Virginia is for lovers, and that doesn't just mean first-chance meetings or first weddings; it's also an ideal place for renewing your vows. Virginia boasts spectacular vistas from the tip of the Blue Ridge Mountains down to the Shenandoah Valley. It has dozens of beach destinations along the coast and is also home to the nation's capital, Washington, D.C. The state is steeped in history and offers heritage tourism, historic plantations and homes. Whether you're renewing your vows on your first anniversary or your fiftieth, Virginia is home to distinctive destinations.
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While the eastern edge of the state is a meandering coastline from north to south, the 35 miles that comprise Virginia Beach attract couples who are drawn to the white sand set against a backdrop of blue sea and sky. Couples choose among many designated beaches including Sandbridge or the historic Chesapeake Beach, which is near the place English settlers first landed in America. Vow renewals are also possible along the bustling waterfront that overlooks the beach.
The original capital city of Virginia, Williamsburg has retained its colonial heritage and is the grand dame of heritage tourism. Venues ranging from John D. Rockefeller's Williamsburg Inn to the colonial home Providence Hall provide a storied backdrop for couples and their guests. As an alternative, quaint cottage gardens dot the city landscape and are also ideal locales.
Once the largest colonial territory in the nation, Virginia is home to dozens of historic mansions. In Richmond, the brickwork mastery and sculptured gardens of Mankin Mansion provide a historic 20th-century destination, while the 1700s-era Birkby House in Leesburg offers manicured grounds, a gazebo and carriage house for a close-knit gathering. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the 1770s Merriweather Manor is situated in the midst of a sprawling 400-acre estate that creates a pastoral setting.
Outdoor enthusiasts won't mind looking past the name of Hungry Mother Park, given its beautiful lake and woodlands, found in the southwestern corner of the state. Outdoor venues such as a small island or the lakeshore are available, as is the Hemlock Haven Conference Center. Outside of Dublin, a beautiful gazebo overlooks the lake at the Claytor Lake State Park and welcomes couples retying the knot. Or if an indoor location is needed, a sizeable conference centre is also available. The Douthat State Park is nestled in the Allegheny Mountains and offers the options of a quaint amphitheatre, lodge-style restaurant or intimate lake overlook.
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