Want to get away with your honey for a special winter getaway? Think cozy cabins, romantic candlelit restaurants, and of course some frosty fun. North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains are a year-round playground for adventure and romance, but wintertime is especially a time to reignite passion. With the ridges covered in snow, lovely, romantic accommodations and cold-weather recreation, the Blue Ridge is nothing short of awe-inspiring.
If your idea of an ideal romantic winter vacation includes cuddling up by a roaring fire with snow flakes gently falling across a landscape of pristine nature, the Blue Ridge provides the most romantic winter retreat with tranquil accommodations to spend quality time with your sweetie, snuggled up and enjoying this dreamy destination.
Cozy Places to Stay
There’s something about winter that woos us into intimate, quality time to bond. And what better way to nest together than in a charming rustic cabin. Cabin Fever is the ultimate eco resort getaway, perfect for a romantic weekend. Located in historic Saluda, Cabin Fever has seven lovely cabins where you can relax and get away from the hustle of everyday life.
For a unique and more upscale accommodation, located right in the heart of downtown Asheville, plan your stay at the Windsor Hotel, featuring 14 luxury suites, each with its own character and charm. The finishing touches include chocolates on your pillows, locally made soaps and works of art commissioned from local artists.
You’ll find a great selection of Blue Ridge lodging and vacation rentals at Blue Ridge Cabins of Carolina Mornings. They are a local company and will help you find a selection of cabins, condos, and vacation homes offering up the best amenities to make your romantic getaway as cozy as ever, like hot tubs, mountain views, and fireplaces.
Romantic Places to Dine
Nestled in Hot Springs is the Mountain Magnolia Inn, a family-run mountain inn perfect for romantic getaways. Located on the banks of the French Broad River and Spring Creek, the inn offers a tranquil and picturesque setting with fireplaces in the parlors, making it the perfect place to rest and reboot.
The surrounding areas in and around the Blue Ridge Mountains offer many location options to enjoy a romantic meal. Many restaurants feature cozy, intimate seating and lovely vistas.
One of the most beautiful locations for romance is Lake Toxaway. Their peaceful Lakeside Dining Room has all the elements you’re looking for, guaranteed to get nice and relaxed. Beautiful views of the lake, coupled with a blazing fireplace, provide the perfect romantic ambiance for a romantic encounter.
Setting the table for romance is a specialty at the Red Rocker Inn & Dining Room. The Red Rocker Inn is a 100-year icon in the region and is known for its extraordinary dining served in elegant surroundings. The historic appeal of this beautiful Victorian Bed & Breakfast sets the mood for a delicious adventure.
Head over to historic Saluda and settle in for a relaxing dining experience at the Purple Onion. The Mediterranean-inspired menu features fresh, locally sourced ingredients and a wide selection of micro brews. Warm, intimate and casual, the Purple Onion is comfortable and cool.
What better way to show your love for each other than over a delicious pie? Baked Pie Company in Woodfin serves up some luscious and mouth-watering pies, certain to make you drool. For the ultimate romantic experience, how about sharing a Pie Flight? Choose any three pie flavors and a scoop of ice cream and let the romance begin!
If you consider yourself a hopeless romantic, be sure to add the Grove Arcade as a dream destination certain not to disappoint. One of Asheville’s architectural jewels, the historic Grove Arcade takes you around the world in one city block with some of Asheville’s most romantic dining options, all under one roof. Whether you are celebrating your honeymoon, anniversary or just want to cozy up with your special someone, come be blown away by any of the Grove Arcade’s most romantic restaurants.
Date Night in the Blue Ridge Mountains
When it’s time to leave the ordinary realm of every day life, why not plan something different to shake things up? If you are stuck in a rut when it comes to romance, the Blue Ridge has so much to see and do, you will want to have a date night on a regular basis!
Plan your complete date night agenda with a visit to America’s largest home at Biltmore and immerse yourself in timely hospitality. Savor award-winning wines, hold hands while strolling through century-old gardens, and explore the 8,000-acre Blue Ridge Mountain backyard. Ride horses, shop, eat and maybe even kayak down the river together.
Carl Sandburg once said, “Let a joy keep you. Reach out your hands and take it when it runs by.” A perfect date to feel the joy is a trip to the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. Here you will discover the legacy of Sandburg through his stories, songs and the beauty and serenity of his home. And be sure to visit his goat barn. Nothing like a little goat to get your juices flowing!
Grab your partner and head over to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. With a variety of hiking trails, one of the highest waterfalls in the East and a unique elevator running directly through the rock, there is something romantic about finding yourself at the top of the world… together. For some real togetherness, take some climbing lessons. And share the love by bringing Fido along. It’s pet friendly!
Long day of hiking? Perhaps a spa and wellness experience is just what the doctor ordered. Whatever your pampering choice, there is nothing better than relaxing with a Blue Ridge Mountain Spa experience. From lovely hotels and resort spas to stand alone spas, you can pamper yourself in the Blue Ridge from sun up until sundown.
Some people associate romance with wine, but in a region so in love with craft beer, relationships often brew over a cold one in a taproom. Enjoy the natural wonders of this beautiful mountain area while enjoying some of the most delicious libations. You don’t need a special occasion to explore all the rich flavors of the wines, beers and spirits in and around the Blue Ridge Mountains.
All of the towns throughout the Blue Ridge are filled with charm and friendly locals. So forget the big cities and start planning a small town getaway with your sweetie. With quaint main streets lined with century-old buildings now housing artists and cozy family-owned eateries, along with meandering rivers running though downtown areas, along with stunning vistas and a world of winter activity, you’re sure to fall in love with the mountains.
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