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11 Affordable Mountain Romantic Getaways in NC

The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina offer a breathtaking landscapes that call-out to couples looking for that much needed romantic getaway.   Offering scenic views, quaint small mountain towns, and tons of outdoor adventure, these mountains hold an undeniable attraction for couples looking for some intimate time away.

We've been visiting these mountains as a couple for more than 30 years, and in this article, we highlight 10 Affordable Mountain Romantic Getaways in North Carolina that provide that dreamy romantic escape you've been looking for but don't break the bank.

So, pack up your bags, leave behind the noise of the city, and let the mountains of North Carolina take you away and remind you of what, and most importantly who, truly matters in your life.

Mountain Romantic Getaways in North Carolina

Enjoy a Romantic Picnic on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Romantic Getaways in North Carolina

The Blue Ridge Parkway in and of itself makes for one of the most romantic getaways in North Carolina and frankly, one of the most beautiful adventures in the world.  A scenic drive and picnic on the Blue Ridge Parkway is extra special, offering, stunning views, cherished alone time, and your picnic can be done with very little planning.  

Even the scenic drive to your picnic location is part of the fun and romance.   All you really need to do is grab the picnic items, and then head up onto the Parkway at one of the many different entry points.  Then you just choose whichever incredible view is best for you, park, and picnic.

A few extra special locations for picnic areas include: Moses Cone Memorial Park, Price Lake, Crabtree Falls, Linville Falls, Craggy Gardens, Mount Pisgah and Waterrock Knob

If you prefer something more quaint, find an overlook with picnic tables, or just place a blanket down. 

Overlooks such as: Grandfather Mountain, Mt. Michell, Black Balsam Knob, Cowee Mountain (great for a sunset), or Waterrock Knob all meet the requirements, along with many others along your drive.  

 Part of your adventure could be just picking the overlook together as you drive along.

Overnight Camping at a NC Waterfall

Romantic Getaways in North Carolina

The Blue Ridge Mountains offer a number of opportunities for overnight camping next to or near to a waterfall.  

One of our favorites and one of the most beautiful waterfalls on the Parkway is Crabtree Falls and the Crabtree Falls Recreation area, which has cabins, tent camping and RV camping.   The hike down the falls is literally next to the trailhead, and it's less than a mile down to the beautiful 70 foot tall waterfall.

For the perfect visit, hike early, bring breakfast and coffee, and watch the sunrise over the falls, it's a magical and romantic scene.  If you're lucky, you may be the only ones there.  If you're not a morning person, arrive in the evening with dinner and some hot tea, for a romantic sunset view of the falls.  See our Crabtree Falls Guide for details.

Of course Crabtree Falls is just one of thousands of waterfalls in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  See our Waterfalls Guide for many other great options!  

If you would prefer to stay in the city, Asheville NC isn't too far away, and offers numerous romantic spots for dinner, activities, Bed & Breakfasts and cabins.

Watch a NC Mountain Sunset Together

Sunset at Waterrock Knob on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Watching a sunset in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, with the one you love, is one of the most intimate moments you can share while on romantic getaways in North Carolina.   The scenery, colors, and stillness of the moment is beyond words.  

Just sitting there together, enjoying the beauty, peace, and final moments of the day is beyond words.

Fortunately, there are many special locations that offer incredible sunset views in North Carolina.   Here are just a few: Max Patch in Pisgah National Forest, Craggy Gardens, Cowee Mountain Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Devil's Courthouse on the Parkway, Waterrock Knob on the Parkway, and Newfound Gap in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  

These locations often picnic tables and grassy areas to put a spread if you want to picnic as well, or just enjoy a nice glass of wine.

View the Stars

Due to the high elevations, low levels of air and light pollution, the Blue Ridge Mountains offer some of the most fantastic star viewing you can see in the world.    Just the number of stars you'll see vs in a normal metropolitan area is astonishing and will really add to the allure of Romantic Getaways in North Carolina

An evening of viewing the stars with your significant other, offers a unique and romantic adventure.  We've seen the skies are so clear at times, that we could see the Milky Way with our own eyes.

