If you’re planning a romantic getaway, the mountains of North Carolina make perfect sense. Scenic hiking trails and intimate wineries are a couple ways to spend quality time with one another in this beautiful region. Read on to discover some of the best activities to enjoy during a romantic getaway in NC. Afterward, make your trip even more memorable with our Romantic Escape Package. This package includes one couple’s massage, a bottle of red or white wine, dinner for two at The Esmeralda Restaurant, and a full breakfast each morning!
How to Have the Most Romantic Getaway in NC
Wander the Biltmore Estate Gardens
You’ll step into a scene straight from the movies when you visit Biltmore Estate. The towering castle boasts over four acres of floor space and 250 rooms, including a billiards room and a bowling alley. Wander through America’s largest home with your sweetheart, hand in hand. Then, take a stroll through the gardens and stop by the winery for a complimentary tasting.
Spend Some Time on the Rocky Broad River
The Rocky Broad River is a prime destination for fishing, tubing, paddling, and swimming. However, if you’d prefer to simply take in the peaceful views of the river, make your way to The Lake Lure Flowering Bridge. This one-of-a-kind bridge is free, open to the public, and boasts miles of gardens, all overlooking the beautiful Rocky Broad River.
Take a Hike at Chimney Rock State Park
A trip to Chimney Rock State Park is a wonderful way to melt away stress. Wander the Hickory Nut Falls Trail and take in the magnificent views of the cascading waterfall, Hickory Nut Falls. You can also hike your way to the top of Chimney Rock for panoramic 75-mile views of the Hickory Nut Gorge, Lake Lure, and the surrounding mountains. If you or your sweetie are unable to hike, an elevator is available to take you to the top of Chimney Rock!
Horseback Ride Through the Mountains
If you are searching for a unique way to explore North Carolina’s mountains, then look no further than Cedar Creek Stables in Lake Lure. They offer a variety of trail rides through forests and fields, over creeks, and across some of the most gorgeous overlooks in the region. After your trip, stop by Tryon International Equestrian Center and watch some of the nation’s top riders compete in a variety of equestrian sports!
Visit a Local Winery
There is something inherently romantic about a winery at sunset, and you’ll find many wineries to explore in Western North Carolina. Enjoy an intimate wine tasting, a winery tour, or diving into the art of winemaking! For those who prefer craft beer, there are hundreds of local breweries to choose from in the area. After an afternoon of sipping and savoring the best of Western North Carolina, bring home your favorite bottle of wine to The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant.
For recommendations on the area’s top wineries and breweries, take a look at our free Chimney Rock/Lake Lure Vacation Guide.
Plan an Unforgettable Dining Experience
Dining is one of the most important aspects of any romantic getaway. Conveniently, when you plan your vacation at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant, you’ll never need to worry about where to have dinner. At The Esmeralda Restaurant, our menu changes with each season to take advantage of the freshest ingredients. We also feature an exceptional beer and wine list that is full of local craft beers and award-winning wines from across the country.
If you’d like to take your dining experience to the next level, join us at The Chef’s Table. Our talented Chef Keith Chinn curates each menu to match your exact tastes and preferences. Reservations are required for this private dining experience.
Enjoy the Intimacy of The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant
After an exciting day in the North Carolina mountains, head home to The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant to relax and unwind. Rock away to the sounds of The Rocky Broad River on our spacious outdoor patio, take a soak in our 18-person, in-ground hot tub, or schedule a hot stone massage at our luxurious spa.
When you book any of our beautiful cabins, like The Honeymoon Cottage, you can always look forward to the best amenities, vacation packages, and top-notch service. Daily gourmet breakfast is always included in your stay! When you are ready to plan your romantic North Carolina getaway, check out our romantic add-ons and book your stay. We can’t wait to host you at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant!