Virginia has always been for lovers...and romantic weekend getaways.
There's no shortage of memorable restaurants, inns, attractions and other spots for some special time alone...without the kids!
Here's just one example: Look below to read about our 15th anniversary celebration at one of the loveliest Virginia inns around. Then scroll down for a few other Romantic Packages we've found.
Here are some of the current romantic weekend getaways in Virginia:
Whale Watching Packages
December through March
Why not snuggle up with your special someone and enjoy the wonders of nature on an inspiring whale watching weekend? December through March, you can view these wonders of nature and take advantage of special package deals starting at $85 per night.
Packages include: Two nights accommodations, two-hour Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Whale Watching Excursion, and admission to the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center and 3D IMAX® Theater. Some hotels even through in daily breakfast for two! For details, check out our dedicated Whale Watching Package page.
Hampton Inn Virginia Beach North
3107 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach
Romance is in the air all the time at Virginia Beach, especially with when you're on the beach. Whether you're looking for romantic weekend getaways, anniversaries, or honeymoons, the Hampton Inn Virginia Beach North has the package for you, including a four-course dinner for two at the North Beach Bar & Grill restaurant, their breakfast buffet, a bottle of Champagne or sparkling cider, long-stemmed roses, and a box of gourmet chocolates. Packages start at $184. You can book online or call 1-800-HAMPTON.
Romantic Getaway Package
Various Virginia Beach hotels
Looking for romantic weekend getaways at a rock bottom price? a If you're willing to endure a timeshare presentation, this may be just the dirt cheap deal for you. This couples experience includes: oceanfront accommodations for two and a $50 resort certificate (similar to cash at most beach retailers).
Depending on your dates, deals start as low as $49 per night!
Offer includes a 90-120 minute timeshare presentation of the new Ocean Beach Club. Remember: You don't have to purchase anything (and probably shouldn't!), and you have to meet certain age, income and eligibility qualifications. But if you have a will of iron, and a little time to kill, things don't get much cheaper than this! Go to goldkeyvacations.com for complete terms and conditions, or call (800) 492-9861.
Shadow Mountain Escape in Luray - 50% off mid-week deal
Luray, Central Virginia
Now through end of the year
Save 50% or more on their romantic, unique cabins when you stay mid-week. Choose from the Butterfly Loft, Bumblebee, LadyBug, or Dragonfly cabin, plus enjoy a pizza and with wine delivered to your cabin. Take a walk on their walking trail, sit a spell, visit nearby Luray Caverns, and just enjoy being together for just $185 per couple mid-week, or $420 per couple on weekends.
Call (540) 843-0584 or go to www.shadowmountainescape.com.
Colonial Williamsburg Packages -
Their 3-day, 2-night packages give you nightly accommodations at a Colonial Williamsburg hotel with daily breakfast, passes to the Historic areas, and more. Depending on your package, rates may start at $89 per person per night. For details, go to my Colonial Williamsburg page.
Oceanfront Inn, Virginia Beach - Virginia is for Lovers Package
Enjoy two-night oceanfront accommodations at the lovely Oceanfront Inn, and receive the following: gourmet basket with a bottle of Virginia wine, signature wine glasses and wine bottle opener, and gourmet chocolates by Virginia Beach's famous Schokalad Factory.
Starts at $140 plus tax per couple! The Oceanfront Inn is located at 2901 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach. For reservations, call (888) 826-2326.
Romance By the Sea Package - Holiday Inn Virginia Beach
Starting at $129 per night, this romance package includes oceanfront lodging for two, breakfast in bed, and Champagne and Truffles upon arrival (ID required for champagne). Offer is based on availability by going to www.holidayinn.com, putting "Virginia Beach" in the search box, and clicking on "Hotel Deals."
Country Inn & Suites "Perfect Recipe for Romance" Package - Williamsburg East (Busch Gardens location)
Package includes lodging for two, chocolates, a bottle of Williamsburg wine with glasses, a $20 restaurant gift certificate and tickets for two to a tour and tasting at the Williamsburg Winery. Rates start at about $110 per night. For details, go to http://www.countryinns.com/offers/6358554.
Romance Package at the Jefferson Hotel - Richmond
Spark some romance at Richmond's most famous and historic hotel! Starting at $305 (plus taxes), you'll get a deluxe room with sparkling wine and strawberries upon arrival, a box of chocolate truffles at bedtime, a full American breakfast delivered by room service (sign me up!), breakfast gratuities, valet parking and a special 4 pm check-out. Call (800) 424-8014 or go to www.jeffersonhotel.com.