Stars can be viewed from a number of locations, including locations that you will need to hike too.   The easiest way to access great locations to view the stars is from the Blue Ridge Parkway.   Overlooks such as Waterrock Knob, Roy Taylor Forest Overlook (with a secluded viewing deck) NC offer exception views of the stars at night.

Other locations include: Wayah Bald NC, and its fire tower, and Craggy Gardens outside of Asheville NC.

With so many great options, you'll definitely want to try this romantic adventure by itself, or maybe even combined with a picnic and a sunset!

Escape to the North Carolina Mountains For The Weekend

Probably the most popular Romantic Getaways in North Carolina is the weekend escape.  

This involves getting a hotel/motel room, cabin, bed and breakfast or even glamping in one of the many popular towns and cities located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

Small Mountain towns like Asheville NC, Maggie Valley NC, Franklin NC, Helen GA or Blue Ridge GA offer excellent options, all with various pros and cons to fit your need, style and budget.

Staying for the weekend gives you a chance to enjoy many of the options here, and not have to choose.   You can also enjoy relaxing soaks in the hot tub, hiking, waterfalls, eating out at many of the wonderful restaurants, and just taking your time, enjoying all there is to offer.

For a truly unique and romantic experience, try Glamping.  We've personally been to Nurture + Nature in Franklin NC, and enjoyed it immensely.  We've also heard great things about Rusty's Roost Rivercamp in Green Mountain NC.

If you are looking for true luxury, stay at the Omni Grovepark Inn in Asheville NC.   This historic provides luxurious accommodations, dining, and one of the top spas in the US.   For a hotel with incredible scenic views, visit the Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Visit one of these Amazing Blue Ridge Spas

Spas in Asheville NC

They say these mountains refresh and renew your soul, and we agree!  Visitors looking to escape to the Blue Ridge Mountains romantic getaways in North Carolina can add to their enjoyment and relaxation by visiting one of the numerous spas.  

Soothe your body and mind, by soaking away your stress in one of the beautiful spas.  You can make your experience even better with a couples massage (trust us, get the hot rock massage).

North Carolina Mountain Spas combine the best of nature and luxury treatment.   Our personal favorites are: Shoji in Asheville, Hot Springs in Hot Springs NC, The Spa at Biltmore Estate and in our opinion, the best of the best, The Spa at the Omni Grove Park Inn (pictured above).

Visit Biltmore in Asheville NC

Biltmore Estate

If you are looking for true luxury, and one of the quintessential "story book" romantic getaways in North Carolina, look no further than Biltmore.  Biltmore is more than just a historic home, it's an entire full day of adventure and weekend getaways.

On a day visit, you can tour the home, and take a stroll through the gardens, or even have Biltmore assist with a romantic picnic, or pack it yourself.   They have hiking trails, horseback riding, 4x4 trails, bikes for rent, and more.  There are multiple dining and shopping options as well.

If staying overnight, they offer multiple hotel options and a spa.   There are also multiple dining options just a short walk away, including our favorite, Cedric's Tavern.  

Learn more about Biltmore in our Biltmore Guide.

Go on a NC Mountain Horse Back Ride

An amazing, unique, and fun way to experience the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains is a romantic getaway on horseback for two.  

Few things are more romantic than riding into the sunset at the summit of a mountain.  The Blue Ridge Mountains offer numerous options for horseback riding, and making your romantic trip even more memorable.

We highly recommend Smokemont Stables in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  They offer shorter and longer rides, and even a waterfall ride.  

Visit Cataloochee Valley

Cataloochee Valley Elk

If you enjoy being outdoors, and experiencing and watching wildlife, take the historic and rustic drive out to Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  

Bring a picnic lunch or dinner, some chairs, find the perfect spot to park, and sit back and relax, enjoying the sights and sounds of the creek, Elk, and other wildlife.  If you're lucky you might even see a bear!

