A hip, beautiful mountain town makes for a perfect couples’ getaway. Enter Asheville, North Carolina: a stunning spot in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. Not only are there many romantic things to do in Asheville, but there’s so much to do in general! This is an outdoor lover’s paradise, a foodie destination, an artsy hotspot, a beer fan’s mecca, and more.
Asheville is definitely a city that holds a special place in our hearts.
Born and 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 when he first took me to visit way back in 2012. We ended up moving to Asheville and living there for two wonderful years, and near the end of our stay, we got married there.
So during those few years in the region, we got to discover for ourselves the best things to do in Asheville for couples. After all, we were a young couple in the early days of our relationship (and in the midst of newlywed bliss), so we were always looking for date night ideas or sweet mushy coupley stuff.
What we discovered has now been put together in this list for you. Not only do we include our recommendations for the most romantic places in Asheville, NC, we’re also sharing some of the best general Asheville attractions, the most romantic restaurants, and, perhaps most importantly, the most romantic hotels in Asheville.
With our guide, you can plan a fantastic trip.
Ready to go? Let’s dive in! Let this be your go-to guide for what to do and where to stay.
Planning an Asheville Romantic Getaway: Asheville Travel Basics
Asheville is a medium-sized city in Buncombe County, North Carolina. With a walkable downtown and easy driving to nearby attractions and sites, it’s ideal for a vacation or couples getaway.
Asheville is perhaps best known as the location of the Biltmore Estate, America’s largest private home that is basically a spectacular mansion set among the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Have we mentioned that Asheville is photogenic?
What is the best time of year to visit Asheville, NC?
Having lived in Asheville, we can confirm that the weather won’t limit your visit. In fact, visiting Asheville in any season is doable and even recommended. We found summers to be fairly mild, with occasional hot days. The mountains seem to keep the city much cooler than cities to the east, like Charlotte or Raleigh.
Winter isn’t terribly biting, either. Having lived a long time in New England, Asheville in the winter feels mild and beautiful. While it does get a bit of snow, we rarely experienced any inclement winter weather. Aka, you’re unlikely to get snowed-in in downtown Asheville. (Note that more mountainous locations, including cabins you might stay in, might be in more snow-heavy areas. Keep this in mind when booking your accommodation).
And spring and fall are gorgeous—many people would likely suggest fall in Asheville as being the best time of year to visit, and they might be right, especially considering the magical foliage that lines the Blue Ridge Parkway during this season. And of course, fall may be the most romantic season.
How do I get to Asheville, NC?
Asheville has its own airport, which makes traveling there very convenient. We suggest renting a car for your visit to Asheville, as the airport is a good 20 minutes away. And while there are public transport options in Asheville, having a rental car can make visiting places like the Biltmore Estate easier.
How many breweries are in Asheville?
One of the number one Asheville FAQs is about the area’s breweries. Just how many are there? Turns out, there are at least 30 breweries currently operating in Asheville. However, the number changes all the time as new brewers spring up throughout the region. Wherever you go, rest assured you won’t go thirsty while in Asheville!
Getting ready for a romantic trip to Asheville? You might find some of our other posts helpful:
- 10 Breathtaking Hikes to Waterfalls Near Asheville, NC
- The Best Coffee Shops in Asheville NC: Local Favorites You Can’t Miss
- The Most Romantic Cabins in North Carolina
The Top Romantic Things to Do in Asheville
Stroll through Luxury at the Biltmore Estate
One can’t visit Asheville without spending time at the famed Biltmore Estate. The Biltmore is absolutely one of the top Asheville NC attractions for couples and a must-see for everyone!
This Vanderbilt mansion is known as the largest private home in America, but it more closely resembles a French chateau than an ordinary home. There are 8000 acres of land to explore at the Biltmore.
As you walk through the grand home hand-in-hand, you can pretend you’re living lives of luxury. (PS: If you’re ready to take your relationship to the next level, Biltmore is an excellent location for an engagement proposal).
Visiting the Biltmore Estate
Biltmore is more than just a big house. Not only can you tour the opulent interior of the home (which is especially magical at Christmastime) but you can also visit an onsite vineyard, stroll through the gardens, hike trails, or participate in a number of outdoor activities. You can purchase your tickets directly from the Biltmore, or grab some discount Biltmore tickets via Tripster!
If you’re not sure if it’s worth it to visit the Biltmore, check out all the reviews of this popular Asheville attraction on TripAdvisor. But from a personal standpoint, we love it and definitely recommend visiting.
If you’re looking for something different while at Biltmore, consider this stand-up paddleboarding adventure, which takes you along the French Broad River with gorgeous views of the Biltmore Estate. A unique way to tour the iconic property.
Go for a Peaceful 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 that you visit in mid-April or 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.
There are tall narrow falls, wide-sweeping falls, waterfalls you can drive behind, and waterfalls you can bathe in. Sliding Rock and Skinny Dip Falls are a couple of the most popular swimming spots, but there are even more on this list.
You may have to drive a bit farther to see some of the most incredible falls, but trust us, it will be worth it!
Want to go on a guided hike with a knowledgeable local guide? You might opt for this waterfall hiking tour, a five-hour excursion to some of Asheville’s best waterfalls.
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. There’s something special about sitting together over a relaxing cup of coffee….honestly it’s the perfect afternoon date idea.
And in Asheville, you’re pairing awesome coffee with the tremendous atmosphere of this Southern mountain town. Ah, we’re making ourselves envious just thinking about those delicious Asheville lattes!
