Do you enjoy the sound of the ocean waves crashing on the beach? Or the sound of silence that fills the air in a desolate forest on a wooded mountaintop? No matter what your idea of the perfect romantic spot is, North Carolina has a got getaway for you. Not only do these locales offer beautiful scenery and romantic backdrops, but most offer special packages and additional amenities for couples looking to getaway for a break from the daily grind.
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Located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in the mountains of Western North Carolina, the small town of Blowing Rock is like something out of a storybook. In addition to the infamous rock formation that gave the town its name, there is also a quaint downtown district that is full of shops and restaurants. Within walking distance from the village, sits Chetola Resort – an 87-acre resort with first-class accommodations, fine dining and plenty of opportunities for rest and relaxation. Special packages are available like the Special Occasion Package, which includes accommodations, breakfast, a $75 credit for dinner at Timberlake’s Restaurant and a personalized cake by Chetola’s pastry chef. Other available add-ons include flowers, balloons, chocolate covered strawberries, champagne and spa treatments.
Also situated in the scenic mountains of North Carolina, the Inn at Biltmore Estate offers breathtaking views of the surrounding scenery as well as the historic Victorian estate. From the fresh mountain air outside to the elegant furnishings and fabrics inside, you’ll feel like royalty yourself when you stay here. In addition to the numerous amenities available like a day spa, heated outdoor pool, fitness center, 24-hour room service and shops that offer complimentary delivery to your room, you can also choose to enhance your stay by adding on romantic gestures like flowers, chocolate covered strawberries, champagne or a custom cake made by Biltmore’s pastry chefs.
If you really want to get away from it all, why not go all the way and escape to your very own island retreat? Beautiful Bald Head Island, sometimes referred to as the “Nantucket of the South” is a 12,000-acre island off of the Cape Fear River that you can only access by passenger ferry or private boat. Which means it’s the ultimate in private getaway. Resembling something out of a Nicholas Sparks film, you’ll find acres of untouched beaches, marshes and preserved maritime forests, as well as plenty of shopping, dining, recreation and spa amenities, all within walking or biking distance from your stay at the Marsh Harbour Inn. The 10,000-square foot Inn overlooks the Bald Head Island Marina and offers simple, romantic rooms and large, spacious suites, as well as open common area decks and porches for taking in the sun and views of the ocean. Included in your rental is daily continental breakfast, the use of an electric golf cart for getting around the island and daily housekeeping services, so all you have to do is relax and enjoy!
The Fearrington House Inn is a Relais & Chateaux property located on a historic farm outside of Chapel Hill, NC. If you’re looking for true Southern charm while still having a luxurious stay full of amenities, this is the place for you. Each of the 32 individually-designed guest rooms feature antique furnishings, original artwork, luxurious linens, fresh flowers and views of the surrounding gardens, while the grand suites also offer private courtyards. During your stay, you’ll have access to a complimentary gourmet breakfast at The Fearrington House Restaurant, a daily newspaper and even port wine and housemade chocolates at turndown. Special packages are also available, which include a three-course meal at the restaurant, a traditional afternoon tea and a gift card for any of the shops at nearby Fearrington Village. There’s also an on-site spa that offers facials, massages, pedicures and manicures.
Located in the beautiful downtown district of Wilmington, The Graystone Inn is a historic landmark that was originally built in 1905. Although the grandeur of the building is striking, you’ll feel welcomed and comfortable as soon as you step inside. The guest rooms are each decorated with period furniture and Egyptian cotton linens, while certain rooms offer additional features like fireplaces, window seats and in-suite bathrooms with robes, soaking tubs and walk-in showers. Modern amenities like Wi-Fi, televisions and telephones are included, but you’ll want to spend your time relaxing and unwinding at the daily evening reception that features complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres in front of the fireplace in the Inn’s distinguished library. For an extra treat, wine, champagne, the Inn’s custom blend of coffee and luxury robes are all available for purchase as well.
This 1913 country manor in western North Carolina is surrounded by natural beauty, set near the Appalachian foothills, Grandfather Mountain and the Pisgah National Forest. The Inn at Glen Alpine offers four luxurious guest rooms, elegant common rooms and a wonderful porch to sit and relax. Breakfast here is made from locally sourced ingredients and a la carte meals can be served in the dining room, on the porch or made to go for your outdoor adventure. This quaint B&B is about 45 miles from Asheville and 30 minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway. A short drive will bring you to several local wineries and breweries too.