14 April, 2021

How to Treat Your Valentine in the Shenandoah Valley

It can be difficult to come up with the perfect gift for your special someone on Valentine's Day. Luckily, the Shenandoah Valley is full of great opportunities to show your love. We've added ideas for where to spend a romantic weekend, where to go for a delicious dinner or spa treatment for two, and even how to strengthen your mutual love for animals. Choose one or a few from this list to spoil your Valentine this year.

Romantic getaways and specials

Spark your love with a rustic mountain romance package at Sugar Tree Inn (Lexington). This family-run mountain cabin is free of technology to keep you focused on your partner and the now. The package includes two nights in a room with a king-size bed, decorated with a seasonal flower arrangement at the bedside. Share champagne and artisan chocolates with your partner by the fire. Enjoy a delicious breakfast in bed in the morning.

The Friendly City Inn (Harrisonburg) can help you make your romance dreams come true. The rooms in this restored 1885 mansion are decorated with antiques and other charming touches, but they have been updated with modern conveniences in mind. Take advantage of the romantic package, which includes two dozen red roses, chocolate covered strawberries, a bottle of champagne or prosecco, breakfast in bed, and a $ 50 certificate to a local restaurant. You can even have them arrange a private massage for couples.

Brookside Cabins (Luray) has been receiving guests for 80 years. Staying in this refurbished 1940s motel will help you reconnect with each other as they are not distracted by TVs or telephones. Book to stay in one of the bridal cabins with whirlpool baths! You will also enjoy the extensive, homey menu at the on-site Brookside Restaurant.

Plan your romantic getaway (or family getaway with the kids) by booking a week or weekend at the Shenandoah Vineyard Retreat (Woodstock). Enjoy the idyllic setting in the middle of the vineyards. Stroll to Big Schloss, ski at Bryce Resort and hang out by the firepit.

Waynesboro & # 39; s Iris Inn is a quiet, modern retreat that offers guests fantastic views of the Shenandoah Valley from above. Enjoy a treat of locally produced wine and cheese before retiring to your room to watch the sunset over the valley and soak in the two-person hot tub. Celebrate Valentine's Day with one of the many romantic packages. We recommend the Sweetheart package for a traditional Valentine's Day experience. You inspire romance with a dozen red roses, hand-dipped strawberries with chocolate and a bottle of champagne.

Head to the Inn at Meadowcroft (Swoope) for a fantastic Valentine's weekend. Enjoy a stay of 3 days and 2 nights in the historic and romantic inn. You will be welcomed with a treat of Virginia sparkling wine and local chocolates on Fridays. The package includes gourmet dinners at the inn, both on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Cider House Bed and Breakfast is located just north of Waynesboro on a historic apple orchard farm. The house has period furniture and details, but has been updated with all the modern conveniences you expect. Not only will you enjoy the view of the mountains and the stars, but also the romance package that allows you to celebrate Valentine's Day with delicious truffles and a bouquet of beautiful flowers.

The Blackburn Inn (Staunton) Valentine Sweetheart Package is the perfect way to show your partner how much you care. The romance of your luxurious room is enhanced by rose petal sprinkles, a bottle of Prosecco and chocolate covered strawberries. The next morning, breakfast for two is delivered to your room.

The Date Night Getaways from Hotel 24 South (Staunton) turn a Friday or Saturday night into something extra special. Not only can you relax in your stylish room, you also get chocolate covered strawberries, drink credit at The 1924 Lounge and a delicious breakfast for two. Even your parking space is included in this special.

Romantic restaurants and special offers on food and drink

Benny Stivale & # 39; s (Waynesboro) and Shenandoah Pizza (Staunton) serve huge heart-shaped pizzas for hungry couples or families.

Zynodoa (Staunton) offers a delightfully modern twist on classic Southern cuisine. You'll always be able to find something delicious that emphasizes local and seasonal ingredients, but you won't want to miss out on the special Valentine's Day menu.

The Clocktower (Staunton) restaurant serves a great menu of modern versions of classic pastas and desserts, as well as a great selection of sandwich and panini. You can get great crab cakes and even seven different types of macaroni and cheese any day of the year, but they really go all out for Valentine's Day with their special Eats & Sweets menu.

