Surrounded by the lush rolling slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Appalachian Mountain Range, the Shenandoah Valley is one of the most beautiful places to relax. A top destination for honeymoons and weddings, Harrisonburg and the surrounding areas are full of exciting things to do with your significant other. Plan a romantic getaway to the Shenandoah Valley and stay in one of the many charming, intimate cottages in the area.

There’s no shortage of year-round adventurous activities when staying in the mountains! To explore some of our favorite things to do during a romantic getaway to the Shenandoah Valley, request a customized Romantic Itinerary. When you answer just a few simple questions about your trip, we’ll provide an informative guide that includes the best local recommendations based on your interests.

The Perfect Accommodations for your Shenandoah Valley Romantic Getaway

When you choose to stay in the Shenandoah Valley for a romantic getaway, By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages has cozy accommodations with excellent amenities. Our property offers three different types of lodging, but for the ultimate romantic experience, we suggest staying in one of our Romantic Luxury Cottages.

Quill Cottage

A mere few steps from the Main House, the Quill Cottage stands alone, offering guests plenty of privacy. The 16-foot vaulted ceilings make the 500 square-foot structure feel spacious and compliment the chic decor. Beside the comfortable queen-size bed, you’ll discover a cozy in-room gas fireplace. On the other side, an oversized whirlpool tub awaits you. In the mornings, enjoy your complimentary, homemade breakfast, which is delivered right to your door, in the en-suite dining area.

Fitzgerald Cottage

One of our most popular accommodations, the Fitzgerald Cottage is a beautiful, two-story building composed of limestone, which dates back to the 1840s. On the first floor, you’ll have a king-size bed, leather chairs for relaxing, and a small dining table for breakfast. Venture up the spiral staircase to a large private bathroom with another oversized whirlpool tub and wood-burning fireplace.

Bergey Cottage

Similar to the Quill Cottage, the Bergey Cottage is a 500 square-foot space beautifully decorated in a neutral color scheme. Couples can enjoy the privacy of their own cottage, which also features a queen-size bed and in-room gas fireplace. You can enjoy the fireplace from the bedroom and the large whirlpool tub.


Though we believe these cottages are our most romantic accommodations, feel free to browse through our other available options including Main House Suites and four Spring Water Cottages.


Enhance Your Romantic Getaway to the Shenandoah Valley with Special Packages

With so many people traveling to the Shenandoah Valley looking for romantic getaways in the Virginia mountains, By the Side of the Road wants to make each couples’ getaway extraordinary. The unparalleled natural beauty of the area provides a memorable backdrop to a special trip. But, you can make your stay even more unforgettable with one of our all-inclusive romantic packages.

Romance By the Side of the Road Package 

Are you and your special someone looking into weekend getaways to Virginia for couples? Search no further—our all-inclusive Romance package is the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion. As you enter your room, you will be greeted with a chilled bottle of champagne and a bed covered in silk rose petals. A $50 dinner certificate to a local restaurant is also included in the package.

Shenandoah Wine Trail Package

What could be more romantic than exploring the rolling hills of Shenandoah wine country? With this package, you can receive discounts at nearby wineries, including Bluestone Vineyard, Shenandoah Vineyards, and Cave Ridge Vineyard. Also, upon arrival guests will receive:

  • A Romantic Dinner for two at a nearby, local restaurant ($50 Value)
  • Complimentary Red or White Virginia Wine
  • A Light Picnic including gourmet cheeses, French bread, fresh fruits, and a dessert)
  • Our Hot Gourmet Breakfast Basket delivered to your door each morning.

The Absolutely Local Package 

Get an authentic taste of the region with this Absolutely Local package. A romantic getaway to the Shenandoah Valley wouldn’t be complete without trying the bounty of local goods and products. This package includes:

  • Gourmet breakfast delivered to your door
  • $10 Voucher to spend on Central Shenandoah Valley produce, flowers, meat, jewelry and more at the local Downtown Harrisonburg Farmers Market
  • Tasting for two and discounts at Bluestone Vineyard
  • A light picnic of bread, local cheeses, fruit, and  homemade dessert from the inn’s kitchen 
  • $40 Dinner Certificate to a local restaurant, where menus include local products from the Central Shenandoah Valley
  • $5 Certificate to the best local ice cream in town, made on the premises at Kline’s Dairy Bar


Our Favorite Things to Do on a Romantic Getaway to the Shenandoah Valley

Horseback Riding in Harrisonburg, VA

With an array of mountainous trails and gorgeous, wide-open spaces, the options for horseback riding in Harrisonburg, VA, are plentiful. Whether you’re a first-time rider or a seasoned pro, these guided horseback trail adventures will give you insight into the region and allow you to connect with nature on a whole different level. 

The perfect romantic activity, horseback riding can be done as a sunset ride or a wilderness trek. Sign up for lessons in Harrisonburg or gallop along scenic mountain trails for one day outside the town. Below, we’ve compiled a list of the most popular places that offer horseback riding in Harrisonburg, VA.

Mountaintop Ranch

In the nearby town of Elkton, experience Mountaintop Ranch wilderness trail rides year-round. Sitting high in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this ranch features trails with incredible views of the Shenandoah Valley and Shenandoah National Park. What’s more romantic than a sunset tour? Choose this option and ride one of the well-mannered horses to a lookout point just in time to watch the sun retreat behind the Blue Ridge Mountains. Be sure to bring your camera along as you’ll want to snap pictures of this adventure! Reservations are required for guided tours. Check the website to book tickets and experience horseback riding in Harrisonburg, VA!

Fort Valley Ranch

Drive about 45 minutes south of Harrisonburg to go horseback riding through the George Washington National Forest. At Fort Valley Ranch, choose from one hour, one and a half hour, half day, and whole day guided tours. Whatever your experience level, let these skilled guides teach you horseback riding etiquette and witness sweeping, panoramic views of the Massanutten Mountains.

Jordan Hollow Stables

When looking for a place to go horseback riding in Harrisonburg, VA, Jordan Hollow Stables should not be overlooked. To get to the property, you must head 35 miles from Harrisonburg, but the short drive is worth the trip. The stables are extremely clean and well-kept, and the knowledgeable, friendly staff makes the experience all the more enjoyable. Trek through forest trails on a private or group tour.