Updated 02/10/2011 11:25 AM
Top 14 North Carolina Valentine's Day Getaways
Valentine's Day Getaways
300 Airlie Road, Wilmington NC 28403
Established in 1901, Airlie Gardens is a valuable cultural and ecological component of New Hanover County and North Carolina history. In 1999, a grant from the Clean Water Management Trust Fund, the commitment of the New Hanover County Commissioners, the cooperation of the previous owner (the Corbett family), and the support of local residents made possible the County’s purchase and restoration of Airlie’s 67-acres of gardens.
Rumbling Bald Resorts on Lake Lure, Lake Lure, NC
112 Mountains Blvd., Lake Lure, NC 28746
1-800-419-3854 or 828-694-3000
Rumbling Bald Resort on Lake Lure is a picturesque mountain resort with exceptional North Carolina golf located 90 miles from Charlotte. It is well known as a scene location in the hit movie Dirty Dancing. The resort is nestled at the base of the majestic 2,800-foot Rumbling Bald Mountain on the north end of beautiful Lake Lure.
2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646
Grandfather Mountain is open all winter for hiking and more, weather permitting, for outdoor enthusiasts and those couples that enjoy the outdoors no matter what time of the year it is.
100 Childress Vineyards Road, Lexington NC 27295
Many people know Richard Childress, who was born in Winston-Salem, from NASCAR but Childress also has a passion for fine wine. After his career in auto racing took him near California's wine regions, he was inspired to create a similar atmosphere in North Carolina with the launch of the Childress Wineries in 2003 on 65-acres of Davidson County.
Pinehurst Resort and Spa
80 Carolina Vista Drive, Village of Pinehurst, NC 28374
(800) 487-4653 or 910-235-8507
Whether you're looking for an all-inclusive golf package, a relaxing spa retreat or a romantic getaway, the Pinehurst experience is sure to exceed your expectations. There are romantic bed and breakfasts and more for the happy couple to experience.
The Umstead, Cary, N.C.
100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary, North Carolina 27513
The Umstead Hotel & Spa is more than a place to visit. It's a place to discover and explore. Every small detail has been hand-selected, chosen for its ability to create moments of enjoyment. In Cary, hospitality comes naturally. And peace and tranquility fill every inch of the inviting twelve-acre grounds. The Umstead Hotel & Spa is a place of comfort and serenity.
The Grove Park Inn in Asheville
290 Macon Ave., Asheville NC 28804
Built from granite boulders from Sunset Mountain, The Grove Park Inn opened in 1913. At its opening dinner, William Jennings Bryan declared that it had been “built for the ages.” In the decades since it has become one of the South’s most famous and venerable resorts.
Arrowhead Inn, Durham
106 Mason Road, Durham NC 27712
919-477-8430 or 1-800-528-2207
Relax in the grace of a historic plantation estate at the Arrowhead Inn, a Durham bed and breakfast. The 1775 inn is the only AAA Four Diamond and Select Registry property in the Triangle cities of Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill. Resting on six acres of gardens and lawns, the bed & breakfast has been carefully renovated to provide the comfort and amenities of a fine hotel.
Maggie Valley, NC
Maggie Valley Area Visitors Bureau
P.O. Box 279, Maggie Valley NC 28751
Maggie Valley, situated in North Carolina's stunning Smoky Mountains, is known for its unrivaled location and friendly, small town character. Step away from the hustle of the big city and relax.
The Biltmore Estate, Asheville, N.C.
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1 Approach Road, Asheville, NC 28803
800-624-1575 or 828-225-1333
Building Biltmore was, at the time, one of the largest undertakings in the history of American residential architecture and the results were astounding. Over a six-year period, an entire community of craftsmen worked to build the country's premier home. The estate boasted its own brick factory, woodworking shop, and a three-mile railway spur for transporting materials to the site. Visitors should allow at least five hours to see the massive estate.
Carver Falls Zipline
533 Carvers Falls Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28311
What to try something different this Valentine's Day? ZipQuest provides the perfect marriage of eco-tourism and adventure and is quickly becoming one of North Carolina's top attractions! The approximately two and a half hour course is designed to tell a story of nature and adventure.
Ocracoke Island has numerous bed & breakfasts and beach houses to rent for Valentine's Day week or weekend. Most restaurants on the island are open for a romantic dinner in a quaint setting.
Sugar Mountain Resort
109 Sugar Mountain Drive, Banner Elk, NC
828-928-9784 or 800-634-1320
Sugar Ski and Country Club promises to be your mountain top winter wonderland. You could curl up by the fire or hit the slopes to celebrate Valentine's Day.
New Bern Area
Two beautiful rivers meet in New Bern, where you’ll find Tryon Palace, spectacular gardens, historic homes, quaint shops, cozy restaurants and lively entertainment frame downtown streets. Farther south, you can enjoy MCAS Cherry Point and the 157,000 acre Croatan National Forest, nationally recognized for its trails and recreation opportunities.
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