Whether it’s a classic date, a new adventure or an extravagant getaway, Spotsylvania is tailor-made for twosomes and offers plenty of ways to help you create lasting romantic memories.
Stay at Stevenson Ridge
For those looking for a getaway, look no further than Stevenson Ridge, an 87-acre historical property in Spotsylvania County that serves as a wedding and special events venue and offers private cottages from the 18th and 19th centuries. Each structure has its own distinctive ambiance — from country antique to rustic backwoods to quaint efficiency. Couples can cozy up to a warm fireplace or wile away a pleasant evening on front-porch rocking chairs. Visitors can also stroll by the pond or hike along Civil War earthworks at this perfect destination for history buffs – and sweethearts.
Find Your Wilderness
Spotsylvania County’s picturesque Wilderness Presidential Resort has been hailed as one of the best places to go camping in Virginia and is a haven for those seeking a peaceful retreat or an adventure-filled getaway. The resort offers cozy cabins and other accommodations, an indoor heated pool, as well as plenty of special events and activities, such as year-round synthetic ice skating, tennis and an escape room. Find out more at wpresort.com.
Toast to Your Future
Unwind together at one of Spotsylvania County’s wineries, each of which offer scenic vistas and unique, award-winning selections, as well as a variety of special events, tastings and tours. Spotsylvania is also home to several brewing companies. Find out which is right for you and your date by going to visitspotsy.com, which provides a detailed list of the county’s wineries and breweries. At Lake Anna Winery, pourer Donna Smith said couples often return to the winery after having their first date or getting married at the venue to reflect on those fond memories of milestone moments. “It makes for a great romance,” Smith said. “People meet here and they can sit and chat in front of the fire. It’s a nice, relaxing place to be for a date.”
Shall We Dance?
Consider perusing local studios’ offerings and signing up you and your partner for a dance class or lesson. Strictly Ballroom in Spotsylvania County offers a variety of classes and lessons for a range of styles and skill levels. “Dance lessons give people the opportunity to know each other on a different level and trust each other to lead and follow,” said Strictly Ballroom receptionist Dee Scott, who added that the studio also hosts a special sweetheart dinner every February. And if line dancing is your preferred way to get your steps in, that’s also an option at Strictly Ballroom, as well as several other Spotsylvania venues, such as Log Home Brewing, that offer regular line-dancing events.
Get into the Spirit
At A. Smith Bowman Distillery in Spotsylvania County, visitors can book a tour and take a stroll through time at Virginia’s oldest and most award-winning distillery. Tourgoers will learn about Bowman’s distilling, barreling and bottling processes before a guided tasting of bourbons and other spirits. Walk-ins are welcome to a complimentary tasting before they can peruse the gift shop. Find out more at asmithbowman.com, where the distillery has also shared recipes for cocktails that you and your significant other can craft together at home.
Dinner and a Movie
Make it a classic date night with dinner and a movie. Spotsylvania is home to dozens of must-visit restaurants, whose offerings range from fine dining to fast food and everything in between. Our website, visitspotsy.com, features a comprehensive listing of county eateries, making it easy for you to select the perfect dining option for you and your special someone. Once you’ve enjoyed a marvelous meal, it’ll be showtime! See what’s on screen at Marquee Cinemas on Southpoint Parkway, or add the option of bowling to the mix by going to Paragon Theaters’ Village 12 and Penny Lanes at Spotsylvania Towne Centre.
Keeping It Cozy
There are plenty of places to get cozy and share stories over a hot cuppa in Spotsylvania County. Battlefield Coffee Company’s espresso bar on Plank Road is open until 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and you and your date can peruse the aisles of Battlefield Country Store while waiting for your drinks, then take advantage of outdoor seating. You can also try one of their special sandwiches, or if you want to shake things up, you and your date can share one of Battlefield’s themed, made-from-scratch milkshake concoctions. For a slice of European charm, check out Affogato Europa Café in the Chancellor Center. The cozy, family-run coffee and ice cream shop serves up delicious sandwiches, beverages and treats. For a special date, owner-manager Nikola Nonkovic recommends strawberry-topped mini lava cakes or a panini or pastry to share.
Get into the Groove
The Groove Music Hall at Dominion Raceway and Entertainment Complex, just off Interstate 95 in Thornburg, regularly hosts a variety of talented performers, including musical acts of all genres. The venue has partnered with nearby Tru by Hilton to frequently offer dinner-show-hotel specials and packages, which should appeal to those looking to make it a night of music and memories to remember. Check out upcoming concerts and shows at thegroovemusichall.com.
Taking Steps Together
Taking to the many miles of hiking, walking and jogging trails in Spotsylvania County would be a fun, healthy and beneficial way to spend time with your partner. Exploring Spotsylvania’s historic battlefields, hiking at Lake Anna State Park or traversing the rolling hills of local parks are inexpensive ways to ignite deeper conversations and connect. Find out more about hiking and walking spots in Spotsylvania at visitspotsy.com.
Relax and Unwind
If you are looking to create special memories with your partner and melt away stress, consider a couples massage. Hand & Stone Massage & Facial Spa is one of several Spotsylvania County businesses that offer couples massages. Hand & Stone General Manager Marion Cutler said the benefits of a couples massage are the same as those of a solo massage, only you’re experiencing it together. “It’s a way to bond with your partner and enjoy some quiet and relaxation,” she said.
A Picture-Perfect Pair
Ready to say cheese? Chronicle your special day with a selfie of you and your loved one in one of several Instagram-worthy spots in Spotsylvania County. Here are just a few photo ops in the county: Head out to Lake Anna State Park for a majestic lake backdrop or capture a moment at one of our historic battlefields. Visit the elegant Merchant Square Pavilion at Spotsylvania Village near the courthouse, or come take your photo with the LOVEworks sign at the Spotsylvania Visitor Center. You can also find LOVEworks installations at the Rappahannock United Way on Shannon Park Drive and at A. Smith Bowman Distillery.
Get Your Game On
Some of us get fired up by a healthy dose of competition. If your significant other loves a challenge, consider checking out FXBG Axes, Spotsylvania’s ax-throwing range, for a unique experience. Or you can puzzle it out as a duo or bring the whole family to Rush Hour Live Escape Games. If the kiddos are tagging along, you can also consider a Parents Nights Out at Urban Air Park, a year-round indoor adventure park in Spotsylvania. General Manager Kevin Fulwider encourages parents to share a pizza while their kids enjoy endless fun. “ ‘Let ’em fly’ is what we like to say here,” he said.