Want to spend the night in a real plantation? I know of four such plantations where you can spend an intimate evening indulging in a bygone lifestyle.
One of them, Prospect Hill Plantation Inn & Restaurant, is a lovely location for a fabulous gourmet meal on a special occasion (we had a delicious dinner there for our 16th anniversary!), a restful and memorable night or two, or even a delightfully unique wedding. Near Charlottesville and Richmond, it's a great spot for exploring Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Ladies: Here' why Prospect Hill is the spot for romantic weekend getaways that will light your fire (and even his)! There are no TV's in the rooms, so you won't have to fight with ESPN for his attention. (Okay, there IS one in the common area, but you don't have to tell him that...) Plus, you have the option of having your full country breakfast served in bed. How decadent is that?
Most of the beautifully-furnished rooms have jacuzzis, and there are hammocks, 50 acres of lush grounds to stroll and explore, and no distractions. It's like a dream come true. For details, go www.prospecthill.com.
A little further to the southeast are the James River Plantations. There are three plantations inns which make a perfect starting point for romantic weekend getaways touring the historic James River plantations, such as Shirley and Berkeley.
For details on three romantic James River Bed and Breakfasts, click here. For estate information, admission, hours, and tips you need to know before planning a James River Plantation tour, click here.
Kingmill Resort and Spa offers the height of luxurious relaxation and pampering--with or without kids. Their "Suite Romance" package offers a decadent getaway featuring a couples massage and chocolate-dipped strawberries.
If your tastes for romantic weekend getaways tend more to adrenaline-charged amusement parks or golf, they have just the package for you too...
We LOVE having date nights in the Virginia Beach area (we just don't get enough of them...but then, does any couple?).
And on our romantic weekend getaways, if we do manage to get away for a quiet dinner (and pay for the babysitter, etc.), we don't want the restaurant to be a dud!
So here are our recommendations for some fabulous romantic restaurants in the Virginia Beach area-- including a famous 1940-era Art Deco cinema cafe. Click here to read our romantic restaurant reviews.
My husband and I love romantic weekend getaways (especially when Grandma takes the kids for a few days!). Since we love to travel, we're always looking for romantic, just-the-two-of-you spots that we can enjoy...and then recommend to you.
So here are some of our favorite romantic getaway attractions in southeast Virginia. Best of all, some are even free!
Virginia Beach Family Fun
Romantic Weekend Getaways
Jul 20, 14 09:40 PM
After flying to 40 countries I thought I'd learned it all about air travel. But as I sat on the plane last night returning from a trip to the West coast I suddenly realized three things I'll do next time I fly.
1) Bring bleach wipes: Yep, I'd brought Wet Wipes to clean off my seat area, having learned long ago that airplane seat armrests, tray tables, and seat pockets are teeming with bacteria. But after all the funky germs we keep hearing about in the news (e.g., MRSA) and sitting there thinking how many people had probably touched that seat area since the last good scrubbing, I wish I'd brought bleach wipes. Next time.
2) Bring a little vial of "odor protector": Can't believe this has never happened to me before, but the guy next to me absolutely reeked of mold, having obviously left his clothes in the washing machine for a week. How'd you like to sit next to that for five hours? My sister-in-law likes to travel with a dab of peppermint oil or a little Vicks Vapor rub under her nose when she flies. Now I know why. So next time, I'm bringing a little vial of my favorite perfume as a little odor defense if I need it.
3) Fly Virgin: One word comes to mind after flying Virgin America for the first time. "Wow." Just "wow." They make flying fun again! Everything, from the music they play at check-in, to the friendly staff and flight attendants (who all seem to love their jobs compared to staff on other airlines who often seem basically fed-up and sometimes curt) to their hilarious and brilliant safety video, to the fact that my luggage was waiting for me in Baggage Check BEFORE I even got down there, they made me a Virgin believer!
Jul 01, 14 03:36 PM
Just four days left until July 4th-- do you have your fireworks show planned yet?
On my Fourth of July Fireworks page, I'll tell you about a number of festive ways to spend your Independence Day, including fireworks shows at Colonial Williamsburg, Hampton, Virginia Beach, Yorktown, Monticello, and more.
Jul 01, 14 02:51 PM