Hubby and I love weekend getaways. They’re perfect for a special occasion like a wedding anniversary or just because you need to get away for a few days with the one you love. These are my picks for the very best romantic getaways in the South.
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There’s nothing like finding a quaint town or an amazing hotel to curl up with your boo. And when you find a favorite place to go to as a couple, you can go back again and again.
These destinations are arranged with our favorite picks first. Although all of the towns here are great places to visit, some places just kind of get under your skin you know?
I mean that in a good way.
Each location listed below includes luxury/high end, moderate and more affordably priced options for accommodations for your romantic getaway. Since hotels and inns at some destinations naturally command higher prices than others, the rates for these options may vary widely.
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Asheville, North Carolina is our favorite romantic getaway in the South
My top pick for a romantic getaway in the South has to be Asheville, North Carolina. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, Asheville is home to great dining and the world-famous Biltmore Estate.
Asheville makes a wonderful romantic getaway destination in any season, but it’s especially beautiful in the fall. Word on the street is that the variety of deciduous trees in the Blue Ridge around Asheville are what makes an especially vibrant and long fall color season.
Hubby and I have spent three wedding anniversaries at The Inn on Biltmore Estate. Since we got engaged there, it holds a special place in our hearts. It’s our absolute favorite romantic weekend getaway.
To find out more, read my full Inn on Biltmore Estate review.
My sister and her husband love the Omni Grove Park Inn. This one is still on our bucket list.
Where to stay in Asheville, North Carolina
Moderate: DoubleTree by Hilton Biltmore/Asheville
Try a romantic weekend in Williamsburg, Virginia
Speaking of quaint and cozy towns for a romantic getaway in the South, Hubby and I also love Williamsburg, Virginia.
Home to Colonial Williamsburg, the largest living history museum in the world, this part of Virginia is rich with history and beautiful architecture…plus some really great places to eat.
Even if you don’t buy a Colonial Williamsburg ticket, you can still enjoy the shopping and restaurants at Merchants Square, walk around the Historic Center and dine in an historic tavern (definitely a “must do”).
For the most immersive experience, stay at the Williamsburg Inn or Williamsburg Lodge just steps away from Duke of Gloucester Street (Colonial Williamsburg’s “main street” through the Historic Center). The more moderately priced Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel is located very near the Visitor’s Center.
Where to stay in Williamsburg, Virginia
Moderate: Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel
Affordable: Residence Inn Williamsburg is located just a short drive from the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor’s Center. We loved having breakfast included in our room rate and a kitchenette to reheat restaurant leftovers the next day.
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, makes a great romantic weekend trip
When you want a beachy good time with your spouse and some good food, try a Hilton Head Island getaway.
We think Hilton Head Island is one of the best places in the South for a relaxing weekend. Spend the day at the beach, visit Coligny Beach Park with its nearby shopping center, or check out Harbour Town (there’s a gate fee) and the lighthouse.
Grab dinner at A Lowcountry Backyard. (Make sure you arrive early since they don’t take reservations.) In the morning, you can enjoy breakfast at Palmetto Bay Sunrise Café like a local.
We loved our stay at the Marriott Hilton Head Resort & Spa, which is right on the beach. So you’ll definitely want to book a room with a balcony. We think it’s worth the extra money to wake up to this…
Where to stay on Hilton Head Island
Luxury: Inn and Club at Harbour Town
Moderate: Marriott Hilton Head Resort & Spa (awesome pool plus it’s right on the beach!)
Affordable: Home 2 Suites by Hilton
Savannah, Georgia, is a top romantic getaway in the South
For a quintessentially Southern escape, you simply must book a weekend in Savannah, Georgia. And it helps if you say it all drawn out like Suuuuvannuuuh.
Savannah simply drips with romance and history like the trees drip with Spanish moss. If you want to creep yourself out, try a nighttime ghost tour.
The locals will tell you that Savannah is the most haunted city in America. I’ve decided not to test that theory.
And the food. Oh, the food. You could go to Savannah only for the food and come away happy. Grab breakfast at The Collins Quarter before going on a history walking tour. Eat dinner at Vic’s on the River (ask for a window seat if they’re available) and then go for a stroll down the famous River Street or grab some amazing Leopold’s ice cream for dessert.
Oh! And don’t miss the biscuits at Back in the Day Bakery.
Where to stay in Savannah, Georgia
Luxury: Eliza Thompson House
Moderate: Marriott Savannah Riverfront is located right at the end of historic River Street and offers views of the steam boats on the Savannah River.
Affordable: Holiday Inn Express Savannah – Historic District
Yes, Orlando, Florida, can be a romantic getaway
There’s more to Orlando, Florida, than just Disney World…There’s also Universal Studios.
All kidding aside. Orlando, Florida, is a great city for a weekend getaway. There are a TON of things to do outside of the theme parks such as hot air balloon rides, premier shopping, horseback riding, kayaking and more.
If activity is not what you’re after there are also a lot of amazing hotels and restaurants. For the ultimate in luxury and romance, book a weekend at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and enjoy AAA Five Diamond dining at Victoria and Albert’s.
And for the record…yes, I think that Disney World Resort is a romantic getaway.
Read More → Awesome Things for Adults to Do at Disney World
Where to stay in Orlando, Florida
Moderate: Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Disney Area Orlando (includes a Jack Nicklaus golf course and a private lake)
Affordable: Hyatt House (across from Universal Orlando Resort)
Greenville, South Carolina, is a top weekend trip in the South
An up-and-coming foodie destination in the South, Greenville, South Carolina, is home to a vibrant arts scene and great outdoor activities in town and nearby.
Take a stroll through Falls Park on the Reedy River downtown, bike or jog the Swamp Rabbit Trail, enjoy Paris Mountain State Park or take in a concert or show at the Peace Center.
For a top boutique hotel experience, consider a stay at Hotel Domestique. Owned by Lance Armstrong lieutenant George Hincapie, it offers mountain views and special experiences like bike tours (of course!), cooking classes and themed dinners. (Please note that Hotel Domestique is in Travelers Rest, South Carolina, 20 miles from the center of Greenville.)
Where to stay in (or near) Greenville, South Carolina
Moderate: Aloft Greenville Downtown
Affordable: Hampton Inn Greenville
Get away for a romantic weekend in Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina, is steeped in history and Southern charm. As an added bonus, it’s also on the ocean. Yay!
Check out Folly Beach or Isle of Palms if you’re interested in a more beach-y weekend in the Charleston area. If you’re looking for a more “historical old town” city break weekend, stay in the heart of the city.
Top sites to visit include Fort Sumter, Nathaniel Russell House, Historic Charleston City Market, and the famously colorful houses of Rainbow Row (East Bay Street). Charleston Tea Garden, the only tea plantation in North America, is just a short 20-mile drive outside the center of Charleston.
Great shopping and good food are also easy to find in Charleston. King Street has been dubbed one of the top 10 shopping streets in the U.S.
If you enjoy seafood, you’ll love eating in Charleston. And hushpuppies. Bathe in the hushpuppies. Jump headfirst into a basket of hushpuppies and eat your way out.
Hotel rates are high in Charleston downtown and the historic district. To save money on accommodations, your best option is to stay outside the city, in Mount Pleasant or North Charleston.
Where to stay in Charleston, South Carolina
Luxury: The Dewberry
Moderate: Indigo Inn
Affordable: Doubletree by Hilton Charleston Mount Pleasant
Washington, DC, during cherry blossom season is perfect for a romantic getaway
Other than maybe snow-covered mountains and waterfalls, I don’t think there is a natural site more romantic than cherry blossoms in full bloom.
If you’ve spent any time in Washinton, DC, during cherry blossom season, you know what I’m talking about. A little breeze blows through and it’s like it’s raining cherry blossom petals. Perfection.
Take a romantic stroll along the tidal basin to the Jefferson Memorial to see the blossoms at their peak in early spring. It’s like being in the middle of a fairy tale.
If you want to explore some of Northern Virginia, George Washington’s magnificent home on the Potomac, Mount Vernon, is a short drive outside the city. It’s a wonderful way to spend a day.
Where to stay in Washington, DC
Luxury: The Hay – Adams
Moderate: Capitol Hilton
Affordable: Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
Check out Annapolis, Maryland, for an underrated romantic weekend getaway
I’d say that Annapolis, Maryland, is an underrated weekend destination. Perhaps it’s overlooked because it’s overshadowed by nearby Washington, DC, and Baltimore, but I’d book a romantic getaway there in a heartbeat.
And if you can travel there in the fall for the peak colors in the Chesapeake Bay area then do it. It’s stunning.
You can stroll through old, colonial streets in the historic district. You’ll see lovely old colonial era row houses. Tour the Maryland State House, once the home of the Continental Congress. Visit the campus of the U.S. Naval Academy or go sailing on the Chesapeake Bay.
Where to stay in Annapolis, Maryland
Luxury: Annapolis Waterfront Hotel
Moderate: Gibson’s Lodgings of Annapolis
Affordable: Crowne Plaza Annapolis
Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is a top honeymoon destination in the Eastern United States
Tucked away in the Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is a top honeymoon destination in the Eastern United States.
And I can see why. The Smoky Mountains are beautiful.
I recommend you bypass the touristy attractions in Gatlinburg and nearby Pigeon Forge. Instead, explore one of the many Great Smoky Mountains National Park scenic drives. Or walk to Cataract Falls or drive to Meigs Falls, The Sinks, or Place of a Thousand Drips.
More adventurous people (i.e., not me) might enjoy white water rafting, camping or fishing. And if it’s cold or rainy outside, you can just cuddle up in your hotel room or cabin with your boo.
Where to stay in Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Luxury: The Park Vista offers beautiful views of the Smoky Mountains
Moderate: Margaritaville Resort
Affordable: The Appy Lodge
What are your favorite romantic getaways in the South?
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