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Capture memories at 48 Virginia LOVEworks sprinkled throughout the state, perfect for a happy photo, whether you’re celebrating a romantic moment, group outing, or family fun. LOVEworks are a fun travel destination to include in a Virginia road trip or weekend getaway, offering the perfect photo op as you explore a new area.
Where to Find Virginia LOVEworks
There are at least 48 Virginia LOVEworks sprinkled throughout the state, with new ones popping up all the time. The artworks always feature the word LOVE, and are often made with unusual materials that reflect the local setting.
Some Virginia LOVEworks are built to highlight their natural location. At Humpback Bridge, Virginia’s oldest covered bridge, the LOVEwork features a tree standing in for the letter V. At Montfair Resort in Crozet, you can take your photo with a 7 by 21 foot LOVE made from twigs and branches with a gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountain backdrop. Crozet is a fun town to include in a Charlottesville Virginia getaway.
Other LOVEworks reflect the special activities associated with the Virginia towns in which they reside. In Bristol, the birthplace of country music, a LOVEwork sculpture spells out LOVE with musical instruments. The Waynesboro LOVEwork honors the town’s fishing traditions.
In Harrisonburg, a LOVEwork behind the Virginia Quilt Museum highlights four cultural themes of diversity, agriculture, recreation, and arts.
Harrisonburg is a wonderful base for exploring the Northern Shenandoah Valley. Waynesboro sits between Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway, an excellent place to begin a Southern Shenandoah Valley road trip.
A Little Virginia LOVEwork History
The LOVE art started out as simple white letters that the Virginia Tourism Corporation could take around to Virginia Welcome Centers. The goal was to highlight Virginia as a family destination with love at the heart of every Virginia vacation. The signs also play off the extremely successful Virginia is for Lovers slogan also featured on the Welcome to Virginia signs installed around the state.
The program expanded when the VTC partnered with tourism destinations around the state to create new Virginia LOVEworks. The VTC even offers a program to reimburse approved new LOVEworks projects up to $1,500 each, “to promote family-friendly vacation experiences in Virginia and the Virginia is for Lovers message.”
Groups can also rent a traveling version of the sign for special events. The traveling LOVE was stationed in front of the fountain at Reston Town Center during the World Police and Fire Games, and was a popular picture spot for athletes from all over the world.
LOVE in Northern Virginia
There are two permanent Northern Virginia LOVEWorks, one at the Manassas Railroad Depot, and another at the Depot in Purcellville. We’d love to see more LOVE in Northern Virginia, maybe highlighting the explosion of craft breweries in the area.
The Purcellville sign is a clever collage highlighting Loudoun County as a #DC wine destination. We wish the bushes behind the sign did a better job of blocking the parking lot, but we love all the fun things to do in Purcellville. The small town is also a great destination for beer lovers exploring the LoCo Ale Trail.
Large letters and an open sky background at the Manassas LOVEwork are perfect for pictures. The letters are big enough to fit a couple or a group of kids in the O, and the raised train platform makes it easy to frame your photo with a bright blue sky. Old Town Manassas also makes a nice day trip or getaway from DC.
LOVEworks make a fun anniversary, Valentine’s Day, or family photo destination. If you’re looking for other picture-worthy places to celebrate, we’ve rounded up 21 romantic spots in Virginia and DC that are fun to visit all year round.
Have fun finding and celebrating at Virginia LOVEworks!