Virginia is for Lovers is a slogan we live up to here in the RVA with plenty of options for a romantic date night out. From the theater, to restaurants with river and rooftop views, museums for art & history lovers, picturesque wineries, and the most beautiful parks and trails in which to take a moonlit stroll just to name a few. Here are our picks for places in Richmond to turn up the romance.
The Richmond Ballet: If you and your partner like the theater, the Richmond Ballet’s newest performance, coincidentally opening on Valentine’s Day this year, is an amazing choice to spend the most romantic day of the year. They’ll be performing the magical tale of Cinderella with musical accompaniment by The Richmond Symphony. This show promises an enchanting night at the ballet in Richmond’s stunning Carpenter Theatre. Click here for show dates and times.
Quirk Hotel: Quirk is Richmond’s newest upscale boutique hotel set in a former circa-1916 department store building and it has everything you need to sweep her off her feet. It’s contemporary vibe and hot pink accents are the ideal backdrop for celebrating love in style. Our suggestions– Start with before-dinner cocktails at their cocktail bar, followed by a fabulous dinner at their restaurant, Maple and Pine. Then peruse the artwork at their in-house gallery, followed by a nightcap or two with an unbelievable view of the city at their rooftop bar, Q. Oh, and you’re going to want to spring for a room for the night in this luxurious downtown spot and wake up for a delicious, local Blanchard’scoffee and pastry at Quirk’s very own café.
The Canal Walk: It’s going to reach 60 degree temps in the RVA for Valentine’s Day this year, so we had to include Richmond’s historical Canal Walk on our list. There’s so much to see and do along this 1.25 mile riverfront stretch including museums, restaurants, street art, parks, trails, and some of Richmond’s best historic attractions. You can easily spend the entire day strolling along the beautiful canal hand-in-hand while visiting some of Richmond’s best sites. Visit rvariverfront.com for a full guide.
Dine at one of our amazing restaurants: Richmond being the food mecca that it is, there’s no way to pick just one restaurant to recommend for a memorable night out. Here are a few of our favorites. Old Original Bookbinder’s is nestled right by the James River. The food is superb and their quiet, cozy dining room is perfection for great conversation and sneaking loving stares across the table. Can Can Brasserie in Carytown offers spectacular french fare and one of the most romantic atmospheres you could ask for. The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing has the most breathtaking view of the James, as well as the Richmond skyline (the best in the city if you ask us) and the food is equally impressive.
The Jefferson Hotel: If you’re a local, this one’s a no-brainer. Hands down the most popular place in the city for a romantic night out. The beauty in this hotel is unreal with classic elegance and history. Their restaurant, LeMaire, is understandably pricey and requires a reservation well in advance, but is a must at least once in your life. If you’re going to major romance brownie points, this is where you take go.
New Kent Winery: Old world charm, small intimate tastings, and award-winning wines is what you’ll get with a visit to New Kent Winery. Just about a 30-minute drive from Richmond is this gem that also hosts regular special events with live music, catering, and an outdoor deck and patio space that you’ll never want to leave. Participate in a tasting, then buy a bottle to share while you relax and enjoy the comfort and warm hospitality of this lovely winery.