A Sunday Drive for a Romantic Getaway

A Sunday Drive for a Romantic Getaway

It’s Sunday, and what could be better than a relaxing day with the one that you love? Whether your relationship is new or long-lasting, there’s romance in the air as you drive along wooded mountain roads, the light streaming in just right, hair flowing in the breeze from open windows and a great playlist on the radio.

Invite the one you love on a romance-filled drive out to Page County. Follow our itinerary and watch your love blossom like your beautiful surroundings.

Come for the Afternoon

Page County is a stunning backdrop for a perfect afternoon in each other’s company.

Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park 

They say it’s about the journey, not the destination. If you had any doubt, Skyline Drive is proof. Enter one of America’s Scenic Byways at Front Royal and travel the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains into Page County. Stop at any of the 75 vista overlooks for sweeping views of the Shenandoah Valley below. Spot black bears, deer, bobcats and birds along the way and start to feel truly “away,” even though you’re just a couple hours from home. Time your travels along Skyline Drive just right so you don’t miss a sunrise or sunset from the best seat in the house—historic rock walls edging most overlooks and built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s and 40’s.

West Main Market, Luray

When you’re ready to get out of the car to stretch your legs, relax and get to know the area, head over to West Main Market and grab picnic sandwiches and salads from this gourmet deli. The antipasto platter is a great choice for sharing, or indulge in one of their hearty sandwiches. We love the roasted portobello grilled panini with fresh spinach, feta cheese, and sautéed onions on herbed focaccia. The deli also boasts plenty of options for vegans, vegetarians and carnivores alike. Take your order to go and head to the winery for a picnic.

Wisteria Vineyard, Stanley

Next, hop in your car and head to the western slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Stanley where this family-owned farm and vineyard is perched. Dedicated to sustainable farming practices, husband and wife team Sue and Mousa Ishak produce an impressive variety of wines exclusively from grapes grown on the farm. Taste the difference between the oaked and unoaked chardonnay, indulge in a classic petit verdot, or try one of their inventive blends. Once you’ve enjoyed the tasting, select a bottle and spread out your picnic on the tasting room deck or out by the fire pit – the perfect spot to wile away a romantic Sunday afternoon.

Hawksbill Greenway, Luray

Nothing complements a lovely Sunday drive like a scenic Sunday stroll. Head back to downtown Luray, park the car and meander down this 3-mile paved path along Hawksbill Creek. Glimpse some of the artwork from the adjacent Mural Trail or keep an eye out for our fine feathered friends as you wind through a bird sanctuary—Hawksbill Greenway is a Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail. Stop for a rest at any of the numerous benches and picnic tables along the trail, and when you’re ready, it’s a short walk to dinner.

The Valley Cork, Luray

The way we see it, romance and wine go hand in hand, and Page County has some of the most romantic wine spots in all of Virginia. So, continue your romantic wine-themed Sunday at this beautiful, dark wood-adorned wine bar and small plates restaurant. The expert team will help you select the best glasses for your taste (plus a bottle or two to take home) while you delight on flatbreads, charcuterie boards and delicious tapas. For the perfect romantic ending, share the decadent cookie skillet.

Hop in your car and head home after a romantic Sunday, or get a little drunk on love and wine and…

Spend the Night

Hotel Laurance, Luray

This charming 12-bedroom boutique hotel boasts unique decor in each room of the fully restored historic property, originally built in 1830 and converted to a hotel in 1883. Every room is a suite with its own kitchen and delightful nooks and rooms to relax, read and enjoy one of the bottles you no doubt brought with you from Wisteria or the Valley Cork. Each room has a view, whether of downtown Luray or the nearby mountain ranges, adding the perfect backdrop to your time in their heavenly beds.

Gathering Grounds Patisserie and Cafe, Luray

When you’re ready to leave the comfort of your room at the Hotel Laurance after a wonderful night’s sleep, and wander across Hawksbill Creek to Gathering Grounds Patisserie and Cafe. Grab a cup of delicious coffee from the local Red Rooster Coffee Roasters and breakfast to counteract last night’s wine in-take. Enjoy breakfast sandwiches, pastries, avocado toast, omelettes, or – who’s judging? Certainly not us – some of their famous homemade pie for a true breakfast treat.

