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The ideal romantic getaway for many may involve sun, surf and gentle sea breezes, but others seek a mountain retreat where they can cuddle up by a fire and share their love language. Holding hands and enjoying a carefree afternoon without the tug of little ones or fur-babies sounds wonderfully romantic for some couples. Romance does not always involve a big production as reality television, or social media would have viewers believe. The small things often have the most significant impact when it comes to a romantic surprise or just having time alone as a couple.

Western North Carolina offers couples a blank canvas for planning a romantic getaway. Watching the sunrise over a nearby mountain while enjoying a rich cup of coffee may be the right moment a couple needs to have an intimate proposal and promises of love.

Cover everything from an anniversary, upcoming nuptials, an adults-only trip to a new relationship and spending quality time together in the mountains while enjoying a romantic couples getaway. When planning time for romance, the mountains of Western North Carolina provide the perfect backdrop for a couple.

What is a good weekend getaway for couples in NC

What is a good weekend getaway for couples in NC?

Taking time away from the everyday to reconnect as a couple is a growing trend to keep the bonds of the relationship strong. In many situations, it is not about having a busy itinerary of things to do, but rather being together and relaxing. The getaway weekend can include visiting a new location or checking off an item on your couple’s to-do-list. There are many options to choose from or plan for future trips.

The list of romantic getaways in North Carolina from US News & World Report begins with Highlands in the top spot and also features Brevard, as both are tourist hotspots in the Plateau region. Make the most of your weekend by planning to arrive midday on a Friday, get settled in your accommodations and see what there is to do from live music or just enjoy dinner and a movie. Saturday can be the day you take in the sight by lacing up your walking shoes and pedaling around on a tandem bicycle.

What mountains are in Highlands NC?

Highlands, North Carolina has an elevation of over 4,000 feet and enjoys the distinction as the highest city east of the Mississippi River. The picturesque town is ideally located on the southern rim of the Great Smoky Mountains. In addition, this part of Western North Carolina is home to the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Appalachian Mountains that stretch through Nantahala National Forest.

The high elevation of the mountains of Western North Carolina makes Highlands, NC a great destination for a romantic getaway. Summer is the peak tourist season because of the cool mountain breeze. However, fall foliage season is also an ideal time to visit as is winter for a cozy stay. Couples can hike the mountain trails surrounding Highlands to reach Dry Falls or Glen Falls, two of the popular waterfalls in the area. Then there is Bridal Veil Falls, where visitors can drive behind the cascading water for a unique view.

Romantic getaways in North Carolina Mountains

The natural beauty of North Carolina’s mountains calls most visitors out to explore. Couples can spend the day hiking the vast network of trails, take a scenic drive along the historic Blue Ridge Highway to get great views of the mountains.  

Plan your romantic getaway to have quality time together, whether it’s walking hand-in-hand while on a tour of a quaint mountain town, a museum or a historic estate such as the Biltmore in Asheville. Another day can be all about romantic meals, starting with breakfast for two, finding a picnic spot from a nearby mountain peak and ending with a 5-course dinner at a nearby restaurant. Be sure to also include a quiet night with a candlelight dinner from a private balcony of your vacation rental home.

What should I do for my anniversary in NC

What should I do for my anniversary in NC?

Celebrating an anniversary is a special time for any couple. Whether their anniversary trip is a joint plan or was organized as a surprise for the other person will dictate the occasion. Pick a section of the state from the mountains to the Outer Banks and discover great opportunities for couples to enjoy.

Anniversary activities can include:

  1. Book a cozy cabin in the mountains
  2. Take a couple’s hike
  3. Cycling challenge
  4. Romantic dinner for two
  5. Wine tasting
  6. Tour the town

A milestone anniversary like five, ten, or even 25 or more years together often gives way to a theme of sorts for the couple. Oftentimes they may look to have dinner reservations at an upscale restaurant to toast each other. Some couples may bring along their extended family along with them to celebrate. In this instance, the itinerary may include more group activities to get everyone involved. However, the couple will plan for a party of two to toast each other and spend some time alone.

Which is better Cashiers or Highlands?

