You’re thinking about asking a special someone that four-word question that could change the rest of your lives. Whether you decide to get down on bended knee, drop the ring in a glass of champagne, or recite poetry to your love, picking the right setting is an important part of planning this momentous occasion. And although we can’t plan out your entire proposal, we can give you some ideas for the most romantic locations to propose to your dearest.
— MOUNTAINTOP SUNRISES AND SUNSETS —
Wintergreen Resort is a four-season resort with snow sports, golf, and more, but it’s the view we’re interested in right now. Let the photo to the right speak louder than any of these words can.
Besides a photographer or hiker looking to get an early start, you shouldn’t encounter too much traffic at a Skyline Drive or Blue Ridge Parkway overlook. If you feel like hiking to have a truly unmatched experience, these are great views:
Whitetop Mountain is Virginia’s second highest peak and has stunning panoramic views of three states on a clear day. The highest peak, Mount Rogers, would also be an excellent choice for the hiking couple. There are wild ponies who may share in your joy!
Dan Ingalls Overlook in Bath County affords a breathtaking view complete with benches to enjoy your time together. Or catch her when she falls. *smile*
— WATERSIDE SUNRISES AND SUNSETS —
Pick a beach, any beach! You’ll find privacy on the Eastern Shore or at Sandbridge Beach, just south of the resort area of Virginia Beach.
Lighthouses are often a go-to for proposals as well, and Virginia has a number to choose from.
There are amazing sunrises and sunsets at Virginia’s lakes. Kerr Lake, Smith Mountain Lake and Lake Anna are the three largest lakes and have the most shoreline to situate yourself for the perfect opportunity.
Rivers offer yet another waterfront option for your perfect proposal. Three of the most popular rivers in Virginia are the James River, Potomac River, and Shenandoah River. Find a great spot for your proposal anywhere on the hundreds of miles of Virginia riverfront.
— STARGAZING —
A quiet place where there is little to no light pollution. Does it still exist? It does! Spread a blanket and be amazed at the night sky. When the time is right (you’ll know it!), ask that one question.
- Hungry Mother State Park, Marion
- Grayson Highlands State Park, Mouth of Wilson
- Sky Meadows State Park, Delaplane
- False Cape State Park, Virginia Beach
- York River State Park, Williamsburg
Maybe it’s not about the dark and seeing real stars, but about a memorable star. If so, there’s only one: the Mill Mountain Star in Roanoke. And yes, we want to see a selfie afterward!
— HISTORIC SITES —
Virginia is full of history, but here are several locations that excel at combining the charm of the past with the passion of the present.
Mount Vernon – Why not get engaged at the home of two of America’s most famous sweethearts, Martha and George Washington? Stroll in the backyard of Mount Vernon and propose along the banks of the Potomac, or choose a spot in the manicured gardens with the historic greenhouse in the background.
Natural Bridge – This incredible natural arch in Rockbridge County towers 215 feet over the pathway underneath. Take your beloved to marvel at this awe-inspiring piece of natural history while also writing your own history.
Monticello – Propose at Thomas Jefferson’s famous home in Charlottesville for backdrops that inspire everlasting love. In the warmer months, the grounds are abloom with thousands of beautiful blossoms.
LOVEworks Art Installations – With over 40 installations and counting all over the state, Virginia’s LOVEworks project has become a popular sighting for Virginians. For even more romance, plan your proposal at the LOVEworks installation beside Humpback Bridge in Covington. The artwork sits right beside the covered bridge—also referred to as a “kissing bridge”.
— GORGEOUS VIRGINIA GARDENS —
A lush, blooming garden is a great place for a spring or summer proposal (minding your allergies, of course). These gardens come to mind when considering beautiful backdrops and settings to await a “YES!”
Eyre Hall Gardens in Cheriton on Virginia’s Eastern Shore include canopies of crape myrtles with sweet wooden benches tucked beneath, the ruins of an 1819 orangery, and plenty of other paths and beds of beauty.
At the Edith J. Carrier Botanical Gardens in Harrisonburg you’ll find a duck pond with an arched bridge. Work with a photographer (and the Garden itself) to arrange to have the moment captured forever at this magical spot.
If you love cherry blossoms, we have great news! You don’t have to go to Washington, D.C. to walk among them. Head to Red Wing Park in Virginia Beach where there are rows of these dainty pinkish-white lovelies to stroll between and drop to a knee. It’s also another great engagement portrait location.
Gigantic trees with branches so low you can sit on them, a waterfall and other water features, flowering nooks, architecture … you can find these at Maymont in Richmond.
We wish you all the best, and a life filled with LOVE and happiness!