Plan a romantic evening at Haywood & # 39; s Piano Bar (Lexington). Not only will you enjoy delicious food made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, but there is also nightly entertainment.

For a romantic meal you can have dinner or takeout at RHouse Wine & Cafe (Basye). Choose a bottle of wine and share a Formaggio & Salumi de la casa, a delicious range of cheeses and charcuterie from all over the world. This dish is accented by fresh bread and seasonal fruits.

Dine in or takeout at the Woodstock Cafe (Woodstock). For a special evening, order a dish of homemade pasta. You can also get artisan sandwiches, salad and cakes. After dinner, browse the huge selection in the on-site wine shop and choose a tasty or fun gift at The Pantry at 117.

If your idea of ​​a great Valentine's Day date is to eat delicious treats from the comfort of your home, order some wine and a charcuterie box for two from The Valley Cork (Luray). The box contains cheeses, crackers, cold cuts, fruits, and sweets.

Make a reservation for Valentine's Weekend (Feb. 12 at Local Chop & Grill House (Harrisonburg). The Valley's best produce and produce will be highlighted at a seasonal 3-course dinner. $ 55 / person.

Joshua Wilton House (Harrisonburg) is pleased to announce that we will be open Sunday February 14th with extended hours from 4pm. – 8:30 in the evening.

Book at Rocktown Kitchen (Harrisonburg) for the special Valentine's Day dinner and cocktail menu. This small restaurant emphasizes locally sourced ingredients and serves up quality American cuisine. The special menu features tempura-fried shrimp, surf and turf with filet mignon and bacon-wrapped scallops or seared Chilean sea bass with roasted cauliflower risotto and decadent chocolate cake with raspberry coulis, sweet cream and fresh fruit.

Local wine and more

Shenandoah Vineyards (Edinburgh) is offering a special winter wine trio for just $ 55! Enjoy bottles of Pinot Gris, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon from this award-winning winery.

Plan to pick up a bottle of wine or spend the afternoon enjoying the mountain views at one of Berryville's best vineyards. You can even call ahead to reserve a fire pit at Veramar Vineyard (Berryville). This family-owned winery produces 14 different varieties, including award-winning Cabernet Franc, Seyval Blanc, Riesling / Vidal and Rosé.

Del Mello Vineyards (Quicksburg) and Valley Pike Farm Market (Weyers Cave) stock a selection of wines and tasty wine chocolate.

You can't go wrong with a bottle (or three) of wine from Castle Vineyards (Luray), Wisteria Farm & Vineyard (Stanley), Briede Family Vineyards (Winchester), James Charles Winery (Winchester), Lightwell Survey (Waynesboro), Barren Ridge Vineyards (Fishersville) and Rockbridge Vineyard and Winery (Raphine).

Share a whiskey tasting at River Hill Distillery (Luray). This family-owned distillery makes bourbon and corn whiskey and locally produces or sources all of the ingredients contained in the product.

Grab some beers from Hawksbill Brewing Company (Luray), which also uses locally grown hops, honey, blackberries, and more in their beers.

Gifts

You're sure to find something special at The Virginia Farmhouse (Woodstock), a family-run business with an ever-changing selection of Virginia-made food and treats, goods and artwork. Buy a special item or put together a gift basket for your Valentine, full of wine, candy, jewelry, soap made with soothing essential oils and decorative or functional household items.

She looks and feels great in Shenandoah Made (Luray) jewelry and accessories. These include locally made, hand-dyed habouti silk scarves and hand-painted brass or brass earrings. Artist Susan Rocke calls it wearable art.

There is something for everyone at the 10,000 square foot Warehouse Art Gallery (Luray), including sculptures, paintings, jewelry, pottery, glass art and more. Shoppers can discover the more than 1,000 available artworks from 90 regional artists.

Search for unique treasures, including magazines and jewelry at Sugar Maple Trading Company (Lexington).

SweetNanaCakes Bake Shoppe (Waynesboro) creates Valentine's Day treats with a twist! Heartbreaker boxes are 8 ”chocolate boxes filled with sweets of your choice. They come with a mallet to break them. Pour hot milk over a cocoa bomb to melt it in your mug into decadent hot chocolate.

