A searing sunset in the boldest hues of orange, red, and purple, the towering majesty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and a thriving downtown arts scene are just a few of the gems that await couples visiting Asheville, North Carolina.
This Appalachian oasis, nicknamed the ‘Land of the Sky’ is brimming with romance, love, and outdoor adventure.
Just one short stroll through the iconic and inviting downtown packed full of locally-owned shops, galleries, restaurants, breweries, and exciting entertainment venues and you may never want to leave.
Feel the heart-pounding exhilaration of a waterfall hike in Pisgah National Forest, sample as many ales as you can in ‘Beer City USA’, or capture killer street art content by ‘Chicken Alley.’
Whether you spend three days or three weeks in the ‘Paris of the South’, our list of romantic things to do in Asheville is sure to reignite the romance in any relationship.
Luscious linens, cozy bathrobes, and jacuzzi tubs all set the stage for a love-soaked rendezvous. Choosing the romantic hotel is the best thing to do for your getaway in Asheville.
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Choose to engage in some serious TLC in a rusticly opulent resort. Or stay close to the downtown action in a luxurious boutique hotel just bursting with Southern charm:
- The Inn on Biltmore Estate - a lavish fairytale-inspired property that just oozes old-school elegance, the Inn on Biltmore Estate is truly a four-star escape for any true romantic.
- The Foundry Hotel - ideal for city slickers who love a modern romance, this chic historic and cultural heritage property pays homage to its industrial roots with exposed brick walls, elevated craftsmanship, and vintage-style rooms.
- The Omni Grove Park Inn - consistently named one of the top spas in the world, no visit here is complete without a day unwinding in one of their many saunas, spas, steam rooms, mineral pools, or hot-and-cold pools. Post heated outdoor tub soak, revel in the chic stone exterior and modern amenities of their plush rooms.
Most Romantic Restaurants in Asheville
Creative, edgy, and inviting. These are just a few words to describe the flourishing culinary scene in Asheville.
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The Land of the Sky has been serving up ‘farm to table’ eats long before it hit the mainstream, and their wealth of gourmet eateries overflow with ambiance, atmosphere, and swoon-worthy dishes:
- Zambra - named the #1 most romantic restaurant by Travel + Leisure, Zambra’s warm amber lit decor and design, exotic wine list, and creative western Mediterranean style tapas make for an epic dinner date. Order your fill of roasted scallops, pan braised pork spring rolls, and patatas bravas all washed down with a bold rioja.
- Sunset Terrace - a view so stunning it’s sure to make your date weak in the knees, the Sunset Terrace at Omni Grove Park Inn provides a truly memorable Asheville outdoor dining experience with awe-inspiring mountain views.
- Rhubarb - James Beard-nominated Chef Fleer plates up mouthwateringly delectable Appalachian-inspired cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere at Rhubarb. Feast on heritage cornbread, pumpkin soup, and collard salad before moving onto the sensational wood-fired sunburst farm whole trout.
- French Broad Chocolate Lounge & Factory - while not technically a restaurant, there’s nothing sweeter than ending your meal with a lavender & honey or chocolate caramel bonbon from Asheville’s most famous chocolatier.
Most Instagrammable Spots
Instagram husbands, wives, and partners relax! We wouldn't forget photo ops in our list of romantic things to do in Asheville.
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We’ve taken the guesswork out of compiling Asheville’s most scenic spots to bring you the most blissful couples' vacation pics yet:
- The Blue Ridge Parkway - for some seriously scenic eye candy you must pull over for a shot of this stunning parkway complete with views of the oldest mountains in North America.
- The Flat Iron Sculpture & Building - grab two photos here, one of the infamous building and another of the quirky monopoly piece like iron sculpture.
- Double D’s Double Decker Bus - score some caffeine and some memories when you get a dynamic duo pic of you and your boo on this repurposed Double Decker Bus to coffee shop establishments.
- Local Street Art & Murals - the street art scene in Asheville is unparalleled, with hundreds of murals, banners, and more decorating the city’s streets. We can’t help but be drawn to the Queen of Country herself, Dolly Parton at 783 Haywood Rd as well as the gorgeously detailed ‘Chicken Alley’ on Carolina Lane & Woodfin St.
Best Sunset Spots
Is there anything more romantic in Asheville than a gorgeous sunset?
After an action-packed day of kayaking, hiking, and mountain topped yoga, wind down the adrenaline and amp up the seduction. Take in a bewitching sunset at any of Asheville’s most amorous locales:
- The Blue Ridge Parkway
- Lake Glenville & Lake Junaluska
- Max Patch
- Capella on 9 (rooftop bar)
Historic and City Tours
There is no destination more synonymous with Asheville (nor with romance), than the historic Biltmore Estate.
An enchanting edifice like no other, this palatial Châteauesque-style mansion is the largest privately-owned house in the United States.
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Built by George Washington Vanderbilt II in the late 1880s, the magnificence of this ‘summer estate’ has been enticing visitors for more than a century.
