You have your box of local artisan chocolates. You have your expertly arranged Valentine’s Day bouquet. Now, you just need the perfect location to set the mood for the most memorable night of your life.
With so many wonderful restaurants, romantic vistas, and secluded spots across Western North Carolina, it can be difficult to land on the perfect place. Luckily, in addition to being experts in the community, our agents are romance ninjas. We asked them: Where are the best spots in Western North Carolina for a romantic moment?
I recommend Boon Choo Thai Express in Flat Rock. They have excellent food and ambiance. Lime Leaf Thai Fusion on Main Street in Hendersonville also has delicious food for great prices, plus they are small and cozy. Burntshirt Vineyards is another beautiful location. They offer a free tour of the winery every day at 2:00pm, their tasting menu starts at $10, and you even get to keep your wine glass.
Most any overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway would be a great spot to share a romantic moment when love is in the air. Our first date and later proposal from my husband both happened on the Blue Ridge Parkway and made for enchanting and unforgettable memories. The February chill offers crisp air for longer views and a less crowded parkway for privacy should you need it for asking a very important Valentine’s Day question.
My husband and I are Asheville natives and high school sweethearts, so I think we know a thing or two about this subject! Town Mountain used to be our “make-out spot,” but now that properties are in high demand, that would probably be out. The Biltmore House is always a great romantic destination, as well as Omni Grove Park Inn. But for a more private and inexpensive “first kiss” or proposal, I would recommend a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway and stopping at one of our spectacular overlooks. Now, would you please tell my two unmarried sons this advice!
The Botanical Gardens at Asheville is a nice place to pick your own setting away from the crowds. It’s also close enough to have dinner reservations set at one of Asheville’s finest downtown eating establishments after you pop the question!
My husband proposed after a lovely afternoon motorcycle ride on the Parkway at a tucked away spot on Mt. Pisgah just as the sun was going down. Just after I said yes, a great white owl swooped down and you could feel and hear his powerful wings flapping. For us, it was Mother Nature’s blessing. It was a perfect Western North Carolina kinda day.
For any romantic moment, I recommend the Omni Grove Park Inn’s Sunset Terrace restaurant. The Grove Park Inn is an awesome historic building and its “views for miles” make for great photo opps.