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  • 10 Romantic Destinations in Virginia

    by Casey | Posted on February 3rd, 2014

    Valentine’s Day is approaching and we have a great list of destinations for you and your sweetheart to spend a night or weekend. Make your getaway reservations as soon as possible.

    A great dining experience is an integral part of a destination’s appeal, and I was happy to find that OpenTable recently sifted through 19,000 restaurants’ five million reviews to name the 2014 Most Romantic Restaurants in America. Wouldn’t you know it? Virginia has several nods on the list, which are included in the first four destinations below.

    Goodstone Inn & Restaurant

    Goodstone Inn & Restaurant

    1. Middleburg – The Goodstone Inn & Restaurant sits in the midst of Virginia’s hunt country and offers a fine farm-to-table menu of French Country cuisine.

    Stay and Play:

    Goodstone Inn itself offers six distinctive dwellings.
    ~ Salamander Resort opened in August 2013 and can easily be described as lavishly luxurious.
    ~ Salamander Spa
    ~ Barrel Oak Winery Fine Art Gallery & Tasting Room

    More about Middleburg

    2. BoyceL’Auberge Provencale French Restaurant is ZAGAT rated and holds AAA Four Diamond status.

    Stay and Play:

    ~ L’Auberge Provencal Bed and Breakfast has been recognized by USA Today as one of Seven Irresistible Country Retreats.
    ~ The Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail

    More about Boyce

    Keswick Hall

    Keswick Hall

    3. Vienna/Fairfax CountyCafe Renaissance blends French with Italian and gives it a modern twist.

    Stay and Play:

    ~ The Ritz-Carlton caters to your needs with a full service spa and upscale dining.
    ~ Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

    More about Fairfax County

    4. Virginia Beach – Boasting two recommendations on the OpenTable list, Virginia Beach is a fantastic romantic destination any time of year. The Cellars is located in an authentic 1860′s farmhouse cellar, making it a truly unique experience. The menu is described as French County with a Southern flare.

    The second Virginia Beach restaurant on the list is Salacia, the only AAA Four Diamond steakhouse in Virginia.

    Stay and Play:

    ~ Church Point Manor Bed and Breakfast is the historic farmhouse in which you’ll find The Cellars. It’s full of beautiful antiques and only a mile from the Chesapeake Bay.
    ~ Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront is home base for Salacia and is one of the most upscale resort hotels in Virginia Beach. Check out the Sky Bar, too.
    ~ Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art

    More about Virginia Beach

    5. Charlottesville – Livability offers a list of Top 10 Romantic Cities and this historic area of Virginia happens to sit at number four.

    Stay and Play:

    ~ Clifton Inn is a luxury boutique hotel of Relais & Chateaux esteem. Fewer than 20 uniquely appointed rooms and suites are available, and world-class dining is at your fingertips.
    ~ Keswick Hall is a “country house hotel” with 48 rooms, and is part of the Southern Living Hotel Collection.
    Jefferson Vineyards
    ~ Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

    Lorien Hotel and Spa

    Lorien Hotel and Spa

    6. Alexandria – Amazon has released its annual list of Top 20 Most Romantic Cities in the U.S., including Alexandria at number five.

    Stay and Play:

    ~ Morrison House is a romantic, small hotel with big acknowledgements: Mobil four-star and AAA Four Diamond.
    ~ Lorien Hotel and Spa is a luxury boutique hotel that is sensibly sophisticatd. Adjacent dining at BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier is a delight.
    ~ Potomac Riverboat Company

    Additional romantic destinations you might consider:

    7. Richmond: The Jefferson Hotel and Lemaire Restaurant
    8. Washington: Inn at Little Washington and Inn at Little Washington Dining
    9. Williamsburg: The Williamsburg Inn and Cafe Provencal
    10. Orange: The Inn at Willow Grove and Elmwood at Sparks

    What’s your romantic style? Leave us a comment!

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    Couples, Virginia Destinations | 3 Comments

    3 Responses to “10 Romantic Destinations in Virginia”

    1. Casey says:

      Goodstone Inn & Restaurant selected as one of the Top Ten Most Romantic Inns of 2014 by American Historic Inns and I Love Inns – http://www.iloveinns.com/2014-top-10-romantic-inns-2/

    2. Casey says:

      January 28, 2014: The Municipal taps Charlottesville and Harrisonburg as Top U.S. Towns for Romance: http://www.themunicipal.com/2014/01/top-u-s-towns-for-romance/

    3. Casey says:

      A day late and a dollar short, we learn that Roanoke has been included in the Top 10 Valentine’s Day Getaways alongside places like Venice, Hong Kong, and Bali. See the article: http://www.worldpropertychannel.com/featured-columnists/great-destinations/valentines-day-valentines-romantic-getaways-romantic-getaways-7956.php