15 Great Romantic Getaways in Virginia for Couples

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[Updated on January 27, 2024] If you’re looking for a vacation filled with relaxation, romance, and pampering, there are plenty of romantic getaways in Virginia that steer Cupid’s arrow to the center of the bullseye.

The brooding Blue Ridge Mountains, magical mountain lakes, and wondrous waterfalls provide all the raw natural magnetism necessary to create a memorably romantic Virginia getaway.

But it doesn’t stop there. Virginia also has a collection of top-notch resorts, a slew of cozy towns to wander through, and plenty of rich history to add that old world charm.

In other words, whatever you might fancy as a couple— quiet hikes, intimate restaurants, serene spa services, or pulse-pounding outdoor adventure— a romantic getaway in VA offers an abundance of options.

The best couples resorts in Virginia have all mapped it out for those who need help with planning. State parks and national parks can also be great for cheap romantic getaways in Virginia.

Cute inns set the stage for relaxing romantic getaways with nothing to do but enjoy each other in a perfect place.

Whether you’re traveling for Valentine’s Day, anniversary getaways in VA, or simply taking a romantic weekend getaway in Virginia just for the sake of love, it’s all about enjoying the journey together.

Read on for our guide to some of the top romantic places in Virginia, both in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and further east.

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Best Romantic Getaways in Virginia Guide

(Arranged alphabetically)

  1. Big Meadows Lodge (Shenandoah National Park, VA)
  2. Boar’s Head Resort (Charlottesville, VA)
  3. Friendly City Inn B&B (Harrisonburg, VA)
  4. House Mountain Inn (Lexington, VA)
  5. Iris Inn (Waynesboro, VA)
  6. Keswick Hall (Keswick, VA)
  7. L’Auberge Provencale (White Post, VA)
  8. LeFay Cottage at Little Washington (Little Washington VA)
  9. The Mimslyn Inn (Luray, VA)
  10. The Omni Homestead Resort (Hot Springs, VA)
  11. Primland Resort (Meadows of Dan, VA)
  12. Salamander Resort & Spa (Middleburg, VA)
  13. Shadow Mountain Escape Cabin Rentals (Luray, VA)
  14. The Tides Inn (Irvington, VA)
  15. Williamsburg Inn (Williamsburg, VA)

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Big Meadows Lodge, photo via Instagram

1. Big Meadows Lodge

Skyland Dr Mile 51, Shenandoah National Park VA • (877)847-1919 • Official Website

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Big Meadows Lodge is in Shenandoah National Park right off Skyline Drive, a 105-mile roadway with some of the most romantic scenic overlooks imaginable.

The lodge was constructed in 1939 out of hewn stones from the Massanutten Mountains and wormy chestnut, a timber that’s now virtually extinct. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Big Meadows is located directly across from a vast field that features wildflowers, deer, and other Virginia wildlife by day, plus amazing views of the night sky.

Accommodation options range from small rental cabins to traditional hotel rooms and suites. “Preferred” rooms and suites for couples come with a king-sized bed and wood-burning fireplace, but no in-room phones!

Big Meadows Lodge is only open in season, from April to November. Amenities include the Spottswood Dining Room for eating, the New Market Taproom for drinking, and the Craft Shop for shopping.

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2. Boar’s Head Resort

200 Ednam Dr, Charlottesville VA • (844)611-8066 • Official Website

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The best hotel in Charlottesville VA, Boar’s Head Resort is all about savoring the best of the natural beauty around us, the history and traditions we’ve created, and the people we cherish.

This romantic VA resort has a spa, fine dining, nature trails, a racquet and fitness club, and live music to add some entertainment and ambiance.

Boar’s Head Outfitters offers stand-up paddle boarding, biking, kayaking, and much more.

Boar’s Head Resort has 168 rooms and suites filled with with historic antiques and elegance. But it also has the modern amenities that keep us comfortable, such as terrycloth bathrobes, in-room tablets, and fine linens.

It’s quite easy to pop into the town of Charlottesville, which has historic sites, over 40 nearby wineries, arts and culture, and an enormous collection of restaurants.

READ MORE: 20 Things to Do in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia

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3. Friendly City Inn B&B

547 E Market St, Harrisonburg VA • (540) 433-8233

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Much like the town of Harrisonburg, Friendly City Inn B&B has a carriage load of historic charm, from hardwood floors to vintage décor.

