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Valentine’s Day Getaway Destinations Near Charlotte

February 2, 2013 8:00 AM

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Ah, Valentine’s Day! A holiday for hearts. A romantic romp. A day of delicious desires fulfilled. There are many joyous holidays throughout the course of a year but none strum the heartstrings quite like Valentine’s Day. If you are looking for ideas to celebrate the occasion of love, look no further. Here are some great ideas for Valentines Day activities in and around the Queen City.

Grandfather Mountain
2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646
(800) 468-7325
www.grandfather.comSome of you may be wondering what a mountaintop has to do with romance. But for those with a penchant for hiking and a need to truly “get away,” there aren’t many better places to go in the Piedmont. Grandfather Mountain is one of the highest peaks in the Blue Ridge mountain range. At 5,946 feet, it offers 360-degree views of the surrounding area that are second to none. This is the perfect place to spend Valentine’s Day with the one you love, high among the clouds, under a crisp, clear Carolina sky so blue that for a moment in time, you will feel as if no one else in the world exists. And isn’t that what Valentine’s is all about? Pack a picnic basket with wine, cheese, bread, fresh fruits and chocolate and you may never want to leave.

The Duke Mansion
400 Hermitage Road
Charlotte, NC 28207
(704) 714-4400
www.dukemansion.comThe Duke Mansion has a long tradition of truly unforgettable hospitality. The estate was made famous by its former owner James Buchanan Duke, an extremely successful tobacco and electric power industrialist who is probably best known in these parts for his involvement in establishing Duke University. From the grandeur of the Grand Hall to the original marble floors, the luxurious gardens and lovingly maintained period furniture, it becomes immediately obvious that Duke Mansion is a special place; a place of romance, mystery, intrigue and excitement. Offering exquisite cuisine, lush amenities, a comforting atmosphere and impeccable service, the Duke Mansion would be a fine choice for an unforgettable getaway this Valentine’s day. Located just south of Charlotte, Duke Mansion is a stone’s throw destination that will take you back in time to an age of elegance and charm and will make your Valentine’s memories last.

Related: Getaway Guide: Weekend Road Trip to Charleston

Charlotte Wine Tours
196 N. Carolina Highway 801
Advance, NC 27006
(336) 998-3480
www.charlottewinetours.comCharlotte Wine Tours is offering a “Be My Valentine Wine Tour” on Saturday, February 16th. What could be more romantic than a tasting of some of the best wines produced in the Yadkin Valley region of our beautiful state? Surprise your sweetheart with a day of delicious delicacies and wines that will accentuate both the palate and the heart. The tour will stop at four of the most recognized and scenic tasting rooms in the area including Raffaldini, Dobbins Creek, Round Peak and Shelton. The cost is $115 per person and includes transportation with a guided tour, presentations concerning the creation of wine, tastings, lunch and a souvenir glass from each house. If you love wines, want to share that love with your sweetheart and want to know more about North Carolina’s outstanding vintages, then this is the tour for you.

The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge
10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 248-4000
www.theballantynehotel.com

When speaking of luxury hotels in Charlotte, the Ballantyne is always among the very first on the list. With its well known spa that offers deeply revitalizing and beautifying techniques, its Anika Boutique which is also well known as a repository of unique gifts for that special someone in your life, the par 71, masterfully designed golf course which will challenge you on every hole and its five-star accommodations, the Ballantyne is simply the place to stay in south Charlotte. Feeling energetic after a night of romance? Don’t hesitate to “hit the gym,” an extensive health facility that features the latest Cybex equipment to help you get your sweat on and get your energy up for another night of passion.
The Fig Tree
1601 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC 28204
(704) 332-3322
www.charlottefigtree.com

For those of you who would prefer a nice quiet evening out, dinner filled with exquisite taste and surroundings full of an ambiance made for lovers, The Fig Tree restaurant is the perfect choice. Owners Greg and Sara Zanitsch spent a full year renovating what was once a 1913 Craftsman Bungalow in Charlotte’s beautiful Elizabeth neighborhood and have turned it into one of the premier restaurants in the city. Their goal has always been to provide a unique dining experience building on seasonal French and Italian cuisine, supplemented by an international wine list and of course, unsurpassed service. With outdoor dining options and a full-service bar, The Fig Tree can be your jumping off point into a night of love and romance not to be forgotten.Related: 2012 Tasted Good: The Best New Restaurants That Opened In Charlotte

Troy Nicholas Tucker is an Air Force veteran, hurricane Iniki survivor, internet junkie and road warrior. He has traveled the length and breadth of America, from Seattle to Key West, Killington to San Diego. He presently lives in Newton N.C. and his work can be found here: http://www.examiner.com/computers-in-charlotte/troy-tucker
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