Spectacular Romantic Weekend Escapes: Boone, North Carolina



An idyllic escape in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Boone is the perfect weekend getaway spot for couples seeking memorable moments in one of America’s most unique mountain towns. Well known for its spectacular, heart-stopping scenery, Boone is also home to a thriving food scene that rivals any in the southeast. An abundance of local breweries offering some of the region’s most acclaimed beers; and a vast array of indoor and outdoor activities that are guaranteed to ensure your time together will be as spectacular as the vistas surrounding you.   

Boone’s quaint downtown and the surrounding area’s natural beauty beckons lovers. Boone offers couples an ideal mixture of experiences from relaxing spa treatments to exhilarating slopes and countless possibilities in between for couples to connect in this mountain paradise.

So for a weekend escape to get away from it all, filled with romance and relaxation, you’ll want to pack your bags and grab your partner to cozy up in this charming mountain destination.

Cozy Up In The Boone High Country

From cozy cabins to secluded resorts to charming B&Bs, Boone has a myriad of accommodations perfect for any couple’s romantic retreat. Each enchanting in their own way, all of Boone’s lodging options are ideal for an intimately customizable getaway.

Couple sitting close together on a couch, overlooking a roaring fireplace, in a romantic warm-wood log cabin in Boone, North Carolina
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Boone offers a number of resorts and spas famed for their relaxing experiences in this lush, lovely mountain town for those looking for a luxurious setting. Just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Boone sits the idyllic Inn at Crestwood. Relaxing, rejuvenating, and alluring, Crestwood is the perfect getaway for couples looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life — and there’s no need to even leave the scenic property as there is a fabulous restaurant onsite. With suites that can include an in-room fireplace and views overlooking scenic Grandfather Mountain, Crestwood is the perfect location, whether you’re looking to say ‘I Do’ or simply spend a cozy weekend away.

The famed Art of Living Retreat Center is one of Boone’s most relaxing spots: participate in one of the center’s group classes, soak up the surroundings in privacy, plan a spa trip and wellness escape to rejuvenate your mind and body, or take a relaxing walk in the clean, mountain air. With a surfeit of customizable experiences available, the Art of Living Retreat Center is the perfect way to center yourself (and your partner!) amid the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains.

Large glass wall with a central stone fireplace, overlooking the North Carolina High Country in Boone
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Boone’s idyllic cabins are the perfect lodgings for those looking to spend a little one-on-one time in the Heart of the High Country. Intimate settings, luxe amenities, awe-inspiring scenery, and ample privacy combine in this area known for its brilliant natural surroundings. And although there are plenty of nearby outdoor activities, these cabins are so cozy that you may want to spend all your time cuddled up inside with a warm drink and a roaring fire; and this streamside retreat is the perfect spot to do it. Only eight minutes from downtown Boone, this lovely cabin might as well be a million miles away. Isolated on a private lot overlooking a burbling trout stream, visitors can enjoy the ultimate in relaxation in this warm, wood-paneled beauty that is spacious yet intimate. And yes, there’s a stone fireplace for nighttime cuddling and a hot tub on the deck for a soothing soak with a view. Rustic with an undeniably authentic charm, this creekside cabin offers guests privacy while still being in the heart of Boone. Walk into town for an enchanted dinner, relax on the stone patio and soak up the woodsy atmosphere, bundle up and build an outdoor fire, or set out for a romantic starlit walk by the creek. This cabin is truly the choose-your-own-adventure of romantic getaways. The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most scenic ways to explore Boone and the surrounding area and this rustic, cozy cabin is right on its doorstep, giving visitors the perfect view of the nearby mountains. Spacious, wood-paneled rooms and a stone fireplace make for a relaxing retreat, while an outdoor hot tub and surrounding scenic vistas are intimate and oh-so-cozy. Want to get out and explore? The nearby wide-open spaces are waiting for you to discover their quiet beauty, and the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway is great for long, scenic drives. Note: Be sure to check for road closures on the Blue Ridge Parkway during the winter months.

Scenic snow covered log-cabin retreat in the wooded mountains of Boone, North Carolina
Photo Courtesy of Explore Boone

Cabins and spas aren’t the only way to experience Boone’s more sensual side: cozy, intimate getaways abound in this charming Blue Ridge Mountain town in the Heart of the High Country. Whether it’s staying in one of the Horton Hotel‘s stylish boutique suites downtown, grabbing a room at a warm, charming inn, or B&B known for their Southern hospitality, there are plenty of intimate lodging opportunities for couples looking for their ideal romantic escape.

