It’s February and our romantic friend cupid is at it again. This mythical god of attraction and affection is shooting arrows left and right and many are landing right here in Asheville. Why? It’s because Asheville is an ideal spot for a romantic couple’s getaway. It’s a city filled with beautiful spas, romantic dining spots, and gorgeous scenery. And there’s no shortage of romantic places to stay to create an unforgettable weekend with your loved one. So, are you ready to put romance back on your priority list? We’ve got some ideas to help you plan the perfect romantic Asheville, North Carolina vacation.
Tranquil Spa Treatments
Asheville is home to many outstanding spas that offer several unique experiences. After all – it is Asheville – and we’d expect nothing less. At Still Point Wellness, couples can enjoy an Esalen massage (a technique created at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA) which is designed to deliver a deep sense of relaxation and integration of body, mind, and spirit. There’s also a saltwater float tank experience for those interested in reaching deep states of relaxation.
Asheville Massage and Bodywork offers an array of different spa services. If you book an appointment onsite, you can enjoy their private sauna and foot bath services too. Or, you can choose their mobile massage service, where they’ll come to you for an amazing couple’s massage.
If you’re looking for a spa experience with a view, the Shoji Spa and Retreat offers private outdoor salt tubs in a Japanese-like setting. Tea service is provided by Dobra Tea and soakers can book a massage or enjoy a sauna before or after.
The Asheville Salt Cave is also home to one of the most unique massages around. When you book a private couple’s massage here, you’ll be surrounded by 30 tons of pure pink salt from Poland, the Dead Sea, the Himalayas, and the Celtic Sea. And if you want to indulge, book a private session in their hamman – and experience a traditional Turkish bath.
Romantic Dinner Spots
After you’ve rejuvenated your mind and body with a spa experience, now it’s time to invigorate your appetite at one of Asheville’s many romantic restaurants. At Bouchon, couples can enjoy a taste of Paris in one of the city’s favorite bistros. The menu is filled with French comfort food ranging from mussels and steak frites to cordon bleu and salmon Dijonnaise. Try to book a table upstairs for some extra romantic ambiance. They also have a second location that’s a bit more off the beaten track – Rendezvous.
Zambra is Asheville’s original tapas restaurant and wine bar. Its amber-muted lighting and stone floors just beckon couples to cozy up in a corner with a great glass of bubbly and some shared plates for two.
The Sunset Terrace at the Omni Grove Park Inn offers the quintessential romantic setting. The view is one of the best in Asheville and the food features some of the top ingredients from western North Carolina farmers.
If you’re wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, North Asheville is home to Bone and Broth. It’s southern-inspired menu features premium dry-aged steaks from its butcher neighbor – the Chop Shop. This local butcher is also a good place to shop for top-notch ingredients if you prefer to stay in and cook a romantic meal for two.
An ideal way to end your romantic weekend couples retreat is with a scenic, hand-holding hike. Lover’s Leap in nearby Hot Springs is a nearly 2-mile loop that follows the Appalachian Trail along the French Broad River. It then turns up a ridge via switchbacks to reveal panoramic views of the river and Pisgah National Forest. Bearwallow Mountain is a short hike that ends up at a beautiful bald with 360-degree views. Hikers can also make a stop at the nearby Hickory Gap Nut Farm retail shop and grab a little edible treat to take home.
Romantic Places to Stay
We’ve compiled a few places for you to stay during your romantic Asheville getaway. They all have hot tubs to melt those everyday stresses away. They include:
- Magnolia Mountain: A farmhouse-style home with a gorgeous outdoor hot tub.
- Tranquil Oasis: The hot tub here sits above the treetops.
- Laurel Hill: This brand-new hot tub is just waiting for you.
- Adoring Asheville Luxury Bungalow: Intentionally designed for romantic getaways.
- Asheville Getaway- Feel the Luxury: This NC Green Built home offers the perfect combo of tranquility and convenience.
- Black Horse Mountain Retreat: Sip some bubbly in the bubbles!
- King of the Hill: Wonderful home with mountain views.
- Mountain Star: A luxury home perfect for couples.
- Taylor Ranch Retreat: Set back in the woods for ultimate privacy.
So, what are you waiting for? Book your romantic Asheville getaway today.