You know what they say: Virginia is For Lovers. And as such, there are some great choices for a date night with a distinctive flair.
Blacksburg’s artistic and dining community has plenty of opportunities for you and your sweetie to have a fantastic evening out among your fellow residents, or for a great distraction while visiting the area or meeting up with students from Virginia Tech. Here are some great ideas we’ve rounded up that can bring out the romantic in both of you.
Before we get to that, though, let’s discuss the above sentiment. “Virginia is for Lovers” is the official tourism tagline for the state, developed during a contest between marketers in the late ‘60s.
And, to be honest, it’s less about romantic love and more about what you love in the state — the natural beauty, the distinctive city life, the sports and the genial attitude displayed by residents.
That said, let’s cut to the chase. Here are those ideas for a perfect date night in Blacksburg.
Most of the lists we saw online had this place on it, and for good reason. One of the best examples of the city’s artistic strengths, the Lyric is in the heart of the city and features first-run films, live music and theater performances.
With limited seating and great taste in events, the Lyric is a fantastic option. Find out what’s playing or who to see on their website.
Located just at the edge of the city limits, the Beliveau Farm has plenty for you to see. It’s a winery and a brewery, with local crops grown for great bespoke beverages. There’s also a kitchen on site, which allows you to pair food with beer or wine.
There are also picnic areas and hiking trails, a full-service bed and breakfast, and the occasional special event or performance in specially dedicated spaces. The Beliveau website has all the details.
Blacksburg Wine Lab
Wine is also on the menu at this unique spot for gathering in Blacksburg. The Wine Lab features drinks from around the corner as well as every corner of the world, paired with exacting small plates to elevate the dining experience.
They also host specific events geared toward gourmands and well as wine aficionados. You may learn more about what’s cooking at the lab on the Lab’s website.
If something as simple as a walk or a bike ride is more your speed or style, consider this well-traveled and well-loved part of Southwest Blacksburg. The Huckleberry Trail is about six miles of trails that include lovely scenery. Starting as a nature preserve in 1966, Huckleberry brings the area’s beauty up close and personal.
Find out more about the trail at the city’s parks website.
Moss Art Center
Another of the city’s best-known showcases, this is a diverse and intriguing performance space that is bound to have something that suits you and your sweetheart’s taste in the fine arts.
On the Virginia Tech campus, the Moss blends galleries with performances for a never-bored vibe that can make an evening special. Everything from music to poetry to opera to dance has a place at the Moss. You’ll need to check their calendar for what they offer on any given day.
A great evening out
These are just a few ideas we found for a romantic date, but there is plenty to do for couples either living or visiting Blacksburg. Find more ideas on the City of Blacksburg website.