Virginia is home to beautiful romantic inns where guests enjoy fabulous views and great service, perfect for a stress-free weekend. Shenandoah Valley, just short drive from Washington, D.C. is home to over 200 vineyards and wineries which you can tour year-round. Tour historic Civil War sites, visit museums, caverns and miles of scenic hiking trails. In the afternoon, slip away for a luxurious massage before getting ready for a romantic candlelight dinner.
There are many great options for couples planning a day trip or an overnight stay. We've included driving times from Richmond to help you decide where to go. You may also like: Great Trips from Washington D.C.
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»The Inn at Little Washington - 2 hours from Richmond
The Inn at Little Washington, a Relais & Châteaux, in Washington, VA is romantic and luxurious getaway, famous for its gourmet restaurant and attentive service. The 24 guest rooms and suites are professionally decorated with sumptuous touches that create an atmosphere of rest and relaxation. Choose from tastefully appointed rooms and 2-story suites, many with balconies and awe-inspiring garden views. Guests can stroll through the manicured grounds or simply unwind in a comfortable chair with a good book.
The Inn’s restaurant serves an innovative menu that features incredible courses designed by award-winning chef and proprietor Patrick O’Connell. The 14,000 bottle wine cellar offers endless choices to accompany mouthwatering meals. Guests can go on daytrips to nearby farms to pick fruit, tour a winery, play golf and go antiquing. Luray Caverns offer exploration and adventure, while Shenandoah National Park is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Rooms start at $363 per night. The property is 1 hour and 30 minutes from Washington D.C. and 2 hours from Richmond (website).
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»The Clifton Inn – 1 hour 10 minutes
The Clifton Inn in Charlottesville, VA is a romantic Relais & Châteaux getaway with an outdoor pool, restaurant and beautiful gardens. The 17 spacious guest rooms and suites are beautifully decorated, with all the comforts and amenities needed to ensure rest and relaxation.
Guests can play tennis, croquet, and hike on the marked trails. The infinity swimming pool and hot tub are ideal for unwinding, while the lake dock is the perfect spot for fishing. The award-winning wine cellar provides pairings for the menu items prepared by Clifton’s Restaurant. Breakfast is served on the sun-filled verandah.
Head to Charlottesville to explore regional history and culture. Dining and entertainment options abound, along with prestigious wineries and craft breweries open for tours (website).
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»Virginia Wine Country Weekend: The Goodstone Inn - 2 hours
The Goodstone Inn & Estate is a luxury weekend getaway in Virginia's Wine Country, offering a choice of accommodations in several distinct buildings, and 265 acres of natural surroundings. If you are looking for a weekend idea from Washington D.C., visit this charming inn to relax and rejuvenate in the country. You will be right in the heart of the Wine Country where you can taste the region's best wines and go on romantic walks in the countryside.
Choose from 18 elegant guest rooms and luxury suites in Manor House, Spring House, Carriage House, Dutch Cottage and French Farm Cottage on your weekend getaway. You can book an entire residence for complete privacy. Residences have cozy sitting rooms with fireplaces, outdoor patios, and hammocks. The inn is popular for weddings because of its romantic country setting. Hold a reception in the restaurant or by the pool, depending on your event size. The estate can accommodate weddings of up to 220 people. Guests enjoy free cookies, plush bath amenities and luxurious robes and slippers. During the warmer season, the estate offers biking, hiking, canoeing, and an outdoor pool. Room rates start at $310 per night (877-219-4663, website). The inn offers seasonal packages, such as Valentine's Day offers and Christmas specials.
»Romantic Cabin Getaway at the Iris Inn - 1 hour 35 minutes
Iris Inn enjoys spectacular views of the Shenandoah Valley from its mountaintop location in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The property offers several great accommodation options: luxury rooms in the main building, romantic cabins and cottages.
When you check into one of the cabins on your weekend trip, you feel like a bird nesting above the surrounding trees and the valley. Each cabin has a full size kitchen, laundry facilities, heated floors and a two-person shower. There is a hot tub on the terrace overlooking the valley. Cabin rates start at $239 per night, rooms from $149 (website).
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»Middleburg, Virginia: Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn - 1 hour 35 minutes
Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn near Middleburg, Virginia, is a historic farm set on 47 scenic acres overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. The getaway offers romantic rooms in the main house as well as a one-bedroom cottage with a fully equipped kitchen. Guests receive complimentary wireless Internet access, free snacks and plush robes.
Several times a year, the property offers cooking classes which teach you how to prepare 5-course gourmet meals paired with local wines. Nearby activities include horseback riding, tennis, golf, biking and wine tours. Rooms start at $95 per night. The cottage starts from $245 (website).
»Southwest Virginia: The Inn at Riverbend - 3 hours 50 minutes
The Inn at Riverbend in Southwest Virginia is a romantic getaway with spectacular views of the New River which meanders through the Appalachian Mountains. Ask for a room with a view of the valley to enjoy the best views and listen to the sound of the waterfalls while you sleep. New River Valley in Pearisburg, Virginia is an outdoor lover's paradise.
You will be surrounded by scenic hiking trails, fly fishing and kayaking. The view from the property is so incredible that you may decide to spend your entire weekend relaxing on the outdoor deck. Plan a 2-day trip so that you will have plenty of time to go on excursions in the area. Rooms start at $190 per night (website).