The inn is located within walking distance of Downtown Harrisonburg, which offers fine dining restaurants, art galleries, local wines, craft breweries, and ample shopping.

Harrisonburg is right off I-81, so a stay in town provides easy access to nearby attractions like Shenandoah National Park, as well as the Massanutten and Bryce ski resorts.

Friendly City B&B has 8 rooms & 2 suites. One suite has a king bed, while the other has both a queen and a full. Rooms offer options ranging from a king or queen bed to a queen and a twin, a full and a twin, or two full-sized beds.

A top-quality, house-made breakfast is served daily from 8AM to 10AM.

READ MORE: The 10 Best Things to Do in Harrisonburg VA & Rockingham County

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4. House Mountain Inn

455 Lonesome Dove Trail, Lexington VA • (540)464-4004 • Official Website

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The historic town of Lexington is fantastic for a couples weekend getaway in VA, and the House Mountain Inn offers a perfect 1000-acre mountain preserve where you can wind down each day.

This lodge is located at the top of Big House Mountain, and it has fancy suites, top-flight dining, in-room massages, and daily wine tastings.

There’s plenty of space on the property to go out for a hike, or climb observation towers to enjoy the stunning view.

All rooms come with Jacuzzi tubs inside or hot tubs outside, fireplaces, porches with views, and comfy linens. Room rates include breakfast, afternoon wine & cheese, and a 3-course dinner for two.

Easy day trips from the House Mountain Inn could include Downtown Lexington restaurants and historic sites, Natural Bridge State Park’s amazing geology, or water-based activities on the lovely James River.

READ MORE: The 15 Best Things to Do in Lexington VA & Natural Bridge VA

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5. Iris Inn

191 Chinquapin Dr, Waynesboro VA • (540)943-1991 • Official Website

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When you’re considering Virginia getaways for couples, it doesn’t get much better than the sensational scenery of the Shenandoah Valley.

The Iris Inn is a wonderful 19-acre, couples-oriented hotel in the Blue Ridge Mountains. They strive to provide the personable experience that B&Bs create, combined with the finery of the top boutique hotels in Virginia.

This hotel offers a collection of packages ranging from birthday and anniversary packages, to foodie and chocolate lover packages, to “baby moon” and honeymoon packages.

Iris Inn has its own spa, detached cottages and cabins, and fire pits for fireside cuddling. It’s close to wineries, eateries, and outdoor pursuits, with hikes to Humpback Rocks and Crabtree Falls less than 30 minutes away.

The other great thing about the inn’s location is that it’s near the Blue Ridge Parkway (moving southwest) and Skyline Drive (moving into Shenandoah National Park).

READ MORE: The 10 Best Things to Do in Waynesboro VA (Augusta County)

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6. Keswick Hall

701 Club Drive, Keswick VA • (434) 979-3440

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The elegant, upscale Keswick Hall is a Charlottesville VA resort with luxuries like a pro-quality golf course, a wellness spa, and exquisitely landscaped grounds.

Once you arrive at Keswick, there’s hardly a reason to leave. It has a stunning infinity pool, fitness center, tennis courts, pickleball, a family-friendly pool, a lounging pavilion, and multiple restaurant options.

Day trips from Keswick Hall can involve visiting several wineries, touring historic sites like Monticello and Montpelier, checking out Historic Downtown Charlottesville VA, or taking a scenic drive through Shenandoah National Park.

Room options include Deluxe King Rooms, a Deluxe Family Room, a Club High Floor Suite, an Estate Suite, and a Presidential Suite. The furniture is modern, sleek, and comfortable, with first-class linens and toiletries.

READ MORE: The 10 Best Things to Do in Charlottesville VA

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7. L’Auberge Provencale

13630 Lord Fairfax Hwy, White Post VA • (540) 837-1375

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L’Auberge Provencale feels like a fine French country inn in the picturesque Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, but it’s only a 90-minute drive from Washington D.C.

Wonderfully romantic for couples to enjoy, this high-class B&B offers 11 rooms and suites in the heart of Virginia wine country. Their acclaimed La Table Provençal restaurant makes the most of fresh local ingredients.

