Staying in a sprawling luxury resort is always a nice treat, but sometimes a quieter approach to romance can be a more inviting option. Whisk your sweetheart away for an intimate getaway at one of these lovely Virginia overnight destinations to experience the extravagance of a five-star hotel in a more personal setting.
— GOODSTONE INN —
If you’re big on staying where celebrities stay, Goodstone Inn in Middleburg is a nice option. Jenna Bush Hager wrote in a Town & Country Magazine article, “Ideally, and if I’m incredibly lucky, I’m in Kennebunkport or Middleburg. When we’re in Middleburg, we stay at the Goodstone Inn.”
Eighteen rooms and suites are spread across six historic guesthouses and the main house, plus you’ll find delicious farm-to-table dining at the Restaurant at Goodstone, which was included as one of “America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants 2013″ list by WineEnthusiast.
Additionally, Goodstone Inn was the only Virginia property to grace the “2014 Top 10 Most Romantic Inns” list produced by iLoveInns.com.
Rates are from $275 per night. Book Now— INN AT RIVERBEND —
Situated on a high bluff above the New River in Pearisburg is Inn at Riverbend, named a Top 10 Romantic Inn for 2013 by BedAndBreakfast.com (an international list, by the way), of which the Inn is also a Diamond Collection member. In fact, the Inn has a “most romantic” room you might reserve — Palisades is a main level corner room with an amazing view of the surrounding mountains and the river below. Your own semi-private deck with rockers is the perfect place to while away an afternoon with a bottle of wine.
Rates are from $204 per night. Book Now— THE INN AT MOUNT VERNON FARM —
Called one of “The South’s Best Bed & Breakfasts” by Southern Living, The Inn at Mount Vernon Farm in Sperryville is an 845-acre farmstead. The home was built in the late 1820s and remains in the same family. Major upgrades were made to the home in 2010 to make it the luxury inn you’ll find today. Accommodations include a two-room king suite with sunporch, a cozy summer kitchen cabin with fireplace, and first floor rooms with clawfoot tubs.
Rates are from $249 per night. Book Now— CHANNEL BASS INN BED AND BREAKFAST —
The very comfortable Channel Bass Inn on Chincoteague Island has been featured in Southern Living, which recommends you book “The romantic Topcliffe room with distant views of the Chincoteague Bay.” The food is quite good as well, which we’ve noted before, but The Daily Meal actually included Channel Bass as one of “The Top 50 US Bed-and-Breakfasts for Food.”
Rates are from $135. Book Now— THE INN AT ONANCOCK —
Five rooms decorated to reflect the owners’ favorite worldly destinations await you at The Inn at Onancock in Onancock. You’ll be treated to luxury everything, including spa-like en suites, signature robes, feather-top beds, exclusive signature toiletries, not to mention the gourmet food. One reviewer exclaimed, “The Tuscan Room is – by far – the most romantic place we’ve ever been. We no longer need to fly all the way to Italy – this is so much better. You’ve gone above and beyond on every level.”
Rates are from $135 per night. Book Now— L’AUBERGE PROVENÇALE —L’Auberge Provençale in White Post has several notable acknowledgements by big names, including mentions in USA Today, Wine Spectator, and Fodor’s. The on-site restaurant is Zagat-rated and holds the coveted AAA Four Diamond Status. A French-style country inn, L’Auberge Proveçale blends quiet comfort with modern luxury and is close to the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive, two of Virginia’s most well-known scenic drives. Stay in one of the 11 distinctive guest rooms to enjoy sophisticated accommodations, exceptional cuisine, and outstanding service.
Rates are from $189 per night. Book Now— THE HOPE AND GLORY INN —
Located in Irvington, The Hope and Glory Inn has earned nods from Travel + Leisure, Coastal Living Magazine, and even the New York Times. The inn, built in the 1890’s as a schoolhouse and transformed in 1908, has an on-site winery called “The Dog & Oyster”. Landlubbers can enjoy cocktail hour at the bar or you can hitch a ride on the oyster boat for drinks and a sunset cruise. There are a variety of beautiful residences, with six rooms in the main house, six garden cottages, and four vineyard lodges.
Rates are from $175 per night. Book Now— MIDDLETON INN BED AND BREAKFAST —Middleton Inn Bed and Breakfast is an AAA Four Diamond Award winner and has also been recognized by Southern Living and Condé Nast Traveler. Located in the scenic small town of Washington, the inn is situated on a classic country estate within walking distance of the town’s picturesque shopping village. Plus, food lovers can dine at the nearby critically acclaimed Inn at Little Washington.
Rates are from $325 per night. Book Now— CLIFTON INN —Clifton Inn in Charlottesville brings to mind the elegance of a historic Virginia mansion. With accolades from Southern Living, Travel + Leisure, Food and Wine, Modern Bride, Weddings Unveiled, and The Knot, the Clifton Inn is a show-stopping selection for those seeking romance. Less than 20 unique rooms and suites are available to guests and the inn is a popular choice for weddings throughout the year, so make sure you book this charming inn well in advance.
Rates are from $229 per night. Book Now— GARDEN AND SEA INN —
Located near Chincoteague Island and the Chesapeake Bay, the Garden and Sea Inn in New Church is a perfect getaway destination for those seeking accommodations on the Virginia peninsula. This charming inn has lush gardens, trickling ponds, and an outdoor pool complete with a shady gazebo that is open during the summer months.
Near Chincoteague Island and the Chesapeake Bay. Explore Assateague Island during your stay or browse the shops on Chincoteague Island.
Rates are from $120 per night. Book Now— THE ASHBY INN AND RESTAURANT —The Ashby Inn and Restaurant in Paris offers miles of expansive country landscape only an hour outside of the nation’s Capital. Built in 1829, the inn has six rooms in the main house and four suites in an adjacent building. The property also boasts an on-site farm-to-table restaurant. For the visiting romantics looking for outdoor activities, Sky Meadows State Park, found a mere two miles from the inn, has six miles of horse trails and fourteen miles of hiking trails.
Rates are from $160 per night. Book Now— WAYPOINT HOUSE BED AND BREAKFAST —
Situated in the Shenandoah Valley and just minutes from Winchester, the Waypoint House Bed and Breakfast in Berryville provides old-fashioned Virginia hospitality along with clean, comfortable accommodations. This pet-friendly bed and breakfast has all the modern conveniences, but still manages to retain the charm of a small inn. Stop by a few of the nearby vineyards to taste some of Virginia’s finest wines.
Rates are from $125 per night. Book Now— FOUNTAIN HALL BED AND BREAKFAST —Culpeper’sFountain Hall Bed and Breakfast has six tasteful rooms that provide guests with plenty of relaxation and comfort. Guests staying at this romantic B&B can visit dozens of renowned wineries in the neighboring Charlottesville and Barboursville areas, or get their fill of history at some of the nearby Civil War battlefield sites. Looking for more outdoorsy activities? Horseback riding, hiking, and biking trails abound in the surrounding areas.
Rates are from $145 per night. Book Now
It should go without saying that this is not an end-all, be-all list of places to enjoy a romantic getaway. We’ve shared information on our favorite amorous attractions before: