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Halifax County is for Lovers

Halifax County VA is for Lovers

Planning a special evening or weekend for your significant other but don’t know where to start? Halifax County has a variety of unique and fun attractions perfect for a date, whether it’s your first outing as a couple or an anniversary celebration. We’ve made a list of date ideas and couple-centric activities from traditional fine dining to horseback riding, to racing go karts, and everything in between. Afterall, Virginia is for Lovers.

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, we’ve also included a list of deals, events, and Valentine’s specials offered by local businesses and attractions, perfect for turning your date night into a romantic getaway.

Dinner Date

Nothing is more tried and true than a date over dinner. For a fine dining experience, try the award-winning Molasses Grill, which serves Southern inspired cuisine. The menu offers a few staples, The atmosphere, coupled with outstanding service and delicious food are sure to amaze you and your date. Similarly, The Mansion Restaurant at Berry Hill Resort is sure to impress. Housed within the historic Berry Hill mansion, diners will enjoy the pleasant ambiance and views of the estate while eating upscale dishes with a southern influence. Those looking for something a bit more casual may opt for Darby’s Tavern, also at the Berry Hill resort, which serves sandwiches and American dinners in a more relaxed, pub style atmosphere. Craving a night in? Order take out from these and other local restaurants for an intimate dinner for two.

Go Out for Drinks

Whether you’re trying to calm your nerves for your first outing as a couple, or celebrating an anniversary over a drink, these locations are perfect for dates. Whiskey lovers will enjoy sampling spirits and sipping cocktails at Springfield Distillery. Couples can learn more about the process by booking a tour ahead of the visit. Are you more of an oenophile? Halifax County has two vineyards for enthusiasts to sample. The Barn at Hunting Creek Vineyards offers plenty of space for couples to share private conversations while doing a wine tasting and viewing the surrounding countryside. Bright Meadows Farms is located on a 19th century farm, for couples who prefer a more rustic and home-like feeling. Factory Street Brewing Company is ideal for couples who love beer. Try a pint of one of their eight craft beers, or sample them all by taking a flight. Not a drinker? Visit on of our local cafes, like The Busy Bean or Southern Plenty Café for coffee, tea, or smoothies. Both locations also have desserts and pastries to satisfy your sweet tooth!

Enjoy Local Entertainment

Go out for a night on the town and sample some local entertainment and culture. As the cultural centerpiece of the region, The Prizery is perfect for those who love the arts. Acts from across the world have performed at this theatre, with nationwide talent appearing in the annual Summer Stock Theatre and local talent highlighted in performances by Halifax County Little Theatre. Be sure to check their calendar to view upcoming performances. Alternatively, dance the night away with your partner while listening to live music by a local band or DJ. Several venues, such as Badeaux’sPit Stop Pizza Pub, and Factory Street Brewing Company company regularly host live music on weekends. Visit our events page for a comprehensive list of upcoming events throughout the county.

Get Hands On

Sometimes, doing an activity together helps break the ice for a first date or provide excitement for those who have been together for years. Get your heart pumping while racing go karts at Virginia International Raceway (VIR), reaching speeds over 55 miles per hour. Or opt for some healthy competition with one of the many activities at The World of Sports, such as pool, laser tag, bowling, axe throwing, and tons of two player games in the arcade. Want to make things interesting? Loser buys a round of drinks. Looking for a more natural experience? Spend the afternoon touring the countryside by horseback at Shangrila Guest Ranch. Alternatively, canoe the peaceful waters of the Southern Virginia Wild Blueway at Staunton River State Park while soaking up the sun. No canoe? No problem! Hazel Branch Outfitters offers canoe and kayak rentals to the park. The slow-moving currents of the Dan and Staunton Rivers feeding into Bugg’s Island Lake makes for a perfect paddling opportunity for enthusiasts of all skill levels.

Romantic Getaways

Now that you’ve found the perfect activity for a date, how about booking a stay and making it a romantic getaway? If you’re looking for something more unique than a hotel, but more private than a bed and breakfast, these lodging options have you covered! The Merrybrook Cottage at Villa Cathedral is perfect for couples seeking a peaceful getaway. Located on a private lake, the cottage offers the sights and sounds of native wildlife. Race fans will enjoy a stay at Virginia International Raceway’s villas. These two-story villas sport stunning views of the track, an utterly unique stay on race day. The Cabins at Springfield 1842 are perfect for whiskey lovers. These private cabins are on the same property as Springfield Distillery, offering views of the peaceful pastures and resident farm animals. If you enjoy history or 19th century opulence, the Mansionettes at Berry Hill Resort are sure to please. Featuring canopied beds and period décor, guests have access to the historic charm of the resort without sacrificing the need for modern amenities.

Valentines Day 2024 Events

Berry Hill Resort – Dinner for two in The Mansion Restaurant for $160 with selection from prix fix menu. Available Saturday, February 10 or Wednesday, February 14.

Queen deluxe accommodations with dinner in The Mansion Restaurant for Saturday, February 10 starting at $299.

Hunting Creek Vineyards – Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Hunting Creek Vineyards with a menu influenced by both Valentine’s Day and Fat Tuesday. $80 per person, meal includes 1 cocktail, 3 glasses of wine, appetizers, salad, entree, and dessert. Local artist Chaz Knapp will entertain during the event.

Molasses Grill – Enjoy an evening of romance and delicious food at this outstanding local restaurant. Make selections from a prix fix menu, including appetizer, entree, and dessert at $79 per person. Or, opt for the carry out special which includes the above plus a bottle of wine and chocolate covered strawberries for 2 at $144.

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