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Williamsburg Is For Lovers

By Kathryn Streeter

It’s an open secret that “Virginia is for lovers.” The commonwealth of Virginia proclaims its affection for all-things-love through its iconic slogan, which pulls heartstrings and stirs the imagination. But more than an award-winning tourism brand, it’s a bold invitation to personally discover love — and there’s no better place to start than in Williamsburg. 

Williamsburg Is For Lovers

Carriage Rides

Feel free to cuddle as you travel back in time with a quiet, unhurried 18th century-era carriage ride through Williamsburg’s historic area — a footprint which includes 89 original structures and over 500 reconstructed buildings, lovingly rebuilt following historical documents and extensive research. You’ll benefit from the knowledgeable coachman who can bring to life your historic surroundings and answer all your questions. Horse-drawn carriages have always played a role in the town’s landscape, and over the years have been enjoyed by notables including the recently deceased Queen Elizabeth II, Winston Churchill, and Mister Rogers. 

Crim Dell Bridge

Magic is in the air when you cross the legendary Crim Dell Bridge on the William & Mary campus, the most photographed site in the area. Local lore foretells that if two people kiss on the enchanted bridge, they will be lovers for life. It’s no wonder the bridge is a nonnegotiable stop for couples visiting the area — it’s one of the most romantic places in Virginia. 

Williamsburg Winery

Pay a visit to one of Virginia’s most celebrated wineries, the Williamsburg Winery, located on the 400-acre footprint of the Wessex Hundred estate. Sip and savor the local flavor with a Tour and Wine Tasting reservation, which includes a souvenir wine glass. For couples wishing to linger on the idyllic property, the cozy boutique inn Wedmore Place awaits, guaranteed to stoke romance with its old-world European vibes. Book one of the 28 unique guest suites — just make sure to request a room with a wood-burning stove and jetted tub to further fan the flames of passion. 

Spa Of Colonial Williamsburg

Slow down in perfect tandem at the Spa of Colonial Williamsburg, a peaceful sanctuary where you can unwind with a classic couples massage. You’ll want to arrive well in advance of your reservation to relax in the serene lounge and enjoy the whirlpools and steam rooms at one of the most romantic places in Virginia. Book the limited-time Spa Escape Package, which includes your stay at one of the Colonial Williamsburg resorts, plus your choice of a massage or facial and tickets to Colonial Williamsburg, sure to create the perfect romantic-getaway itinerary. 

Romantic Dinner At Fat Canary

Garnering AAA Four Diamond ratings since its debut in 2003, Fat Canary is a must if romance and fine cuisine are on your mind. The lighting is warm and low, perfect for intimate, undisturbed conversation. The menu is ever-changing to support a creative and fresh approach, and will satisfy those with refined tastes, though the restaurant atmosphere itself is unassuming and comfortable. Dinner is served Wednesday through Sunday and reservations are highly recommended, as this is one of the most romantic places in Virginia. 

Yorktown Sunset Cruise

Grab your first mate and board the Schooner Alliance for an unforgettable Yorktown Sunset Cruise on the York River. With wind in your hair and arms linked, take in the views which — fingers crossed — may include dolphins. Besides serving drinks, the friendly and capable crew will explain key sights and historic landmarks ranging from 18th-century homes to the Yorktown Battlefield, the final battle of the American Revolution.