From staycations to luxury, tropical escapes, a vacation can be just the thing to rekindle the romance in your life. If you are looking for a special way to reconnect with your significant other this Valentine’s Day, I have put together a list of heart-pumping ideas to fit any budget.
Night On The Town
Only have the budget or time for a few hours? There are some great local options for a romantic night. Start the evening with a drink at the Black Chicken or Dreamchaser’s Brewery in downtown Waxhaw before heading to your dinner reservations at City Tavern, for upscale comfort food, or Bistro D’Antonio for delicious authentic Italian.
Or head over to Baxter Village in Fort Mill and sample some fine wines at Grapevine, followed by an array of sushi at Akahana Asian Bistro, or elegant seafood at Fish Market. Be sure to make time to pop into the Chocolate Boutique to purchase some fine, handmade chocolates for dessert.
After dinner, a romantic stroll through either of these town centers offers a picturesque end to the evening.
If you have an entire day to devote to your loved one, consider taking a short drive north to the Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont. With 380 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, there is a lot to explore. The Art and Orchids event, going on throughout February, celebrates the exotic beauty of Egyptian tapestries.
A trip to the Columbia Zoo is probably not a traditional Valentine date option, but it would definitely be fun! Or get geeky at the Discovery Place Science Museum in Uptown Charlotte. Both Columbia and Charlotte have lots of great choices for dinner afterward.
Two or three days widens your range a bit.
Looking for fine arts, foodie culture, and luxurious accommodations? Head for Asheville and have a wine tasting at the Biltmore Estate then hop on a trolley for a historic tour of downtown.
Good luck trying to choose between all of the amazing restaurants, it is hard to go wrong.
Maybe something warmer is more your speed? Charleston also offers a lot of romantic history, elegant architecture, and a strong culinary offering, but also gives you ocean views and a sea breeze.
Adventure seekers? The northern Tennessee area has tons of attractions for active couples looking for some fun in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Alpine coasters, indoor skydiving, an outdoor gravity park, and Dollywood are just some of the vast array of things to do in the “Center of Fun in the Smokies.”
Relive Your Youth
Alpine coasters and gravity parks are fun and all, but what if you want to really experience the thrill of the theme park?
Walt Disney World and Universal Studios are only a few hours away and, despite what you might think, adults can go there without any kids! Drink around the world at Epcot or kick up your heels at the Mardi Gras celebration in Universal Studios.
With tons of great restaurants, roller coasters, and 4-D experiences you will wonder why you never thought to go before.
Tropical Paradise For Two
OK, maybe the theme park isn’t your style.
When you think of a romantic vacation you want luxury, pampering, swaying palm trees, and pure sandy beaches.
Hop on a short flight down to the Bahamas or Jamaica and experience all of that and more at a Sandals All Inclusive Resort. With sixteen resorts all over the Caribbean, there is something for everyone.
From beach lovers to scuba divers to golfers. Each resort offers a huge selection of water and land sports, pristine beaches, over twenty restaurants and bars, and unlimited drinks—all included in the price.
Their Love Nest Suites are the pinnacle of intimate romance. There are even rooms that come with a butler who can arrange a romantic dinner on your terrace or the beach, or have your rose petal filled bath waiting for you after a long day snorkeling.
If you are really looking to wow that someone special in your life, Sandals All Inclusive Resorts will do just that.