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 to do together! It’s ideal for a special occasion, a proposal (hint, hint!), or just because. Why not check it off your couples’ bucket list while you’re in Asheville? There are several balloon companies in the area, but this one is especially highly 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 to 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 its award-winning spa!
Even if you don’t opt to stay here while in Asheville (although you might want to! Click here for details + current prices!), book a few hours at the spa. The treatments are reportedly awesome, and there is even a couples session that 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 old and new volumes from floor to ceiling, plus a bar with tasty bubbly, you can spend a couple of hours locked in intense conversation with your partner.
Tour the Breweries
Speaking of booze…Asheville is well known for its abundance of breweries! The city itself has 26 breweries while the larger region contains a hefty 60! Clearly, you won’t go thirsty in this town. When seeking out Asheville attractions for couples, if beer is on your mind, make it a point to tour the breweries.
There are a lot of fun options for discovering Asheville’s breweries. There are guided tours, including bus and walking tours. For a small group, this walking tour will simplify things, bringing you to a few of the local favorite breweries. The tour includes samples and a souvenir pint glass.
Love to bike? This electric bicycle brewery crawl will guide you to all the best spots and let you explore Asheville by bike at the same time. So perfect for summertime in Asheville!
Considering 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 in AVL. We especially like these options:
- Wicked Weed – 91 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC
- Ben’s Tune-Up – 195 Hilliard Ave, Asheville, NC
- Wedge Brewing Co. – 5 Foundry Street, Asheville, NC + 37 Paynes Way, Suite 001, Ashevillle, NC
Have an Adventure
Romance isn’t just candles and cocktails. We believe adventure should be a big part of your love story, too! And one of the most romantic things to do in Asheville, NC for couples 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 lots of opportunities for fun.
You and your partner don’t have to go it alone, either! There are plenty of options for guided outdoor excursions. Here’s a sampling of a few you might choose from:
- Horseback riding on the Fern Forest Trail (sounds super romantic)
- An affordable scavenger hunt adventure (find the hidden treasures!)
- River rafting trip (100% adventure)
- Asheville Ghost Tour (get scared together!)
Of course, since it includes parts of the Blue Ridge and the Smoky Mountains, Western North Carolina also has great camping. These spots are worth considering.
Take a Romantic Drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway
One of the most romantic things for couples to do in Asheville NC is cruise 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 a chance 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.
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!
Check out this article on Where to Enjoy Rooftop Drinks in Asheville
Explore the Eclectic 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 can stroll through 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. These are among the most romantic places we can imagine! Perfect for an Asheville NC honeymoon.
For best results, we recommend a cabin with a big open fireplace, an outdoor jacuzzi (so you can stargaze), and incomparable views.
To find the most romantic cabins near Asheville, NC check out our complete guide to North Carolina’s cozy cabins.
Where to Stay in Asheville for Couples – Romantic Asheville Hotels and Accommodation
One of the most important parts of a romantic trip is your accommodation. You want something comfortable, cozy as can be, and private. Perhaps, if you’re treating your sweetheart to a special occasion (such as an Asheville NC honeymoon), you will also want something luxurious.
Fortunately, there are many romantic hotels in Asheville, as well as cabins, AirBnbs, and other unique accommodations. Here are a few of the choicest picks:
Omni Grove Park Inn
The epitome of luxury hotels in Asheville must be the Omni Grove Park Inn. This place is gorgeous. Though we’ve only eaten brunch there (the dining room’s views are amazing, by the way), Nathan’s parents go here every year for their anniversary. From its position in the mountains, you can see all the way into downtown Asheville from above. As a bonus, the inn has an award-winning spa onsite. We would definitely recommend this as your choice for where to stay on an Asheville honeymoon. Reviews | Book Now
Aloft Asheville Downtown
Aloft is one of the most popular hotels in Asheville. This hip downtown hotel is perfectly located, so you’ll be in walking distance of tons of breweries, restaurants, and attractions. The Biltmore Estate and other sites are only a short drive away. If you’re traveling with a pet, Aloft is a super dog-friendly hotel, which is great in a dog-friendly city like Asheville. In fact, the hotel even features visits by adoptable dogs from local shelters. Modern decor and an onsite pool make this a perfect couples retreat, plus it’s close to all the things to do in Downtown Asheville. Reviews | Book Now
Princess Anne Bed & Breakfast
Want something a bit quieter and quainter? Maybe you’re searching for Asheville anniversary ideas. A B&B could be just the thing for you and your dariling! In Asheville, we recommend the Princess Anne Bed & Breakfast. Here you’ll experience all the charm of a laid-back Southern mansion. The location is convenient, but you can enjoy privacy, too–perhaps a walk in the garden? Reviews of this B&B nearly all mention the fantastic food on offer, so bring your appetites. Reviews | Book Now
Looking for something different? You might consider a cozy Airbnb or a romantic cabin!
Which of these Asheville NC things to do for a couple is your favorite? Wherever you stay, and whatever Asheville activities you choose, we hope you enjoy your trip to Asheville, North Carolina! Please eat BBQ for us!
PS: Here are 17 great places to eat in Asheville.
Amy Hartle is the co-founder and owner of Two Drifters, where she blogs about romantic and couples travel, relationships, honeymoons, and more. With a Master’s in English and a BA in Musical Theatre, Amy loves to write quality content as well as to entertain, and she hopes to do a bit of both here on the blog! Amy is happily married to her husband Nathan, and when not working on their sites, Amy & Nathan can be found cuddling, reading, and enjoying delicious lattes.