It’s no surprise that “Virginia is for Lovers” is a popular slogan. This state is packed with romantic points of interest — from eclectic cities to picturesque natural sites. Whether you want to explore the state’s endless history, take a sunset stroll down the beach, or just spend the day snuggled up in a cozy Virginia vacation rental tucked away in the woods, you’re sure to fall in love with this state. Here are seven of the most prominent areas in Virginia for a romantic getaway this Valentine’s Day.
1. Virginia Beach
You can’t go wrong with a beachfront vacation rental on Valentine’s Day. There’s just something magical about enjoying a picnic for two on the sand before taking a stroll down the shoreline as the sun sets. Walk towards the three-mile Virginia Beach Boardwalk, and explore the variety of unique shops, restaurants, cafes, and other entertainment venues. The average Valentine’s Day temperature in the area is roughly 50 degrees, so be sure to pack a jacket or blanket. There are plenty of indoor activities available too, so don’t worry if it’s chilly outside. Treat yourselves to a decadent experience at The Royal Chocolate, the area’s best chocolate shop. Stop by the 31st Day Spa for a tranquil couples massage, then get dinner at Catch 31. As you indulge in exquisite local seafood, fantastic cocktails, and decadent desserts, you can watch the waves crash on the beach under palm trees wrapped in lights. There are even outdoor fire pits so you can stay warm while you dine al fresco.
Middleburg is the ideal Valentine’s Day getaway for couples looking for some privacy. Peaceful and low key, Middleburg is known for its many wineries and serene natural beauty. Wineries that are known to host Valentine’s Day tastings, pairings, and other romantic events include Greenhill Winery & Vineyards, Boxwood Estate Winery, 50 West Vineyards, and Three Fox Vineyards. For an exquisite meal in a lovely atmosphere, head to Harrimans Virginia Piedmont Grill. It’s a divine fine dining restaurant that has been known to host some truly incredible Valentine’s Day dinners.
Amazon has listed Alexandria the number one most romantic city in the U.S. multiple times, so it’s not surprising that this city on the Potomac River attracts so many Valentine’s Day couples. The city is known for its gorgeous architecture, historical landmarks, and many unique shops and eateries. Captain’s Row is a wonderful place to take a stroll on the charming cobblestone roads. While you’re in the area, stop in at Grape + Bean for a glass of wine, or enjoy a mouthwatering meal at the fine dining restaurant, Restaurant Eve. The Waterfront at Founders Park is the perfect spot to unwind with a picnic by the water, and when you’re done, you can watch the street performers do their thing. Finish the night at Potomac Riverboat Company, where you can take a moonlit cruise complete with dining and dancing.
Nestled right next to the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville gives you that classic, rural Virginia charm. If you’re not sure where to go in Charlottesville, get the trip started off right with a relaxing couples spa day at The Boar’s Head. After you’ve been pampered, go to the Ivy Inn for dinner. The restaurant is known for its romantic atmosphere, with four dining rooms in an old historic house, as well as a large tented garden patio. The menu is locally inspired, seasonal American cuisine, and the food is highly acclaimed. After dinner, catch a play, concert, or movie at the city’s gorgeously decorated theater, The Paramount.
Richmond is Virginia’s capital city, and it’s famous for its charming atmosphere, incredible restaurants, and luxury shopping options. Be sure to visit Maymont, a public landmark that’s open all year and features a variety of attractions, including enchanting Japanese gardens, wildlife exhibits, and a nature center. Spend a day exploring the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, where you can see a huge variety of exhibits from all over the world. The Lemaire Restaurant in the iconic Jefferson Hotel is known for its upscale atmosphere and outstanding Southern-influenced cuisine. Another fantastic spot for a Valentine’s Day dinner is Can Can Brasserie, a Parisian-style restaurant with delicious French food and many wine and beer options.
Vienna is located in Fairfax County, which is a wonderful area for you and your sweetheart to explore. If you’re not sure where to go in Vienna first, you can’t go wrong with a stroll through the picturesque Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. See a live theatrical production, concert, or other performance at the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, then enjoy a wonderful dinner at Cafe Renaissance. It has a sophisticated, luxurious atmosphere, and the food is a wonderfully unique blend of classic French and Italian. While there’s plenty to do and see in this cozy town, don’t be afraid to venture out of Vienna to see what the rest of Fairfax County has to offer too.
One of the country’s oldest settlements, Williamsburg gives you a vintage small-town feel with plenty of modern amenities. As you might expect, Williamsburg is a haven for history buffs. Visit Colonial Williamsburg and cuddle up in a horse-drawn carriage ride while you’re transported back in time to Revolutionary City. Pamper yourselves with a couples massage at The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg, then visit The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg for a meal you won’t soon forget. The restaurant opened in 1772, and today, the historic establishment continues to offer musical entertainment in a sophisticated, candlelit environment. The menu features a variety of rustic dishes that offers a taste of the old world with a modern twist.
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