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Virginia: The perfect romantic sojourn for this Valentines Day and beyond

NITN | @notintownlive | 10 Mar 2022, 11:24 am

Virginia: The perfect romantic sojourn for this Valentines Day and beyond Virginia-Valentines Day

Richmond: Nothing satisfies that yearning better than a little adventure – whether experienced with a partner, family, friend, or simply by yourself, which brings us to Virginia’s famous slogan, Virginia is for lovers.

Whether a couple prefers wining and dining, outdoor activities or luxurious lay-abouts, Virginia has something for every one's true love.

Here’s a list of few tempting destinations-

Virginia for Wine Lovers

Located in DC’s Wine Country in Northern Virginia, Lansdowne Resort sits on 476 acres along the Potomac River.

Spend your getaway roaming through the rolling green countryside and quaint small towns of Loudoun County, making sure to visit some of the more than 40 wineries.

When not tasting Virginia’s finest vintages, take advantage of the resort’s many amenities, including three golf courses, miles of trails along the Potomac River, and the luxurious spa.

It’s almost impossible to resist a treatment infused with locally sourced wines, like the Cabernet and Cacao Cocoon, an 80-minute body treatment - which includes wine for you to drink while relaxing.

If a more intimate and quiet wine retreat is more your style, book one of five cottages at Afton Mountain Vineyards in the Blue Ridge Mountains outside of Charlottesville.

While there, people prefer stopping at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and learn why Jefferson is often revered as the Father of American Wine.

With more than 300 wineries located throughout Virginia, a wine lover's adventure is only a sip away no matter where you chose to stay.

Virginia is for Mountain Lovers

For an outdoor getaway that is both affordable and exhilarating, plan a stay in a luxury cabin at Breaks Interstate Park.

They offer several options for overnight accommodations, which are especially affordable during off-season (December 1-March 31).

There are more than 25 miles of hiking trails winding through the park and 12 miles of mountain bike trails with varying lengths, ranging in skill level from moderate to expert.

Visitors can get their adrenaline fix on the latest park adventure: the CanyonRim Zipline.

Three zip line sections run across the Russell Fork River Gorge, often referred to as the “Grand Canyon of the South”.

For those who prefer to simply view the scenic mountains from their windows, the Iris Inn Bed & Breakfastis nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, overlooking the storied Shenandoah Valley is a great place to rejuvenate.

Only three miles from Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway, this mountain retreat offers plenty of spectacular
views within a short drive.

One could also stay at the Inn at Riverbend, overlooking the Appalachian Mountains with the New River running below.

Each room opens to a deck with breathtaking views of the mountains for awe-inspiring sunsets. Afterwards, warm up by the inn’s stone fireplace with a glass of Virginia wine.

Virginia is for Beach Lovers

Few things are as romantic as watching a Virginia sunset on the beach with your special someone.

Get a front-row seat to one of the best sunset scenes in Virginia when you plan a stay at the Hotel Cape Charles.

This contemporary Chesapeake Bay hotel offers a jumping off point for either trips to the famous boardwalk of Virginia Beach, or north, up the Eastern Shore, for quiet solitude and wildlife watching – including the famous ponies of Chincoteague.

One of Virginia beach’s most luxurious retreats, Founders Inn & amp; has capacious guest rooms with plenty of amenities, including a resort spa dedicated.

If you’re there in the winter, make sure to take a whale watching cruise. In warmer months, get closer to the water and go kayaking with dolphins.

Even a simple walk on the beach at sunset will make you fall in love with Virginia’s beaches.

Virginia is for Luxury Lovers

The Inn at Willow Grove is a boutique hotel hidden in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains that caters to the luxury-loving.

The restored 18th century plantation home, the inn blends southern charm with all the modern amenities you expect in a luxury resort.

An overnight stay at the inn includes hors d’œuvres in the Salon during the early evening, sweet treats and tea at turn-down, homemade beignets and coffee delivered to your door in the morning, and concierge butler service throughout your stay.

Don’t miss out on dining at Vintage, Willow Grove’s on-site restaurant that was awarded the Forbes Travel Guide Four Star rating.

Another classic romantic getaway choice is The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond that has been a staple in the luxury hotel scene
since 1895.

This historic building is still known for its grandeur and breathtaking architecture and has been recognized by the AAA organization as a Five Diamond award winner for eighteen years in a row and by Mobil with the highly sought-after Five Star award.

When planning your visit, make sure you book reservations at the hotel’s fine dining establishment, Lemaire Restaurant, for an unforgettable meal that highlights Virginia-grown products.

Then spend a night out on the town taking in Richmond’s music and spirited craft beer and cocktail scene.

Virginia is for Craft Beer Lovers

Speaking of beer scenes - if a craft brew break with family or friends sounds like your first love, consider booking the inn at Blue Mountain Brewery.

This 4,000 square foot cottage has five bedrooms, three and a half baths, a game room complete with a pool table, and a fully stocked kitchen.

This cottage retreat sits adjacent to its namesake, Blue Mountain Brewery, a brewery and full-service restaurant serving up excellent sandwiches, brick oven pizzas, and much more to go with your frosty craft beers.

During warmer months, grab a seat on the outdoor patio and admire the gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounding countryside.

The inn is conveniently located near dozens of other spirited offerings, from craft breweries, to wineries, distilleries and cideries – in case you want to venture out and visit more.

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