The Shenandoah Valley was made for romantic getaways.
Ask anyone who’s ever been snowed in at a secluded cabin for a few days, with a loved one in front of the fireplace.
The stillness that winter brings, the fresh, biting air, and a fine Virginia wine are all within reach to spark your perfect romantic getaway. The cabins and accommodations listed below offer a variety of romantic settings or Valentine’s Day packages, beautiful Shenandoah scenery and an environment conducive to togetherness.
The George Washington
A stately Georgian Revival hotel in the heart of Winchester, just footsteps from the lure of Old Town shops, restaurants, and galleries. The indoor pool is modeled after a Roman bathhouse and the Saumaj Health Spa will relax you in time for an energetic evening on the town. Highly regarded as a business/conference center, the George Washington nonetheless offers the privacy needed for a romantic getaway.
Romantic Evening Meals at L’Auberge Provencale
Considered by many the “quintessential French Country Inn,” L’Auberge Provencale features 11 unique guest rooms and suites, with an additional three rooms at Villa La Campagnette just three miles down the road. From February 12th to 14th, they will offer a spectacular Four Course Menu and a Lover’s Menu for Two. They are also presenting a special brunch designed for a more low-key Valentine’s Day–February 14th 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Click here for reservations. Located in White Post, between Winchester and Front Royal.
Valentines Month at Shadow Mountain Escape
Located in Luray and bordering Shenandoah National Park, Shadow Mountain Escape is celebrating Valentines Month, not Day. Owner Karen Riddle told us, “All our guests receive a complimentary Red Rose Velvet Cake waiting for them in their cabin. I became a marriage officiant so now we also offer elopement packages as well as Winter Delight deals. And February is the perfect time to start planning a Spring getaway too,” Riddle added. (And guests can request a complimentary Red Rose Velvet cake year-round.)
Romantic Cottages at By the Side of the Road
Seeing a reference to “Romantic Cottages” on the website of By the Side of the Road, we asked Co-Owner Janice Fitzgerald for more about them. She told us, “Romantic Cozy Cottages were designed for couples to enjoy an intimate getaway, offering oversized whirlpools with heating jets located fireside and mini kitchens, so you can “eat in,” if you like. Spring Water Cottage Studios feature a heated, doorless shower room, private balcony, electric fireplace and mini kitchens. All are “self-entry” by electronic key code and cleaned according to CDC guidelines for Covid-19. Our TripAdvisor reviews tell the story. We can’t wait to meet you!” By the Side of the Road is in a quiet, tranquil setting just a short hope to vibrant Harrisonburg.
The Blackburn Inn
The Blackburn Inn in Staunton has a Valentine’s Sweetheart Package that makes good use of rose petals, Prosecco, chocolate covered strawberries and breakfast for two. Staunton is one of the most popular Valley towns with “foodies” and restaurants like Zynoda’s are serving up special Valentine’s Day menus. Emilio’s and the Clocktower will tempt you as well.
Romance Package at Natural Bridge
Rekindle the romance at the Natural Bridge Historic Hotel and Conference Center, about 14 miles south of Lexington. Enjoy spectacular Blue Ridge views and dine at the elegant Colonial Dining Room or the the hunt club-themed Red Fox Tavern. Stretch your legs and explore Natural Bridge State Park, literally next door. View their Romance Package here.
The Georges (540) 463 2500
The Georges, a historic boutique inn in downtown Lexington, welcomes you with 18 custom rooms, some with fireplaces, balconies with a downtown view, and walk-in showers. Travel and Leisure named it the #2 City Hotel in the Continental U.S. The three-building complex includes the popular dining spots TAPS and Haywoods. Lexington combines adventurous outdoor opportunities with many historical sites plus a thriving downtown charm.
Romance at the Craddock Terry Hotel (434) 455-1500)
Venturing to the Valley “gateway” community of Lynchburg can lead to an enticing stay at the Craddock Terry Hotel. The main building of the Hotel was built in 1905 as part of the Craddock Terry Shoe Company– the first shoe company south of the Mason-Dixon Line, and part of a widespread complex founded in 1888. Hotel renovations kept the original industrial feel, with exposed wood beam ceilings, brick and stone exterior walls and nine-foot tall windows. Take a look at their Romantic Getaway Package here.
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