Try a quiet cafe or smaller venue like The Birchmere in Alexandria, The Southern Cafe and Music Hall in Charlottesville, Ashland Coffee and Tea in Ashland or listen to old time classics at any of the amazing venues along The Crooked Road in Southwest Virginia.Like I said in the beginning, dinner is nice, but how much better would it be if you made it together?The The Potomac Riverboat Company, shown here, takes off from Old Town Alexandria and offers waterfront tours of Old Town, Founders Park, the Old Town Yacht Basin, Jones Point Lighthouse and more.

Check your local listings for available cooking classes.

Sources like Yelp and Trip Advisor are great places to get ideas and reviews, or contact a local cooking school for available times and classes.

Art galleries are always good, as are crossword dates.

Essential Info: Richmond Park is open from 0730 until dusk.

There’s something about the quiet thoughtfulness of an art museum that allows you to stand just a little closer.

Plus, there’s always a quiet alcove to duck into when the moment is right.

Watch the sunset from the deck of a river boat and half the work is already done for you in the romance department.

Try river boat cruises of the James, the Tappahannock or the Potamac.

If you don't have bikes of your own, both trails have bike rental locations nearby.

And with fall on its way, you can't beat the scenery.

At every other location in London I like the idea of ridiculous names for my kids like Candy, or Moonlight or Elvis.