From the Appalachian wilderness with gorgeous scenic views to charming small towns with farm-fresh cuisine and local handicrafts, West Virginia offers of an abundance of things to do and see. Spend a wonderful Valentine’s Day vacation in West Virginia, which is nicknamed the Mountain State. Enjoy top-class skiing and winter hiking at its best in February. As for accommodations, vacation rentals in West Virginia range from spacious houses in historic mountain towns to cabins situated near luxurious hot springs. You can also opt for a loft nestled in the capital city of Charleston for convenient access to nightlife and shows. Take a look at the top places in West Virginia for a romantic getaway.
Pipestem in Southern West Virginia offers cozy vacation rentals in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains, just right for a Valentine’s Day getaway, and the Pipestem Resort State Park is the place to go for romantic activities to get you in the Valentine’s Day spirit. Bundle up, and take the short hike to the Bolar Lookout Tower. This three-story structure is located on the edge of the Bluestone River Gorge and gives you great views of the surrounding terrain. Take the aerial tram down to the floor of the gorge to see it all from a different perspective. Be sure to pick up tickets for the Bluestone Dining Room’s Sweetheart Dance, and enjoy a special evening swaying in each other’s arms to live musical entertainment.
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Charleston is a foodie’s paradise, and you and your sweetie are sure to love taking advantage of the many Valentine’s treats available throughout the city. Head to the Bluegrass Kitchen for a special Valentine’s Brunch, with red and pink favorites, including strawberry mimosas and red velvet waffles. At dinnertime, The Block Restaurant and Wine Cellar offers a four-course feast featuring farm-to-table specials and a large selection of wines plus live entertainment. The Bridge Road Bistro is another option for scrumptious food where you eat serenaded by the soft sounds of local jazz musicians. Between your feasting, take the time to browse the many shops downtown featuring items handcrafted by local artisans and take the self-guided tour at the West Virginia State Museum to learn a little more about the area’s history.
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3. White Sulphur Springs
For a Valentine’s Day getaway with a dose of luxury, book a vacation home in White Sulphur Springs, and head to the Greenbrier’s Mineral Spa for some pampering. From a hot stone massage to an invigorating whirlpool bath in the natural mineral waters, the spa’s services are designed to help you unwind. For a fabulous night out, the Greenbrier Resort offers an annual Valentine’s dinner and dance. Be sure to make reservations early, and pack your formal wear for this black-tie event. If you prefer something a little more casual, 50 East Restaurant & Tavern is where to go in White Sulphur Springs for fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere.
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4. Berkeley Springs
If relaxation is a high priority for your couple’s vacation, check out Berkeley Springs. The Roman Baths are where to go in Berkeley Springs for a historical soak in the hot mineral waters of the region, once enjoyed by George Washington. Located at Berkeley Springs State Park, the Roman Baths offer couple’s baths in a private room with a door. Ask about the special massage and soak combo package for even more relaxing goodness. Follow up your couple’s soak with a relaxing cup of tea at Ellen’s Tea Room. This upscale eatery offers a wide selection of teas plus traditional accompaniments, including delicious homemade scones and fresh, chocolate-dipped strawberries.
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5. Crab Orchard
From fabulous wines to fantastic skiing, Crab Orchard offers you a thrilling Valentine’s Day getaway. Make reservations early for wine tastings and dinner at Daniel Vineyards. Sample wines in the cozy tasting room to find something special to take back to your vacation rental, then settle in for a fantastic dinner at the vineyard with perfect wine pairings for every course plus live entertainment while you dine. To enhance your appetite, spend the day skiing at Winterplace Ski Resort. A variety of hills provide just the right level of adventure for everyone from beginners to advanced skiers. The resort also offers night time snow tubing, including lifts to get you back up to the top of the hill.
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If you and your sweetheart enjoy searching for treasures together, a Morgantown Valentine’s Day getaway has just what you need. Spend an afternoon browsing the city’s unique boutiques, such as Fig Leaf Boutique and Allegheny Treenware, then settle into a romantic dinner at Sargasso Morgantown, complete with wine flights and decadent desserts. Continue your celebration the next day with a pampering session at Spa Roma or Tuscan Sun Spa & Salon, then head to The Wine Bar At Vintner Valley for fine wine and chocolate tasting. Take in a show at Preston Community Arts Center in the evening, and enjoy a late-night dessert at the The Cupcakerie.
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Head to this rural Appalachian town for a true Valentine’s retreat with your special someone. Nearby Twin Falls State Park offers plenty of beautiful pathways for long strolls hand in hand, along with guided nature walks for those wanting to learn more about the local flora and fauna. Be sure to take in the park’s namesake waterfalls and the working Pioneer Farm. While at the park, make reservations for Valentine’s dinner at the Twin Falls Restaurant. Beautiful themed table settings, delicious wine pairings, and fabulous cuisine help ensure you have a special evening. After dinner, a DJ spins tunes for dancing into the night.
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