Virginia is for lovers–that’s what they say, after all! And who are we to argue? Given all the love in that warm, Southern air, Virginia makes for the perfect place for you to cozy up with your loved one.
But what will you find in the state nicknamed “the Old Dominion” besides its reputation for hospitality? Nothing short of some of the most important sites in the US, that’s what. Playing key roles in independence and the Civil Rights Movement, there’s no shortage of attractions. Check out George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate, soak up nature at Shenandoah National Park, or pay your respects to some of the greats at Arlington National Cemetery.
Whenever you want to rev up the romance, Virginia never fails to deliver. Check out our top 15 Virginia picks on the beach, the bay, in town, and out in the country for your next love-cation.
1. The Clifton Inn
Experience this world-class inn with country charm in Charlottesville, Virginia. At the Clifton Inn, couples can relax in true coziness and comfort.
While all the rooms are elegantly decorated in the beautiful and traditional character of the place, only the Honeymoon Cottage can guarantee you and your loved one all the privacy and intimacy you need for a romantic getaway. This gorgeous oasis features pine floors, a high-beamed ceiling, French doors, and an antique claw foot soaking tub.
Up the ante of your idyllic vacation with the spa package, including an in-room couple’s massage, bottle of sparkling wine, three-course meal at the Clifton’s 1799 Restaurant, and a full breakfast the following morning. If you’re looking for a way to pop the question or simply rekindle the fame, the Clifton provides you with the perfect setting.
2. Landsdowne Resort & Spa
Treat yourself (and your partner) to the relaxation and renewal that await you at the Landsdowne Resort & Spa in Leesburg, Virginia. This resort is obsessed with providing guests with the utmost luxury. Its phenomenal riverside location sets the scene, while golf courses and an exquisite spa ensure relaxation.
You’ll certainly learn to ignore those who say golf is a good walk spoiled when tackling courses created by Robert Trent Jones Jr and Greg Norman. Then sooth tired muscles at Spa Minerale, whose expert team have an unrivaled list of treatments at their disposal. Add to this live music every Friday at Fanny’s Garden, and your weekend is sure to be the success you’re hoping for.
3. The Tides Inn
This beauty on the bay is just waiting to enchant you and your partner. On a private peninsula, the Tides Inn is surrounded by gorgeous views of the internationally renowned Chesapeake Bay and succulent seafood to boot.
Whether you want to relax by the water, play some golf, unwind in the spa, or take advantage of the nearby water activities, the Tides has it all. Without even leaving the resort, you and your sweetheart can take out kayaks, canoes, or paddleboats. You can go jet skiing, sailing, or fishing. Or you can explore the historic town of Irvington by bike. And if none of that suits you, you still have to eat! Consider signing up for the wine and whisky tastings, where you’ll learn the secrets of these celebrated tipples.
4. Four Sails Resort
Come one, come all to Virginia Beach—a 28-mile stretch of pristine beaches and laid-back vibes. And when you venture to this coastal haven, there’s no place more suited for romance than the Four Sails Resort, where every guest room faces the ocean and has its own whirlpool bathtub for two.
Bask under the sun all day long when you visit the Four Sails, and then cool off on the sun deck for dinner on the water. Share a sauna, or simply lounge on your private balcony before rustling up a bite to eat from your very own kitchen.
5. Foxfield Inn
In the picturesque city of Charlottesville is an even more picturesque bed & breakfast named the Foxfield Inn. This cozy hideaway lets couples unplug and reconnect with each other, away from the chaos of daily life.
And there’s plenty of reason to consider the Foxfield. Visit one of the 50 wineries, breweries, cideries, and distilleries in the area. Check out horseback riding through the woods, or take a hot air balloon ride over the mountains (preferably not after the booze tour).
Then when you’re ready to settle back into your home-away-from-home after a day of fun, relax in the outdoor hot tub and prepare for the gourmet breakfast that you’ll wake up to; spanning lemon blueberry muffins, eggs Florentine, pumpkin waffles, and more.
6. Smithfield Station Inn
In this river-port town in southern Virginia lies a waterfront jewel by the name of the Smithfield Station Inn. This destination has now been recognized by the Chesapeake Bay Magazine’s Best of the Bay awards for its seventh year in a row. Overlooking the marina with traditional waterfront architecture, The Smithfield Station offers guests consistently beautiful views and an inviting atmosphere.
When you stay at the inn, I recommend making your trip even more romantic by upgrading to one of just two suites located in Virginia’s only lighthouse accommodation. In addition to their unique situation and matchless river views, they feature fireplaces and king-sized beds. The Captain Sinclair Suite on the lighthouse’s top level also has a private Jacuzzi.
7. Historic Williamsburg Inn
Travel back in time when you stay at the historic Williamsburg Inn. In this Revolutionary City, you and your loved one can play your part in meeting the historical figures of the colonial age. Converse with the tradespeople, shopkeepers, political figures, and commoners that kept Williamsburg bustling during its height. Immerse yourself in the action that led up to the Revolutionary War.
While Williamsburg isn’t short of places to stay, the Williamsburg Inn is the only Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star rated resort in its Historic Triangle. Rich in Regency period elegance, its views extend across a variety of landscapes, not least the Golden Horsehoe Golf Course. Elsewhere at this refined stay couples will find a full-service spa, indoor pool, and modern fine dining.
8. Iris Inn
Among the serene mountains of the Shenandoah Valley, you and your significant other can relax and reconnect at the Iris Inn. This luxury bed & breakfast offers guests the tranquility that they need to focus on what’s really important.
