Thursday, September 10, 2015

Why 'Virginia is For Lovers'

Virginia is one of the most romantic states out there, but it often gets overlooked in favor of more mainstream locations. However, if you want to take someone out for a special evening or a long term expedition to somewhere romantic, Virginia is hard to beat. Here are a few places to go.

Perhaps the most obvious place (and one of the first to come to mind), Virginia Beach has gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as some interesting swells due to the number of sandbars. While it's not prime surfing territory, the white sands are perfect for those long walks on the beach at sunset. Here's a tip: go in the off season to avoid the crowds and have a more isolated area for you and your date.

It's a small town just southeast of the Monongahela National Forest, right along I-64. With old-school architecture, tiny boutiques, and dusty bookshops, Charlottesville is the perfect destination for a history lover. If you want to get out of the city and into nature, a quick trip can take you into the national forest for some quiet time.

This valley is just one part of the Great Appalachian Valley, bordered by the Blue Ridge Mountains on one side and the Appalachians on the other. However, when you're in the center of it, whether you stay in a tent or in one of the cozy inns found along the way, you would swear you're alone in the world. When the morning fog settles into the valley, it's as though the world has shrunk to include just you and your date. Toss some s'mores into the fire (or fireplace!) and enjoy the solitude.

Don't worry, you won't disappear (after all, that mystery has been solved!) Roanoke Island is a haven for southern cuisine. If you want to take your date on a culinary tour, this is the place to go. The drive there will grant you both beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the local museums are a must-see for anyone slightly interested in the history of the island. After all, there's a sense of romance to walking where an entire colony once stood.

About the Author: Ross is a guest contributor from Prospect Hill Plantation Inn, a beautiful Louisa bed and breakfast.

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