Virginia is for lovers, and you might have guessed that there are plenty of romantic spots in this great state of ours. Now that spring is in the air, it’s the perfect time to take your loved one to some of the loveliest spots around. Whether its an historic inn, a garden stroll, or an unforgettable meal, you’ll love making new memories at some of these places. And to be honest, these destinations can be just as enjoyable with friends or by yourself. That’s what makes them so magical. Get ready to fall in love with Virginia all over again.
1. Goodstone Inn & Restaurant
Feast your eyes on this romantic country inn and French restaurant in Middleburg. This bed and breakfast is set atop 265 acres of scenic rolling hills. Whether you visit for an afternoon or stay for a long weekend, Goodstone will provide a romantic getaway in true Virginia fashion.
Does it get any more charming than this?
2. Hull's Drive-In
Located in Lexington, Hull's drive-in is a must if you're looking for a retro movie night. You and your date can experience that feeling of young love complete with popcorn and some other treats.
3. Staunton River State Park
This beautiful state park in Scottsburg just happens to be one of the 25 parks in the entire world designated as a dark sky park. You better believe the stargazing here is out of this world. Bring a cozy blanket and enjoy this free show.
Combine an oceanfront view with what some have deemed the finest steak in Virginia, and you're in for a real treat. Located in Virginia Beach, Salacia provides the quintessential romantic experience.
A tropical island? Nope, just Virginia's gorgeous oceanfront view.
5. Keswick Hall
Nestled in 600 acres of countryside, Keswick Hall is one of Charlottesville's most idyllic places. And that means a lot considering that Charlottesville is listed number four in Livability’s top 10 most romantic cities.
Keswick Hall was built in 1912, and these historic rooms are some of the nicest in the country.
6. Elizabeth River Water Trail
The magical waters of the Chesapeake Bay are perfect for canoeing. The Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River Water Trail is what John Smith would have navigated in the spring of 1608. You and your loved one can make the same voyage setting out from Carolanne Farm Neighborhood Park.
7. Fox Meadow Winery
Fox Meadow Winery in Linden, Virginia houses some of the best wine in the state. Sip on some award-winning wine while gazing out on these breathtaking views.
8. The Inn at Little Washington
The Inn at Little Washington is one of the most charming getaways you'll find, and its spirit hasn't changed a bit since George Washington first surveyed the land in 1749.
9. Blue Ridge Ballooning
Is there a more romantic way to see the Blue Ridge Mountains than from a hot air balloon? This Charlottesville-based company provides sunrise, sunset, and any other time of day tours.
10. Virtue Feed & Grain
Virtue Feed & Grain is an historic building in Alexandria that was used as a feed house in the 1800s. This popular American tavern has patio seating and delicious fare that will make for the perfect date night spot. Check out that enchanting patio seating.
11. Pilot Mountain Scenic Overlook
If you're up for a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountain Parkway, this 30-mile stretch of scenery in Carroll County will be well worth it. From I-77, take Fancy Gap (Exit 8) for easy access.
Imagine meandering through the gardens of Richmond's Maymont arm-in-arm with that special someone. The park is completely free and one of the most well-tended in the state.
Virginia has a lot to offer in the romance department. This list just barely scratches the surface of possibilities for memorable visits. What are some of your favorite getaways in Virginia? We’d love to hear from you!