From the strawberries and champagne to the well-appointed rooms and luxurious amenities they offer, Charlotte’s lodging locales are perfectly suited to time away with your sweetheart, whether you're planning a romantic event or a low-key retreat. The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge's Luxury Romance package includes daily breakfast in bed for two, plus champagne and a floral arrangement upon arrival. In the heart of Uptown, The Dunhill Hotel features a Romantic Getaway package, complete with champagne, housemade chocolate truffles, a dozen roses delivered at your door and an artisanal European breakfast tray brought to your room. The Morehead Inn, a charming Dilworth bed and breakfast located just blocks away from the Uptown action, offers homemade breakfast, wine or champagne, fresh floral and sweet treats as part of its Romance package. And whether you stay for the weekend or just a night, the romance package at The VanLandingham Estate will leave you both feeling rejuvenated and relaxed. The package includes overnight accommodations, homemade breakfast, chocolate-dredged strawberries, a dozen red roses and a bottle of wine or champagne.
Valentine’s Day, Vineyard-style
Think outside of the (chocolate) box this year. Pamper your palettes in romantic settings when you visit one or more of the area’s award-winning vineyards for special Valentine’s Day events.
Celebrate with fine wines, gourmet fare, dancing and entertainment at Childress Vineyard’s Valentine’s Dinner and Dance. Enjoy a sparkling wine bar, chocolate samples and special tastings at Shelton Vineyard’s Cupid’s Celebration. Treat yourselves to an elegant dinner, wine, dessert and a live acoustic performance at Treehouse Vineyard’s All You Need is Love and Wine Valentine’s Dinner. Or join the vineyards of Swan Creek as each pairs one of their wines with a holiday sweet at Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery’s For the Love of Chocolate & Wine event.
Charlotte is for Lovers
Charlotte is brimming with one-of-a-kind attractions and activities perfect for romantic interludes. Instead of searching high and low for the perfect bouquet, bring your valentine to the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden for a stroll through the beautiful, blooming orchids in The Orchid Conservatory. Charlotte’s Mint Museum Uptown and Bechtler Museum of Modern Art also create the perfect atmosphere for an inspired experience, while a walk around the gorgeous grounds of the Historic Latta Plantation takes you back in time to learn about 19th-century courting and dancing customs. Perfect for hand-holding, prance through the historic Fourth Ward neighborhood while drinking in stunning views of the growing Charlotte skyline on a cozy horse-drawn carriage ride through Charlotte Center City Carriage Tours.
Shows for the Starry-eyed
When your other half isn’t serenading you with handwritten lyrics, let Charlotte’s famed music venues take over. Enjoy classics stunningly translated by the Charlotte Symphony or sway hand-in-hand to a live show at The Fillmore Charlotte. Take your sweetheart on a romantic orchestral journey with Charlotte Symphony’s “A Symphonic Valentine,” presented by Albert-George Schram. The special performance at the Knight Theater will also include a selection of classical, popular and Broadway favorites. Intimate, live performances at Neighborhood Theatre and The Evening Muse are other great options for Valentine’s Day entertainment.
Dinner for Two
Charlotte’s most romantic restaurants set the tone for the perfect Valentine’s Day indulgence. Dine in the beauty of a 110-year-old renovated church and enjoy a rich wine selection at Bonterra Dining & Wine Room in South End. In Uptown, indulge in both fantastic fare and stunning skyline views at Bentley’s on 27 or Fahrenheit Charlotte. Or experience true hospitality and a perfectly crafted multicourse meal at the McNinch House Restaurant, set in a turn-of-the-century Victorian house tucked into the charming Fourth Ward neighborhood. Other romantic restaurants to explore are Luciano’s Ristorante Italiano, Blue Restaurant & Bar, The Fig Tree Restaurant, Carpe Diem and Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse. For New Southern fare and a specially curated Valentine’s Menu, dine Uptown atThe King’s Kitchen. Or to learn how to create a divine dining experience at home, sign up for a Valentine-themed cooking class at Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen at Atherton Market.