Making my way down the pristine stretch of white sand beach, the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean gleam winsomely in the distance. A cool wave gently crashes along the shore, allowing me to get my first feel of the vast ocean. In the distance, a soft, yet pronounced neigh awakes me from my reverie.
I turn around to see a herd of wild Chincoteague ponies, casually grazing on a mound of dune grass. It’s summertime on Assateague Island, one of several barrier islands along Virginia‘s lengthy stretch of eastern coastline, where ponies roam free and ospreys fly high in the sky.
From the salty ocean breeze and snow-capped Blue Ridge mountains to charming centuries-old towns and quaint countryside vineyards, the state of Virginia stays true to its slogan, it really is for lovers. Here are eight of the best romantic vacation ideas for couples across Virginia state.