Looking for Romantic Places in North Carolina? Try These Hidden Gems

romantic places in North CarolinaKeeping the spark alive in any relationship takes work. Special trips out on the town where you both can enjoy a meal and a conversation helps remind you who you fell in love with. There are times, however, that getting out of town for a few days is exactly what you need. Unplug and de-stress from the world can make a huge difference. The Orchard Inn in Saluda, NC is the perfect place to do so. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, The Orchard Inn is a quaint B&B bursting with service and romance. Since you can’t spend all day at the inn, here are a few romantic places in North Carolina to occupy your time.

When it’s a lovely day outside, the first thing to do would be to tour some local gardens. Top on the list is The Biltmore. It isn’t exactly hidden but there are a few more romantic things to do than just tour the estate. The grounds are exploding with gardens and flowers of every color imaginable. Take a trail and wind your way through Deer Park and along the French Broad River. Another beautiful garden is the Botanical Gardens of Asheville. This garden is free, however, donations are welcome. They boast more than 600 types of native plants and 50 species of rare plants too.

Another idea for a romantic outing would be to check out the multitude of art galleries. There is a group of them in Biltmore Village. The largest is the Blue Spiral 1 and hosts over 75 artists throughout their 3 levels of 14,000 square feet. In the months of June and July they will feature Andy Farkas and his wood engravings as well as a large exhibit with 11 artists all using different mediums all promoting the honeybee and it’s life. Another local gallery is the Folk Art Center which is free and it shows traditional and contemporary artists in the Southern Appalachia area.

The last of the romantic places in North Carolina is the Flat Rock Playhouse. This local theater showcases all types of plays throughout its season. This summer it will feature a comedy as well as 2 musicals. There is nothing like slipping away from your own life and entering someone else’s reality for a few hours.

Fortunately, The Orchard Inn has a fantastic special going on for the summer. It includes a 2 night stay in one of their luxurious rooms as well as tickets to local activities. Those highlighted are, 2 tickets to the Flat Rock Playhouse, 2 tickets for Green River Adventures Kayaking, golf for 2 at the Tryon Country Club, 2 tickets to The Biltmore Estate, or 2 tickets to The Gorge Zip Line Canopy Tour Adventure.

The owners at the inn know how to set the mood for a spectacular weekend. While you are there, make sure you check out their in house restaurant. It keeps travelers and locals alike coming back for dinner as well as a Sunday brunch. Contact The Orchard Inn today to plan a weekend of fun and romance for you and your partner at one of these romantic places in North Carolina.

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