For Couples

Everyone knows Virginia is for Lovers, but do you know just how much there is to do in every Virginia vacation experience? From the beachfront sunrises and beach club spa days of Coastal VA, to the rooftop cocktails and shoreline oyster shucking of Central VA, to the caverns and cabernets of VA’s Wine region, there’s plenty to set the mood within a stone’s throw from your stay. Come discover why a Virginia vacation is all that you love, all in one trip.

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COASTAL | CENTRAL & COASTAL | CENTRAL & SHENAHDOAH VALLEY | NORTHERN | VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS | SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

COASTAL

Couples Coastal Toast

Embark on a romantic journey through Virginia's coast, from leisurely strolls on Virginia Beach's boardwalk to luxury and relaxation at the Cavalier Hotel. Dial up the adventure with kayaking and wine tasting at Chatham Vineyards on Virginia’s Eastern Shore or enjoy the perfect date night on Norfolk's lively Granby Street. Seal the experience with an enchanting sunset cruise on the Elizabeth River, crafting the perfect blend of adventure, indulgence, and unforgettable moments for couples.

Stop 1: Virginia Beach Oceanfront / Boardwalk

The Virginia Beach Oceanfront and Boardwalk offer the quintessential backdrop for a romantic stroll, sunrise watching, and evenings filled with vibrant nightlife.

Stop 2: The Cavalier Hotel and Beach Club

Indulge in luxury at the historic Cavalier Hotel. Sip on expertly crafted cocktails in the Raleigh Room, or unwind beachside at the exclusive Beach Club. This iconic hotel promises an unforgettable romantic escape with its blend of elegance, fine dining, and relaxation.

Stop 3: Chatham Winery + Kayak Experience

For the adventurous couple, the Paddle Your Glass Off kayak wine tour combines the thrill of kayaking through serene waters with the indulgence of wine tasting at Chatham Vineyards. It's a unique blend of excitement and relaxation that's perfect for making new memories together.

Stop 4: Nightlife in Downtown Norfolk

Immerse yourselves in Downtown Norfolk and its surrounding neighborhoods which offer breweries, bars, chef-owned restaurants and nightclubs. Named as one of the Best Small College Towns with the Best Music Scenes, Norfolk promises a fun night out for all kinds of couples. 

Stop 5: Sunset Elizabeth River Sailing Cruise

Cap off your romantic getaway with a Sunset Elizabeth River Sailing Cruise. There's nothing more enchanting than watching the sunset over the water, cocktail in hand, with your loved one by your side.

CENTRAL & COASTAL

Merroir

This itinerary is the perfect mix of culture, history, and culinary exploration, ideal for couples looking to create memorable moments together. Explore Richmond’s iconic trendy neighborhoods, immerse yourself in the world's largest living history museum, or try the 8 distinct oyster varieties found only in Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay.

Stop 1: Richmond Neighborhoods

Stroll hand in hand through the eclectic neighborhoods of Richmond, where every corner tells a story. From Carytown's boutique shopping and dining to the historic elegance of Monument Avenue, Richmond offers diverse experiences that cater to every couple's interests. Plan your evening to start with dinner at Can Can Brasserie, a Parisian-style steak frites eatery, followed by catching a movie at The Byrd Theater

Stop 2: Colonial Williamsburg

Wander through the cobblestone streets of Colonial Williamsburg, where the charm of the 18th century blends with romantic carriage rides, candlelit taverns, and historical tours. Visit Williamsburg Winery for an afternoon of wine tasting. Check out one of the delicious restaurants in Merchants Square like Amber Ox Public House or Blue Talon Bistro for a perfect ending to your evening.

Stop 3: Northern Neck and Merroir 

Embark on a culinary journey to the Northern Neck, where you can savor the renowned oysters of the region. Enjoy lunch at Merrior, overlooking the banks of the Rappahannock River where the local Rappahanock oysters are grown. Explore the small towns like Irvington, White Stone and Kilmarnock for local shopping, good eats and hidden gems.

