If Virginia is for Lovers, our Valentine’s Day celebrations certainly reflect it — and if you’re still looking for something special to do with your sweetheart, we’ve got you covered.
Great Dates for Less Dough
Last year, Americans spent an average of $147 on Valentine’s Day, but the best date doesn’t have to cost a dime. Here are some ideas we love that won’t break the bank:
- Cook dinner in. Invite friends – make it a party! And trade in the sad songs for a fun playlist with recipes.
- Have a day outdoors. It’s no secret Virginia is home to beautiful scenery, and taking a weekend trip to one of its destinations for hiking or visiting a few romantic cities is a great way to have fun for less.
- Take in the sights. If you’re not one for nature, many cities have great downtown districts with museums and parks, including LOVE letter displays in both Merchant’s Square in Williamsburg and Brown’s Island in Richmond that make great Valentine’s Day photo-ops.
With special events planned across the Old Dominion, you’re in luck if you want to stay local. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites: Keeping Virginian tradition, many breweries and wineries are holding special tastings to celebrate. And if you’ve got a sweet tooth, Discover Teas is hosting a tasting for their very own chocolate tea.
Have a night on the town, and take your date to a show. A few Valentine’s specials are Crazy Ever After in Williamsburg this weekend and a comedy show in Richmond on the 14th. Join in a community event. Getting active in your area can make a great date, like the Sweetheart 8K couple’s run in Richmond.
Tried and true, a date night out with great local dining is a Valentine’s staple. We’ve put together a few local favorites offering dining deals in Williamsburg. If you’re in the Richmond area, Richmond Magazine has a great list of the best RVA dining, and you can find more tasty options in the Northern Neck here.