Virginia is for Lovers — and the state’s Shenandoah Valley makes a charming escape for couples to connect or celebrate against a backdrop and in the serenity of the Blue Ridge and Massanutten mountains. Whether you’re marking an anniversary, celebrating Valentine’s Day or looking for a memorable date night, Luray and Page County make a perfect destination for a romantic getaway together.
COZY UP IN A CABIN WITH A VIEW
With more than 400 vacation cabin rentals, Luray and Page County — Virginia’s “Cabin Capital” — offer mountain and valley lodging with scenic views to savor with your sweetheart. Enjoy front-porch rockers, cozy fires and relaxing hot tubs.
Luray and Page County’s unique cabin experiences range from rustic log cabins to luxury cottages located in mountain hollows and ridges. Guests can choose between larger cabin estates, such as Shenandoah Woods, or secluded hideaways, like Pass Mountain Rentals or Gander Island Cabins on the Shenandoah River.
SAVOR LOCAL FLAVORS
Featuring a rustic blend of international cuisines and a seasonal menu, Moonshadows highlights unique ingredients sourced locally when possible. The recently renovated restaurant in central downtown was designed and developed to offer an upscale yet casual environment for diners, offering indoor and seasonal outdoor seating by reservation.
Served on the patio seasonally and inside Circa ’31, the Mimslyn Inn’s formal dining room offers farm-to-fork cuisine and a rotating menu by season. Reservations are encouraged on the weekends when the historic inn often features a special date night on Fridays and dinner shows on Saturdays. The historic inn also offers a Sunday brunch.
SEE THE SIGHTS AND SHOPS
Wander in Downtown Luray along Main Street and grab a souvenir at shops like the 75-year-old Virginia Gift Shop, find wheel-thrown wares at the Pottery Lady, browse outdoor apparel and gear at Appalachian Trail Outfitters and find home decor at Custom Touches by Christi.
Walk through the Warehouse Art Gallery and view more than 1,000 creative works by more than 100 regional artists. Just across the street is the Luray-Page County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, with staff on hand each day with tips, suggestions and a seasonal calendar of events in and near the area. Or catch a flick at the Page Theater, Luray’s iconic pink theater in the center of downtown.
Commemorate your getaway in the state that’s for lovers with a photo in front of one of four seasonal LOVEWorks in front of the Visitors Center (be sure to share them with us through #visitluraypageva and #LoveVa). The oversized, themed “Love Letters” rotate each season to mark the time of year.
And a short walk past the Visitors Center leads to the Hawksbill Trading Co., a smallbusiness incubator of more than 40 regional vendors featuring arts and crafts, produce and baked goods, home decor and antiques and accessories.
GRAB A PINT AND A BITE
Dine indoors, outdoors or on the go at several restaurants and eateries, from gourmet sandwiches and soups at Gathering Grounds Patisserie and Internet Cafe, to freshly baked goods at vintage-inspired Baby Moons and Main Street Bakery and Catering, to fresh creations at West Main Market. Savor more flavors by placing an order to go to take back to your cabin for later.
TAKE A STROLL
Stroll along the Luray-Hawksbill Greenway with your sweetheart and see signs of every season along the 3.3-mile walking trail that runs through the heart of Downtown Luray. Situated along the Hawksbill Creek — a perfect spot for angling, wading or watching ducks and other wildlife — the walking trail includes dozens of benches, picnic tables and is within viewing distance of 30 murals and public art that are part of the Appalachian Mural Trail.
Centrally located between the Blue Ridge and Massanutten Mountain ranges, Luray and Page County offer plenty of forest scenes and serenity to take in together.
HORSEBACK THROUGH THE VALLEY
Take a romantic horseback ride through the Shenandoah Valley at Jordan Hollow Stables or River’s Bend Ranch. Located near the Town of Stanley, both cater to riders of any experience level during rides that run two hours or less.
Or take on a longer trail in the George Washington National Forest through Fort Valley Ranch stables. Trails range from hourly adventures, to half-day rides to the ridges of the Massanutten, to high adventures to Kennedy’s Peak and a picnic lunch on the trail.
REVEL IN THE BEAUTY OF SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK
End your romantic getaway along Skyline Drive, a 105-mile National Scenic Byway that traverses through Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Mountains, with wildlife and signs of each season around every bend and curve. Nearly 70 scenic overlooks offer stopping points for views and photos along the way.