Explore three of the house floors and basement on your self-guided tour, peeking at the inner lives of the Vanderbilts as seen through their displays of vintage clothing, accessories, art, furniture, and more. Or reserve a rooftop tour to get an even closer look at areas not included on a regular visit.
Pro Tip: Don’t forget to budget time to traverse the gorgeous gardens, grounds, and winery that are all part of the extravagant estate.
Private Walking Tour of Asheville
Give your sugar boo the gift of undivided attention with a Private Walking Tour of Asheville. Kiss crowded large groups goodbye when you walk with relaxed intimacy on this 2.5 hour educational and historic tour.
Listen up as they spill all the best tips and insider knowledge on the ‘Paris of the South.’
Incredible tour highlights include:
- South Slope Brewing District - enjoy a stop and free beer
- Stop at WNC Farmers Market
- Biltmore Village - enjoy a stop and free beer
Asheville Night-Time Walking Ghost Tour
Hold your honey tight, and prepare for things that go bump in the night when you book your Asheville Night-Time Walking Ghost Tour.
An ideal excursion for partners passionate about the paranormal. This 2-hour ghost tour is also a spine-tingling adventure into Asheville’s dark past.
Keep alert as your local expert guide scares you silly with spooky tales of the haunted
Omni Grove Park Inn, the body entombed in the wall of the Basilica of St. Lawrence, and much more.
Terrifyingly true stories and urban legends meld together on this hair raising affair which features stops at:
Hiking and Mountain Tours
Waterfalls and Blue Ridge Parkway Hiking Tour with Expert Naturalist
Go chase waterfalls with your nature-inclined love bug on this acclaimed 4.75-hour wilderness adventure.
Celebrate the raw beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway and enjoy the perks of traversing this mountainous terrain with a professional naturalist guide when you attend the Waterfalls and Blue Ridge Parkway Hiking Tour with Expert Naturalist .
This small-group tour showcases you and your partner the most exalted vistas, photo spots, and waterfalls of Asheville and the Pisgah National Forest.
Budding botanists will be overjoyed to learn all about the area’s diverse array of flora and fauna while hiking enthusiasts will relish the challenge of a 3-mile hike through stunning Appalachian scenery and stops to over three waterfalls.
Scenic Driving Tour of the Blue Ridge Mountains
Need a taste of the great outdoors sans the mud, guck, and sweat of a traditional hike? Keep that blowout intact and snuggle in the back with your sweetie, on this luxurious chauffeur-driven tour.
Leave the driving to the (naturalist) experts on your Scenic Driving Tour of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Sit back, relax, and gaze in awe at the spellbinding Appalachian landscape of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Mountains on this 4-hour comprehensive tour.
With your chauffeur at the wheel, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to snap one-in-a-lifetime photos of the area's vibrant foliage, winding roads, and craggy mountain tops.
This is an intimate tour, which allows for additional stops, hikes, and naturalist know-how at the group’s discretion.
Guided Waterfall Hike with Expert Naturalist
Cascading falls, a thriving temperate rainforest and enchanted caves make for a day of pure wood-filled wonder on the Guided Waterfall Hike with Expert Naturalist.
Grab your hunky hiking partner (and even Fido if you feel so inclined), as you foray into the Pisgah National Forest on this 2 hour moderately paced hike.
Listen up, as your expert local guide provides the ecological and historical background on this Southern Appalachian utopia.
You and your small group will conquer the lush woodland trails, rock gardens, and 1900s ruins of this route as you make your way to the sublimely serene 150-ft towering waterfall.
Along this journey into the backwoods, you will be able to sample and identify the many species of plants your guide points out.
Guided Horseback Ride through Flame Azalea and Fern Forest
Champions of chivalry and fairy tale fanatics will flip over the chance to ride atop a noble steed through the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Saddle up for a romantic ride through the Asheville area's most fanciful natural attractions on a Guided Horseback Ride through Flame Azalea and Fern Forest. Your little over an hour tour will feel like a true wilderness escape, as you trot past verdant fern groves, rows of wild flame azaleas, and a white pine forest.
Canter without hesitation, as this ride is ideal for novice riders, and includes extensive training and a safety program.
French Broad River Kayak Tour in Asheville
Calling all aquatic adventurers! See the flourishing forests and rushing rivers of Asheville in a whole new light when you and your sunshine paddle your way through a 2.5-hour kayak tour.
The French Broad River Kayak Tour in Asheville is a rousing full-bodied way to see Asheville’s most famous attractions, including the Biltmore Estate.
Sync up your tandem stroke and make your way through Asheville. You start at the Bent Creek Inlet and and float down the French Broad River. Meanwhile, your naturalist guide will educate you on the unique ecology, biology, and history of the area.
Electric Bike Brewery Crawl of Asheville
Beers and bikes may seem like an unlikely combination, but just like chocolate-covered bacon it somehow works!
