Whether it’s a romantic getaway with the one you love or a girl’s night out in the city, Charlotte’s got a lot of ways to have flirty fun in February and all year long. Elegant dining, breathtaking city views, live entertainment, spa visits and cooking classes are just a few of the ways couples (and singles) can have an enchanting experience in the Queen City. Here are a few more ways to follow cupid’s arrow in Charlotte.
Couples can savor a delicious meal at one of Charlotte’s elegant fine dining restaurants like McNinch House, a charming turn-of-the century home consistently voted as Charlotte’s most romantic restaurant. More fare to spark infatuation can be found at Dressler’s in Metropolitan or Bentley’s on 27 in Uptown, both with mesmerizing skyline views. For a casual night out with the girls, groups can experience decadent delights at Crave Dessert Bar or Bar Cocoa at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte. And for a more hands-on approach for the lovebirds or the ladies, group cooking classes like the romantic “Valentine’s Day Romance” at Upstream or the cocktail-focused “From the Barrel” at Mimosa Grill are a must.
Adventurers can admire the cityscape with their loved one or their best friends on a cozy horse-drawn ride with Charlotte Center City Carriage Tours before a night on the town. To keep things hot after the sun sets, live jazz music at Blue Restaurant & Bar or an intimate show at one of Charlotte’s concert venues like Neighborhood Theatre in NoDa or Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts are desirable choices. For the wine lovers at heart, special wine tasting parties are being offered at Treehouse Vineyards, Shelton Vineyards and Childress Vineyards, all within an hour drive of Uptown. Or for an idyllic indoor escape, the “A Little Bit of Bliss” massage at the Spa at Ballantyne or the “Sweet Cheeks Facial” at the in-house spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte will feel like a fairy tale.
For a blissful slumber after a day on the town, visitors can relax and rejuvenate at one of Charlotte’s luxurious hotels or notable bed and breakfasts. Historic hideaways like The Duke Mansion in Myers Park and The Morehead Inn in Dilworth are serene sanctuaries that offer delightful extras such as a four-course feast, flowers, chocolates and a gourmet breakfast the following morning. A stay at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge will get couples champagne and strawberries, breakfast in bed and a late 4 p.m. check-out. And at The Dunhill Hotel, a classic mainstay built in 1928, guests can enjoy an elegant retreat right in Center City with exquisite packages that include valet parking, dinner at McNinch House and a Mayfair breakfast at the hotel the next morning.