Valentine’s Day may be one of the most recognized reminders to share some love with those closest to our hearts. But here in Virginia, we believe firmly in sharing what you love with those you love each and every day. In honor of that philosophy – and the upcoming romantic holiday – we wanted to share just a few of the reasons why Virginia is for lovers of great holidays, in February and all year long. No matter how big or small the occasion, Virginia has everything you need to create the perfect love story.
Celebrate the holiday, a milestone anniversary or just a special moment with a little extra pampering at a luxurious Virginia hotel. From the cities to the countryside, Virginia has a variety of resorts and inns that offer the ideal backdrop for romance. In Richmond, the grand Jefferson Hotel embraces old world elegance while outfitting accommodations with the latest in luxury, like TVs built into the bathroom mirrors and the highest quality sheets and towels.
While in Richmond, stop by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and enjoy the opulent exhibits including the largest collection of Fabergé eggs outside of Russia and stunning works from world-wide artists. Then head over to the walkable Carytown neighborhood to shop for some special gifts for your loved ones and grab a cocktail from The Jasper, one of the city’s most popular and innovative bars.
Romantic dining is made simple with a reservation at one of Richmond’s most beloved restaurants, like The Jefferson Hotel’s own Lemaire or the quirky yet decadent L’Opossum.
Another favorite eatery in Virginia’s capital city is Lehja, an Indian restaurant serving authentically amazing cuisine under Executive Chef and co-owner Sandjeep “Sunny” Baweja.Lehja was named as one of the “finest Indian restaurants in America” by Forbes Magazine, and Chef Baweja has earned the title of a semi-finalist in the prestigious James Beard contest in the “Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic region” category not once, but twice.
Journey to Virginia’s storied mountains to cozy up in a secluded cabin. Or make it a luxury weekend getaway and stay at the Omni Homestead Resort in the picturesque mountain town of Hot Springs. This four-star resort features all the luxe amenities you’d want for a sumptuous spa retreat. The recently restored historic Warm Spring Pools, atthe Homestead, offer an ideal way to chase away the winter chill.Waynesboro’s Iris Inn is another tranquil mountain retreat that provides guests with an incredible view of the famous Shenandoah Valley from above. Enjoy a treat of locally sourced wine and cheese before retiring to your room to watch the sunset over the Valley and soak in the two-person jacuzzi. Special Valentine’s Day packages even include chocolate-covered strawberries!