Fat Canary, Le Yaca French Restaurant, and Blue Talon Bistro all offer an intimate, romantic setting. Relax while you’re in town at the Spa of Colonial Williamsburg. A couples massage or a maternity massage is just the ticket to ultimate bliss.
Staunton lies by the state’s western border between the Shenandoah National Park and George Washington and Jefferson National Forest. Getting out into nature is a no-brainer: hop on the Shenandoah’s Appalachian Trail and hike (or drive) up to Sawmill Run for a great overlook. For natural beauty closer to your vacation rental, go to the Staunton River State Park. Up the romance with a nighttime visit. The night brings out a brilliant view of the Milky Way, a rare look at a star-studded sky. Add some hand-holding, and this is an experience you won’t likely forget. Staunton also offers more traditional types of romance, such as a night out at a play. Its famous Blackfriars Playhouse puts on Shakespearean plays (think “Romeo and Juliet).
Luray lies in Shenandoah Valley, a great jumping off point for exploration in the Shenandoah National Park. If you’re up to it, hike up to Whiteoak Canyon, which features six breathtaking waterfalls and accompanying swimming holes. Put on your bathing suit, and enjoy the pristine beauty. Explore the famous Luray Caverns (and steal a kiss in the dark). However, you don’t need to hike to enjoy Luray’s natural beauty; take a scenic drive along Skyline Drive, especially during the spring and fall months when the trees come alive with color. Share an intimate meal with your partner at Moonshadows Restaurant, located in a Victorian-esque house.
Fredericksburg, about 55 miles south of Washington D.C., is just close enough to the nation’s capital to visit for the day (such as during the cherry blossom festival) but far enough to get away from the crowds. The historic downtown area is a great place to stroll and shop with your loved one. Just make sure to stop at La Petite Auberge, a French restaurant that specializes in romance. Finish your night with frozen custard at Carl’s, a local institution. If you still need to pick up a few things for the baby’s room, this town has plenty of shopping centers and boutiques, such as Beck’s Antiques and Books, an eclectic shop featuring unique items. For a variety of options, try Central Park, which has both shopping and dining. Better yet, grab lunch to go, and head over to Old Mill Park for a picnic for two and a stroll along Rappahannock River.
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