Raise a glass to your partner in crime, and prepare to tackle those Asheville hills without hesitation on your Electric Bike Brewery Crawl of Asheville.
Craft beer snobs will be in heaven. Cycle to and from five of Asheville’s most popular microbreweries all while astride a state-of-the-art e-bike.
Zoom past local scenery with ease, sample your favorite suds*, and even indulge in a mid brewery bar snack break.
This intimate small group tour lasts for four hours. In addition, it is great for couples of all ages and biking skill levels.
**beer samples not included.
Downtown Asheville Guided Brewery Walking Tour
Asheville isn’t called ‘Beer Town USA’ for nothing. In fact, this new-age metropolis boasts more breweries per capita than any other U.S. city.
Knowing where to begin on your hop-fuelled drinking day can be difficult though. Take the guesswork out of planning a brewery tour with your better half, when you book a Downtown Asheville Guided Brewery Walking Tour.
From lagers, ales, to IPAs and more this 2-3 hour tour will give you the down and dirty details and a behind-the-scenes look at Asheville’s brewery scene.
Your tour is led by a Certified Cicerone, a recognized beer expert. This extensive tour will lead you on a journey to 2-3 of Asheville’s most famous breweries. In addition, it will provide 3-4 ample samples of different brews.
Dive deep into the brewing process as you absorb how these delectable malt beverages came to be.
Then, as your tour winds down, be sure to order a special commemorative pint glass to memorialize your time in this ale-obsessed city.
Asheville Brewery Crawl on the Party Bus
Keep the good times rolling and flowing on a feisty and festive Asheville Brewery Crawl on the Party Bus.
A quintessential social affair for any partying pair, this fun-filled four-hour tour is guaranteed to leave you smiling.
Hit the streets and explore Asheville’s wide assortment of:
- craft breweries
- sake spots
Imbibe with abandon on this 4-hour tour. In addition, alcoholic beverages are included and you will be stopping at such local hot spots as:
- Hi-Wire Brewing
- New Origin
- Various breweries on the South Slope
- Wedge Brewing
Forgot to document the hoppy times aboard your brightly decorated party bus? No worries, as your party captain also doubles as your photographer and will be snapping away.
Landscapes & Waterfalls Photography Experience
Is your sweet pea a wanna-be shutterbug? Express your artistic admiration for your lover’s hobby with an exclusive Landscapes & Waterfalls Photography Experience.
See the stunning scenery of Asheville through a new lens, on this guided half or full-day tour. Pick up invaluable tips, tools, and knowledge from a professional photographer. In addition, you'll learn:
- basic composition
- how to lead the viewer
- how to frame your subject
- and more
You will be education while also memorializing the mountains, waterfalls, and forests of the Appalachian region.
Besides leveling up your photo skills, you will come home with keepsake photos of the most beautiful landscapes, sunrises, and sunsets in Asheville.*
*Specific nature documented depends on the time of year/season booked.
Mountaintop Yoga & Meditation Hike in Asheville
Namaste with your nutter butter on a 2.5-hour tranquil Mountaintop Yoga & Meditation Hike in Asheville.
Clear those chakras, inhale that fresh mountain air, and practice some serious couples self-care on this full mind-body experience.
Begin your journey to nirvana with a 1-mile mountain top hike to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Once at the summit you and your sweetie will be treated to an hour of blissful yoga. Then take the time to soak up the views before completing another 1-mile trail loop.
Paramours yearning for even more privacy can feel free to book a private hike. Or, to add even more relaxation or rejuvenation to their day, try purchasing an additional massage treatment, farm-to-table cooking class, or tarot reading for two.
"Love Stories of Asheville" Guided Walking Tour
Every story is a love story. Make all of your beloved’s lovey-dovey fantasies come true when you indulge their amorous adoration on a "Love Stories of Asheville" Guided Walking Tour.
This is a quintessential interlude for all hopeless romantics. Your 2 hour guided tour is the ideal Valentine’s Day or date night activity. Discover the heart-filled secrets, stories, and lore that are endemic to the ‘Paris of the South.’
Your local professional guide (and full-time romantic), will capture your heart and attention. Be prepared to listen to with swoon-worthy legends regarding Asheville's streets, buildings, parks, and wineries.
Learn about the secret tunnels that run underneath the city’s cobblestone streets. In addition, discover the best place to have a romantic meal or take a first-rate engagement or couples photo.
Enjoy paddling in tandem with your partner down the flowing French Broad River. Or, holding a picture-perfect tree pose on top of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Then, to round out your romantic things to do, gaze in awe at the royal-like gardens and grounds on display at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville.
This eccentric corner of Western North Carolina is just buzzing with undeniable energy, art, and outdoor enterprises.
Asheville’s many surprises, including a thriving craft beer culture, iconoclastic architecture, and vivacious art scene make it a mecca for couples seeking a departure from the ordinary.
From brewery visits to scenic driving tours of one of America’s most photogenic parkways, a getaway along with our list of romantic things to do in Asheville is an exercise in the extraordinary.
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