Virginia Is For Lovers
Enjoy the Area and This Local Recipe
What better place to spend a romantic weekend than the Commonwealth? With more than 7,000 miles of shoreline along the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay, dozens of quaint waterfront towns to explore, and campgrounds just steps from sandy beaches, Virginia really is for lovers.
And what better place to enjoy that legendary aphrodisiac, the oyster? The tasty bivalve has become the focus of the state’s aquaculture industry, resulting in sustainable, farm-raised oysters that are available year-round. Follow the Virginia Oyster Trail, where you’ll meet local watermen, take an eco-tour, and even try wine and oyster pairings at agri-artisan vineyards.
Along the way, you can also view some amorous art to put you in the mood—there are more than two hundred official LOVEworks across Virginia, from elaborately painted giant letters to wall-sized street murals, perfect backdrops for a doting couple’s selfie. Dim the lights, queue your favorite playlist, and plan your trip at virginia.org.
Virginia Angles on Horseback
This simple, campfire-ready recipe combines the creamy, salty taste of oysters with the bold flavors of bacon and bleu cheese.
What You’ll Need
- An oyster knife
- Two dozen oysters in the shell
- 7 oz package center-cut blue cheese
- 1 lb. bacon
- 2 tbs minced garlic
- Wash and shuck oysters. Rinse gently. Separate the oyster and leave in a cupped half shell.
- Cut bacon strips in half. Cook with minced garlic in a cast-iron frying pan until halfway done.
- Place bacon slices on oysters.
- Top with sliced 2-inch pieces of bleu cheese.
- Crumple a large piece of foil to create pockets to hold the oysters. Place on a cookie sheet and cover loosely with foil.
- Cook on grate above flames until bacon is done and cheese is soft.
A dry Brüt is a perfect choice for oysters and romance. Our budget-minded bottle is Juve y Camps Reserva de la Familia Gran Reserva Brut Nature Cava from Spain. Creamy with a hint of apple, this “zero dosage” champagne is made from three traditional varieties of Cava grapes.
If you want to make the evening truly special, our date-night drink is Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut Champagne. Pear and citrus fruits on the nose, this French champagne finishes on a warm note.