Romantic Winter Activities to Try in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia

Romantic Winter Activities to Try in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia

Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley has long been a destination for couples looking for a romantic getaway. Jaw-dropping sunsets and gorgeous vistas set the scene for a relaxing, unforgettable experience. Whether you’re visiting for a spontaneous day trip or a picture-perfect honeymoon, there’s romance abound in the Shenandoah Valley. Here are the region’s top four winter activities for couples.

Catch a Performance at the American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton

Treat your partner to a trip back in time! The Blackfriars Playhouse is the world’s only recreation of Shakespeare’s own indoor theater. Historically accurate and seating just 300 people, the intimate space makes a wonderful destination for couples. See some of the best Shakespearean actors in the country perform the works of one of history’s most romantic writers, then enjoy a leisurely stroll around quaint downtown Staunton.

Explore Virginia’s Vineyards on a Wine Tasting Tour

The vineyards of the Shenandoah Valley produce some of the region’s best wines. Many are open to the public for tours and tastings! Barren Ridge Vineyards in Fishersville offers both incredible wines and incredible views from their tasting room and patio. Visit Glen Manor Vineyards in Front Royal for an in-depth exploration of the winemaking process – and, of course, plenty of samples! Or enjoy an intimate wine tasting with Charcuterie at James Charles Winery & Vineyard in Winchester. Don’t forget to pick up a bottle or two of your favorites to enjoy later too!

Go Horseback Riding at the Rocking S Ranch in Winchester

A scenic horseback ride with your significant other is a memory that won’t soon be forgotten. At the Rocking S Ranch in Winchester, you can have any experience you want, be it a slow, peaceful trot through the woods or an exciting adventure across streams and along ridgelines. No horseback riding experience is necessary. Bundle up, hop on a horse and enjoy the ride.

See the Valley from a Hot Air Balloon

What could be more special than a hot air balloon ride with the one you love? Blue Ridge Hot Air Balloons will take you and your partner on a truly romantic journey through the clouds in one of their balloons. See the sunset over the Shenandoah Valley or witness the Blue Ridge Mountains bathed in morning light, then enjoy a glass of champagne when you return to the ground. It’s an experience no couple could ever forget.

A romantic getaway to the Shenandoah Valley isn’t complete without a stay at a romantic cottage at By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages. You’ll be treated to a fresh breakfast every morning in your private cottage.