15 Best Romantic (Weekend) Getaways in Alabama

Written by Jan Meeuwesen
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Sweet Home Alabama is the case for some, while for others it’s Sweet Getaway Alabama. This gem is pure Deep South, where your sweet tea never runs low and everyone gets a “Bless your heart.”

From the gloriously glamorous to the quaintly understated, Alabama has it all and then some for love birds.

The next time you’re looking to escape for a weekend full of charm, relaxation, and Southern hospitality, make sure you stop by any of these 15 destinations in Alabama.

Lets have a look at the best romantic weekend getaways in Alabama:

1. Gorham’s Bluff

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Gorham’s Bluff

Gorham’s Bluff is exactly that. Settled on a beloved bluff overlooking the mighty Tennessee River, this place has an instant allure that is obvious. Stay for a long weekend either in the lodge or a cottage; you won’t regret it.

In the lodge, you’ll be perched atop Sand Mountain with an expansive back porch that peers over the majestic Tennessee River. No matter what room you stay in, you’ll enjoy the coziness of a massive stone fireplace and an oversized whirlpool tub for two. And in the cottages, you’ll have an added component of intimacy, being just ever so slightly separated from the main lodge with the rest of the guests.

And during the day, relax in a hammock with a book, try your hand at fishing, kayak through the River, or pack a romantic picnic for two on the water. At Gorham’s, you’ll be surrounded by excuses to enjoy each other’s company.

Website: http://gorhamsbluff.com/welcome/

2. Fort Conde Inn

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Fort Conde Inn

A boutique hotel in historic Mobile, Alabama, the Fort Condé Inn welcomes guests into Old World luxury. As a historical landmark dating back to 1836, this destination has been completely renovated and now boasts a AAA Four Diamond status.

Admire the original antique furniture and modern reproductions appointed in every guest room. If you and your loved one decide to stay in a luxury room, you’ll enjoy the privacy of an upstairs corner location, an authentic fireplace, 12-foot ceilings of heart pine, and hand-painted Spanish tile. For those couples in suites, you’ll have all the sophisticated touches of the luxury room, plus an oversized bathroom with a claw-foot tub and an in-room bar.

The Fort Conde is a beautiful setting for a romantic weekend with your special someone in the Deep South.

Website: http://fortcondeinn.com/

3. Grand Hotel Marriott Resort

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Grand Hotel Marriott Resort

You know you’ll always be treated like royalty when you stay at a Marriott Resort. Treat yourself to a romantic getaway in this picturesque beach hamlet in Fairhope Alabama, where all the luxuries of a resort are at your disposal.

At this Alabama Marriott, your pampering is their number one priority. Relax in the 20,000 square-foot Grand Spa, bask in the sun or cool off in the stunning outdoor pool, and enjoy the white sand beaches of Alabama’s Gulf Coast. If you’re looking for some more adrenaline-fueled activities, the Marriott also offers a whopping total of ten tennis courts. When you visit the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, you may never want to go home.

Website: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ptlal-grand-hotel-marriott-resort-golf-club-and-spa/

4. The Beach Club Resort & Spa

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The Beach Club Resort & Spa

Situated on the Fort Morgan Peninsula, the Beach Club spans over 86 acres of private beaches, waterfront condominiums, lakeside cottages, and all the amenities of a resort. When you whisk your loved one away to this destination, all your stresses and worries will suddenly melt away and make room for joy, relaxation, and romance.

Rejuvenate your soul with the sunny beaches, warm water, and white sand surrounding the Beach Club. Unwind in the spa, where you can indulge in a couple’s massage that includes complimentary champagne in a candlelit ambiance. And when your belly starts rumbling, simply head over a few steps to one of the various restaurants on-site.

Website: http://thebeachclub.spectrumresorts.com/

5. Malaga Inn

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Malaga Inn

At the Malaga Inn, each guest is treated like the only guest in the world. With personal touches at every corner, this destination makes for an ideal getaway to a simpler time and place.

