Bentley’s on 27
201 South College Street, 7th floor
Charlotte, N.C. 28244
Located on the 27th floor of the Charlotte Plaza Building, Bentley’s on 27 provides every amenity you need for the romantic moment of a lifetime. This upscale restaurant is all about making sure your time together is perfect. Featuring breathtaking panoramic skyline views, world-class table presentation, impeccable service, and fabulous French and American cuisine, Bentley’s on 27 will make your special evening spectacular. Sole proprietor Jim Emad has brought classic French dishes and presentation to Charlotte. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday; dinner, Saturdays. Call for times.
UNC-Charlotte Botanical Gardens
9201 University City Boulevard
Charlotte, N.C. 28223-0001
There’s nothing quite like a beautiful garden when you are looking for a place to propose. The scenic beauty of the botanical gardens at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte is a perfect place for such a special occasion. You’ll find a lot of variety here, with a rich diversity of species and cultivar. The Botanical Gardens are made up of three main areas known as the three-acre Susie Harwood Garden, the McMillan Greenhouse complex, and the seven-acre Van Landingham Glen. In each garden is a unique collection of flowers and plants. These include orchids, desert plants, carnivorous plants, tropical items, trees, native wildflowers, plus a winter garden, Asian garden, and a water garden. Hours: Outdoor gardens are always open; the greenhouse is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday. (Greenhouse hours may vary when classes are in session).
Lake Norman State Park
59 Inland Sea Lane
Troutman, N.C. 28166
Located only about 15 minutes from Charlotte, Lake Norman is 34 miles long with 520 miles of beautiful shoreline. Plan your day to be at the lake around sunset for a beautiful experience in the heart of some of the area’s most scenic views. You will hear the soft breaking of the waves, the faint sounds of wildlife that dwell in this beautiful park, and see distant sail boats. Top off your special date with dinner at one of the restaurants located within this charming lakefront community. You won’t regret making Lake Norman the place where you and your lover begin your life-long journey together. Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily, November-February; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily, March, April, September, and October; 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., daily, May-August.