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Summer is finally here and that means longer days, less clothing and more romantic getaways with your man. These five destinations aren’t just full of romantic opportunities. They all offer enough excitement and culture to spice up any road trip.
Asheville is a thriving, small big city that has something to offer every traveler. On every block, there is either a charming B&B, a unique shop or an entertaining festival, including Bele Chere held the last weekend in July.
Known as the largest free festival in the Southeast, Bele Chere is a three-day event that features live music all day and night, ranging from country, folk and blues. Bele Chere, which means “beautiful living,” has the region’s finest in art, cuisine and music, providing visitors an opportunity to experience Asheville through all five senses.
For those looking for a bit of a history lesson, there’s the Biltmore House, which encompasses 75 acres of gardens, a winery and the Inn on Biltmore Estate.
If you want to get out of the city and do some outdoor activities, travel along the Blue Ridge Parkway for a variety of hiking spots and the Sliding Rock, one of the area’s favorite natural mountain waterfalls in the Pisgah National Forest. You and your loved one can cool off with a ride down the 60-foot boulder into an 8-foot deep pool.
It’s all about the scenery in Jackson Hole, with its towering mountains, luscious hot springs and western atmosphere.
Jackson Hole also has an abundance of activities, including relaxing spas, thrilling recreation and neighboring wildlife. Choose between favorites like horseback riding, fly fishing or whitewater rafting.
Don’t forget to visit the town square and walk around the western boardwalks, shops and restaurants. The perfect photo opportunity is under the famous elk antler arches.
On your way out, take advantage of Jackson Hole’s easy access to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, home to the Old Faithful geyser and Teton Range, respectively.
“So whether you’re looking for a steamy weekend on
the beach or an adventurous getaway in the mountains,
these five romantic destinations won’t let you down.”
Culture is the best word to describe San Francisco. From the famous Fisherman’s Warf that offers some of the area’s best seafood, to the largest Chinatown outside of Asia, San Francisco doesn’t lack variety.
After sampling from San Fran’s 4,000-plus restaurants, take a detour to the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island, rain or shine.
Riding the cable cars is the best way to get a feel for the city and see a lot in a short amount of time, but get there early because the lines get long.
You can’t go wrong with Savannah’s hip and historic feel mixed with Southern charm and hospitality.
Savannah has some of the country’s best Southern food. Remember to make reservations at Paula Deen’s restaurant, The Lady & Sons, and get ready to fill up on Lowcountry food like hoecakes, fried catfish and collard greens. If that doesn’t satisfy your palate, Savannah has a diverse range of cuisine from around the world.
Then put on your best pair of walking shoes and take to the cobble-stoned streets of Franklin Square, River Street or City Market for all the local art, entertainment and shopping you could ever want. At night, take a ghost tour through Savannah’s haunted Historic District.
For a change of scenery, Tybee Island, with its sprawling beaches and more impressive dining, is only 20 minutes away.
Charleston is a city rich in history and Southern customs. Take a horse-drawn carriage tour to see the city’s historical plantation homes and inns.
Along the way, explore Charleston’s entertainment options, which include numerous museums and the South Carolina Aquarium, and restaurants that serve Southern favorites as well as delicious Mediterranean and French fare.
Outside of downtown, there are several waterfront businesses to take advantage of the sailing opportunities and fishing charters.
So whether you’re looking for a steamy weekend on the beach or an adventurous getaway in the mountains, these five romantic destinations won’t let you down.