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Asheville is a city overflowing with art, chef-inspired cuisine, eclectic local shops and magical lodging options. Surrounded by mountains, access to iconic winding roads and lovely trails for romantic hikes are mere minutes from the bustle of the downtown. Couples who love a mesh of nature and a hopping city will find this piece of heaven in North Carolina to be the perfect destination for Valentine’s Day. There’s plenty of unusual places to grab a candlelit dinner, and there’s a variety of places to stay. Feeling extravagant? Or perhaps you’re looking to go low key? Gorgeous Asheville has you covered.
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Bavarian style on the outside and refined luxury on the inside, it’s hard to miss the Grand Bohemian Hotel when driving through town. “Velvety European lodge” would best describe the unique interior, and it somehow screams Valentine’s Day.
With works of local artists accenting the walls, Hotel Indigo truly encapsulates Asheville as a whole. Artisan food via small plates at the onsite restaurant, funky vibrant design throughout and staff that can help you and your love dig into the grit of the brewery and art scene of downtown is all just “very Asheville”. So if you’re that kind of couple who relishes in the new age vibe, this is a great place to celebrate. The mountain and city views from your room are just the cherry on top.
A simple industrial modern look defines the conveniently situated Cambria Hotel, and expansive patios with sleek plush furniture extend out for prime views of Asheville. Within proximity to so much, the straight-forward accommodations are refreshing and much welcomed, while the brick accented rooms with polished bathrooms create the perfect wind down environment after a Valentine Dinner at one of the unique, ambient restaurants or venturing out on a scenic hike within the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Traditional and classic, this hotel has been serving lovebirds since 1924. Downtown is within a very walkable distance, so an abundance of great food and entertainments is effortlessly within reach. Breakfast is impressive, and a cute little wine and cheese reception is held in the commons areas. On top of all that mouthwatering goodness is Princess Anne’s own chef-driven restaurant with creative concoctions and intriguing flavor combinations. So if the two of you are big time foodies, this simply elegant spot near all the action might be your own slice of paradise.
Staying in a cabin can be the ultimate way to feel secluded with your honey, and Carolina Morning Cabins has some serious beauties nestled in the mountains, complete with gorgeous views and your own personal outdoor hot tub. Many of the structures have an extremely cozy, authentic lodge atmosphere, with stone fireplaces and skylights above the bed. Grab a bottle of local wine, an assortment of cheeses and spend your night in front of a roaring fire.
The Biltmore Estate’s architect actually dreamt up this lovely colonial revival home, which has been turned into Asheville’s most awesome bed and breakfast. You get a taste of the quaint past, while indulging in modern luxury—it’s the perfect escape for couples. English gardens create a serene backdrop for the charming home, which features suites with whirlpools and king-size beds. Even the water is boasted about at Abbington—every drop is specially filtered, from what you drink to the water you bath in. Now that’s attention to detail. Of course, there’s an amazing breakfast made with local, organic ingredients, as this is one of the things Asheville is really popular for.
Giving The Biltmore Estate a serious run for its money is the Omni Grove Park Inn, an also historic hotel with an eye-catching design crafted of mountain-side boulders. Rustic yet highly elegant, the spa is what gives it that extra edge. Couples don’t have to purchase a treatment session—although quite heavenly—they can simply purchase a day pass to envelope themselves in one of the most romantic environments in Asheville. Indoor caverns weave through a maze of saunas, spas, steam rooms and contrast pools, ultimately meeting in the middle in a gender-neutral haven, with twinkling fiber optic lights, a pool with underwater music, and heated outdoor tub accented by a fireplace and mountain views. This place gets slammed on special occasions, so book very early.
Through historic charm, Biltmore Estate epitomizes eclectic Asheville. The former lavish home has now spanned further, becoming an absolutely swoon-worthy place to vacation. From the crisp lawn to the high-end spa, you’ll feel like a member of the high society family yourself while staying at the property’s inn. Dine, taste wine, roam the grounds, or just snuggle in your classically decorated room on V-day. The Biltmore is an incredibly impressive place that your sweetie will melt over.