How to Plan Your North Carolina Romantic Getaway

Looking for a honeymoon or romantic destination with southern hospitality, beautiful mountain views, beach front activities and fun cities to explore? Look no further than North Carolina. North Carolina divides into three distinct parts, each with adventurous and relaxing activities for honeymooners or travelers looking for a weekend getaway to  participate in.

 The state’s western coast is lined with The Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains while the central area of the state is home to the large cities like Charleston, where honeymooners can explore the metropolitan aspects of North Carolina. The eastern coast is made up of 300 rugged beachside miles and is home to quaint and beautiful seaside towns. This state is the perfect spot for a weekend getaway with your honey or a low key honeymoon.

Romantic North Carolina mountain getaways (where to stay/what to do) The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains are well known for their famous attractions like the Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachian Trail. But there’s even more waiting for honeymooners and romantic getaway travelers, like pretty waterfalls, beautiful rivers and some of the best food in the nation. 
What to do in western NC

Romantic NC Mountain Getaways

Linville Gorge

This is the perfect option for couples who are looking for a romantic getaway. Linville Gorge provides ample hiking trails that promise spectacular views. There are a variety of hiking trails that couples can choose from, ranging from winding walking trails to sliding slopes that require more grit. The 12 mile Linville Gorge hugs the Linville River and provides steep and stunning overlooks. The Gorge is up to 4,000 feet in elevation and is a great romantic option for couples who are looking to spend a romantic getaway in nature. 

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is nestled in between the borders of North Carolina and Tennessee. The lush forest, abundance of wildflowers that bloom year round and waterfalls offer breathtaking views. If you’re looking to do a little hiking on your honeymoon, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a great idea. A beautiful romantic observation tower can be found at Clingman’s dome, which is the highest peak in the park. And if 

Fontana Dam

This famous landmark is surrounded by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Nantahala National Forest, and deep river gorges. Fontana Dam ranks among the most beautiful dams in the world. The dam provides hydroelectric power for the region and the lake created behind the dam, sits on the Little Tennessee River and is a popular site for all kinds of outdoor recreational activities like hiking, boating and fishing. 

Romantic accomodations in western NC

  • Windsor Boutique Hotel, Asheville, NC: About an hour outside The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the Windsor Boutique Hotel in Asheville, NC. This luxe, all suite property is a restored turn-of-the-century hotel. The vibe is chic and stylish while every room has two flat screen, a washer/dryer, and a kitchen. Some rooms even have wet bars. Plus in-room massage treatments are available if you’re looking to hike the trails during the day and relax at night. 
  • The Inn on Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC: it’s only about an hour and a half drive from Fontana Dam to The Inn on Biltmore Estate. The inn is set on Georhe Vanderbilt’s 19th century estate in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The upscale hotel is close to downtown with refined rooms, and 24/7 room service. Upgraded rooms have balconies and the fine-dining restaurant receives great reviews. The library lounge, spa and outdoor pool are all great amenities that will keep honeymooners relaxed and entertained.

Romantic North Carolina beach getaways:

The North Carolina coast offers beautiful beaches that each have their own unique vibe and plenty of things to do. Whether it’s getting some sun on the beach, or exploring the small towns that make up the coast honeymooners will be sure to find relaxation and adventure. 

Wilmington

Even if you’ve never been to Wilmington, there’s a chance you’ll recognize the city. This region of North Carolina has hosted over 400 tv and film productions. Hangout on Wrightsville beach, which is one of Wilmington’s three island beaches. You can also learn to surf, go kayaking or even grab a romantic bite on the coast. 

Corolla

Are you looking for a unique one of a kind adventure on your honeymoon or romantic getaway? The Outer Banks lines the Eastern North Carolina coast and Corolla is the perfect place to spend some quality time. Corolla Park is full of wild horses that run the same sandy beaches that you can stroll down for a romantic moonlit walk. Plus there’s always time to grab a spot in the sun and relax by the ocean. 

Emerald Isle

Emerald Isle is also found on the coastline and many praise it as one of the most romantic spots in North Carolina. The area takes up 29 miles of land and sea and is home to not only the North Carolina Aquarium, but also plenty of opportunity for outdoor activities such as kayaking, scuba diving and paddle boarding… just in case you get sick of sitting in that comfy beach chair. 

Ocean Isle Beach

Ocean Isle is one of the more popular spots to vacation in North Carolina, but is not any less romantic. With it’s convenient proximity to Myrtle Beach, day trips become a breeze. The small seaside village is only home to around 600 residents and they welcome guests with their relaxed attitudes and low key paces. Grab a BnB reservation and unwind by the coast at Ocean Isle Beach. 

Romantic Coastal Accommodations in North Carolina: 

  • The Winds Resort Beach Club: is set on Ocean Isle Beach and is two miles from the Museum of Coastal Carolina. Some of the airy roomed cottages offer patios, ocean views, and whirlpool tubs while amenities like a tiki bar, indoor and outdoor pools and a hot tub are waiting for guests outside. A Southern breakfast buffet is complimentary, as are parking and bike rentals.
  • Oasis Suites Hotel: This property is located on the beautiful Roanoke Sound, we are the only boutique hotel in Nags Head. The 17-suite hotel was designed and decorated to offer all the comforts and amenities of home. The Oasis offers Honeymoon, Executive, Family and Handicap Accessible suites and each suite comes with a full kitchen, jet spa-inspired tub with a separate shower, a private master bedroom, a private balcony and beautifully appointed furnishings. All suites have waterfront view, a dock that extends the length of the hotel and a gazebo that is perfect for that morning cup of coffee, or afternoon cocktails.

Romantic North Carolina City Getaways

The central region of the state is home to North Carolina’s largest cities like Charlotte, Raleigh and the Pinehurst area. This part of the state offers everything that travelers and honeymooner would look for in an urban landscape. 

Yadkin Valley/Swan Creek

While North Carolina is well-known for its beautiful beaches and green forests, it’s also well-known for its wine country. Yadkin Valley and Swan Creek are two great places to sip a glass and try a new flavor. The large number of wineries makes sure that honeymooners or those looking for a romantic getaway will leave more relaxed. Vineyard tours, wineries and beautiful views? Sounds perfect. 

Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina’s most famous city has plenty to offer in the way of romantic entertainment. The locals love every part of their city and will try hard to convince tourists and transplants not the leave. The Tosco Music Party, a tradition that stands longer than twenty-five years, takes place several times a year and is the perfect activity for outgoing couples. An inclusive variety of musical acts each perform a few songs while audience members sing along and engage. But if you’re looking for a slower place, The Videri Chocolate factory is a great activity for newcomers who are looking to taste something delicious.  

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