Unexpected Romantic Getaway

Virginia State Arboretum

400 Blandy Farm Ln, Boyce, VA 22620

Lone Oak Tavern

12696 Lord Fairfax Hwy, Boyce, VA, USA

Berryville Treasures

8 W Main St, Berryville, VA 22611

Twin Oaks Tavern Winery

18035 Raven Rocks Rd, Bluemont, VA 20135

The Buttery

2049 Millwood Road Millwood, VA 22646

Waypoint House B&B

211 S. Church St. Berryville VA 22611

Smithfield Farm B&B

568 Smithfield Ln Berryville, VA 22611-3004

Jordan Hollow Stables

657 Pine Grove Road, Stanley, Virginia 22851, USA

Rivers Bend Ranch

397 Riverbend Road, Stanley VA 22851

Fort Valley Ranch

299 S Fort Valley Rd. Fort Valley, VA 22652 United States

West Main Market

123 W. Main Street Luray , VA 22835

Luray Caverns

101 Cave Hill Road Luray, VA 22835

The Valley Cork

55 E Main St, Luray, VA 22835

The Mimslyn Inn

401 W. Main Street, Luray, VA 22835

When it comes to the great outdoors, the Shenandoah Valley is the perfect romantic getaway destination for two – with its picturesque natural sights, well-known hiking trails, quaint bed & breakfasts, and many more hidden gems.

 

Did we also mention its perfect central location? Just an hour and a half away from both Richmond and D.C. – it is ideal for a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life.

 

Still searching for a romantic itinerary or place to stay for your Valentine’s getaway? Here are a few recommendations for unexpected activities (like horseback riding) to bring you closer together on an overnight trip!

Day 1: Relaxation & Adventure in Clarke County, VA

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Virginia State Arboretum
photo courtesy of the Virginia State Arboretum

Start the day with a walk and picnic on the sprawling grounds of the Virginia State Arboretum. The property has America’s largest boxwood gardens and is known for its beautiful Cedar of Lebanon trees. There is plenty to enjoy during every season.

 

If you aren’t able to pack a picnic lunch, not to worry. There is a perfect takeout place on the way – the Lone Oak Tavern (a 5 mins drive away) – offers a large range of delectable finger food, burgers, wraps, sandwiches, and even pasta to choose from!

 

Then setup amidst the arboretum’s large collection of trees – from towering Virginia State Champion trees to a Pinterest-worthy gingko tree grove – eat, drink, and enjoy the day!

 

If your getaway includes more than two, don’t worry the arboretum has plenty for the kids and is pet friendly. Don’t forget to bundle up!

Take a Drive to Berryville

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A picturesque drive of Clarke County, courtesy of Clarke County Tourism

After relaxing for the morning at the arboretum, or driving down the backroads of Clarke County, head on to the quaint Berryville (still in Clarke County), a 15-minute drive north for a change of pace.

 

Spend the afternoon exploring Berryville’s historic charms dating back to the 1800s. You’ll want to make sure to check out local shops like Berryville Treasures, an artisan boutique filled with handmade goods from local artists and craftsmen.

 

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For the wine-lovers, make sure you set aside sufficient time in your schedule for a short detour to Twin Oaks Tavern Winery, an award-winning boutique hillside vineyard located a short drive away from the town center. Sip wine while enjoying the scenic views of the Valley.

Your Evening

in Clarke County

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As the day comes to an end, surprise your partner with a reservation at a local farm to table restaurant The Buttery. They are offering a unique 4-course menu that will definitely be a meal to remember. 

 

When it comes to romantic accommodations in the area, Clarke County is also home to several lovely bed and breakfasts, like the pet-friendly Waypoint House B&B located conveniently in downtown Berryville and Smithfield Farm B&B which boasts its own farmers market store. 

Day 2: Explore Page County on Horseback

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photo courtsey of Page County

After a good night’s rest, it is time for another day of adventures – at Jordan Hollow Stables.

 

Whether you are a beginner to horseback riding or a seasoned rider, you can look forward to riding through the various scenic trails on their sprawling 140-acre property, guided by their friendly in-house guides.

 

Choose from short 1.5-hour rides, half day or full day group rides; or if you want some privacy with your date, opt for their private rides!

 

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If you’re looking for other horseback riding options, check out River’s Bend Ranch or Fort Valley Ranch, If you’re visiting for Valentine’s day, you can take a refreshing trail ride followed by hot drinks and sweets around the campfire at Fort Valley Ranch.

 

After your ride, if you’re ready for lunch, you might want to check out – West Main Market, a full-service delicatessen. Located a short distance in the heart of Historic Downtown Luray. Choose from their wide range of grilled sandwiches, salads, and fresh homemade soups!

See The Sights at

Luray Cavern

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Luray Caverns

The next stop on the itinerary is one of Page County’s top sightseeing spots – Luray Caverns. Create amazing memories together as you explore and discover the spectacular wonders of nature – from frozen limestone formations to incredible underground lakes at this registered natural landmark!

 

As a bonus, every ticket to the Luray Caverns comes with complimentary access to the following other attractions too:

 

 

Stay the Night in Luray

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From The Valley Cork

After exploring the caverns, refuel at The Valley Cork – a wine bar and bottle shoppe. Whether you are a wine, beer, cider, or cocktail lover, there is a drink for you here! Bonus: The food menu is well matched to the drinks they offer too – from small plates, you can share, charcuterie and cheese boards to pasta! And, they have charcuterie boxes to go full of meats, cheeses, and some sweet treats too!

 

If you choose to stay the night in the area, keep in mind, Page County is Virginia’s cabin capital with 400+ cabins to pick from or stay at the Mimslyn Inn right in Luray.

 

To experience even more while you’re in Clarke County, Luray, and Page County or the surrounding areas, explore more at visitluraypage.com & clarketourism.com.

 

And, if you’re looking for more romantic ideas, read How to Spoil Your Valentine in the Shenandoah Valley

 

 

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