Stop 4: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Immerse yourselves in the world of art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. With its expansive collections ranging from ancient to contemporary, it's an inspiring experience that sparks conversation and connection. Plan to grab a drink at the rooftop restaurant, Amuse, taking in sweeping views of the Robins Sculpture Garden.

Stop 5: T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge

Spend the morning walking along the many trails that surround the James River, including the Potterfield Bridge which sits atop the remnants of a former hydroelectric dam. The bridge is wheelchair, pedestrian and bike-friendly and links Brown’s Island and Manchester, offering spectacular views of the Richmond skyline and the James River. Other trails in the area include a Belle Isle loop and access to the North Bank Trail.

CENTRAL & SHENANDOAH VALLEY

Bearfence Mountain

Charlottesville’s got a bit of everything: adventure, relaxation, and plenty of romantic moments. From the world’s finest wines on the Monticello Wine Trail to scenic drives down the iconic Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, Charlottesville is the perfect home base for your next couple getaway.

Stop 1: Monticello Wine Trail

No visit to Charlottesville is complete without visiting Wine Enthusiast’s 2023 Wine Region of the year! Enjoy the afternoon exploring the Monticello Wine Trail, which consists of more than 30 beautiful wineries located within easy access of Charlottesville. With tastings, tours, and the backdrop of Virginia's countryside, it's a sensory journey through the flavors of the region. Be sure to check out the 2024 Governor’s Cup winner, King Family Vineyards.

Stop 2: Luray Caverns

Wander hand in hand through the mystical landscape of Luray Caverns, a U.S. Natural Landmark noted for the variety of formation and unsurpassed natural color. From well-lighted, paved walkways explore cathedral-sized rooms with ceilings 10 stories high, filled with towering stone columns and crystal-clear pools. Also, hear the haunting sounds of the world's only Stalacpipe Organ creating music of symphonic quality from stone formations.

Stop 3: Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive

Find solitude and serenity in Shenandoah National Park,. With scenic overlooks, a vast network of trails, and the chance to catch a stunning sunrise or sunset together, it's an outdoor lover's paradise. Check out Hawksbill or Old Rag for challenging but rewarding hikes or cruise along Skyline Drive, one of the most scenic drives in the world and the only public road through the park. 

Stop 4: You-Pick Experiences at local Orchards

Visit one of the local family-owned orchards like Chiles Peach Orchard or Carter Mountain Orchard for a “Pick-Your-Own” experience. Plan a trip during the fall for apple picking and cider drinking. Enjoy the sweeping views and serene setting as the perfect way to end the day. 

Stop 5: Downtown Charlottesville

Spend the afternoon exploring Charlottesville's Downtown Mall, a brick-paved pedestrian walkway with a mix of restored and renovated buildings. Visitors can enjoy shopping, dining and entertainment with 120 shops and 30 restaurants. Be sure to check out the Fridays After Five, a free concert series at the Ting Pavilion located on the Downtown Mall.

NORTHERN

Old Town Alexandria

Get ready to set off on a romantic Northern Virginia getaway! Unwind in luxury at the Salamander Middleburg, offering a perfect blend of relaxation and gourmet cuisine. Stroll through the enchanting streets of Old Town Alexandria and the Potomac Riverfront. Sample Virginia wine at Stone Tower Winery or enjoy a night out in downtown Arlington

Stop 1: Old Town Alexandria / Waterfront

Spend an afternoon strolling one square mile of historic streetscapes in Old Town Alexandria, a nationally designated historic district founded in 1749 with a range of design styles, from Federal to Victorian. Be sure to stop along the Waterfront, named one of the Best River Walks in the USA. Take in the views of the Potomac River and Washington, D.C. then enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants lining the waterfront like Ada’s on the River or BARCA Pier.

Stop 2: Great Falls Park

Just a short drive from the hustle and bustle, this natural oasis offers breathtaking views of the Potomac River as it cascades over rugged rocks. Witness the majestic beauty of Great Falls Park, where you can enjoy scenic hikes, picnics, and breathtaking views of the Potomac River, setting the scene for unforgettable moments together.

