10 Ideas for Your Romantic Getaway in Virginia
May 29, 2017
Courtesy of Candlewood Cabins
1. Stay at Bailey's Retreat!
We'd be lying if we didn't recommend our very own rustically-restored cabin. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Bailey's Retreat features beautiful rolling hills capped with mountain views of Skyline Drive. We've received hundreds of 5-star reviews on Airbnb and our retreat is in the center of tourist attractions that fan out in four directions!
When to go: Anytime -- you'll find a unique landscape and experience in each of the four seasons.
2. Walk UVA's historic gardens
Adjacent to The Lawn rest 10 peaceful gardens maintained by the University of Virginia and open to the public. There are five gardens on each side of The Lawn, behind the housing and pavilions.
Meander through the gardens and bask in the sun (or shade) on one of the many garden benches.
When to go: April - September
3. Enjoy a dine-in movie
Take an evening to enjoy Charlottesville's movie experience at the Violet Crown. Order dinner, grab drinks, and kick back at the cinema for a relaxing evening on the Downtown Mall.
Violet Crown has both large and small theaters. We recommend ordering tickets before hand and arriving early for food and drinks!
When to go: Anytime
4. Visit Monticello
What used to be Thomas Jefferson's house is now a World Heritage Site, historic house and plantation, museum, research institute, and presidential library. There is plenty to learn and explore at Monticello, a short drive from the center of Charlottesville.
When to go: Anytime
5. Visit local wineries
Roam the outskirts of Charlottesville and you'll find plenty of wineries to choose from, each with its unique landscape of fields, mountains, and vineyards.
Wineries often feature local music and offer an atmosphere of fun and relaxation -- the perfect venture on a beautiful day.
Here's a list of Central Virginia's best wineries.
When to go: Any nice day!
6. Hike and Explore!
Charlottesville and the surrounding area has trails, parks, and short walks for the avid adventures or the peaceful strollers. Hike on the Appalachian Trail for solitude or explore Charlottesville's parks for shorter walks near town.
Here are some recommendations:
- Humpback Rock (Augusta / Nelson County) - Short hike to a beautiful overlook
- Ivy Creek Natural Area (Albemarle County) - Short to medium length circuits around a lake
- Rivanna Trail (Charlottesville) - Trails encompassing Charlottesville area
When to go: Anytime, choose your favorite season!
7. Watch the sunset at Bailey's Retreat
If you stay at Bailey's Retreat (which you should!), enjoy the sun setting over the Blue Ridge Mountains. We're fortunate to have a wonderful sunset right in our backyard which we share with all of our guests. Stay at Bailey's Retreat Cabin and the sunset will be just outside your door!
When to view: Check local sunset times and enjoy!
8. Visit the Tea Bazaar
Located on the Downtown Mall, the Tea Bazaar is an excellent spot to relax and drink tea. There are cozy nooks abound at the Tea Bazaar, a low-key environment for catching up, sharing stories, and live music.
When to go: Anytime! For choice seating consider going during the day when they are less busy.
9. Skyline Drive or the Blue Ridge Parkway
Get out and enjoy the beauty of Central Virginia without the commitment of a longer hike. Skyline Drive and the Parkway offer exceptional mountain views, overlooks, and valleys. Each season exudes a different feeling, but if you go in the winter, be careful, and make sure to call ahead to see if they are open!
When to go: The fall colors are a joy, but each season has its own merit!
10. Hit the Brew Ridge Trail
For beer and cider drinkers, wine enthusiasts, and foodies the Brew Ridge Trail is Virginia's mecca of craft beverages.
It starts at Blue Ridge Brewery, ends at Devil's Backbone, and you've got options, options, options in between.
We recommend stopping at Bold Rock Cider, Wild Wolf, and Silverback Distillery.
If you go for the wine, you've got two excellent options in Afton Mountain Vineyards and Veritas.
When to go: For a vibrant atmosphere choose a weekend. For space and quiet choose a weekday. Just be sure to check opening hours!