The perfect romantic weekend really requires just two things: the right person and the right place. While we can’t help you find the right person, the Shenandoah Valley has an abundance of right places for romance. And right now a number of enticing romance packages are available. Below we suggest a few of the less travelled places – the cabins, inns and B&Bs that we think will put the zip back in your romance.
Located in White Post (Clarke County) L’Auberge Provencale, is a French-influenced, romantic B&B with superb dining, lovely suites and a variety of package deals involving food, cooking classes, wine, massage/spa visits and even horseback riding. Book any stay in February and add this package to enjoy all the following:
$275, plus the cost of your accommodation (Available February 1–28, 2019 for guests staying in Larousse, Voltaire, Van Gogh, Renoir or Lafayette suites. New reservations only. Package not available on Tuesday nights.)
Shadow Mountain Escape
Stay in a secluded timber-frame cabin with Shenandoah National Park* literally in the back yard. Various packages are available involving wine, winter, honeymoons and a focus on romance. The secluded, 15-acre property is minutes from Main Street in Luray. While you’re there, ask about the Blue Ridge Whisky-Wine Loop.
Shadow Mountain’s Winter Mid-Week Cabin Getaway offers discounts for couples. Select from their Bumble Bee, Dragon Fly, Ladybug or Butterfly cabins. Weekday rates for two guests for two nights: $370 + tax. Mention this promotion and receive a complimentary welcome basket.
Piney Hill B and B
Located not far from downtown Luray but surrounded by pastoral farmland and classic views of the Blue Ridge. Piney Hill’s Wiley Gregory told us, “We are a farmhouse B&B on a hilltop surrounded by spectacular mountain views. A four-season getaway, we offer two private luxury cottages perfect for romantic winter travelers, as well as three well-appointed guest rooms. We provide a full hot country style breakfast each morning, delivered to our cottage guests, and homemade treats and goodies during their stay.”
Piney Hill offers a number of special deals, among them, the Romance Package, which can be added to a two-or-more nights’ stay. It includes:
–An Arrival Fruit & Cheese Tray
–Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
–One dozen long stemmed roses,arranged
–2 tickets to the World Famous Luray Caverns
–2 Piney Hill 14 oz. etched Wine Glasses
–Dessert one evening
Enjoy a peaceful country setting; lounging, relaxing on the porches, taking in the spectacular mountain views.
Package Only: $200
South Court Inn
South Court Street in Luray is a quiet, historical street with clear views of peaks in Shenandoah National Park. The South Court Inn B&B is a two-acre hideaway on this street, with Victorian décor and surrounded by lush gardens. It’s private and an easy walk to Luray’s Downtown. South Court’s “Luray Relax and Unwind Package #1” (Yes, there is a #2), with a two-night or more stay in the Turquoise Room, allows you to enjoy a one-hour each couples massage (two masseuses). Plus you’ll be pampered on arrival with chocolate covered strawberries, a dozen red roses and your choice of a bottle of local Virginia red or white wine. Tickets to Luray Caverns are also included. (This package is dependent on masseuse availability so call as far ahead as possible to be sure it can be scheduled.) Price: $300.00.
Mimslyn Inn/Manor House and Cottage Collection
History, elegance and hospitality merge at the Mimslyn, perched on a hilltop overlooking Luray. A Valentines Day Special at the iconic inn, February 14, 2019 will feature musical guest Robbie Limon and the following offers:
— Circa ‘31 Dinner & Entertainment — $49.95 per couple* (Dinner for Two – Soup or Salad, Carved Filet or Salmon, Cherry Cheesecake, Split of Champagne– from 7- 10 pm. Tax and gratuity not included.
— Historic Room Package — $169 per couple*including breakfast for 2 and turndown service
* Limited number of rooms based on availability
All February, the Mimslyn offers a Lovers Special–Historic Room and Dinner in Speakeasy, $179.99
The Mimslyn’s Manor House and Cottages provide additional options for romantic accommodations.
In the heart of Downtown Luray, within easy walking access to Main Street restaurants and attractions, the Hotel Laurance is a renovated,12-room boutique hotel. Each room is uniquely organized with comfortable beds, Smart TV, and each room has a full kitchen, perfect for a short-term or extended stay.
The Romantic Getaway package at Hotel Laurance: a two- night stay in your choice of the hotel’s luxury guest suites, a bottle of champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, rose petals, a light breakfast in bed, a small bouquet, and two tickets to the Luray Caverns. It also includes a private in-suite massage for two. Package is $800 and based on two adults. (Please reserve at least 48 hours in advance.)
By the Side of the Road Gateway Lodging
Minutes from Harrisonburg, By the Side of the Road incorporates five cottages and one cozy apartment located on nine acres of a 1789 Manor House. Fishing pond and deck, plus all amenities expected in a high-end getaway accommodation – luxury bedding and linens, spa tubs or multi-faucet shower rooms, mini kitchens, gorgeous decor, with privacy and intimacy. This page of their website even helps you customize your own romantic itinerary.
Winter Special: Stay three nights between now and March 31 and get 50% off the third night!
Natural Bridge Historic Hotel & Conference Center, Natural Bridge
The hotel provides accommodations for business and vacation travelers. Located about 14 miles south of Lexington, with ready access to the Caverns at Natural Bridge (open March through November) and Natural Bridge State Park, the hotel offers 118 rooms and two suites, with splendid views of the surrounding mountains.
Their Romantic Valentine’s Package includes:
–Overnight accommodation for two.
–An intimate three course dinner for two in the Colonial Dining Room
–Romantic turn down service.
–Relaxing breakfast for two the next morning.
Packages starting at $189.00 plus tax. Packages available on Thursday February 14th or Saturday February 16th only.
Peaks of Otter, Bedford
Peaks of Otter Lodge is easily accessible from I-81 or the Blue Ridge Parkway (MP 86) and offers 63 rooms, banquet and meeting facilities, and Blue Ridge Mountain scenery at its finest. A full service menu and a serene lake view make dining a pleasure, but a busy slate of events, plus access to numerous hiking trails, weather permitting, will keep you as active as you desire.
February is “Sweetheart Month” at Peaks, and every Saturday of the month they are offering a special Sweetheart Package that includes:
–Room accommodations on Saturday night
–Welcome tray with a single red rose
–Virginia wine with two keepsake etched wine glasses
–Chocolate covered strawberries
–Fresh baked cookies
–Saturday three-course candlelight dinner
Take a look at the fabulous menu for that Saturday dinner.
Check rates on the website or call (866) 387-9905 and mention Promo Code VALENTINE.
Photo of L’Auberge Provencale courtesy jumpingrocks.com
*Editor’s Note: Before going to Shenandoah National Park at this time of year, call 540-999-3500 to make sure Skyline Drive is open.
Editor’s Note (2): Some of the accommodations above are participating in a Page County program that extends free midweek stays to guests from December through March. To qualify for the free stay, visitors must book a midweek trip in summer 2019 as well. Learn more here.