Go to the first annual Warren County Chocolate Crawl (February 7-14). Spread the love by stopping by the participating companies for your chocolate treat! No purchase is necessary, but many places hold special offers, menus, drinks or desserts.

Chocolates are another old Valentine's Day standby that we shouldn't mess with because they're just so perfect. Cocoa Mill (Lexington & Staunton) all kinds of treats including heart-shaped boxes filled with artisan truffles. You can also get a little crazy with boozy truffles and order a side of spice-it-up bark!

Other places to score candy for Valentine's Day include I Want Candy (Front Royal), Shenandoah Fine Chocolates (Winchester), and Warfel's Chocolates (Dayton).

Flowers

Flowers have the power to brighten up your day and make you feel loved. Buy the Valentine's Day specials from Ava's Florist (Fishersville). The Jefferson Florist and Garden (Lexington), Waynesboro Florist, and Honey Bees Florist (Staunton) are also good bets.

Bluebells Florist (Winchester), Blakemore's Flowers (Harrisonburg), Evergreen and Victoria Floral (Broadway), Donahoe's Whimsical Flowers (Front Royal), Sponsor's Flower Shop (Berryville)

Spa treatments

Can you think of a better way to relax than with a massage or spa treatment? Here are some of our recommendations.

Freda's Skin Studio (Waynesboro): Throughout February, you can get a complimentary foot bath and foot massage with every facial to reduce stress.

Mill Street Body & Soul Day Spa and Salon (Staunton): Enjoy a couples relaxing treatment on Valentine's Day. Your partner (and your feet) will love it! Stick around for a 30, 60, or 90 minute massage if you want even more relaxation.

Ali & Co. (Staunton): You'll love getting your hands on some make-your-own love potion massage oils or sweet-smelling heart-shaped bath bombs.

Other good places for spa treatments include Intuitive Touch Massage Therapy (Lexington), Smooth Day Spa (Penn Laird), Escapes Spa (Harrisonburg)

Enjoy the outdoors and active fun with your love

It's great fun exploring the Virginia Safari Park (natural bridge)! Children and adults love to watch and feed the animals as they explore their habitat. If you're looking for an even rarer experience, sign up to spend a Saturday with some cheetahs, penguins or sloths and their handlers. Not only will you bond with your Valentine, you'll also learn how the animal care specialists feed and interact with their animals!

Devils Marbleyard (Rockbridge County) is a relatively easy 2 mile hike that offers great views in winter and well worth the effort with an interesting field of huge granite boulders ripe for exploration, climbing and selfies. This hike can be stretched up to an eight-miler if you want to make it a day.

Connect with your sweetheart with a pair of North Mountain Outfitter (Swoope) ride through the George Washington National Forest. Inspired by the Old West, "North Mountain Outfitter revives the cowboy lifestyle by offering riders a unique wilderness adventure." This 3-hour private ride includes a & # 39; saddle lunch & # 39 ;.

Point of View Alpaca Farm (Mount Sidney) – For couples who love animals and have unusual experiences, Point of View Alpaca Farm's Walk-a-Paca activity will be great fun. Participants are educated about alpacas, combined with appropriate animals and learned handling techniques. Then the fun starts as you take a guided walk through the beautiful farm with your new friend. Selfies are encouraged and alpaca products are available after the hike!

Race against time to solve problems with your Valentine in Crack the Code Escape Room (Staunton). From cat ladies to weather gods to missing FBI agents, there are five games available right now, including two specially designed around Staunton.

Take a special Valentine's Day Sweets and Treats guided trail ride at Fort Valley Ranch. After exploring the mountains and national forest, return to the ranch to warm up with hot drinks and s & # 39; mores around the campfire. Regular rides are offered in a variety of lengths, from an hour to a full-day adventure for experienced horse people. Make it a weekend by booking a two-night stay in one of the ranch's cabins.

Horse lovers will also enjoy rides through the Rocking S Ranch (Winchester) foothills. This ride will appeal to history buffs as it covers part of the same terrain covered by Civil War calvars.

If you're looking for a moderate private hike that sparkles in winter, try the hike to Eagle Rock (near Strasburg) on ​​Great North Mountain. The summit offers no views, but you'll want to spend some time at the lookout point and admire the long views of the nearby mountains. The 2.5-mile round-trip hike climbs 500 feet and traverses the VA / WV line.

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