Skyland Stables, Shenandoah National Park

Many come to Page County to explore the nearly 200,000 acres of Shenandoah National Park, and there’s no more romantic way than on horseback. You’ll enjoy a guided ride through a wooded trail, including an old apple orchard. There’s no more beautiful way to enjoy a dewy morning in the park.

Skyland Resort Pollock Dining Room, Shenandoah National Park

When you finish your ride back at the stables, you’ll be just a short drive or walk from the beautiful Skyland Resort. Head to the light-soaked Pollock Dining Room, named after George Freeman Pollock, the resort developer who was responsible for bringing city visitors to the area for elaborate balls, costume parties, teas, jousts and tournaments, musicales, pageants, and bonfires in the early 1900’s. Enjoy a classic southern lunch with a view from their huge windows overlooking the Shenandoah Valley and surrounding mountain ranges. The Charleston she crab soup and the Skyland’s signature blackberry ice cream pie are high on our must try lists.

Page Theater, Luray

After the activity of the morning, what could be better than dinner and a movie for your afternoon and evening? Head back to downtown Luray where the bright pink facade of this anything-but-typical theater will quickly catch your eye. Inside you’ll find eclectic, perfectly curated, and devastatingly charming decor and friendly local staff who run this family-owned institution. Select from first-run Hollywood blockbusters and old favorites, settle in with your popcorn, and hold hands like you’re teenagers again.

Mural Trail, Luray

Keep the inspired feeling of the theater’s surroundings with a romantic stroll along the Mural Trail. You saw some of the works yesterday wandering the Hawksbill Greenway, but this is the perfect time to specifically seek out the more than 30 works of large format art covering historic buildings, walls, overpasses and other structures. Local artists depict nature and heritage-influenced scenes that provide a unique sense of place, laid out in perfect harmony with the historic surroundings. Page County is truly a feast for the eyes.

Moonshadows Restaurant, Luray

When you’re ready for dinner, continue your stroll over to Moonshadows. This beautiful restaurant in a restored home offers two charming dining rooms adorned with cozy fireplaces as well as seating on its wraparound porch where you can watch Main Street go by. The cuisine is seasonal and continental – always changing to stay fresh, interesting and delicious. No matter the season, perfectly cooked meats and seafood always satisfy, and the restaurant offers mouthwatering vegetarian options as well. Always leave room for dessert – we’re on a personal quest to try the seasonal bread pudding in every season. 

Conclude your romantic two days and drive back to reality or…

Stay the Week

A week in Page County is romantic and restorative, with so many more sites to see, spirits to sip, meals to indulge in and activities to do together. 

Cabin Stays, Luray, Stanley and Shenandoah

A cozy cabin makes a romantic home for the week, and Page County boasts more than 400 available for rent, many chockful of romantic features. Select a cabin along the river to fall asleep to the sound of the water, or go high in the mountains for a beautiful view. Many cabins offer a fire pit, hot tub or fireplace to snuggle with your beloved, and almost all boast privacy in a stunning setting. Some, like Shadow Mountains Escape, are even couples only.

Warehouse Art Gallery, Luray

This reclaimed warehouse boasts more than 1,000 works of art by more than 90 regional artists. You’ll find works of every kind in every medium, from painting to sculpture, photography to blown glass, jewelry to bone sighs. Browse more than 10,000 square feet hand-in-hand with your love – the bright, airy space complements the giddy mood of true romantics. Pick up a unique souvenir to remember your trip – some pieces are as affordable as $10.

Lake Arrowhead, Luray

Start with a romantic picnic on the lakeside beach, then enjoy a pleasant afternoon tanning, reading and swimming together. Rent a canoe to grab some quiet time in the middle of the lake together, cliche-but-for-a-reason poetry readings optional. As dusk approaches, circumnavigate the lake on a quiet, 1-mile trail that’s a local secret spot and take in the beautiful mountains rising above. Stick around for sunset and a little stargazing.