»Historic Williamsburg Inn in Colonial Williamsburg - 50 minutes
Williamsburg Inn is a romantic getaway in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, offering 19th century Regency decor and five star service. A great choice for couples touring the historic sights, a stay at the inn is by itself an way to immerse yourself in America's rich cultural heritage. Attend one of the numerous events in the area, visit replicas of historic taverns and shops, and dine at one of the unique restaurants. The inn often offers romantic dinner and other events during the holidays. Guest rooms measure at least 500 square feet in size, and have marble bathrooms, English Regency-style furnishings, and comfortable seating areas. All rooms and suites have recently been renovated.
Ask for a room or suite with a fireplace, especially if planning a romantic getaway. A Junior Suite has a king bed and an adjoining parlor with a queen sleeper sofa. This suite measures 600 square feet in size and has two 26-inch flat-screen televisions, giving you plenty of room to relax and rejuvenate on vacation. The resort spa offers naturally-lit treatment rooms, Rose Suite for couples massages, and an array of services. Have afternoon tea at the Terrace Room, and taste gourmet cuisine at the renowned Regency Room. Room start at $399 per night (website).
»Shenandoah Valley: The Stonewall Jackson Inn - 2 hours
The Stonewall Jackson Inn is a historic getaway located in Shenandoah Valley's wine country. Guests are accommodated in romantic rooms with New England cottage-style interiors. The Stonewall Jackson Suite is the most spacious, featuring a large bay window, sitting area and wet bar. Downtown Harrisonburg offers a choice of cafes, restaurants and shops.
If you are wondering what to do this weekend, this is a destination with many leisure activities. Room rates at the Stonewall Jackson Inn in Harrisonburg, Virginia, start at $149 per night (website).
»The Mimslyn Inn
The Mimslyn Inn in Luray, VA is a seamless blend of history-infused tradition and contemporary comfort. With picturesque natural surroundings, the 45 guest rooms have each been individually decorated, complete with private bathrooms, lush bedding and Wi-Fi. The property offers expansive lawns, beautiful gardens, landscaped terraces, and oversized patios.
The onsite spa, swimming pool, hot tub offer plenty of relaxation. Circa ’31 features a menu that includes traditional comfort foods and fresh innovative dishes containing local and seasonal ingredients. The Speakeasy Bar and Restaurant offers a full bar and comfort food such as chicken pie, soups, and more. Visit downtown Luray for shopping and additional dining options (website).
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»Foxfield Inn, Charlottesville
Located in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Foxfield Inn is a luxurious bed and breakfast that offers a tranquil escape. Five beautifully appointed guestrooms serve as serene retreats with gas fireplaces, luxurious Jacuzzi tubs and lovely views of the garden.
Deluxe linens, comforters, plush robes and slippers add a special touch, and rooms include state-of-the-art Bose sound systems to which iPods can be attached. The inn has complimentary Wi-Fi throughout and a television and DVD player in the cozy den offering evening entertainment. A gourmet three-course breakfast is served each morning with freshly brewed coffee in the sunny breakfast room. Guests receive afternoon refreshments, such as cookies, fruit, and beverages in the lounge.
The inn’s ideal location in the heart of picturesque Charlottesville makes it easy to explore the surrounding attractions, wineries, historic homes, and a diverse choice of outdoor activities. Rooms start at $190 per night (website).
More Quick Trip Ideas in Virginia
Virginia is a great place to visit for history buffs, wine enthusiasts and beach lovers. Take a day trip and hike in the mountains or go on a wine tasting tour. Look for vacation packages that include romantic perks such as wine on arrival, flowers and chocolate. If you are still wondering what to do, your hotel can recommend scenic drives, tours, treks, one day trips and other activities near your point of departure.
Virginia's Eastern Shore is home to Chesapeake Bay, barrier islands and wetlands, great for relaxing on the beach with a view and exploring wildlife habitats. Activities couples enjoy together include sailing, kayaking, canoeing, biking and romantic sunset cruises.
Guests of all ages enjoy hands-on learning about America’s history at Colonial Williamsburg where you will find restored 18th century houses, historic activities as well as shopping. There are many inns and bed & breakfasts to choose from in the area, making it easy to plan a quick romantic trip.
Central and Western Virginia
In this area, you will find Thomas Jefferson's home, the University of Virginia and the city of Charlottesville at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Visit Shenandoah National Park where you can enjoy scenic hikes, mountain biking and fresh mountain air.
Northern Virginia is home to Mount Vernon, Gunston Hall Plantation and Manassas National Battlefield Park. Combine a vacation to these historic sites with a quick trip to the nearby Washington D.C.
Richmond and the Virginia Wine Trail
Richmond, Fredericksburg and the Northern Neck offers couples a variety of things to see and do, from the Museum of Fine Arts to the birthplaces of several U.S. presidents. The Virginia Wine Trail features over 160 wineries, great for wine tasting vacations.
|From Richmond, VA To||Driving Time|
|Pearisburg, VA||3 hours 50 minutes|
|Harrisonburg, VA||2 hours|
|Middleburg, VA||1 hour 35 minutes|
|Colonial Williamsburg||50 minutes|