Located right in the Downtown Historic District of Mobile, Alabama, the Malaga Inn elevates the idea of a charming landmark to a boutique hotel full of charm. This 1862-era Inn showcases original wrought iron detailing, 14-foot ceilings, and hardwood floors from the Civil War times.

In fact, the Malaga Inn is so charming that its main focus is as a wedding venue. With a lush courtyard, vintage fountain and carriage house, the backdrop couldn’t be any more beautiful.

Website: http://malagainn.com/

6. St. James Hotel

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St. James Hotel

Quite possibly the most haunted destination in Alabama, the St. James Hotel in Selma is a great place to spend a weekend huddled in the arms of your loved one, if you’re brave enough.

Built in 1837, this hotel has lived through many years of American turmoil and still stands strong. When the town of Selma, Alabama, was taken over by the Northern Union in the Civil War, this hotel was used as the headquarters for local troops, thus sparing it while the rest of the town was pretty much torched.

Around 1882, the St. James was starting to show the wear and tear of any other 50-year establishment, and closed its doors—doors which were not reopened for another century. Then after millions of dollars in renovations, the St. James officially reopened in 1997.

Since its reopening, many hauntings and paranormal activities have been reported. Two of the most notorious reported hauntings have involved Jesse James and his girlfriend, Lucinda. Many others include a man dressed in attire common of the mid-1800s.

While a great destination, make sure you can handle the St. James Hotel before you dare to.

Website: http://www.historic-hotels-lodges.com/saint-james-hotel.htm

7. Turquoise Place

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Turquoise Place

This resort isn’t just a turquoise place; it’s more like a turquoise palace. Experience the beauty and luxury that the Gulf Coast has to offer with this upscale resort right on the water. Between the sweeping panoramic views of the beaches and being able to see the sun set over the water—a phenomenon unheard of for East Coasters—this destination perfectly captures the romantic moment you’re waiting for.

Sip a cocktail on the beach, delivered right to your lawn chair. Relax in the lazy river that encircles the resort. Cool off under the sun in one of the hotel’s five saltwater pools. And for more activity, try your hand at paddle boarding, kayaking, parasailing, jet skiing, and any of the other watersports just outside the Turquoise Place’s doors.

Website: http://turquoiseplace.spectrumresorts.com/

8. River Rest Bed & Breakfast

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River Rest Bed & Breakfast

Nestled right along the mesmerizing Lake Logan Martin near Birmingham, the River Rest is a wonderful alternative to traditional lodging in the area. This secluded oasis invites guests to unplug, destress, and reconnect.

Relax with your special someone on the decks in rocking chairs or hammocks overlooking the white sandy beaches. Snuggle up by the fire pit for a memorable night in paradise. Get cozy in the hot tub with each other.

As the owners say, the River Rest is “fancy, but not snobbish, country, but not bumpkin.” Escape the crowds and the stress of your daily life with this peaceful B&B off the beaten bath.

Website: http://riverrestbedandbreakfast.com/

9. Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa

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Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa

At the Marriott Shoals, relish the comforts and services of modern life while still soaking up all the Southern hospitality that Alabama has to offer. This hotel offer guests a contemporary backdrop with tasteful furnishings and superb amenities for a romantic getaway with no worries.

Peer onto the Tennessee River from your own private balcony. Luxuriate in the plush bedding of your spacious guest room. And when you’re ready to give some of your focus to the rest of the world apart from your loved one, head down to the Swampers Bar & Grill downstairs, honoring Alabama’s rich cultural heritage with live music and local cuisine.

And if you want to gallivant outside the hotel, you can explore the bustling city of Florence nearby, full of top-quality shopping, dining, and entertainment.

Website: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/mslmc-marriott-shoals-hotel-and-spa/

10. Red Bluff Cottage

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Red Bluff Cottage

Head to the heart of Alabama—the capital city of Montgomery—for a blissful weekend away with your sweetheart. The Red Bluff Cottage takes pride in delivering guests “Southern Hospitality…Alabama Style!”

