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Escape the stress of city life and check into one of Virginia's great country inns, enjoying spectacular scenery, friendly service and romantic accommodations. If you are wondering: "where should I go to de-stress and recharge?", there are many great options for couples planning a day trip or an overnight stay.

Shenandoah Valley, just short drive from Washington, D.C. is home to over 200 vineyards and wineries which you can tour year-round. Spend your time away exploring historic Civil War sites, visiting the Shenandoah National Park, touring 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.

Southwest Virginia: The Inn at Riverbend

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 at the Inn at Riverbend start at $190 per night.

Shenandoah Valley: The Stonewall Jackson Inn

 

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.

Middleburg, Virginia: Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn

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 at the Briar Patch Inn start at $95 per night. The cottage starts from $245.

Romantic Cabin Getaway at the Iris Inn

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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 at the Iris Inn start at $239 per night, rooms from $149.

Virginia Wine Country Weekend: The Goodstone Inn

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 for 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, dine-in kitchens, outdoor patios, gas grills 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 complimentary homemade cookies, fine bathroom amenities and luxurious robes and slippers. During the warmer season, the estate offers biking, hiking, canoeing, and an outdoor pool. Room rates start at $275 per night (877-219-4663, website). The inn offers seasonal packages, such as Valentine's Day offers and Christmas specials.

Historic Williamsburg Inn in Colonial Williamsburg

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 rates at the Williamsburg Inn start at $399 per night.

 

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.

Chesapeake Bay

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.

Colonial Williamsburg

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

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.