The rural area has numerous vineyards to visit, stunning hiking trails to explore, a collection of cool historic sites, as well as great farmers markets, apple orchards, and antique stores for shopping.

All rooms are suited for two guests: Most have a king-sized bed, but there are three with a queen bed. All rooms have sitting areas, while several have fireplaces, and most have knockout scenic views.

In addition to the rooms at the main inn, L’Auberge has a villa with three additional rooms. One has a clawfoot tub, while the other two offer aromatherapy steam showers.

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8. LeFay Cottage at Little Washington

41 Christmas Tree Lane, Washington VA • (703) 980-1478

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Located 90 minutes from DC, LeFay Cottage at Little Washington is a romantic getaway in VA that operates as a magical place to stay, a lovely wedding venue, and an operational lavender farm.

This 5-acre property is focused on romance, making the most of its Blue Ridge Mountains backdrop. The cottage has a comfy living room, kitchen, and dining room, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sunroom, and a patio with a grill.

LeFay specializes in wedding events, vow renewals, and other lovey-dovey things. It has been featured in Virginia Bride, Washingtonian Weddings, Southern Living, and numerous other publications.

Wineries, cideries, breweries, and distilleries in the Rappahannock Country offer world-class libations, perfect for enjoying a romantic weekend and/or a couples getaway with friends.

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The Blue Ridge Suite at Mimslyn Inn in Luray VA
The Blue Ridge Suite at Mimslyn Inn, photo by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

9. The Mimslyn Inn

401 W. Main St, Luray VA • (540)743-5101 • Official Website

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If you’re looking for luxury with a capital L in the Shenandoah Valley, the Mimslyn Inn in Luray VA is a wonderful jumping-off point for exploring the area’s amazing rivers, parks, and mountain towns.

The Inn offers historic rooms, suites, cottages, and boutique homes, all of which have comfortable fabrics, fine furnishings, and modern amenities. Large windows offer breathtaking views of the nearby mountains.

There are two Mimslyn Inn restaurants to choose from. Circa ’31 offers upscale dining and a stellar wine list, while the Speakeasy Restaurant & Bar keeps things casual and has live entertainment.

Day trips from the resort can be to Luray Caverns, Shenandoah National Park, or Historic Downtown Luray, which can include everything from shopping and visiting history museums to hiking and kayaking.

READ MORE: The 10 Best Things to Do in Luray VA (Gateway to Shenandoah)

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10. The Omni Homestead Resort

7696 Sam Snead Hwy, Hot Springs VA • (800)838-1766 • Official Website

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Visited by nearly two dozen US presidents, the Omni Homestead Resort (owned by the same folks as the Grove Park Inn in Asheville NC) is steeped in history and luxury.

This VA resort is huge, spanning over 2,000 acres. In addition to its 483 rooms and suites, there’s also a fitness center, spa & salon, lazy river, two 18-hole golf courses, and 7 restaurants for guests to enjoy.

Nearby, guests can explore Douthat State Park, Lake Moomaw, and the Cascades Gorges hike. The Garth Newel Music Center is a fun place to catch a performance.

Otherwise, Bath County and Hot Springs are best-known for the soothing, naturally heated springs that have revitalized area visitors for centuries.

The Omni Homestead has many special packages suited for a couples getaway in Virginia, including their Romance Offer, Virginia Wine Experience, Bed & Breakfast Package, Spa Renewal Package, and the Winter Warm Up.

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11. Primland Resort

2000 Busted Rock Rd, Meadows of Dan VA • (855)876-6593 • Official Website

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Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Primland Resort is one of those places that knock your socks off as you melt away into a comfy chair with a cocktail, a gorgeous view, and a sumptuous dinner.

The resort is on a 12,000-acre plot in Meadows of Dan in Southwest Virginia, and features a top-of-the-line spa, golf course, observation tower, and a gluttony of outdoor pursuits on the property.

Accommodations options include rooms in The Lodge, Fairway Cottages for golf enthusiasts, Pinnacle Cottages for scenic vista worshippers, and even Tree Houses for the young at heart.

Primland Resort also meshes wellness with the revitalizing vibes of the Blue Ridge Mountains by offering meditation, nature hikes, yoga classes, wellness menus, and a fully equipped gym.

