February may be known as the month of love, but Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley celebrates love with romantic getaways year ‘round. Gracious inns, boutique hotels, and cozy cabins are perfect for a special escape no matter the holiday or occasion.
Located in White Post (Clarke County) L’Auberge Provencale, is a French-influenced, romantic B&B with superb dining, lovely suites and a variety of package deals involving food, cooking classes, wine, massage/spa visits and even horseback riding. Note their Last Minute Getaway Special–15% off when you book a room or suite the day of or day before check-in.
Bordering Shenandoah National Park in Luray are the timber frame cabins of Shadow Mountain Escape. Beautifully landscaped with a private nature trail, babbling creek and pond, Shadow Mountain is the perfect place to regroup, relax, and romance the one you love. Charming in European furnishings and building traditions, the timber frame cabins are spacious works of art. For the utmost privacy, book the Butterfly Cabin. Separate from the rest, Butterfly offers freedom from cellular service and WiFi, which means there will be no interruptions unless you seek them.
The Iris Inn in Waynesboro offers sweeping Valley views from six modern cabins. Perched hillside, they’re almost like treehouses. Peer from your love nest to enjoy nature’s beauty and stunning sunsets. Even the rain shower built for two has a view. Cuddle up beside the fireplace or relax in the private hot tub after a nearby hike or bike ride. When morning comes, you may choose to sleep in and prepare breakfast in your full kitchen or make your way to the Great Room where a Valley-fresh breakfast by Chef Caitie awaits.
If “Romantic Luxury Cottages” doesn’t get your attention, what will? Those are exactly what you’ll find at By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages in Harrisonburg, and you won’t be disappointed. Bergey Cottage offers complete privacy and amenities every couple will enjoy. The two-sided fireplace keeps things cozy in the bedroom and also sets the mood in the en suite where a whirlpool tub for two awaits. With a hot gourmet breakfast delivered to your doorstep, there’s no need to leave your cozy coupledom for a while.
Several of the Valley’s beautifully restored historic grand hotels are worth the splurge. In Luray, the Mimslyn Inn is known throughout the Shenandoah Valley for its gracious atmosphere, personalized service and historic surroundings. In Winchester, luxurious amenities converge at The George Washington, A Wyndham Grand Hotel.
In Staunton, consider the Stonewall Jackson Hotel, one of the “Historic Hotels of America” and just steps away from the renowned performances put on all year round by the American Shakespeare Center. Wine lovers, be sure to check out their Winter Wine Festival on February, 22nd.
Also in Staunton you’ll find the Blackburn Inn, a serene property on 80 acres of well-manicured grounds. Blackburn Inn’s accommodations incorporate a distinct blend of old-style glamor, complemented by modern technology, new-age conveniences, and contemporary design features.
Downtown Lexington’s boutique inn, The Georges, is a collection of historic buildings boasting unique, well-appointed accommodations. Suites and rooms with freestanding tubs, original fireplaces, and balconies will ensure you return to discover what you missed. The glow of street lights and the hum of a town winding down will settle you in after a creative cocktail at TAPS or dinner at Haywood’s Piano Bar.