Explore Boone’s Romantic Side

While it’s tempting for lovers to stay cozied up together by a fire or basking in the warmth of a hot tub, there are plenty of activities for couples on a romantic getaway to Boone. There’s something special about getting outdoors to share quality time together in nature, soaking up the sounds and scents wafting on the crisp mountain air, and taking in the endless vistas.

Boone is an excellent place for outdoor adventures, even in cooler winter weather. Just bundle up and don some boots to enjoy some of Boone’s most popular attractions during wintertime. With fewer folks out and about, these can make for unforgettable times together. Linville Falls is one such place: perfect for those looking for peaceful forest hikes. With two main hiking trails, the relaxing forest scenery is starkly beautiful even in winter. The trek is definitely worth it to discover the scenic falls. Note: Note: Be sure to check for road closures and weather updates, especially in the winter. Four-wheel drive may be needed to access some outdoor areas.

For some couples, nothing is more romantic than a leisurely horseback ride through the scenic North Carolina mountains. An ideal adventure for couples looking for a unique outdoor experience, VX3 Trail Rides in nearby Blowing Rock offers custom horseback riding excursions led by an experienced guide, year-round. The trails at Moses Cone Park are lovely, peaceful, and scenic. Couples will enjoy their romantic ride through the woods. 

Couple skiing at the Appalachian Mountain Ski Resort, in Boone, North Carolina
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Couples looking for a romantic wintertime activity may want to strap on their skates at one of the region’s three outdoor ice rinks. Head out on the ice after dark for an extraordinary experience; take a lesson with your partner, gliding hand-in-hand on the ice, share some hot chocolate and warm up together by the bonfire. What could be more romantic than holding hands as you glide across the ice in the brisk mountain air? Click through either of these links for more details on ice skating at Appalachian Ski Mountain or at Sugar Mountain Resort. Note: Check ahead. One of the three rinks, Beech Mountain Resort’s, is currently under construction.

In addition to the many outdoor wintertime activities to enjoy together, there are plenty of romantic (and fun!) indoor experiences in Boone that are perfect for couples. Theatre lovers are sure to find a show at the historic Appalachian Theater a unique and special date-night experience. Looking for a date night that’s a little unexpected — and a lot adventurous? Then head out to Elwood’s Hatchet House, for a uniquely fun night out. You guessed it: throwing hatchets. A cozy, casual tavern with fantastic beer, great food, and fun games, Elwood’s is one of those “you’ll never believe what we’re doing right now!” Instagramable moments to capture and share with friends.

Hatchet throwing targets at Elwood’s Hatchet House in Boone, North Carolina
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The High Country is known for its incredible, award-winning breweries — and the Lost Province Brewing Company is one of the best. Take a break from strolling down Boone’s historic King Street and stop in at this cozy, eclectic spot for a tantalizing taste of what’s on tap. A great place to enjoy some of the area’s best brews while exploring downtown, they even have a heated, enclosed porch so you can stay warm while sipping and soaking up the sunset views with your significant other.

Reserve A Table For Two

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Boone has an eclectic and diverse food scene that offers everything from down-home classics to fine-dining fusion with a Southeastern twist.

Housed in a stone cottage that’s rustic, historic, utterly charming, and unquestionably the picture-perfect setting for a flawless intimate dinner for two is the Gamekeeper Restaurant. Their menu has been described as the ultimate marriage of fine dining and comfort food, as they blend fresh local ingredients and humanely farm-raised meats to create a one-of-a-kind dining experience.

Vidalia is a hip restaurant and wine bar perfect for a fun night out. From casual fare highlighting local specialties, like alligator sausage shrimp and grits, to delicious fusion faves like beef short ribs served with a classic mac and cheese, Vidalia is a superb spot for a casual couples tête-à-tête in Boone.

A true hidden gem, Joy Bistro is a highly rated restaurant with a cozy and intimate ambiance that specializes in fine French cuisine accompanied by exceptional imported wines and beers. Chef Melissa Joy Claude follows the French tradition of using seasonal ingredients. She loves sourcing foods from local farms, bringing them to life with her own special seasonings and sauces.

Couple enjoying a casual romantic meal together in Boone, North Carolina
Photo Courtesy of Explore Boone

A High Country Hideaway 

Boone, North Carolina, is the perfect winter weekend getaway for those looking for a romantic retreat: lovely mountain scenery, cozy, charming accommodations, and the ideal combination of fun, adventurous outdoor activities, and intimate, indoor experiences. This idyllic town nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains is an excellent spot for couples to leave the hustle and bustle behind. A genuinely tranquil place filled with relaxation and hospitable charm, Boone is a highlight of the High Country that’s a truly magical and distinctive couple’s vacation destination.

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