My Wife And I Love These Nearby Cities For A Romantic Getaway
Flowers and a nice dinner are fine for Valentine’s Day. You might like jewelry and a spa day even more. But why settle for “fine” when you can have “WOW” on Valentine’s Day? How about a romantic getaway for two? And you don’t even have to travel that far from home.
U.S. News & World Report is out with its rankings of the Best Romantic Getaways for 2024 and the Best Cheap Couples Getaways for 2024. The lists include serene beach spots, dramatic mountain destinations, and vibrant urban locales. My wife, Sara, and I have visited several of them, some of which are just a few hours’ drive from Charlotte.
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Coming in at #5 on the Best Romantic Getaways list for 2024 is charming Charleston, South Carolina. Sara and I have visited Charleston many times and even celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary there. To me, the city is a combination of the Old World and colonial America. I think a horse-drawn carriage or bicycle is the best way to get around town, but Charleston is also very walkable. You’ll definitely want to take in the dramatic waterfront along the Battery. Plus, the world-class restaurants and proximity to beaches are hard to beat.
A little further down the Best Romantic Getaways list is Savannah, Georgia. Festooned with Spanish moss, Savannah sits on its namesake river. You’ll enjoy seeing the busy boat traffic as you amble past the shops, restaurants, and bars along River Street. Sara and I were particularly enthralled by the historic homes sitting around the squares that are dotted throughout the city. If you’re craving some beach time, Tybee Island is just a short drive from downtown. We also found Savannah to be a bit easier on the wallet than Charleston. That’s probably why Savannah is #2 on U.S. News’ list of the Best Cheap Couples Getaways.
Staying with budget-friendliness in mind, Asheville, North Carolina also landed on the Best Cheap Couples Getaways list. Sara took me there for my birthday a few years ago and we had a fantastic weekend. The small mountain city just a little over two hours west of Charlotte has plenty of reasonable bed-and-breakfasts and other lower-priced accommodations. If you don’t feel like dealing with the possibility of snow, you might want to wait until some time after Valentine’s Day for your romantic getaway. Spring, summer, and especially fall are great times to visit and enjoy the nearby Biltmore House, Blue Ridge Parkway, and countless options for outdoor adventure.
I would add another nearby city that U.S. News & World Report doesn’t have on either list. Greenville, South Carolina is less than two hours from Charlotte by car, making it an easily accessible weekend romantic getaway destination. The quaint, compact downtown is easy to walk and offers plenty of choices for shopping and dining. In fact, for a city its size, I think the restaurants are on par with those you’ll find in much larger metropolitan areas. Falls Park on the Reedy is a great place for a leisurely stroll. If you’re into biking, be sure to explore the scenic Swamp Rabbit Trail, which stretches nearly 20 miles from Greenville Technical College to the town of Travelers Rest.