Romantic Get-Aways Close To Home

Valentine’s Day may be over, but romantic vacations are always in season!  Here in the Southeast, we are fortunate to have many excellent choices for a romantic get-away, whether you’re looking for a long weekend or a week-long stay.  Here are a few destinations that I would recommend.

If you enjoy picturesque mountain scenery, award-winning cuisine, pampering spa treatments, and endless outdoor activities, you will love Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee.  This elegant property sits in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains.  Accommodations include cottages, cottage suites, estate rooms, and even houses.  Many of the options feature antiques, fireplaces, and verandas.  Blackberry Farm is most noted for its exceptional cuisine and the noteworthy chefs who visit to create amazing culinary experiences.  Activities at the property include carriage rides, horseback writing, food and wine events, spa services, hiking, canoeing, tennis, and fly fishing.

Another great mountain retreat is the historic Grove Park Inn, just outside of Asheville, NC.  This charming, elegant resort is listed as one of Travel+Leisure’s Top Five Spa Resorts in the country. Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains, this can truly be a regenerating get-away. In addition to its renowned spa, the rooms and suites have beautiful views of the mountains and lush green fairways of the inn’s signature golf course.  You can also enjoy hiking, whitewater rafting, fishing, biking, tennis, indoor pool, and fitness club. Nearby Asheville has quaint shops, great cuisine, art galleries, a vibrant nightlife, and of course, the famous Biltmore House.

If you love fine wine, Georgia’s Chateau Elan Winery and Resort is worth a trip.  Located near Atlanta, it’s the largest producer of wine in Georgia. The resort offers two night packages with lodging, breakfast for two each morning, one lunch, and one dinner for two.   This cozy romantic retreat also features a Culinary Studio which offers cooking classes.  Wine is also a large part of Virginia’s tourism.  More than 130 wineries are located here, along with several wine trails.  Each is open year round, but also host many seasonal wine events.  Driving along Virginia’s scenic wine trail routes and passing through the quaint historical towns would be a great way to spend a couple of days with someone special.

Finally, for you winter enthusiasts, how about a weekend ski trip?  There are more than 15 ski resorts in the mountains of the Southeast.  The Blue Ridge Mountains, the Great Smoky Mountains, and the Allegheny Mountains offer romantic winter destinations.  You will find luxurious spa resorts along with small inns and a wide range of winter sports.  Along with skiing, you will find snow tubing, snowboarding, and indoor ice skating.  Sugar Mountain Resort is one of the largest and most popular.

So pick your favorite and plan that special romantic vacation.  It’s a great way to reconnect or get to know each other better!

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