There’s something romantic about a picnic. Whether you’ve spread a quilt in the shade of a tree with a rippling creek nearby or hiked to a waterfall or mountain peak, it can be an historic moment to treasure.
There are people who would love to help you with your perfect picnic, and they have a place for you to stay the night, too. Let them do the work while you reap the reward. That’s winning.
— SKYLAND AND BIG MEADOWS LODGE | LURAY —
Hiking in Shenandoah National Park. Image by CameronDavidson@CameronDavidson.com.
The famed Appalachian Trail runs through Shenandoah National Park, so why not make explore a portion? The recommended way to book the Appalachian Trail Package is to stay one night at Big Meadows, hike the nine miles of the A.T. to Skyland, and enjoy dinner and a night of relaxation. A bagged lunch for two people is included, and each of you will also receive an Appalachian Trail (VA) or Old Rag Mountain medallion. Rates vary. Book Now
— THE TIDES INN | IRVINGTON —
The Tides Inn
Get settled into the beautiful, recently renovated Tides Inn on Carter Creek for a tour of the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail. The Virginia Wine Trail Getaway package includes deluxe accommodations, breakfast, picnic basket lunch for your winery tour, and a three-course dinner in the restaurant or by room service. Rates vary. Book Now
— SALAMANDER RESORT & SPA | MIDDLEBURG —
Salamander Resort & Spa
One can barely throw a stone without it landing in a vineyard in Loudoun County. The area is rich with amazing wine production, and Salamander Resort is one amazing place from which to experience it. Their Grape Escape package includes a chauffered tour to nearby wineries for tastings and a picnic lunch to take with you. In addition, your stay will be two nights and include a bottle of wine and Caudalie Nourishing Dry Oil, a treatment made with bordeaux grape seed oils. Rates vary by room type. Book Now
— MARRIOTT RANCH | HUME —
If your “other” enjoys horseback riding, perhaps Chaps & Chardonnay will pique his or her interest. This single night stay will include a country breakfast for two, horseback riding, wine tastings at three nearby wineries, and a gourmet picnic basket that includes a bottle of wine. Take the basket with you as you tour. From $385. Call 877-324-7344 to Book.
— BY THE SIDE OF THE ROAD BED & BREAKFAST | HARRISONBURG —
By the Side of the Road Bed & Breakfast
Hang your hat on shopping, staying and eating “local” with the Absolutely Local package from the innkeepers at By the Side of the Road. This package features “local” everything: gourmet breakfast, winery tasting, gift certificates for the farmers market, downtown dining, and ice cream parlor, plus a light picnic basket filled with locally-made goodies. Add on to your room rate for $150. Book Now
— THE INN AT MEANDER PLANTATION | LOCUST DALE —
The Inn at Meander Plantation
You’ll feel right at home at this elegant 1776 country estate with gourmet restaurant. Fodor’s calls it “one of the south’s best bed and breakfasts,” and you’re sure to see why when you book their Virginia Wine Country package. It includes two nights in a room or suite, fruit, cheese and wine upon arrival, locally-sourced breakfast and dinner, tastings at area wineries, and a beautiful gourmet picnic for the day of your choosing. From $575. Book Now
— THE CLAIBORNE HOUSE | ROCKY MOUNT —
The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast
If you’re looking for the secret picnic spots along the Blue Ridge Parkway, you’ll want to connect with The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast. Reserve two nights at this 1895 Queen Anne Victorian and enjoy breakfast before heading out for a special day of discovery. You’ll be given a picnic basket filled with everything you need: classic checked blanket, sandwiches, sides, desserts, and drinks, and the coveted map to locate a private place. Basket must be returned. From $110 + $45. Book Now
— MOUNTAIN ROSE INN | WOOLWINE —
The innkeepers are offering a three-night stay “for the birders,” but you don’t have to be a bird watcher to enjoy every piece of this thoughtfully packaged experience. You’ll get breakfast every day (of course), plus a packed picnic both days for your creekside excursion on the Virginia Birding & Wildlife Trail, which runs through their property. Dinner for one night is taken care of, too. They’re kicking in $40 for you at their favorite Italian restaurant. $569-$629. Book Now
— MAYHURST INN | ORANGE —
Romance is the theme of this loaded package from the innkeepers at Mayhurst Inn. With your two-night stay, you’ll enjoy in-room massages, $50 gift certificate to apply to dinner one night, daily breakfast, champagne and strawberries, fresh flowers, and a picnic basket packed for wherever your day may lead. $752-$795. Call 888-672-5597 to Book. *Note: Advance notice of 10 days is required.
— THE COLLINS HOUSE INN | MARION —
As you explore beautiful southwest Virginia and the historic downtown of Marion, consider The Collins House Inn, a AAA three-diamond bed and breakfast, as the place you’ll lay your head. The innkeepers offer luxury accommodations with private baths; you’ll be most comfortable. For just $25 on top of your room rate, a picnic for two will be packed for your day out and about. From $135 + $25. Book Now
Rates were accurate at the time of this writing and are subject to change without notice.