Asheville, North Carolina is a city that holds a special place in our hearts. Born & raised in North Carolina, Nathan can’t help but love this beautiful gem of his home state, and I fell in love with this mountain town too, when he first took me to visit. We ended up living in Asheville for 2 wonderful years, and near the end of our stay we got married there, too. Whether you’re planning a wedding or not, there are a lot of romantic things to do in Asheville NC. Are you a couple traveling to the Blue Ridge Mountains? Let this be your go-to guide.
Stroll through luxury at the Biltmore Estate
One can’t visit Asheville without spending time at the famed Biltmore Estate. This Vanderbilt mansion is known as the largest private home in America, but indeed, it resembles more of a French chateau than a mere home. There are 8000 acres of land to explore at the Biltmore. Not only can you tour the opulent interior of the home (especially magical during the holidays), you can visit an on-site vineyard, explore the gardens, hike the trails, or participate in a number of outdoor activities.
There are also lots of special guided tours, many of which have uber-romantic options. Biltmore is absolutely a top attraction in Asheville, and a must-see.
Go for a quiet walk in the Botanical Gardens
If you haven’t had your fill of gardens at the Biltmore, you can step into Asheville’s Botanical Gardens. This is a really lovely place, and a quiet respite from the happy chaos of the city. With free admission and free parking, it’s an activity that won’t break the budget.
Here you can observe much of Appalachia’s native flora. If you hope to see flowers in their full bloom, it is recommended to visit during mid-April and mid-August. If you find yourself in Asheville in the midst of summer (June and early July), you can catch the glorious rhododendrons at their full height. These are best spotted among the verdant green mountains of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Take in one (or many) of the waterfalls in Western North Carolina
Asheville and the surrounding area are home to hundreds of waterfalls! You should make the most of these on an Asheville romantic getaway. You can combine waterfall spotting with one of the many great hikes in the region (here’s one we recommend that includes 3 waterfalls!)
There are tall, narrow falls, wide sweeping falls, waterfalls you can drive behind, waterfalls you can bathe in. Sliding Rock and Skinny Dip Falls are a few of the most popular swimming spots, but there’s even more found on this list. You may have to drive a bit further to see some of the most incredible falls, but trust us, it will be worth it!
Have a conversation at one of the local coffee shops
Oh, how we love coffee. When we lived in Asheville, we spent countless hours at the many delicious coffee shops in town. We suggest you take some time to do the same. Asheville has amazing cafes that are each unique. Some of them offer delicious pastries and lunch, too, and there’s even a coffee shop that is also a bookstore and champagne bar! Cheers!
Soar through the skies on a hot air balloon ride
With the stunning natural beauty of the Blue Ridge region, you’ve got a great excuse to head to the skies. A balloon ride for two is such a sweet thing for couples to do. There are several balloon companies in the area, but this one seems especially high rated on TripAdvisor. Don’t forget the champagne!
Find bliss at the spa at Omni Grove Park Inn
There are a lot of gorgeous places you could stay in Asheville. If you’re looking for luxury, we suggest the Omni Grove Park Inn. This is a spectacular hotel that commands a wonderful view over the city. Not to mention, they have an award-winning spa. Even if you don’t opt to stay here during your stay (there are some nice vacation rentals in Asheville, too) book a few hours at the spa. The treatments sound awesome, and they even have a couples session which includes dual exfoliation, a warm mineral and aloe body masque, plus a full body relaxation massage with essential oils.
Get lost in books and champagne at this incredible bookstore
Did we mention the fabulous champagne bar/bookstore? This unique spot is called the Battery Park Book Exchange. With floor to ceiling of volumes old and new, plus a bar with tasty bubbly, you can spend a couple of hours locked in intense conversation with your partner.
Create a DIY downtown brewery tour…trust us
Speaking of booze…Asheville is well known for its abundance of breweries! The city has 26 breweries while the larger region contains a hefty 60! Clearly, you won’t go thirsty in this town.
There are a lot of fun options for discovering Asheville’s breweries. There are guided tours (including bus and walking tours), but with how walkable downtown Asheville is, you can easily create your own DIY excursion. Our friend Paige has a nice guide to Asheville breweries to help you make the right choices! But really you can’t go wrong! We especially like Wicked Weed and Lexington Avenue Brewery.
Have an Adventure
Romance isn’t just candles and cocktails, we believe adventure should be a big part of your love story, too! One of the most romantic things to do in Asheville just might be an outdoor adventure. Consider rafting, tubing, zip lining, mountain biking, stand up paddleboarding, or fly fishing. The French Broad River passes right through town, providing options for fun in all seasons. Of course there is also great camping in the region, if you really want to rough it a bit! These spots are worth considering.
Take a romantic drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway
One of the highlights of any trip to Asheville is the Blue Ridge Parkway. This is one of America’s most famous roads, and with good reason. The parkway stretches for hundreds of miles and offers insane views, a bunch of great hikes, and makes for a really fun drive.
A huge number of people traverse the Blue Ridge Parkway each year…apparently more people drive the parkway than visit the Grand Canyon! The scenery is lovely in all seasons, but the bright fall foliage attracts many. You’ll want to carefully plan your itinerary so you can hit the top points on this road. Check out these must-see stops. Also, note that portions of the parkway are closed in the winter.
Clink glasses at one of Asheville’s many rooftop bars
Some of the best sunsets in the city can be found at one of the many rooftop bars and restaurants. Make reservations to beat the crowds and bring your camera to Instagram that view!
Explore the River Arts District
A hip enclave filled with galleries, shops, and some of the yummiest (and cheapest) tacos around, the River Arts District is definitely worth a visit. You two can stroll throughout the galleries and discover some unusual and beautiful pieces. Maybe you’ll take home some local artist’s work as a souvenir?
Get out of town and into a cozy cabin
While the city of Asheville is eclectic and exciting, there’s a lot to be said for an escape into the woods. The surrounding region has literally hundreds of cabins you could cozy up in.
For best results, we recommend a cabin with a big open fireplace, an outdoor jacuzzi (so you can star gaze), and incomparable views.