Romantic Escapes in North Carolina

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You don’t have to wait for a special occasion to seek a romantic escape in North Carolina. Like a dozen roses, here are 12 top romantic getaways from the coast to the mountains:

The Coast

Marsh Harbour Inn
Bald Head Island
Maybe you need a little separation. As in: from the mainland. The Marsh Harbour Inn on Bald Head Island adds a dash of Shaker simplicity to its compelling cocktail of bright sunlight and gentle sea breeze. Accessible only by ferry, but eminently worth it, you can select a room overlooking the harbor or the Cape Fear seashore. The downstairs sitting room, with its overstuffed furniture, is designed for curling up with a book or your loved one. Your stay comes with the use of a golf cart.

The Castle B&B and Courtyard Villas
Ocracoke Island
The Castle B&B and Courtyard Villas is a unique venue for a romantic getaway. Decoy carvers and boat builders erected the 9,000-square-foot historic Colonial American mansion over three decades and this picturesque manor house with cedar shakes and seven gabled dormers sits on two flower-covered acres. Will it be one of the 11 rooms in the bed and breakfast or one of eight villas in the adjacent courtyard?

The White Doe Inn Bed & Breakfast
Manteo
Hear that? That’s the sea breeze. Manteo’s quiet Queen Anne-style White Doe Inn gently tugs at the heartstrings. In-room massage services, champagne, a four-course served breakfast, afternoon tea and sherry, and a self-serve coffee bar. There’s also a hidden garden and wrap-around porches. The waterfront is just two blocks away.

The Pack House Inn
Edenton
Located in Edenton’s historic district and within walking distance of the waterfront, the romantic Pack House Inn actually is comprised of three restored building – with eight rooms each in The Pack House and The Proprietor’s and two rooms in The Tillie Bond Cottage, which is also pet-friendly. The two of you will love the three-course breakfast included in the rate, as well as a complimentary split of wine awaiting you in your room and 24-hour access to a guest kitchen with snacks and beverages.

The Piedmont

Fuquay Mineral Spring Inn & Garden
Fuquay-Varina
The romantic twosome in the Raleigh area can take a short drive to historic Fuquay-Varina, where the healing waters of a mineral spring have been rejuvenating travelers since 1858. Romance-minded couples can stay at the Fuquay Mineral Spring Inn & Garden, a Colonial Revival Landmark Inn set in the historic district. The restored inn features five accommodations options, including the especially private and romantic Carriage House overlooking the gardens.

The Fearrington House Inn
Pittsboro
Known for its continental staff and character and reflected in embellishments like heated towel bars and in-room spa services, the Fearrington House Inn is a very romantic destination within Fearrington Village. With a Garden House offering a library-like atmosphere, a romantic Sun Room for quiet twosome time, and a village of interesting shops, dining and more, it’s likely the two of you won’t leave the property.

Thomas Walton Manor
Laurinburg
The Thomas Walton Manor was conceived as a replica of a James River plantation by New Yorker John Weaver in 1939. This romantic inn offers a uniquely Southern elegance. Rooms have been furnished with traditional antiques and fine fabrics. An English conservatory offers a view of Charles Gillette’s lavish 1939 gardens. If horses are your or your partner’s passion, a side trip to nearby St. Andrews College Equestrian Center should not be missed.

The Duke Mansion
Charlotte
The largest Colonial revival home in North Carolina, The Duke Mansion is so well hidden on its 4.5 acres in historic Myers Park that passers-by beyond the grounds’ green curtain scarcely know of its existence. Each of the 20 overnight rooms has been decorated independently and many of the rooms offer private porches. The solarium, in which James B. Duke planned his philanthropic visions, is ideal for contemplative moments.

The Mountains

Gideon Ridge Inn
Blowing Rock
A Blue Ridge favorite of long standing, the Gideon Ridge Inn has always been about reconnecting – with a significant other, with yourself, with things overlooked. Built as a private summer home, Gideon Ridge still has that homey feel, right down to the stone fireplace in the library and the possibility of a romantic room with a gas log fireplace or whirlpool tub.

Haywood Park Hotel & Atrium
Asheville
Do the two of you prefer a classic boutique hotel rendered with artistic flair in the heart of downtown Asheville? The soap dishes in each of the 33 rooms were handmade by a local artist and the rooms feature many other one-of-a-kind appointments. The suites in this former department store are especially spacious and romantic. This is grand hotel living, but on an intimate scale.

Highland Lake Inn
Flat Rock
How does total escape on a 26-acre country preserve wrapped around a private lake sound? Highland Lake Inn – once a boys’ military camp as well as Catholic girls’ camp – gives you mountain ambience with easy accessibility. Try the secluded Primrose Cottage, and snuggle up next to its two-sided fireplace (or in the whirlpool bath). Many of the Inn’s other rooms also have fireplaces, and there are individual cottages and garden hamlets, as well. Enjoy fine dining Wednesday through Sunday and the Inn’s signature breakfasts every day.

The Swag Mountaintop Inn
Waynesville
Situated outside Waynesville way up a winding road more than 5,000 feet into the mountains, The Swag Mountaintop Inn features an array of quite upscale rooms, suites, cabins and amenities right next to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Its website almost says it all: Remote. Rustic. Refined. Remarkable. You’ll quickly add “Romantic” to that list.

Freda Cameron and Lynn Seldon contributed to this story

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