We all know that honeymooning is for lovers. Happy lovers, who’ve just tied the knot in what we’re sure was a drop-dead gorgeous ceremony. But we think that when honeymooners head to Virginia, the sheer magnitude of beautiful scenery and American history is sure to turn these lovers into state-exploring history buffs, too. Skeptical? Take us at our word: not much beats a colonial-era mansion on a freshly-landscaped estate for a good dose of romance.
We’ll start with Richmond. The official heart of the Old Confederacy, this city is all trees and wisteria and homes from another time. Here you can spot old tobacco warehouses given new life as city lofts and marbled monuments hidden among residential neighborhoods (and along Monument Avenue). We like afternoon tea at the Jefferson Hotel, and a tour of The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar for thoughts on the Civil War from Union, Confederacy and enslaved perspectives alike.
In Williamsburg we take our adventures a little further back in time – to the Revolutionary War and a historic area called Colonial Williamsburg. A tourist destination to be sure, but one packed with quaint 18th century homes and garden views.
Monticello. Historic landmark, former plantation, and home and creation of Thomas Jefferson – this neoclassically-inspired structure was built in the 18th century over a period of more than 40 years. The property originally encompassed 5,000 acres, and the historic gardens were a botanic experiment and source of food for the house. From Jefferson’s classic ideals to his design innovations, and the view of nearby mountains, he created in Monticello an estate that demands exploration. Sunny summer days preferred.
Last, but not least – and technically first – Virginia Beach. While we promise to talk about the wonders of this city itself shortly, right now what we really care about is a small patch of green space on Cape Henry – First Landing State Park. Swimming, hiking, and picnicking are all the order of the day at this park, which commemorates the 1607 landing of the Virginia Company on American soil. The original settlers all moved inland to form Jamestown, but this landmark lives on in memory.
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