The winter months can be brutal on anyone’s sense of adventure, but that doesn’t have to be the case with you and your sweetheart! The solution is simple and surprisingly close. Read on for fun date ideas and experiences you can have right here in the Shenandoah Valley this winter!
Classic Dinner Out – Redbook Restaurant
You just can’t go wrong with a wine and dine scenario, and we are strong believers that to way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach. Try on Hillbrook Inn‘s exclusive and luxury dining restaurant, Redbook Restaurant, for size. Choose between five or four course candlelit dinners with optional wine pairings, or check out their dinner specially designed for Valentine’s Day! This special holiday dinner consists of five courses that are so fabulous, you’ll have to see the line-up for yourself. This restaurant captures a romantic air so effortlessly thanks to their retreat-style location in the secluded West Virginia mountains; we couldn’t recommend it enough.
Take a Dance Class – Social Graces Ballroom Dance Studio
Located in Berryville, VA, Social Graces offers a wide array of classes for teens and adults including private and group classes, as well as weekly dance parties. With a team of highly trained instructors available to work with those with two left feet or veteran dancers alike, you’ll soon be gliding across their ballroom floor with ease! People all over the region have enjoyed Social Graces since 2001, as it’s a pleasant and useful pastime skill to learn and have. Plan a social graces class for a fun, memorable date!
See Something Romantic – Alamo Drafthouse Theater, Winchester
The perfect setting for this romantic holiday is hands down watching a famous romantic classics together! This month until February 14th, you can catch classics like Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge and Rob Reiner’s The Princess Bride! There’s no better way to relax, unwind, and have a good time with your loved one than watching something romantic on the big screen! If you’ve never been to the Alamo, you’ll be glad to know that their menu is as delicious as it is extensive, so you can dine while you watch!
Visit a Museum – Museum of the Shenandoah Valley
On view in the MSV Founders Gallery from November 1, 2018 through February 17, 2019, Albrecht Dürer and Master Prints features more than 50 woodblock prints and engravings by German Renaissance master printmaker Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528). Dürer was an extraordinary innovator who revolutionized the medium of printmaking in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries.
On display through June of this year, Terry Ward’s Infinite Mash-Up of wall-sized, multi-panel painted abstracts provides a modern approach to art at the Shenandoah Valley Gallery. The exhibition will include the jarring Think Back to Iraq—portions of which are in Jimmy Carter’s personal collection—as well as a playful whole-wall freeform cascade, and a Holocaust-themed piece rarely on public view. Curated by MSV Director of Exhibitions Cory Garman, Terry Ward’s Infinite Mash-Up will include panels on first-time public display along with works previously exhibited in New York City’s World Trade Center/World Financial Complex and at a Smithsonian-affiliated gallery.
See a Concert Together – Barns of Rose Hill
Only at the beautifully restored Barns of Rose Hill, located in Berryville, Virginia, can you see live music performances in such an intimate setting. They’ve got some really exciting things lined up this February!
A rare performance with all-new band line-up, featuring special guest, Dave Hadley on pedal steel, Juliana MacDowell will be performing popular ballads like “Two Kind of People” and “Midnight Hour” from her earlier albums as well as brand new music from current Nashville recording sessions with legendary producer, Bil VornDick. An awesome bonus, Jordan Springs will be selling BBQ prior to the event starting at 8PM, so come hungry!
Another February performance to look forward to is Marika Bournaki on the 23rd.With unparalleled technical, musical and communication skills, Marika is at once a world class performer, outstanding pianist, vivacious young woman, and the freshest face on the classical music scene. Marika’s innovative approach to her art and performance is reflected in her recent collaboration, “Let’s Play”, with cutting-edge and world-renowned multimedia creative shop, Moment Factory.
The Barns of Rose Hill has so much to offer, ranging from Elvis Quilt Exhibits to traditional music, writing workshops for little ones, and everything in between. If you haven’t yet, we highly recommend setting time aside this winter to explore the arts at this little hidden gem of a location!
From museums to plays, to dance classes and concerts, set aside time this Valentine’s Day to take that special someone out and experience everything the Shenandoah Valley has to offer!