Since both Cashiers and Highlands are both popular tourist destinations in Western North Carolina, ranking one over the other is a difficult task. Each is known for various features like Highlands’ elevation while Cashiers’ gets high marks on its own, surrounded by the natural beauty of the region.

The proximity of these two towns, both often tagged as charming mountain retreats, links Cashiers and Highlands together to showcase all that the region offers. Nature lovers can enjoy the vast network of hiking trails through a corridor of the Appalachian Mountains or breathing in the crisp, clean air of the Nantahala National Forest at fall foliage or other times during the year. Yes, it’s really a spectacular time to visit so if your anniversary is in the fall of the year, just look around and take in the stunning beauty.  

So we’ll leave it up to couples to decide which is better between Cashiers or Highlands as they celebrate their anniversary.

Romantic things to do in Western North Carolina

Couples looking to strike a perfect romantic tone have many options in Western North Carolina. Whether anxiously planning a proposal, celebrating a milestone anniversary or relaxing on a honeymoon getaway, the Plateau region can handle it all, including Highlands, Cashiers and Lake Toxaway.


Imagine an intimate renewal of vows in the gentle spray of Bridal Veil Falls on a sunny day. It can be a romantic surprise and a memorable way to mark your anniversary. Couples may also plan on enjoying downtown Highlands can be a romantic journey as the couple makes their way through the collection of unique boutiques and art galleries.


Whenever visiting Cashiers, NC, be sure to include a trip to Whiteside Mountain for couples. The mountain can be the backdrop for a few romantic selfies or a full photoshoot for the milestone.

Cashiers is home to five sites on the National Registry of Historic Places so couples can get a glimpse back in time during a tour.

 Cashiers Historic Places include:

  • Camp Merrie-Woode
  • High Hampton Inn
  •  Zachary-Tolbert House
  • Church of the Good Shepherd

Lake Toxaway

Couples who enjoy being on the go will find plenty of things to do in Lake Toxaway.

 A few suggested activities include:

  1. Picnic by boat
  2. Stroll around the private lake
  3. Beekeeping with your honey

Dinner can be the fresh catch from earlier in the day prepared on the grill from the balcony of the vacation rental home.

What is there to do in Asheville on a honeymoon

What is there to do in Asheville on a honeymoon?

The beautiful city of Asheville offers a wide variety of things to do on a honeymoon. Topping the list of things visitors want to do while in Asheville is to tour the historic Biltmore Estate.

While at the Biltmore check out:

  • Main House
  • Gardens
  • Winery
  • Surrounding village

Other romantic options in Asheville include:

  1. A drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway
  2. Explore the Botanical Gardens at Asheville
  3.  Horseback riding for two
  4.  Toast each other on the Asheville Brewery tour
  5. A friendly challenge at the Asheville Pinball Museum
  6. Enjoy the Urban Trail

Sample the unique restaurant offerings around town each day whether it’s an intimate setting for two or an upbeat vibe at a food truck rally. There’s a lot to do so couples can set their pace to create a memorable trip.

Where can I propose in Highlands NC?

Of course one of the first suggestions to stage a marriage proposal is at any of the waterfalls in the area. Plan a hike and take the scenic route to reach the fall, and the proposal will be the highlight to celebrate a “yes.”

A proposal over dinner can be accomplished with reservations at several local favorite restaurants such as Wild Thyme Gourmet or Wolfgang’s Restaurant & Wine Bistro. Timing is everything when planning a proposal. Plan to pop the question just before sunset to take in the beautiful colors cast over the Plateau. The moment will be a special memory to cherish over the years.

Your Next Romantic Getaway Awaits

Head to the mountains of Western North Carolina to enjoy a romantic weekend, a weeklong honeymoon or any other occasion where your relationship is the focal point. The region has an impressive portfolio of rental properties that can help create those romantic memories that will sustain couples until the next getaway.

If couples need a bit of help pulling off those special moments, speak with a talented Landmark Real Estate broker to get a few suggestions to make it all happen effortlessly. Love is certainly in the mountain air of Western North Carolina so make sure your rental home has great balcony space to take it all in. Contact Landmark Vacation Rentals today at (877) 926-1780 or browse our North Carolina vacation rental properties portfolio to select one to fit your vision of a romantic getaway.