Fall is a beautiful season, with the crisp air and colorful leaf displays, and is a perfect time for a romantic weekend getaway with your special someone. Whether you head for the mountains or the coast, or stop somewhere in between, North Carolina is filled with places for romance to blossom.
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Chetola Resort - Blowing Rock, NC (Prices & Photos)
This fall, if you’re looking for a luxurious and beautiful getaway for you and your special someone, Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock is the place to go. Spread across 87 acres, Chetola offers first-class accommodations, fine dining, relaxing spa services and a variety of recreational activities, all with breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. First, choose from the 42-room Chetola Lodge that overlooks the lake and grounds, the historic Bob Timberlake Inn or the one of the spacious Chetola condominiums. Then, share a romantic meal at Timberlake’s Restaurant and feast on distinctive entrees like pan-seared duck, roasted Carolina quail or southern fried oysters. You and your loved one can also treat yourselves to a couples massage at The Spa and enjoy the heated indoor pool, Jacuzzi tub and sauna. And if you’re celebrating a romantic milestone, be sure to inquire about their special occasion package that includes breakfast for two, a $75 credit to Timberlake’s Restaurant and a personalized cake from Chetola’s pastry chef. You can even add on fun extras like balloons, champagne, chocolate covered strawberries or a fruit and cheese tray for a small added fee.
The Omni Grove Park Inn - Asheville, NC (Prices & Photos)
For a more historic feel, try the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville. Having now served guests for over a century, this romantic inn set in the Blue Ridge Mountains, offers up a unique mix of traditional Southern hospitality and modern amenities and conveniences. Visitors can choose from a variety of rooms including traditionally decorated rooms in the historic inn, more modern-styled rooms overlooking the spa gardens, mountain view rooms, corner rooms featuring huge, panoramic views, oversized junior suites or club floor rooms, which come with complimentary access to the spa and concierge, as well as a spa-like bathroom and daily valet parking. Then, once you’ve settled in, you’ll want to start exploring the numerous dining options available on site. With options ranging from the farm-to-table Blue Ridge restaurant to the upscale seafood and steak at the Sunset Terrace, the French and American dishes at Vue 1913, and the casual, Southern comfort food and craft beers at the Edison restaurant, there is truly something here for every palette. You’ll want to try a different place each night! And don’t forget the Great Hall Bar, Presidents Lounge Wine Bar, Cocktail Terrace and Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar are all open to you for an after-dinner drink with your special someone. A “Retreat to Romance” package is also available, which includes a bottle of sparkling wine, romantic turn down, a food and cocktail credit and a late check-out.
Fuquay Mineral Springs Inn & Garden - Fuquay Varina, NC (Prices & Photos)
Not only is the Fuquay Mineral Springs Inn & Garden a romantic and unique spot to visit, it’s also listed on the National Register Historic District. After undergoing two years of detailed renovations, the inn offers five bed and breakfast-style accommodations, from small bedrooms to larger suites with adjoining sitting areas. The gazebo and gardens that surround the inn offer a quiet, peaceful space to relax with coffee or a glass of wine, or sign up to have a relaxing and nurturing massage treatment in the comfort of your guest room. Ask for the “Romance Package” and you’ll enjoy roses, wine or champagne and a scrumptious dessert all set up for you on a candlelit table in your room. But of course, no visit to the inn would be complete without visiting the famous the Fuquay Mineral Spring, located directly across the street. The spring was discovered by Davy Crockett in 1858 and is believed to have healing powers in its waters.
The Castle Bed & Breakfast and Courtyard Villas - Ocracoke Island, NC (Prices & Photos)
Also listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Castle Bed and Breakfast is one of the most treasured landmarks on Ocracoke Island. The classic, three-story inn overlooks Silver Lake and offers beautifully quaint guest rooms filled with antique furniture, an outdoor pool, steam room and sauna, and delicious food. Or if you want more of a modern feel, try the Courtyard Villas – a collection of upscale condominiums with large kitchens, decks and private hot tubs.
Duke Mansion - Charlotte, NC (Prices & Photos)
You’ll never believe you are only two miles away from the center of uptown Charlotte once you step foot onto the beautiful grounds at Duke Mansion. Surrounded by four and a half acres of meticulously landscaped grounds and gardens, the historic mansion that was built in 1915, now offers 20 individually decorated guest rooms that combine Southern charm with modern luxury. Each of the rooms features fine furnishings that capture the home’s history, as well as modern conveniences like a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, personal voice mail, luxurious bathrobes and pampering toiletries. A full breakfast each day is also included in your room rate. Plus, since you are so close to the Queen City, you can take a stroll or a short drive to experience one of the many delicious restaurants the city has to offer.