Romantic Destinations (In and Near NC)
By Christopher Jones on January 2nd, 2018
Looking to ignite your love life with an exciting destination? From urban culture to mountain villas and historic coastlines, North Carolina is the perfect place to fall in love! Take a short drive to the beautiful neighboring states for an unforgettable weekend, or rediscover your flame in your favorite town. These are our top picks for a romantic getaway!
1. Blowing Rock
If you’ve never been to Blowing Rock, pack your bags and leave tonight! This quiet little highland hamlet is the ideal combination of touristy, and romantic with a hometown feel and natural wonder. Gaze over the mighty mountains at the actual Blowing Rock, whose namesake comes from the gust of wind that the gorge and the rock create. It is said that if you toss a lightweight item in the air, it will come back to you! Stay at the Chetola Resort for a luxurious vacation, or rent a picturesque mountain house where you can breathe fresh mountain air while huddling by the fire. Sparks are sure to fly!
For the ever-trendy escape, head to the art and brew capital of NC. Home to over 26 breweries, and the famous Biltmore House, this city has it all. Spend the day roaming through the rose gardens at the estate, admiring the expansive property and impressive architecture. Grab a craft beer at Sierra Nevada then stop by the art museum to broaden your horizons, or stare off into the actual horizon while hiking or driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
3. Charleston, SC
Another must-do, or re-do! Charleston is a place you can return to over and over, and it will never lose its charm. Wake up early for a walking tour of the town to appreciate America’s history before dining at one of the highly acclaimed lowcountry restaurants for an authentic taste of the south. Take an evening stroll at the Battery park by the oceanside, or take a sunset cruise to Fort Sumter – be sure to be on dolphin lookout!
4. Helen, GA
This is an unmarked treasure. For a weekend vacation or for a half day stop during a road trip, Helen is a gem worth exploring. This European-style village looks like something straight out of Hansel and Gretel – without the evil witch. Built to replicate the Bavarian Alps, the town hosts an annual Oktoberfest celebration, and is a Christmas wonderland in the winter. Enjoy the hiking, rafting and exploring during the day, then stop by the Romeo and Juliet historic site to read the tragic love story from two Native American tribes. This town is a little taste of Germany – right at the tip of NC and Georgia!
5. Murphy, NC
This town in the westernmost section of NC is often overlooked – which is why it’s so special! Live like kings and queens at Castle McKenzie, a house designed like the wing of a castle. Taste unique chocolate strawberry wine at Nottely Vineyards, and bring a bottle back to drink by the hot tub at night. A truly romantic getaway for your knight in shining armor!
6. Pinehurst, NC
For the horse fanatic, the golf enthusiast, and the history buff, this acclaimed village is a recipe for romance! Get cozy at the quaint Jefferson Inn with great access to downtown attractions. Play through the famous “Number 2” golf course, or learn about the history of the Sandhills area at the Tufts Archives. Traipse through the Horticultural Gardens then dine in style at one of the many top-rated restaurants. You’ll enjoy a non-stop weekend of refinement and relaxation.
7. The Outer Banks, NC
Let your spirit soar at the lively banks of the Carolina shores. Start at Kitty Hawk, known for the “First in Flight” Wright Brothers’ test grounds or try your own pair of wings hang gliding at Jockey’s Ridge! Step back to the first colonial settlement of at “The Lost Colony” of Roanoke Island, then dine in historic Manteo, voted one of the top 10 romantic towns in NC. Work your way down the coast to explore the area, or stick your feet in the sand at Cape Hatteras, and take in the natural beauty of the coast. OBX is an ocean of fun for you and your loved one!
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