At the Iris Inn, every room is designed with the guests in mind. No matter where you stay at this destination, you will be able to take advantage of the plush Blue Mountain terrain and abundant space. The Iris’s accommodations all feature lots of space, large windows, and expansive outdoor decks for guests to fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the region.
Outside of the Inn, there are a multitude of things to do. Within 30 minutes of the Iris are a grand total of 28 wineries—nearly one per minute! There’s also 500 miles worth of hiking trails full of waterfalls, cliffs, creeks, and lush greenery. Meanwhile, downtown Staunton boasts unique and eclectic shops for an all-around charming experience.
9. The Goodstone Inn
Set on 265 acres of rolling hills, this countryside inn lets you unplug and unwind in the heart of Virginia’s wine and horse country. Grab your loved one and head to the Goodstone Inn for true peace and quiet. Here, the romance flows through the air. This estate features country-style charm combined with modern luxury to give you the perfect retreat away from it all.
Dig into a complimentary seasonally-inspired breakfast, incorporating flavors and ingredients from the Goodstone’s own farm. Savor the house eggs Benedict, complete with champagne hollandaise, in addition to a rich cappuccino or latte.
And if you want to venture out into nature for the day, request a Picnic Lunch for Two at the Goodstone. The renowned chefs will pack you an assortment of cheeses and crackers, a choice of sandwich, fresh organic greens with champagne vinaigrette, kettle-cooked chips, bottled water, and either fresh fruit or a homemade dessert. Not too shabby to carry along to the nearby wineries!
10. Salamander Resort & Spa
Stroll into this astounding equestrian estate, surrounded by wild flower meadows and a backdrop of the Bull Run Mountains. At the Salamander Resort & Spa just 40 miles out from Washington D.C., your health and wellness are priority.
Luxuriate in the 23,000-square-foot spa & wellness center at the Salamander, with 14 treatment rooms, a couples’ spa suite, an outdoor infinity edge spa pool with poolside cabanas, an indoor pool, a full-service salon, and a complete fitness facility.
Try the “Time for Two” couples’ massage to destress with your partner. This experience starts with 25 minutes of suite time, where you’ll enjoy the multi-jet shower, private wrap-around stone patio, outdoor whirlpool, and cozy fireplace. Afterwards, you and your loved one will indulge in luxurious side-by-side massages.
11. Island Motor Inn Resort
Off the coast of Virginia on the idyllic 37-square-mile island of Chincoteague, a wonderful romantic getaway awaits. The family-run Island Motor Inn gives guests a quaint waterfront oasis where all the stress of daily life fades away.
No matter where you stay at the Island Motor Inn, you face out onto the water with your own private balcony. For some alone time with your partner, reserve a spot in the adult wing of the resort.
And depending on what time of year you decide to visit Chincoteague, you can either participate in the Seafood Festival (May), Pony Penning and Swim (July), Oyster Festival (October), and more. With the vast surrounding waters, you know the seafood will be some of the freshest you’ve ever tried. And when I say “pony,” I’m referring to the herds of wild horses that have called this region their home for hundreds of years. This place is truly like no other.
12. The Stonewall Jackson Inn
Visit the Stonewall Jackson Inn, established in 1885, for your next weekend trip away. This historic Inn, chalk-full of Southern hospitality and historic charm, creates the perfect setting for some serious R & R.
At Harrisonburg’s Stonewell Jackson Inn, you and your significant other will feel right at home—if your home happens to be a beautifully furnished mansion on a peaceful plot of land with rosebushes, flowerbeds, and an old horse and carriage barn in the back.
And to really impress your loved one, splurge for the “Romantic Getaway” package, incorporating a bunch of roses, a bottle of champagne, and dinner.
13. Wintergreen Resort
For lovers of the outdoors, the Wintergreen Resort is true paradise. Nestled into the Blue Ridge Mountains, this mix of condominiums and vacation homes make up a peaceful and refreshing destination in western Virginia.
At Wintergreen, you’ll never run out of activities. With six different hiking trails covering all ranges of skill level, there’s something for everyone. If you’re looking for more of an adrenaline rush, you can’t miss The Zip, a zip line through the mountains that spans 900 feet with speeds up to 40 mph. But there’s also golf, numerous hard court tennis courts, and even skiing during the winter months.
14. The Inn at Riverbed
Located in Blacksburg, Virginia, in the heart of Appalachia, the Inn at Riverbed invites you to “relax your mind,” “refuel your soul,” and “renew your passion.” Among many other awards, the Inn at Riverbed won the “Best B&B of Virginia” in 2015 from the magazine Virginia Living, and you will discover exactly why when you stay here for your next romantic getaway.
Each guest room is adorned in luxury to ensure your absolute comfort. Pamper yourself in your own private whirlpool tub, and lay back into your king-size bed with a complimentary DVD playing on your room’s flat-screen TV. Sit back, relax, and enjoy.
15. The Inn at Little Washington
And last but not least, the Little Washington in the tiny town of Washington, Virginia, with a population of 134. As in, 134 people. Total. In the entire town. And you and your loved one can be two of them for a weekend!
Enjoy the historic Inn that was originally built in 1905 and has been completely refurbished to elegant perfection. The beautiful Inn lives up to its original glory, greeting you immediately with a welcome cocktail, and continuing in the hospitality from there.
That said, the main reason to stay at The Inn at Little Washington is for its dining, which has been awarded a maximum three Michelin stars. Led by chef Patrick O’Connell, the kitchen team manage to create true culinary masterpieces, spanning tuna and swordfish carpaccio, pepper-crusted duck, and coconut-passionfruit Bavarian with angel food cake across a succession of courses.