11 of the Most Romantic Getaways in North Carolina

Last Updated on July 19, 2021

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If you’re looking for romantic getaways in North Carolina and need some ideas, this guide has got your back! Whether you want to snuggle up in front of a fire in the mountains, fall in love with our cities and small towns, or soak up coastal vibes, there is plenty of romance floating throughout North Carolina.

This post is part of our series on all the awesome things to do in North Carolina.

Romantic Getaways in North Carolina

Here is our list of top 10 romantic getaways in North Carolina. We hope it inspires you to slow down and reconnect with your partner!


Romantic Getaways in North Carolina Engadine Inn and Cabins Candler near Asheville

Food, beer, waterfalls, and romantic cabins distinguish Asheville as one of the premier romantic getaways in North Carolina! Book yourself one of these unique Airbnbs in Asheville, spend the night outside the city at Engadine in Candler, or check into the historic and scenic Omni Grove Park Inn for a luxurious experience.

Make sure to book yourselves a couples massage as Asheville is well-known for their masseuses! 

Another of our favorite things to do in Asheville is to hop on the Blue Ridge Parkway! There are also incredible hikes nearby if you’re looking for scenic views with your honey.


Romantic Getaways in North Carolina Looking Glass Falls near Brevard

Brevard is surrounded by some of the most beautiful waterfalls nearby. Favorites include Looking Glass Falls (pictured above), Moore Cove Falls, and the ever-popular Sliding Rock.

There simply isn’t anything more romantic than packing a picnic and enjoying it with water rushing down all around you!

There are plenty of remote cabins that provide beautiful morning views for your romantic getaway. We really enjoyed our time at Pines Country Inn in nearby Pisgah Forest, which is also great for families!

Bryson City

Romantic Getaways in North Carolina Deep Creek Trail Tom Branch Falls

Deep in the Smoky Mountains, Bryson City is both a family destination and one of our favorite romantic getaways in North Carolina! Stay at one of these unique Airbnbs (we are partial to the caboose!) and take an easy hike to three waterfalls in Deep Creek.

After hiking, book one of Lakeview at Fontana‘s private tubs and soak up the mountain vibes together.

Chapel Hill

Romantic Getaways in North Carolina Siena Hotel Chapel Hill
The Siena.

Chapel Hill is more than a college town, with upscale hotels and great restaurants surrounding the historic campus of UNC. Check into The Siena Hotel just outside of downtown and enjoy a hot cup of coffee ala Italiana.

Grab dinner from the Top of The Hill Restaurant overlooking the center of town. Their distillery down Franklin Street makes some of the finest spirits and ranks high among our favorite distillers in North Carolina.

If you’re in town during a weekend, make sure your Saturday starts with a visit to the Carrboro Farmer’s Market. We personally think it’s the best in the state and are not alone!

Two great pairings for romantic getaways are the galleries at the Ackland Art Museum and the Morehead Planetarium


Romantic Getaways in North Carolina The Dunhill Hotel Uptown Charlotte
The Dunhill.

In case you questioned Charlotte‘s capability for romantic getaways, think again! Our Queen City is filled with rooftop bars, Michelin star restaurants, and dreamy museums.

Stay in the historic Dunhill Hotel or the nearby Hilton in uptown Charlotte, and enjoy lovely views of the city.

Of course, the 100-year-old Duke Mansion located just outside of the city is an excellent option. Enjoy a bottle of wine while looking at the four-and-a-half acres of beautiful gardens at the Duke Mansion and reconnect with your partner. 

Emerald Isle

There is nothing like watching the sunset at The Point, Emerald Isle’s western-most beach. Rent a cute beachside bungalow in EI or drive up the road to Pine Knoll Shores (which shares the island with Atlantic Beach).

One of the corner rooms at Atlantis Lodge has long been one of our personal favorite romantic getaways, especially around our anniversary. It’s a big part of why we consider Atlantic Beach among the best beaches in North Carolina.

For a bonus side trip, head to Beaufort and hire a boat that’ll take you to the Rachel Carson Reserve across Taylor’s Creek. Here, you’ll see some of North Carolina’s wild horses up close, though from a safe-for-them distance


Highlands is another mountain town that’s known for some of our favorite waterfalls in North Carolina! In addition to the wonderful outdoor recreation, the town of Highlands is quaint and perfect for strolling hand-in-hand.

Stay at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa in the middle of downtown and unwind in their outdoor mineral pools after a spa treatment. This is one of the best romantic getaways in North Carolina! 

Hot Springs

About 45 minutes north of Asheville in Western North Carolina, Hot Springs is a town in Madison County that leaves visitors relaxed and rejuvenated. Its namesake 100-acre resort and spa is a 100-acre resort and spa with hot tubs right along a beautiful river.

Across the street from the tubs is a campground with primitive cabins and tent sites, perfect for roasting marshmallows and enjoying starlit nights. 


Romantic Getaways Views at Bear Lake Reserve

Tuckasegee is a small Jackson County town that is home to Bear Lake Reserve, one of our first choices for romantic getaways. It’s a massive 2,100-acre gated community with private residences and rentals that surround the beautiful 500-acre Bear Creek Lake.

You can do just about everything here but in case you need to venture out, a few of our favorite waterfalls run through Jackson County, too. They include Soco Falls and Upper Whitewater Falls, the latter positioned closest to Cashiers.


Dating back to the early 1700s, Washington is a romantic North Carolina town that hugs the Pamlico River. Browse the antique stores and reminisce along the waterfront boardwalk–North Carolina’s Inner Banks are simply stunning!

Get some adventure by sky-diving or taking a sailing class at The Little Washington Sailing School and make memories that you’ll never forget!


Romantic Getaways in North Carolina Graylyn Estate
Graylyn Estate.

Winston-Salem is an incredible destination for everyone, including those seeking romantic getaways. Stay at the romantic Cardinal Hotel and enjoy libations and exquisite French cuisine at the attached restaurant, The Katharine.

Graylyn is another option and along with the Cardinal, two of four historic hotels in Winston-Salem we’d recommend.

After picking your place to stay, spend time daydreaming about the lives and the relationship of RJ and Katharine Reynolds at Reynolda House. Speaking of museums, you’ll want to stroll the historic cobblestone streets of Old Salem and step back in time.

Dig into these amazing Winston-Salem restaurants. Don’t sleep on their amazing and innovative breweries, either!

We think Dash City will keep your love burning bright!

Here are our favorite things to do in Winston-Salem and the best outdoor activities, too!

Which of These Romantic Getaways is Best?

From the beaches to the mountains, there are so many romantic getaways in North Carolina. So grab your sweetie, book a room, and start rekindling your passion.

We think these places are perfect all year long and hope you get to enjoy them all, eventually!

Have you ever spent time in any of the romantic getaways in North Carolina that we shared? Is there one missing from our list? Either way, let us know and tell us more!

List of Romantic Getaways in North Carolina

  • Asheville
  • Brevard
  • Bryson City
  • Chapel Hill
  • Charlotte
  • Emerald Isle
  • Highlands
  • Hot Springs
  • Tuckasegee
  • Washington
  • Winston-Salem

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