Families, friends and couples have plenty of reasons to plan a long Valentine’s weekend in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

Spend quality time in this metro-mountain destination with loved ones on a scenic drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway then soak up the southern hospitality that awaits all while indulging in the rich, local flavors of the season.

Plan a date with that special someone at Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers and savor the smooth, rich flavors of the seasonal Chocolate Stout brewed locally in Roanoke. After a game of cornhole at Soaring Ridge head to the Historic Market District, just one mile away, for a sweet Valentine treat from Chocolatepaper. Make time for ice skating right around the corner at ROA’s Elmwood on Ice, Roanoke’s first outdoor ice skating rink in the heart of the city. Train lovers won’t want to miss celebrating the history of the magnificent steam era at the Virginia Museum of Transportation on Saturday, February 20 for Train Day. Afterwards, round out the day at one of over forty restaurants in downtown Roanoke many perfect for that memorable dining experience.

Continue the adventures just south of Roanoke in Salem to the picturesque Dixie Caverns on a guided tour of an underground world of stalactites and stalagmites dating over a thousand years old. Or hop in the car and follow the gentle turns of the Blue Ridge Parkway, the most visited scenic drive of the National Park System, for an incredible journey through Virginia’s Blue Ridge. Stop to stretch at one of the scenic overlooks to capture a stunning view or take a hike along the Roanoke River at Explore Park, Milepost 115.  

Add an excursion to Franklin County with a savory treat made fresh from the Daily Grind Café and Coffee Shop. Stay to visit the historical town of Rocky Mount or head to the Wine Trail of Botetourt County where time stands still and southern charm is an everyday way of life. Soak in the breathtaking hues of the Blue Ridge Mountains while tasting wine at one, or all three, locally owned award-winning vineyards along the self-guided wine trail tour. Finally, after working up an appetite, head for an elegant dinner at Pomegranate Restaurant and Gathering Place to enjoy fresh farm-to-table American cuisine served with a hand-crafted cocktail.

There are plenty of ways to feel the love in Virginia’s Blue Ridge this Valentine’s Day weekend. Find out more information on packaging and things to do at www.visitVaBlueRidge.com