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12. Salamander Resort & Spa

500 North Pendleton St, Middleburg VA • (540)326-4000 • Official Website

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Located just 45 miles from Washington D.C., Salamander Resort & Spa offers an escape from the hustle and bustle for Beltway folks, or a step into romantic luxury for those who want it.

The resort encompasses 340 acres in the foothills of the Virginia Mountains, a.k.a. horse and wine country.

Accommodations at the country estate include 168 rooms and suites, with high-end spa treatments and fine dining.

Resort activities include swimming (indoor and outdoor pools), tennis, a putting green, plus a full equestrian center. Off-site adventures can include shopping, sampling fine vintages in wine country, and taking ziplining tours.

The resort offers a “Season of Romance” special and a “Bed and Breakfast” package that are specifically designed for couples seeking a romantic weekend getaway in Virginia.

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13. Shadow Mountain Escape Cabin Rentals

1132 Jewell Hollow Road, Luray VA • (540) 843-0854

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Located in Luray VA along the Blue Ridge Whisky Wine Loop,  the 4 Shadow Mountain Escape cabins are private timber frame cabins with old-style joinery and hand-forged ironwork.

Their cabins have all the rustic charm one would expect from an Appalachian locale, but they’re fancied up with touches of European style and elegance.

Butterfly Cabin is a studio-style accommodation with a canopy bed, full kitchen, a sitting area with a TV, and a deck.

Bumblebee Cabin and Dragonfly Cabin are their two largest. They each have a covered slate patio, European antiques, a portrait gallery, and other unique features.

The Ladybug Cabin is the smallest of the group. It’s a 2-level cabin with an iron spiral staircase, exposed roof joinery, and a lovely sundeck. Nearby attractions include Luray Caverns, Shenandoah NP, and numerous little mountain towns.

READ MORE: Exploring the Crooked Road, Virginia’s Appalachian Music Trail

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14. The Tides Inn

480 King Carter Dr, Irvington VA • (804)438-5000 • Official Website

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If scenic coastlines and a bit of refreshing sea air is what soothes you, The Tides Inn might be the best of the Virginia getaways for couples.

Located about two hours from D.C. and an hour from Richmond, this waterfront resort sits on a tributary that leads to the Chesapeake Bay, one of America’s great estuaries.

There is both a beautiful beach and a living shoreline to enjoy during your stay at the inn.

The Tides Inn has 70 guest rooms and suites with marvelous views of the water, shoreline, and gardens. Their waterfront project provides lots of plant life and walkways, plus a 27-slip overnight marina for sail-in guests.

Extras at The Tides Inn include the spa, garden games, tennis, pickleball, seasonal events like “The Month of Love,” and plenty of interesting courses and other educational programs.

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15. Williamsburg Inn

136 Francis St East, Williamsburg VA • (855)233-1437 • Official Website

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One of the most famous getaways in Virginia, Williamsburg is a one-of-a-kind historical attraction, immersing visitors in the colonial history of America.

The Williamsburg Inn offers guests an immersion in luxury, turning their historic Virginia getaway into something wonderfully romantic and elegant.

Given a 5-star rating by Forbes, the Williamsburg Inn uses its ties to the past to create ambiance with all the contemporary comforts. There’s an in-house restaurant, full-service spa, golf, fitness center, and pool.

Meanwhile, the rooms are fit for a queen… literally! Queen Elizabeth II stayed here twice, as did Winston Churchill and John D. Rockefeller. Their rooms are now themed suites, and there are several other luxury options.

There are many Williamsburg activities to explore, including Colonial Williamsburg, the Busch Gardens & Water Country theme parks, Merchants Square, and more.

Couples seeking to indulge themselves can enjoy several Williamsburg Inn specialty offers, including the “Romance” and “Spa Escape” packages.  –by Jonathon Engels; photo of The Mimslyn Inn by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett


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After visiting North Carolina for the first time, Senior Writer Jonathon Engels and wife Emma spent 2 years exploring Western NC in search of a homestead property. They first lived in Brevard, where Jonathon taught writing at Blue Ridge Community College and extensively explored the Blue Ridge Parkway and Pisgah National Forest. For the last several years they have lived just off the BRP near Elkin, Southwest Virginia, and the NC High Country. The couple also volunteers with the Surry Old Time Fiddlers Convention, the Elkin Valley Trail Association, and Reeves Downtown School of Music.