If you get tired of sitting, there are a number of hiking trails to explore, and historic structures as well.  This is one of the more unique Romantic Getaways in North Carolina you can do. 

See our Cataloochee Valley Guide for details!

Get in the Water!

Canoeing at Wildcat Lake Banner Elk NC

Not only are the Blue Ridge Mountains famous for their beautiful green peaks, but also for their water.   The Blue Ridge Mountains contain thousands of lakes, rivers, creeks and streams.

There are numerous ways to enjoy the crystal clear mountain water as well, including: Kayaking, White Water Rafting, swimming, and boating.   For Kayaking, one of the small lakes surrounded by mountains makes for the perfect romantic adventure.   We recommend Price Lake off the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Boone NC.

For white water rafting, you'll find nothing better, than the Nantahala Outdoor Center, near Bryson City NC.  These guiding trips will take you down multiple levels of rapids, though some of the most beautiful scenery you'll find anywhere.

For Boating, we highly recommend Fontana Lake and Fontana Marina boat rentals.  Rent a pontoon boat for the day, explore the lake, or just anchor and relax.   For an overnight or weekend stay, consider Fontana Resort.

For swimming, one of our favorite options, there are numerous spots, but our personal favorite is Midnight Hole in Big Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park!   Hike out, enjoy a few hours of swimming and jumping into the crisp waters of Big Creek, then return to the picnic area for romantic evening picnic, water side.

For even more excitement, visit the famous natural rock waterslide, Sliding Rock, in Pisgah National Forest near Brevard NC.

Visit a Blue Ridge Mountain Winery

Wineries have always been associated with romance, providing a captivating combination of scenic landscapes, a relaxing atmosphere, and, of course, exquisite wines. 

Located in the majestic peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains, lie some of the country's most enchanting wineries. These vine-filled valleys and sun-dappled slopes are more than just locations; they are destinations, each offering a unique experience into the romantic world of wine. 

Here's are just a few romantic wineries in the Blue Ridge Mountains that offer couples a memorable and romantic experience:

  1. Chateau Morrisette Winery: Located along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, Chateau Morrisette is one of the oldest and largest wineries in Virginia. They offer wine tastings, tours, and a delightful restaurant with stunning views of the surrounding vineyards.
  2. Biltmore Winery: Nestled in the heart of George Vanderbilt’s historic estate in Asheville, North Carolina, Biltmore Winery offers a unique blend of luxury, romance, and wine. Couples can enjoy guided tours, wine tastings, and exquisite dining options.
  3. Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards: This family-owned winery in Hendersonville, North Carolina, offers a variety of wines grown on 10 acres of vineyards. It's a perfect spot for couples to relax and enjoy panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
  4. Linville Falls Winery: Situated 3200 feet above sea level in North Carolina, Linville Falls Winery is known for its breathtaking views and cool-climate wines. They offer wine tastings, tours, and have a lovely patio where couples can enjoy a glass of wine amidst beautiful scenery.
  5. Grandfather Vineyard and Winery: This terraced mountain vineyard and winery nestled at the foot of the awe-inspiring Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina offers wine tastings and beautiful spots to picnic along the Watauga River.
  6. Paradise Hills Winery Resort & Spa: Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this resort offers cabin rentals, spa services, and a boutique farm winery. It's an ideal destination for couples seeking a tranquil, romantic escape.
  7. Bear Claw Vineyards: Situated in Blue Ridge, Georgia, Bear Claw Vineyards offers delicious wines, breathtaking views, and a serene environment. The vineyard is a perfect place for couples to unwind and connect with nature.

Of course these are all just a few of the many different options for Romantic Getaways in North Carolina.   Other items include zip-lining, shopping, scenic drives, train rides, amusement parks, and so much more!  