White Oak Canyon Trail, Shenandoah National Park

Waterfalls and wildflowers are surefire romance ingredients. The sporty couple can enjoy this 9.5 mile out-and-back trail to get a healthy dose of both. You’ll encounter multiple waterfalls varying in height from 35 to 86 feet and be surrounded by wildflowers along the canyon’s stream. There are ample spots to stop for a rest, a snack or a stolen kiss. Pro tip: begin at the bottom of the mountain so that your hike back to your car is downhill.

Farm Markets

Browsing Page County’s local farm markets is a romantic’s delight. Stop by the Massanutten Country Corner (they have baby goats!!), the Page Co-Op Farm Bureau, Hawksbill Trading Company, Taste – The Southern Market, and Willow Grove Farm Market where you can enjoy and purchase fresh local produce, local arts, crafts and antiques. The flowers on offer make for a perfect spur of the moment romantic gift (we won’t tell your partner you planned it in advance, it’ll be just between us). 

Mimslyn Inn, Luray

This historic inn dates back to 1931 and offers a variety of dining options, all dripping with romance and southern charm. When the weather’s nice, nothing could be more idyllic than dinner among the columns on the front porch from Circa ‘31. In cooler months, order the wine dinner as you sit close to your love enjoying the ambient light of an impressive crystal chandelier in their formal dining room, toasting to your travels. If you’re in the mood for a more casual but still intimate vibe, the inn’s Speakeasy serves southern classics and live music in a tavern setting. 

Before you leave, don’t miss getting your photo taken in front of the flying staircase, the lobby fireplace and the famous front porch – favorite backdrops by every visitor! Feel like staying the night? Ask about their cottages and suites, and surprise your love by ordering the chocolate dipped strawberries!

Baby Moons, Luray

Grab a cup of delicious coffee and breakfast at this bakery adored by locals and visitors alike. On offer are superior pastries, breakfast pies, sandwiches and more. While you’re here, may we suggest some dessert for later? Baby Moons cupcakes, brownies, and other creations are all melt-in-your-mouth moist and delicately and deliciously flavored. They’re not to be missed.

Blue Ridge Whisky Wine Loop and Shenandoah Spirits Trail

Tasting trails are a great way to spend quality time together exploring the beauty of the region while knowing where to stop all along the ways for the best bites and tipples. Two wonderful tasting trails run through Page County: the Blue Ridge Whisky Wine Loop surrounds the Shenandoah National Park and leads you to exceptional wineries, Luray’s own River Hill Distillery, delicious dining and even unique lodging, all with a breathtaking backdrop. The Shenandoah Spirits trail invites you to #SipShenandoah and leads you through the Valley’s wonderful wineries, craft breweries, cideries and distilleries, all adorned with beautiful mountain views. There’s no better way to spend a day than discovering all of that these tasting trails have to offer.

Hawksbill Brewing Company, Luray

The motto at Hawksbill Brewing Company is “we brew community,” and true to its motto, it’s a favorite hangout spot for the locals. Depending on your order, you may find yourself drinking beer with local honey, blackberries, or other ingredients from the bounty of Page County’s agriculture. Grab a pint or a flight and bask in the sun-soaked beer garden together. Most days a food truck will be on site for a quick snack. 

River Hill Distillery, Luray

This 200 year-old Shenandoah Valley family farm is part of the famous Blue Ridge Whisky Wine Loop. Fred and Amy Foley continue the family’s long farming tradition, distilling small batch aged bourbon whisky, 100% corn whisky, and various local fruit wines. Make an appointment to tour the picturesque farm together and sample the fruits of the Foley’s labor. 

We hope you enjoyed your fairy-tale week in Page County. Head back home with your warm memories, or challenge the conventional wisdom that all fairy tales must come to an end, and stay forever. Believe us, those who have been tempted by the move have never wanted to turn back, and Page County also happens to be a great place to get married.

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Come for the Afternoon

Spend the Night

Stay the Week