While you’re already tucked into charm and bliss at this cozy cottage, you can still make your stay even more romantic with any of the Red Bluff’s additional packages. The innkeepers offer chocolate covered strawberries, a dozen red roses, rose petal turndown service, massage service, and more for couples looking to add the heat.

Website: http://www.redbluffcottage.com/

11. Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa

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Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa

Sophistication awaits you and your loved one at the Renaissance in the city of Birmingham, Alabama. While this destination is part of the Marriott brand, it has an identity all its own.

During the day, you and your significant other might want to peruse through Riverchase Galleria, booming with shopping and dining options. Or perhaps you would like to brush up on your history by visiting the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

If you’d prefer to stay in and relax, the Renaissance is perfect to accommodate you. Enjoy the luxury of a private balcony, upscale furnishings, signature restaurants, marble bathrooms, and a pampering spa.

Website: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bhmhv-renaissance-birmingham-ross-bridge-golf-resort-and-spa/

12. Perdido Beach Resort

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Perdido Beach Resort

Visit paradise with your darling at the Perdido Beach Resort, literally translating from Spanish to “Lost,” where you can hide away from the rest of the world.

On this island oasis, the emerald waters and white sand of the Gulf will enchant you. To get the most out of your Gulf retreat, stay in a Gulf Front room, where you’ll have a spacious private balcony that showcases panoramic views of the beautiful beach.

And when you’re not soaking up the sun at the beach, Perdido has many activities for you to choose from. Sign up for paddle boarding, kayaking, jet-skiing, swimming with dolphins, or sailing cruises.

Website: http://perdidobeachresort.com/

13. Smith Lake Bed & Breakfast

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Smith Lake Bed & Breakfast

Smith Lake Bed & Breakfast is a private resort nestled in a cove of nature along Alabama’s Lewis Smith Lake. Revel in the lakefront property where all the water activities await you and the peace and quiet beckon you.

The B&B itself features a gazebo overlooking the lake, a hot tub on the back deck, a barbeque grill, and picnic tables. Each suite has its own fully equipped kitchen and grill, so you never have to leave the lake during your stay.

Visit Smith Lake and let all your troubles wash away.

Website: http://www.smithlakebandb.com/

14. Grand Bohemian Hotel

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Grand Bohemian Hotel

Put on your fancy pants and live the high life for a weekend with your sweetheart at the Grand Bohemian Hotel. Just outside of Birmingham, this destination is perfect for city dwellers looking for a quick retreat into calm and serenity.

The hotel itself evokes a Southern Bohemian feel with inspiration from the natural landscape with refined finishes. And overlooking the Birmingham Botanical gardens, the setting lives up to the Grand Bohemian’s standards.

In addition to all the wonderful perks of staying in luxury, the Grand Bohemian also offers cooking classes for guests. Learn from New York City renowned chef Joshua Towey for how to make the perfect pasta, seared scallops, Fall-inspired soups, Southern staples, and more.

Website: http://www.grandbohemianmountainbrook.com/

15. Mentone Inn

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Mentone Inn

Visit Mentone, Alabama for a weekend away from all the noise of reality. At this lodge-style Inn tucked into the Alabama woods, you’ll feel like you’re a million miles away from the rest of the world.

Built during the height of the Roaring Twenties and family owned since then, Mentone Inn has a special place in the hearts of many Alabamians.

Reserve a charming guest room, complete with antique furnishings, vintage touches, and a full breakfast each morning. For extra romance, opt for a bouquet of red roses to be delivered to your room, or to have a special dinner beside the fireplace with your special someone.

Website: http://www.mentoneinn.com/

15 Best Romantic (Weekend) Getaways in Alabama:

  • Gorham’s Bluff
  • Fort Conde Inn
  • Grand Hotel Marriott Resort
  • The Beach Club Resort & Spa
  • Malaga Inn
  • St. James Hotel
  • Turquoise Place
  • River Rest Bed & Breakfast
  • Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa
  • Red Bluff Cottage
  • Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa
  • Perdido Beach Resort
  • Smith Lake Bed & Breakfast
  • Grand Bohemian Hotel
  • Mentone Inn