Treat your sweetheart to a romantic date in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
The scenic beauty of the region provides the perfect setting for a romantic getaway where you can create amazing memories.
Show off your skills and take advantage of these 10 ideas for a romantic date in Virginia's Blue Ridge!
1. Visit a Winery
The climate and fertile soil makes the Blue Ridge Mountains an exceptional region for growing grapes and producing wine. Visit the Chateau Morrisette Winery on the Blue Ridge Parkway or Valhalla Vineyards to learn more about the winemaking process while enjoying stunning, mountaintop views.
You can also make your way along the Wine Trail of Botetourt County or take part in a Blue Ridge Winery Tour for a romantic day of wine tasting.
2. Have a Picnic
Want to do something different from a typical meal? Pick up some fresh, local items from an area farmers market, such as the Historic Roanoke City Market or Salem Farmers Market, and pack a blanket for a picnic lunch.
There are tons of fun locations for a picnic in Virginia's Blue Ridge, including scenic overlooks along the Blue Ridge Parkway, along Abbott Lake at the Peaks of Otter, atop Mill Mountain near the base of the Roanoke Star, and near Roaring Run Falls in Botetourt County. Get more ideas from our list of 10 great picnic spots in the region.
3. Paint Ceramic Art
See who has the best artistic skills with a visit to All Fired Up. This ceramic studio at Smith Mountain Lake offers visitors the opportunity to paint their own ceramic art.
With over 1,000 designs, you'll be inspired to tap into your creative side! Paint a scene reflective of your other experiences in Virginia's Blue Ridge or make a piece that will serve as a great gift.
4. Dinner & Show
You can't go wrong with a night out when it includes dinner at an awesome restaurant and tickets to a live performance. Whether you're looking for the hip vibe at Metro!, mountaintop views at Carlos Brazilian International Cuisine, or the vibrant atmosphere at The River and Rail, each restaurant offers delicious cuisine and outstanding service.
After dinner, dive in to the region's rich performing arts scene. Showtimers Community Theatre and Mill Mountain Theatre are locally-based theatre companies that regularly perform in front of sold-out crowds, and the Jefferson Center is one of the best venues in Virginia for live music.
5. Sunrise Hike on McAfee Knob
This romantic date requires an early wake-up call and some hiking in the dark, but the reward is worth it when you see the sunrise from McAfee Knob. This spot, which is one of the most photographed parts of the Appalachian Trail, is one of the most popular proposal sites in Virginia's Blue Ridge.
The combination of the sun coming up over the mountains with the 270-degree panoramic view from atop the knob is a breathtaking experience.
6. Downtown Roanoke Art Galleries
See things from a different perspective by checking out the art galleries in Downtown Roanoke. The Taubman Museum of Art features work from world-renowned and regional artists, as well as special exhibitions. There are also spaces, such as The Market Gallery and WILSON HUGHES gallery, where you can meet local artists who are helping create the vibrant arts scene that continues to grow in Virginia's Blue Ridge.
7. Couples Massage at Les Cheveux
Spend a day at the spa with a couples massage at Les Cheveux Salon & Day Spa. You'll be pampered by the professionals at Les Cheveux, who will create a relaxing experience you can enjoy with your significant other. From hot stones to a reinvigorating facial, it's the perfect opportunity for a romantic day together.
8. Dinner Cruise at Smith Mountain Lake
Find out why Smith Mountain Lake is described as the "Jewel of the Blue Ridge" by taking a dinner cruise aboard the Virginia Dare. This 19th century replica side-wheeler ship winds along the spectacular shoreline of the lake and a two-hour cruise is a unique way to experience its beauty. Having dinner aboard a ship on the lake is one of the best ways for a romantic surprise in Virginia's Blue Ridge.
9. An Evening in Grandin Village
The Historic Grandin Village was part of why Roanoke earned a spot on World Property Journal's Top 10 Valentine's Day Getaway destinations. Catch a movie at the iconic Grandin Theatre, have an amazing farm-to-table meal at Local Roots, and save room for something sweet, such as a cupcake from Viva La Cupcake or ice cream sundae from Pop's Ice Cream & Soda Bar.
10. Paint Nite Roanoke
Ready to prove you're the next Picasso? Get ready for a fun-filled evening with Paint Nite Roanoke. A party host and professional artists will provide everything you need, including canvas, paints, brushes, smocks, and cocktails, which are definitely a requirement. Cheers to a great night and your next painting masterpiece!