Virginia is often hailed as the state
reserved “for lovers”, by both locals and visitors alike. With its sweeping
vistas and keen ear for country music, it’s not difficult to see why. Perhaps
you’re travelling from nearby or maybe you’re coming from further afield –
either way, lovers who holiday in Virginia are guaranteed to experience the
ultimate romantic getaway. With its passionate, artistic heart and enduring
natural beauty, this state is always going to be a winner.
Below, we’ve put together some of the very
best reasons for choosing Virginia as your next romantic holiday destination.
Whether it’s a special celebration, a honeymoon or simply a well-deserved break
that you’re after, this eastern state rarely disappoints.
The Great Outdoors
Wherever you are in the state of Virginia,
you’re not far away from some breathtaking outdoor scenery. Whether you and
your partner are into hiking through mountains, sunbathing on the beach,
wandering through vineyards, or something
more extreme, this state has you covered. Just south of Washington D.C.
(technically across the border in the District of Colombia), is the Shenandoah
National Park. Covering over 800 sq km of land, this park promises a
spectacular display of nature’s bounty throughout every season. From the
rippling colours of the park’s forests during the fall, to the cool sparkling
waters of its waterfalls during a hot summer’s day, this part of the world is
simply bursting with natural beauty.
Heading further south, you come across the
coastal city of Virginia Beach. With three distinct beach areas to choose from
here, you’ll be spoilt for choice whether you’re making a day of it or staying
for longer. Water sports enthusiasts do well at Resort Beach, where sea
kayaking, paddle boarding, parasailing and boat tours are encouraged, whereas
those craving a quiet stretch of sand on which to while the day away would be
better off heading to Sandbridge Beach in the south. Whatever your mood,
Virginia Beach knows how to show its visitors a good time and you’ll certainly
never be bored or go hungry in this oceanfront town.
Despite the fact that holidays are supposed
to be relaxing, it can be easy to let yourself get caught up in the hustle and
bustle of rushing around experiencing the different sights and sounds of your
destination. It’s important to take some time out from being busy, and instead
embrace total relaxation. Where better to do this than in your hotel room? This
is a private, comfortable space where you can absorb what you’ve done on your
vacation so far, spend some quality time with your partner, and simply switch
off from everything for a few hours.
If you’ve brought a smartphone or tablet
along with you (highly recommended!), then you can use the hotel WiFi to access
a whole world of entertainment without even changing out of your pyjamas. You
can curl up in bed and binge watch a whole TV series,
stretch out in the bath and spin a
roulette a few times, or even plan out your schedule for the next day using other travellers’ reviews.
This is just as important as cramming in everything on your to-do list and will
ensure that, by the end of your holiday, you’re both feeling refreshed rather
Heading Out on the Town
Even whilst you’re away on vacation
together, it’s still nice to dress up and go out on a date night every so often.
Luckily, Virginia’s cities are crammed full of movie theatres, restaurants,
music venues, shopping malls and other attractions where you can treat your
partner to the latest blockbuster movie and a slap-up meal, or check out a new
band followed by drinks at a swanky bar. For example, if you find yourselves in
Morgantown, West Virginia, then you’ll soon realise that you’ve landed in a
foodie’s paradise. Local specialities like apply dumplings, ramps, morels, and,
of course, biscuits with gravy, are served all over the city to a deliciously
high standard. Alternatively, Northern Virginia plays host to the states
distilleries, wineries and breweries so whatever your tipple of choice, you can
indulge safe in the knowledge that the quality is second to none.
If you’re country music fans (and who
isn’t, really?), then you’re in luck. The Crooked Road, a 300 mile trail that
stretches from the northwest to the northeast of the state, passes through some
of the most important country music locations in the whole of the USA. Although
you might not have time to take in the entire thing at once, the length of the
road gives you plenty of scope to visit the highlight that’s closest to where
you’re staying. Alternatively, go west to Mountain Music Trail, which focuses on
the particular strain of country music that champions the banjo and fuses with
bluegrass to create a unique and well-loved sound.