Imagine a place with Southern hospitality, constant beach weather, breathtaking mountains, sophisticated cities, and bohemian chic. This magical place goes by the name of North Carolina.
In this beautiful Southern state, you and your loved one can sink your toes into the sand, unwind in the serene Appalachian Mountains, go out for a night on the town, or stroll arm-in-arm through quaint towns reminiscent of yesteryear.
Whatever you’re craving for a romantic getaway with your significant other, North Carolina has something and more. Check out our picks of the best 15 destinations for a love-cation:
1. The Duke Mansion – Charlotte
To call this merely a Bed & Breakfast would be like calling The Beatles just a band. This 32,000-square-foot mansion built in 1915 showers guests with Southern charm, exquisite furnishings and gardens, and ultimate luxury in the heart of Charlotte’s historic district.
This beautifully restored landmark boasts fine Southern architecture, full breakfast included, prepared by an Executive Chef, a library, and 4.5 acres of lush gardens and courtyards.
For the highest quality in romantic getaways at the Duke Mansion, stay in the Dowd Suite. You and your special someone will have your own sleeping porch, spa tub, and shower for two in this extravagant space.
2. Blue Waters Mountain Lodge
Settle in to the lush Nantahala National Forest, and gaze out onto the 2,800-acre picturesque Santeetlah Lake. When you and your loved one stay at the Blue Waters Mountain Lodge, you have a first-class ticket to one of North Carolina’s most serene spots.
Relax among the tranquility of nature on a weekend getaway here. Whether you’re looking for a low-key vacation or an exciting outdoors adventure, Blue Waters has it for you. Settle in with a book on the deck overlooking the tranquil waters. Or go kayaking, hiking, biking, and horseback riding through the Park. If you just want to get away from the city life to spend some quality time with your significant other, Blue Waters in the perfect haven for you.
3. Historic Brookstown Inn – Winston-Salem
Having opened its doors in 1837, this historic gem in downtown Winston-Salem offers couples a charming destination for their next romantic getaway. The Historic Brookstown Inn has stood the test of time, providing the highest degree of hospitality and comfort for nearly two decades, while enhancing its amenities and fixtures to give guests modern luxury.
Wake up to the smell of bacon and eggs every morning, as you head to the sunny breakfast room for your complimentary first meal of the day. After you’ve refueled, explore the city of Winston-Salem, the home of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Texas Pete Hot Sauce, numerous arts and cultural venters, and many local wineries to choose from. In the evening, head back to the Brookstown for complimentary wine and cheese.
This place is perfect for couples looking for a quaint weekend away from the stresses of daily life.
4. Inn on Pamlico Sound – Outer Banks
Soak up the sun at the Inn on Pamlico Sound, a boutique waterfront hotel on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. From the Inn’s docks and porches, you and your loved one can stare off into the sunset overlooking the water while you sip on cocktails with live acoustic music playing in the background.
And if you decide to leave the fishing to the professionals, savor the robust flavors of Café Pamlico on-site. This world-class dining experience brings you the contemporary coastal cuisine of locally caught sea scallops, crab cakes, tuna ceviche, blackened Mahi Mahi, and so much more.
In the morning, the Inn on Pamlico Sound serves an upscale three-course breakfast. After devouring delectable eggs, check out complimentary bikes and kayaks from the hotel to roam the land and sea with your significant other.
5. Inn on Biltmore Estate – Asheville
Live large while you’re on your next romantic vacation when you stay at the Biltmore Estate, originally owned by the Vanderbilts. This Four-Star Inn offers impeccable hospitality and charm, just as the Vanderbilts would have wanted.
At the Biltmore Estate, you’ll enjoy not once but twice daily housekeeping service to make sure your room is clean and kept at all times. You’ll also be able to take advantage of 24-hour room service, a heated outdoor pool, live piano and jazz, and small touches like complimentary shoe shining. At this luxurious Inn, you and your loved one will be pampered head-to-toe!
6. High Hampton Inn & Country Club
Whisk your sweetheart away to the High Hampton Inn & Country Club, where you’ll find a romantic oasis in the mountains. On 1,400 acres, you’ll have all the breathing room you’ve been craving. And surrounded by a private 35-acre lake, you’ll be able to soak up the fresh air with your loved one in absolute seclusion.
Couples who stay at the High Hampton enjoy intimate mountain cottages with wood-burning fireplaces, private balconies, and elegant décor.
For guys looking to spoil their ladies, consider the “Sweetheart Surprise” spa package, including a full sugar scrub exfoliation, chocolate truffle body wrap, mani/pedi, chocolate-covered strawberries, and wine. You won’t have to do a single thing after this for her to fall into your arms.
7. Lakeview at Fontana
Discover why USA Today named the Lakeview at Fontana one of the “10 Best Southern Mountain Resorts and Inn” when you visit for your next romantic getaway. With stunning views of Fontana Lake and nestled in the forested North Carolina Mountains, this isolated resort gives couples the perfect excuse for intimacy.