Stop 3: Salamander Middleburg

Indulge in a weekend of relaxation and romance at Salamander Middleburg. Nestled within the heart of Virginia's horse and wine country, couples will enjoy supremely luxurious accommodations, spa treatments and gourmet dining. Guests will enjoy a variety of activities onsite and the surrounding Middleburg area with local boutique shops, wineries and dining.

Stop 4: Wine Tasting in Loudoun 

With more than 50 wineries and tasting rooms in the county, visitors to Loudoun can’t miss an afternoon of unique winery experiences, including tastings, tours, wine dinners and live music. Share a toast to your love at some wineries with a view including Stone Tower Winery, Bluemont Vineyard and Hillsborough Winery, Brewery & Vineyard.

Stop 5: Arlington

Downtown Arlington is a great stop for dining, shopping and entertainment options. Experience the wide range of international restaurants available in the region, starting in Clarendon for Balkan bites at Ambar followed by SER in Ballston or the family-owned Lebanese Taverna.

 

VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS

Eagle Rock on the Tuscarora Trail

Heading to Roanoke with your better half? You're in for a mix of mountain adventures, cool city vibes, and laid-back evenings exploring the best of Virginia’s Star City. 

Stop 1: Virginia’s Triple Crown

Embark on an adventure to Virginia’s Triple Crown—McAfee Knob, Tinker Cliffs, and Dragon's Tooth. These hikes offer stunning views and the perfect opportunity for couples to share an unforgettable outdoor experience.

Stop 2: Downtown Roanoke 

Start the day with a visit to the Roanoke Star and Overlook on top of Mill Mountain. The perfect place to catch views of Roanoke. Enjoy dinner and drinks at one of the many farm-to-table restaurants in Roanoke such as The River & Rail and Lucky.

Stop 3: Blue Ridge Parkway and Mabry Mill

Drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, where the breathtaking landscapes provide a stunning backdrop. Stop at overlooks, hike to secluded spots, and enjoy the tranquility together. Located at Milepost 176, Mabry Mill is one of the iconic and photographed spots along the Blue Ridge Parkway. 

Stop 4: Black Dog Salvage

Explore the unique finds at Black Dog Salvage, a haven for vintage and repurposed goods. It's a fun and quirky way to spend an afternoon, hunting for treasures and unique pieces together.

Stop 5: Natural Bridge State Park

Designated as a Historical Landmark and located about 35 minutes north of Roanoke, Natural Bridge State Park is an outdoor-lovers must-see. With a 215-foot-high natural arch and a span of 90 feet, it is an awe-inspiring part of any trip to the region.

SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

Natural Tunnel State Park

For music lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike, a trip to this Southwest Virginia hidden gem is full of live appalachian music, mountain adventures, and luxurious stays with your partner. Whether you’re on the dance floor learning how to “flatfoot” or zooming down mountain trails, there’s something for everyone in Southwest Virginia.

Stop 1: Spearhead Trails

Discover the romantic side of adventure as you and your partner explore the scenic beauty of Southwest Virginia on the Spearhead Trails by ATV. It's a unique way to experience the great outdoors and share an unforgettable adventure.

Stop 2: The Crooked Road

Spend time exploring Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail on the Crooked Road, which winds through 300 miles of scenic terrain. With more than 60 cultural music venues, there is no shortage of musical experiences. Share an evening at the Carter Family Fold, a rustic, 1,000-seat music venue offering traditional music every Saturday night or check out the Floyd Country Store for their Friday Night Jamboree.

Stop 3: Main Street Bristol

Stroll hand in hand down Main Street Bristol, enjoying the eclectic shops, cozy cafes, and the vibrant spirit of this historic town. Don’t miss Blackbird Bakery for an assortment of homemade muffins, donuts, pastries and other sweet treats or the Burger Bar- a classic burger joint. 

Stop 4: Martha Washington Inn & Spa

Indulge in luxury at the Martha Washington Inn & Spa. Relax with spa treatments, savor gourmet dining, and enjoy the elegant surroundings in this historic inn for a truly romantic getaway.

Stop 5: Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Delve into the roots of country music together at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, discovering the stories and sounds that have shaped this American art form.