Tips for Planning Mountain Romantic Getaways in North Carolina

Here are some tips to help you plan a memorable trip:

  1. Choose the right destination - The North Carolina mountains offers a number of romantic destinations, from mountain cities like like Asheville NC to remote and natural locations like the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Consider your preferences as a couple and select a destination that aligns with your interests.
  2. Set a budget - Determine your budget for the trip and plan accordingly. Consider expenses such as accommodation, transportation, meals, activities, and any additional amenities or experiences you desire. It's essential to have a clear idea of your budget to ensure a stress-free planning process.
  3. Decide on the duration - Determine how long you want your romantic getaway to be. Whether it's a weekend escape or a week-long retreat, knowing the duration will help you plan your itinerary and make the most of your time together.
  4. Research accommodations - Look for romantic accommodations that suit your preferences and budget. Western North Carolina offers a range of options, including luxury resorts, cozy bed and breakfasts, secluded cabins, and roadside motels. Use our town guides, read reviews, check amenities, and book in advance to secure your preferred choice.
  5. Plan romantic activities - Research and plan activities that will enhance the romance and connection between you and your partner. This could include candlelit dinners, couples' spa treatments, scenic hikes, beach walks, winery visits, or even surprise experiences tailored to your partner's interests.  Many restaurants and venues will take special requests, so be sure to ask them about services they offer.
  6. Consider the season and weather - Western North Carolina experiences different seasons, each with its own charm. Consider the time of year you plan to visit and research the weather conditions. This will help you pack appropriately and plan activities suitable for the season.  Seasons can also effect costs, so factor that in as well.
  7. Indulge in local cuisine - Western North Carolina is known for its delicious cuisine. Explore local restaurants and try regional specialties to immerse yourselves in the culinary delights of the state.
  8. Plan for downtime - While it's great to have a packed itinerary, make sure to include some downtime for relaxation and quality time together. Enjoy leisurely mornings, quiet evenings, or simply unwind in a serene setting. Balancing activities with relaxation will make your getaway more enjoyable.
  9. Capture memories - Bring a camera or smartphone to capture special moments during your trip. Take photos together at scenic spots, during activities, and candid shots that will serve as lasting mementos of your romantic getaway.
  10. Be flexible and open to spontaneity - While planning is important, be open to unexpected opportunities and spontaneous adventures. Allow yourselves to deviate from the itinerary if something catches your attention or if you stumble upon a hidden gem. These unplanned moments can often turn into the most cherished memories.

Remember, the key to successful romantic getaways in North Carolina is to create an atmosphere of love, connection, and relaxation.

With careful planning and a sense of adventure, your Western North Carolina romantic getaway is sure to be a wonderful experience for both you and your partner, and you'll create moments you'll both remember forever.

Final Thoughts on Mountain Romantic Getaways in North Carolina

In summary, the Blue Ridge Mountains offer an enchanting destination for couples in search of romance and adventure. From beautiful and scenic hikes through inspiring landscapes to intimate retreats in cozy cabins, these mountains caters to every romantic impulse. 

Indulge in candlelit dinners with panoramic views and lose yourselves in nature. Each of these experiences in these majestic mountains is infused with a touch of romance, igniting sparks of love and creating cherished memories.

Take the opportunity to escape the ordinary in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Begin planning one of the many Romantic Getaways in North Carolina today, and let the captivating charm of these remarkable NC mountains capture your heart.

About the author

Larry Deane is co-owner of Blue Ridge Mountain Life. He has spent more than 20 years exploring the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and has a deep passion for nature, history, storytelling, and adventure. Along with his wife Jenn, they combined these passions to create Blue Ridge Mountain Life, a travel guide to these stunning mountains they are fortunate to call home.

Larry has more than 20 years of experience as a writer and journalist, and has established himself as a leading voice and expert for Blue Ridge Mountains. He is also an avid hiker, photographer, and videographer. He loves sharing his mountain adventures and knowledge with more than 500,000 people per month on Blue Ridge Mountain Life.

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