Unwind in this wonderfully laid-back environment with charming courtyards, a yoga studio, and a lovely spa. And when you’re seeking ultimate relaxation, check out the Lakeview’s treetop soaking cabana(!). This incredibly serene hideout in the trees is the Lakeview’s most coveted treasure. The soaking cabana features an oversized stand-alone tub large enough for two and an overarching deck peering into the Fontana Lake and Smoky Mountains. Here, you’ll feel like you’re becoming one with nature.
8. The Carolina at Pinehurst Resort
When you want to indulge in culture and luxury with your loved one, there’s no better place than the Carolina at Pinehurst Resort. In this 115-year-old hotel dubbed the “Queen of the South,” you’ll find Four-Diamond accommodations, rich North Carolina finishes, sweeping verandas, and high-class services.
The Carolina defines vintage elegance and finery. Pamper yourself at the spa, hit a round of golf at the hotel’s private golf course, channel your inner Old-South-money with a croquet lesson, or kayak at the Carolina’s private lake (you read that right). And when you’re exhausted from the day’s activities, dig into award-winning traditional Southern cuisine at one of the Carolina’s many restaurants on-site. You’ll feel like you’ve travelled back in time at this exquisite destination, but back to a time where you were extraordinarily proper and refined.
9. Blackbeard’s Lodge
At this home-away-from-home in the remote Ocracoke Island of North Carolina, you and your sweetheart can delight in the romance and privacy you’ve been craving. Only minutes away from the beach, Blackbeard’s Lodge offers couples easy access to the pristine waters and beautiful shores of the Atlantic.
Soak up the sun with your loved one, or unwind on the lodge’s porch swings, breathing in that ocean air with a cold drink in your hand. For more action, dive into the outdoor pool or head into Blackbeard’s game room with billiards, air hockey, foosball, and board games. And if you’re interested in checking out the local town that features boat charters and excellent restaurants, Blackbeard’s Lodge provides free shuttle service.
10. The Windsor – Asheville
Right in the heart of downtown Asheville, the Windsor stands as a boutique hotel offering upscale services and luxurious accommodations. Built in 1907, this beautifully restored hotel is draped in historic character and charm. Each room is adorned in furniture and art purchased in Paris, giving the Windsor a rustic Parisian feel, perfect to set the mood for romance.
Awe at the beauty and charm of the Windsor and then venture out to the quaint and funky town of Asheville. Just steps from the hotel, you’ll find breweries, art galleries, shops, and restaurants.
11. The Ballantyne – Charlotte
Outside the bustling city of Charlotte, North Carolina, lies a luxury hotel awaiting your arrival. The Ballantyne features every amenity you could ask for, from an indoor and outdoor pool to tennis courts, a spa, and more.
When you check into the Ballantyne, you can leave your worries at the door. The only responsibility you’ll have here is to enjoy.
12. Franklin Hotel – Chapel Hill
In the heart of North Carolina’s major college town, the Franklin Hotel exudes style and class. Ideally located within walking distance to art museums, theaters, shopping, and restaurants, the Franklin Hotel gives you a key to discover Chapel Hill.
Sink into the Egyptian cotton sheets, spread out in the king-sized beds, and let relaxation take over. The Franklin is the perfect place to enjoy your loved one’s company in pure comfort. Explore the town during the day, hopping from boutique sites to exciting venues. Then at night, decompress in Roberts Lounge on-site, where you can sip on upscale cocktails on the outdoor patio.
13. Oasis Suites Hotel – Outer Banks
Just as the name implies, you and your sweetie will find your own oasis at this beachfront destination in the Outer Banks. Hide away from the rest of the world at this hotel, where you’ll have the whole luxurious suite to yourselves, complete with modern kitchens and private balconies overlooking the water.
When you’re not on the beach, enjoy the outdoor swimming pool, in-ground hot tub, wooden boardwalk, and gazebo to take in the beautiful views. You can even crab fish from the Oasis docks, cook your catch on the outdoor gas grills, and eat at the waterfront picnic tables.
14. The Swag – Waynesville
The Swag defines itself in four words: “Remote – Rustic – Refined – Remarkable.” It doesn’t get much better than that! This luxury all-inclusive hotel nestled in the idyllic North Carolina Mountains provides guests with the maximum comfort while in the peaceful outdoors.
Enjoy award-winning service at this mountain retreat, along with gourmet breakfasts, picnic lunches, and lavish multi-course dinners—all included. Spend the day zip lining through the forest, playing a game of badminton, or hiking through the trails of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. And when you’re ready to be pampered from all the intensity of your trip, soak in the Swag’s outdoor hot tub or redwood sauna. It’s clear to see how R&R is the Swag’s specialty.
15. Grand Bohemian Hotel – Asheville
In the hippie-chic town of Asheville, the Grand Bohemian fits in perfectly. Grab your significant other and head to this Tudor-inspired hotel with old-world charm and modern amenities.
Marvel at the elegant antique fixtures, hand-carved furniture, gorgeous rustic design, and artistic luxury when you stay at the Grand Bohemian. And as a guest here, you’re just steps away from Asheville’s shopping, restaurants, and breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains.