18 AMAZING ROMANTIC GETAWAYS IN NC COUPLES LOVE

As one of the most affordable spots to vacation in the country, North Carolina is an under-appreciated romantic weekend getaway destination. Getaways in North Carolina can offer all the cozy trimmings of faraway locales without the hefty price tags attached.

If you have never ventured to NC, I highly recommend making the journey. The state’s wide variety of lodging and recreational and scenic offerings will leave you wondering why you hadn’t been there before.

Here are 18 romantic getaways in NC that you and your partner are going to love.

18 AMAZING ROMANTIC GETAWAYS IN NC COUPLES LOVE
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GO HERE: THE OUTER BANKS

The Outer Banks is one of the areas that will capture your heart. Wild horses won’t be able to keep you away–especially since there are plenty to be seen here!

Here you will discover over 100 miles of shorelines dotted with beachside amenities. The Outer Banks is where you can soak up the sun or wander a nearby town for some window shopping. Share a sunset beverage with your sweetheart on the beach — you won’t regret it.

Read More: 33 THINGS TO DO IN OUTER BANKS BY TOWN (+ an itinerary)

STAY HERE: SANDERLING RESORT

Snuggle up at the Sanderling Resort, where you have beachfront proximity on top of a refreshing hot tub and casual pool areas. They have an award-winning spa and concierges on the property to help you make the most of your time in The Outer Banks.

Sanderling even has a relationship with local Brooke Mayo Photographers, so you can get some romantic photos taken during your vacation. 

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GO HERE: BLOWING ROCK

Hit the road on Blue Ridge Parkway to take in the scenic vistas with your partner. Along the way, you will encounter towns large and small, including the idyllic town of Blowing Rock.

A unique slice of life with wineries, spas, galleries, festivals, and museums galore, Blowing Rock is the perfect spot to get away.  Attractions include the state’s oldest tourist stop, The Blowing Rock. The views from here are incredible.

STAY HERE: GIDEON RIDGE INN

Originally built as a family home in 1939, Gideon Ridge Inn transformed into a bed and breakfast in the 1980s. Not only do you get the views of the mountains from your room or the gardens, but you can also imbibe with a refreshing cocktail in the inn’s library.

Plus, their European-style dining room isn’t just a breakfast stop either. Their award-winning restaurant offers multi-course meals, with menus that are constantly changing.

GO HERE: ONSLOW COUNTY

Onslow County might be a family-friendly destination, but there is no reason it can’t also be a romantic one too. Stroll hand in hand along Emerald Isle Beach before heading off to one of the many local restaurants for dinner.

Spend a day kayaking together, enjoy a picnic along the way in a grassy area, and then toast to another day of vacation bliss.

Read More: 13+ ADVENTUROUS THINGS TO DO IN JACKSONVILLE NC (& the surrounding area)

STAY HERE: HOOK, WINE AND SINKER RENTAL

When traveling, even with your special someone, it can be nice to have plenty of space to enjoy your leisure time. Hook, Wine and Sinker is exactly that spot! With a whole upper house level at your disposal, you can cook a delicious meal together, lounge on the sunporch, and then soak in a jacuzzi tub. Can you say home away from home?

GO HERE: BRYSON CITY

Bryson City might be a small town, but it’s hardly got a small-town reputation. Southern Living called this cozy town One of the South’s Best Budget-Friendly Getaways, while Expedia called it One of the Top 20 Vacation Spots in the US.

Get lost (not literally) in the majesty of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or see the sights from one of the area’s scenic railways. 

Read More: 9 AMAZING THINGS TO DO IN BRYSON CITY NC FOR OUTDOOR LOVERS

STAY HERE: WALNUT HILL CABIN

Really get a feel for the Smoky Mountain life from the charming Walnut Hill Cabin.

This historic spot was built in the 1800s with American Chestnut tree logs (a now extinct tree variety). Don’t worry though, this rustic spot is no less luxurious than its modern peers. Hunker down for a night in or admire nature from a bonfire outside. 

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GO HERE: WILMINGTON

Voted America’s Best Riverfront, Wilmington’s historic legacies will embrace you.

Enjoy music together from a throng of live musicians or get a glimpse into the city’s past from its vintage architecture. Adventure through neighborhoods, head to Port City Marina, or take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the city. 

Read More: 29+ AMAZING THINGS TO DO IN WILMINGTON NC YOU JUST CAN’T MISS

STAY HERE: THE HIVE BOUTIQUE HOTEL

Stay downtown to take advantage of all Wilmington has to offer with a stay at The Hive Boutique Hotel.

At The Hive, there are only 15 rooms (all suites) to give you a taste of small-town charm in the midst of city life. Complete with a full kitchen, you are free to cook your own meals after a day of adventure for a romantic night in.

Details: Check price and availability

GO HERE: CHARLOTTE

Unsurprisingly, the largest city in North Carolina also has the most to offer for a romantic getaway. With world-class performing arts, tons of shopping, and dozens of tours to enjoy, Charlotte can be a quick weekend destination or a great place for a week-long vacation. The opportunities here are limitless!

Be sure to check out the City Art Room or take one of the many foodie tours throughout Charlotte. 

Read More: 51+ AWESOME THINGS TO DO IN CHARLOTTE NC FOR AN AMAZING TIME

STAY HERE: THE DUKE MANSION

Within walking distance of some of Charlotte’s most historic neighborhoods, the gorgeous Duke Mansion is an absolute dream. The rooms are meticulously decorated, some with porches to enjoy your surroundings at any time of day.

You don’t even need to leave the property to enjoy stunning gardens. With only 20 rooms at the mansion, you can enjoy plenty of privacy on the sprawling grounds.

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GO HERE: GREENSBORO

Although smaller than Charlotte, Greensboro is another of North Carolina’s biggest cities. According to the Greensboro CVB, there are over 500 restaurants in the area and nearly 100 accommodations to enjoy.

Kick up your heels at Barn Dance or keep it casual at Boston’s House of Jazz. Greensboro’s nightlife is alive and well. Night owls, this spot’s for you! 

Read More: 14 FAMILY-FRIENDLY THINGS TO DO IN GREENSBORO NC

STAY HERE: PROXIMITY HOTEL

Proximity Hotel’s mission is to be a luxury accommodation with sustainability in mind. On top of that, this iconic locale also has Romance Advisors on staff to help you plan date nights, or light the romance candle while you’re in town. A stay here is one of the best romantic getaways in NC!

The property’s Print Works Bistro will help you dine in style — European-style — without even leaving the hotel.

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GO HERE: FAYETTEVILLE

Lovingly referred to as America’s Hometown, Fayetteville is steeped in activity. Whether romance for you means partaking in recreational activities together, experiencing something new, or capturing an adrenaline-pumping moment, Fayetteville has something for everyone. 

Read More: 19 THINGS TO DO IN FAYETTEVILLE NC YOU’LL LOVE

STAY HERE: THE MACPHERSON HOUSE

A 1920’s era home transformed into a bed and breakfast, The MacPherson House opened in the fall of 2020.

There are five bedrooms, each with its own charming accommodations. A rotating breakfast menu ensures you won’t be bored with your morning dining. Guests can request certain breakfasts to enjoy the next day, or even have their meals delivered to their rooms.

GO HERE: BOONE

Sports enthusiasts or relaxation buffs can both be happy in Boone. Hit the hiking trails with your sweetheart to catch an early morning sunrise, or take in an outdoor concert during the warmer months.

Historic walking tours will introduce you to the area’s ancestry, or you and your partner can enjoy one of the town’s spas. Westglow Resort and Spa was once given one of Travel & Leisure’s World’s Best Awards in their destination spas category.

Read More: 24 FUN THINGS TO DO IN BOONE NC YOU CAN’T MISS

STAY HERE: THE MAST FARM INN

In the visage of the homes of the region, The Mast Farm Inn surrounds guests in luxury within the embrace of cabin style. Choose from rooms, cottages, or cabins for your getaway. No matter what you choose, you can indulge in a daily, two-course breakfast with nibbles every afternoon as well. 

Details: Check price and availability

GO HERE: EMERALD ISLE

Set along North Carolina’s Crystal Coast, Emerald Isle will transport you into your beachfront dreams.

Spend a day enjoying the protected parks or seashores, before wandering through the town’s galleries dedicated to a variety of artistic modes. The area is full of vacation rentals to give guests the full variety of homey accommodations or boutique hotel digs. 

STAY HERE: THE EMERALD COTTAGE

Just a block away from the beach, The Emerald Cottage is a 1950s cottage that can sleep five (but it certainly doesn’t have to)!

Walk down to the beach, admire the scenery from your own private deck, cozy up around the firepit or just soothe your soul in the cottage’s hot tub. You’ll never want to leave.  

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GO HERE: ASHEVILLE

Another one of the state’s largest cities, Asheville is a hub of culture and delicious cuisine. I personally adore this city, which I’ve only been able to visit once, but can’t wait to get back to.

The Biltmore Estate is the area’s most iconic spot, complete with a nearby neighborhood that reflects a similar style. The Biltmore is the largest private home in the country, with 250 rooms set inside a castle built by George Vanderbilt in the French Renaissance style. 

STAY HERE: OMNI GROVE PARK INN

For more than 100 years, the award-winning Omni Grove Park Inn has been welcoming guests into its piece of paradise. With golf courses, a subterranean spa, and views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, it can’t get much better.

There are more than two dozen rooms on an adult-only floor, which you should definitely keep in mind for your romantic vacation!

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GO HERE: RALEIGH

A city with the nickname “City in a Park,” Raleigh is a lush escape. Even with its plethora of natural spaces, Raleigh also features the amenities of a big city as well.

Bluegrass runs through this city, craft breweries and distilleries keep the nightlife abuzz, and other cultural spots make this the perfect place for a romantic getaway.

Read More: 17+ UNFORGETTABLE THINGS TO DO IN RALEIGH, NC THAT YOU’LL LOVE

STAY HERE: HEIGHTS HOUSE 

A renovated piece of Raleigh history, Heights House preserves the 1920s feel with modern-day luxury. This hotel has just nine rooms and was designed to encompass a unique veneer to make guests feel right at home.

There are shared spaces for guests to enjoy together if you’re feeling social, and if you can get yourself out of relaxation mode from your room’s clawfoot tub. 

GO HERE: BREVARD 

Tucked along the Western North Carolina Mountains, North Carolina’s “Land of Waterfalls” is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts.

When visiting Brevard, make some time to take some tours, take in some rock climbing or wildlife watching, or simply enjoy one of the area’s countless parks. History buffs will love visiting some of the many heritage sites found here.

STAY HERE: THE GREYSTONE INN

The Greystone Inn, with 30 guest rooms, is a stylish destination. The inn offers both rooms and suites, with access to the Lakeside Dining Room for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Chill out in the Mansion Bar for drinks at the end of a long day of relaxation, and ask the inn staff about other activities to do on your romantic getaway. 

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GO HERE: CARY

Cary has long been ranked one of the safest cities to live in the country. From here, there is easy access to other larger metropolitan areas, but Cary has its own share of beloved restaurants, boutiques, and cultural experiences.

This little city is extremely walkable too, so it’s easy to get around while walking hand in hand.

STAY HERE: UMSTEAD RESORT AND SPA

Near William B. Umstead State Park you will find the appropriately-named Umstead Resort and Spa.

Step into absolute luxury at this Forbes-named five-star hotel — the only one in the state. Their Herons Restaurant is also one of only 63 Forbes five-star restaurants in the world. The hotel offers afternoon tea, live entertainment every night, and myriad amenities to keep guests happy.

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GO HERE: PINEHURST

Called The Home of American Golf, Pinehurst is a great destination for golfing aficionados. Although there are over 30 golf courses to be found in the town, there are plenty of other activities too.

With shopping, restaurants, antique shops, and more, you’ll find something for everyone here.

STAY HERE: PINEHURST RESORT

Home to one of the world’s favorite golf courses, Pinehurst No. 2 at Pinehurst Resort is an anchor site for the U.S. Open. Besides that, their course has been host to several championships through the years.

Pinehurst Resort includes three historic hotels, which include their iconic Carolina Hotel, as well as The Holly (Pinehurst’s first hotel circa 1895), and The Manor from 1923.

GO HERE: CHAPEL HILL

Chapel Hill is one of the more picturesque towns in North Carolina. With historic sites galore, as well as iconic locations — like The Carolina Coffee Shop, the state’s longest-running restaurant — there are so many amazing things to do here.

Enjoy a variety of walking tours to learn more about the area, enjoy some live performances, or check out the oldest public university in the country — the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

STAY HERE: THE FEARRINGTON HOUSE INN

Just outside of Chapel Hill, The Fearrington House Inn resides on a historic farm. With 32 rooms, this boutique hotel provides individual comfort along with North Carolina charms.

Complete with a Biotec spa, the lush Fearrington Gardens, and a variety of dining options, you can spend plenty of time in Fearrington Village.

GO HERE: BEAUFORT

This small town, named America’s Favorite Town by Travel + Leisure, has long been an iconic part of North Carolina’s coastal culture. With its historic district, fresh seafood offerings, and centuries of history to showcase, there is a lot to love about Beaufort.

Beaufort was even home to two Nicholas Sparks novels: A Walk to Remember and The Choice.

Read More: 29 THINGS TO DO IN BEAUFORT SC FOR A PERFECT WEEKEND GETAWAY

STAY HERE: PECAN TREE INN

Built at the top of the 20th century, the Pecan Tree Inn houses seven rooms and suites to give guests a glimpse into North Carolina’s past.

Daily breakfasts and afternoon snacks, along with a variety of paid-for amenities, can make Pecan Tree feel just like home. 

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GO HERE: OCRACOKE ISLAND

Pristine beaches are the main draw for visitors to Ocracoke Island. The island is a casual beach destination, without the trappings of golf courses or resort aesthetics.

Even the fancier eateries here are casual, so come as you are to enjoy the natural beauty of the area.

STAY HERE: THE CASTLE ON SILVER LAKE

Another bed and breakfast awaits you at The Castle on Silver Lake. A dozen rooms, featuring a family-style breakfast each morning, encompasses the castle experience.

Enjoy the views from the deck, or soak up some sun at the pool, before heading back inside for a game of billiards. The castle might have an ornate name, but this vintage vibe vacation spot is all vacation mode. 

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