Whether you’re interested in getting to know someone more intimately or looking to rekindle the spark in a long-lasting relationship, a well-planned romantic date can do the trick. Virginia offers many opportunities for romance. Throughout the state, both in the cities and out of them, creative and cozy dates borrow from classic motifs to make for a memorable time.
Sherando Lake is found in the Blue Ridge Mountains, specifically in George Washington National Forest. The area actually consists of two lakes and is a popular recreational spot in Virginia. The abundance of natural beauty makes it ideal for romance. A picnic is a great idea and can be shared by the water or under the shade of the many species of trees found in the forest. Afterwards, the area is ripe with activities, including hiking, biking and canoeing. There are even camping spots, setting the scene for a romantic fire.
If your date loves wine, trekking through the Bedford Wine Trail will allow the two of you to sample local wines from five wineries in addition to enjoying each other’s company. The wineries on the trail are Hickory Hills, LeoGrande, Peaks of Otter, Savoy-Lee and White Rock. In addition to sampling the wine, some of these wineries offer vineyard tours. On the way, country stores and restaurants pepper the landscape. The tour is self-guided with the aid of a map, which can be stamped at each vineyard. A map stamped by all five can be redeemed for a Bedford Wine Trail wine glass.
Dinner and a movie is a classic date combo and, when done right, it can be very romantic. All it takes is the right combination of locales. Take Fairfax County, for example. There, Café Renaissance can be found. Called "the most romantic restaurant in Northern Virginia," it offers classic Parisian fare with a modern twist. After dinner, catch a foreign, independent or arthouse film at Cinema Arts Theater, only a 15-minute drive away. The theater also plays acclaimed Hollywood films.
For a date with an injection of adventure, consider going to Kings Dominion, a theme park in Richmond. The park has a number of thrill rides like the backlot stunt coaster and the Intimidator 305, which reaches upwards of 305 feet, making it the tallest roller coaster on the east coast. Shows at Kings Dominion include music revues playing hit pop songs and performances which celebrate Motown. Admission to the water park is included and helps round out the day's activities, particularly during warm summer months.
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