Unconventional Valentine’s Gifts for Your One-of-a-Kind Sweetie

Let’s face it. They broke the mold when they created your fun-loving, hard-playing, adventure-seeking sweetheart. So why would you stoop to another ho-hum dinner or lame box of chocolates this Valentine’s Day for someone so spectacularly stellar? Surprise him/her with one of these truly unique gifts, experiences, or weekend adventures in Waynesboro, VA, and the two of you will be talking about this Valentine’s Day for years to come.

Picnic on the Summit

Humpback Rocks

Waynesboro is smack in the middle of Virginia’s most wild and beautiful playground.  There’s no better place to find solitude and to spend quality time together.  And that’s really what your sweetie wants from you, isn’t it?

For “wow!” factor there’s nothing like a picnic along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. Nature lovers will want to grab an Osprey or Yeti at Rockfish Gap Outfitters. Then, take a detour to Greenwood Gourmet Grocery to fill it with local edibles like Simply Cheddar, Ula Tortillas and chips and craft beverages such as Blue Ridge Bucha.

There are hundreds of miles of trails in the park, each with unique terrain, vistas, and rock formations to explore.  To get you started, take a look at Blackrock Summit Trail with its panoramic views or Riprap Trail to Chimney Rock with its rocky outcroppings.

Of course, before you go check out this Winter Hiking Guide from Shenandoah National Park so you two don’t find yourselves stuck somewhere with too much solitude!


hand-dyed yarn at Stitch Amour

It’s just a matter of time before the next binge strikes. Stitch Amour is the perfect solution/accomplice.  Want to see some love?  Bring your sweetheart here to stock up on locally hand-painted yarns, patterns, tools of the trade, or to sign up for a private lesson.

The Big Catch

The perfect gift for the outdoor lover. No, not the fish…the experience!  If your Valentine loves fishing, give them the ultimate, unforgettable surprise – a guided fly fishing adventure within Shenandoah National Park!

South River Fly Shop is your go-to for gear and guided trips throughout the region, including Waynesboro’s own downtown urban fishery.  Simply purchase a Guided Fly Fishing Gift Card and your sweetie can book the dates later.

Handcrafted Finds & One-of-a-Kinds

Embroidery by Annie Layne at Shenandoah Valley Art Center

When it comes to one-of-a-kind physical gifts, you can’t beat the giving or the receiving of locally-crafted art.  It simply feels different.  And wonderful.  Like you-know-who!  So swing by the gift shop of local artisan goods at the Shenandoah Valley Art Center or the P. Buckley Moss Gallery for an extensive collection of prints, signed artwork, ornaments, and collectibles.

Yes, You Can Still Get Your Chocolates…

Seven Arrows Brewing Company

Basic City Beer Company, Seven Arrows Brewing, and Stable Craft Brewing have you covered with their spin on chocolate-infused craft beer.

This Valentine’s Day, show your sweetheart firsthand why “Virginia is for Lovers” where “Good Nature Comes Naturally.”