Boost your Instagram feed on a driving tour of central Virginia LOVEwork.
Looking for love? Just come to Virginia. In fact, LOVE is everywhere in the Old Dominion. LOVE artwork, that is. There are more than 150 wooden (as well as other mediums) LOVE art installations (called LOVEwork) around the state. And new ones are springing up all the time.
Installations range from the traditional LOVE spelled out in letters to creative interpretations such as the use of racing tires, helmets, and a checkered flag at Richmond International Raceway, musical instruments, and even beach chairs. LOVE signs are typically 16 feet wide and eight feet tall.
The four-letter LOVE signs are part of a campaign to promote tourism and the marketing initiative that “Love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation.” "Virginia Is for Lovers" has been the state slogan for more than 50 years.
Let’s hop in the car and take a central Virginia driving tour of some of these cool signs. You can really boost your selfie skills and Instagram feed with a collection of LOVE letter shots. Use #LOVEVA to share your LOVEwork pics on Twitter and Instagram.
LOVEwork at Liberty Mills Farm
9166 Liberty Mills Road, Somerset, Virginia 22972
Our first road trip LOVE sign is located at Liberty Mills Farm in Somerset. It has a fitting theme of agriculture and farm life. Backed by the Blue Ridge Mountains, the farm has mazes, year-round events, seasonal festivals, a pumpkin patch, and strawberry picking. There’s also a farmers' market where you can get homemade ice cream and fudge, crafts, local honey and syrup, and more.
LOVEwork at the Market at Grelen
15091 Yager Road, Somerset, Virginia 22972
The living LOVE artwork at the Market at Grelen is a topiary and floral masterpiece. You’ll definitely want to pop a #VaLoveSign on this selfie or groupie. The Market at Grelen has a café, hiking trails, a garden center, pick-your-own peaches, and Virginia beer, wine, and cider. It’s also a gorgeous location for a wedding.
Orange County LOVEwork
101 South Madison Road, Orange, Virginia 22960
Located in Taylor Park, Orange County’s LOVE sign has a metal blacksmith vibe and represents the area’s links to the Constitution, the Civil War, regional wine, and equestrian culture.
James Madison’s Montpelier LOVEwork
11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, Virginia 22957
The familiar script of The Constitution’s “We the People” adorns the LOVE sign on a fence at James Madison’s Montpelier.
LOVEwork at Lake Anna
208 Lake Front Drive, Mineral, Virginia 23117
Lake Anna’s LOVE sign overlooks the lake near the 208 bridge and the visitor center. It’s the perfect picture spot with its traditional white chunky letters against the blue of the lake. The man-made lake is a popular spot for waterskiing, fishing, boating, and picnicking.
LOVEwork at Virginia Welcome Center
Interstate 95, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22404
Virginia welcome centers are a great place to check off LOVE signs. The Fredericksburg Welcome Center is located just off of I-95. In 2019, the letter V was specially wrapped to commemorate 50 years of the "Virginia Is for Lovers" brand.
LOVEwork at Kings Dominion Campground
10061 Kings Dominion Boulevard, Doswell, Virginia 23047
The LOVE sign at the Kings Dominion Campground features roller coasters, the water park, and the Eiffel Tower. Even if you don’t visit Kings Dominion, this is a fun photo op.
LOVEwork at the Meadow Event Park
13111 Dawn Boulevard, Doswell, Virginia 23047
While you’re in Doswell, drive about a half-mile down the road and pay a visit to the Meadow Event Park, the birthplace of Triple Crown winner Secretariat and current site of the State Fair of Virginia. The LOVE sign features a blue and white checkerboard pattern and horseshoes. It’s located near the barns, which are now on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register.
LOVEwork in Colonial Beach
106 Hawthorne Street, Colonial Beach, Virginia 22443
Have some beach-inspired fun with the interactive LOVEwork sign in Colonial Beach. The sign sits atop a beach buggy and features flip flops and fish with the Chesapeake Bay as a backdrop. While you’re in the area, check out the hiking and biking trails at Northern Neck Heritage Trail.
Have you been to any of Virginia’s LOVEwork signs? Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.