Get in a Southern State of Romance
Whatever romance means to you and your partner, North Carolina has it—wine, beaches, wood cabins and city lights. Whether you're planning for a whole weekend away or a quick evening out, you'll find just what you need in this green southern state.
Every major grape varietal grows in North Carolina, making it the perfect location for wine tasting. If you and your sweetheart are looking for a wine-centered getaway with a twist, Treehouse Vineyards (301 Bay St., Monroe, NC) offers one. You can actually stay in a treehouse 30 feet off the ground overlooking a vineyard, and during the day, enjoy hand-crafted cabernet sauvignon, merlot, dry white blend and muscadine wines.
The vineyard is open every day, all year, and hosts a year-round live music series in the evenings. Three treehouses are available for rental, with prices varying between $150 and $350 per night based on the day of the week.
Blockade Runner Resort
Blockade Runner (275 Waynick Blvd., Wrightsville Beach, NC) boasts a culture of hospitality, claiming to treat its guests as community members as well. A weekend at the resort means a weekend of paddle boarding, surfing, sailing and fishing.
The resort's rendezvous and extended weekend packages are each intended for couple getaways and include a cheese and cracker plate with Champagne upon arrival, a southern breakfast buffet each morning and a Saturday night dinner. The extended weekend package also includes Sunday brunch and late checkout.
Romance in Asheville
Asheville offers several couple's getaway ideas, including mountain cabins, picnic spots and dining experiences.
If you need an evening out of the house, plan for dinner: Asheville offers a collection of romantic restaurant options, including a candlelight dinner at Biltmore (1 Lodge St., Asheville, NC) or a tasting menu experience at Red Stag Grill (11 Boston Way, Asheville, NC). You could also opt to dine out in the literal sense, setting up for a mountaintop picnic on top of Craggy Pinnacle or Mt. Mitchell.
But if you and your honey want a whole night or two away from parenting and career obligations, consider an Asheville cabin rental. Cabins dot the Blue Ridge Mountains and offer access to hiking and biking trails, waterfalls and ski slopes, as well as beautiful views. And Asheville's shopping, dining and nightlife options are still only a few minutes away.
The Outer Banks of North Carolina
North Carolina's Outer Banks offers vacation rentals, hotels and other lodging options, as well as restaurants and shopping to keep you and your partner busy and relaxed. Make it a day trip with a beach sunrise, a visit to a local breakfast nook and a stroll through the Elizabethan Gardens (1411 National Park Dr., Manteo, NC). Or stretch out the experience over a few days, with a trip to Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (46379 Lighthouse Rd., Buxton, NC), a walk along the Duck Boardwalk (Duck Town Park Boardwalk, Duck, NC) and a day at a local spa.
Night Away in Charlotte
Charlotte might be the hustle and bustle of North Carolina, but you can still find romance and stillness even in the state's biggest city—at any time of year. Omni Charlotte Hotel (132 E. Trade St., Charlotte, NC) offers a romance package that includes a $100 cuisine and cocktail credit, a bottle of Chandon sparkling wine and turn-down service with robes, music and lighting. The package amenities are good for one night, perfect for a quick getaway. Rates vary, but hover around $250 per night.