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5 Romantic Charlotte Staycations

Make plans to take a vacation by staying right here and enjoying some of the Queen City’s best offerings.

Lake Norman - Photo courtesy of VRBO

As Charlotteans, we take many of our city’s finest attractions for granted because we see them every day. As the season of romance rolls around, make plans to take a vacation by staying right here and enjoying some of the Queen City’s best offerings.

The Southern Splendor Sanctuary 

For: Couples seeking old-world comfort with new-world convenience  

Stay: Just 2 miles from center city, it’s easy to forget you’re still in Charlotte when surrounded by the 4.5 acres of vivid gardens and grounds of The Duke Mansion. Built in 1915, the bed & breakfast’s striking Colonial Revival architecture, complete with a shaded front porch lined with rocking chairs, have drawn visitors in since 1998. A collection of just 20 guest rooms with around-the-clock desk service and an on-site executive chef creates a culture of intimacy and Southern hospitality.

Dine: Lumiere French Kitchen, Stagioni 

Play: Manor Theatre, Mint Museum Randolph 

Indulge: Jeffre Scott Apothecary, POLISHED nail barPasta & Provisions

The Bed-and-Breakfast Escape

For: Couples who enjoy cozy comfort

Stay: Dilworth’s historic Morehead Inn, constructed in 1917, is an elegant destination. Each guest room has period furnishings, luxurious linens, bathrobes and specialty bath products to make you feel pampered yet comfortable. A bountiful Southern breakfast for two is served each morning. The customizable romance package includes chocolate-dipped strawberries, fresh flowers and Champagne.

Dine: The Fig Tree Restaurant 

Play: Re Salon and Med Spa

Indulge: Foxcroft Wine Co., Petit Philippe, Nova’s Bakery & Coffee Shop

The Duke Mansion

The Lakefront Lair

For: Active couples who love the water

Stay: For a lakeside escape, head north of the city to Lake Norman and rent a home through VRBO or Airbnb. Enjoy the privacy an individual home provides and the freedom to set your own schedule. The towns in the Lake Norman area are close together, so it’s an easy to drive to explore downtown Davidson, shop in Birkdale Village or learn about the area’s racing heritage in Mooresville.

Dine: Fork! 

Play: Queens Landing Sightseeing & Dinner Cruises 

Indulge: North Harbor ClubDavidson Chocolate Co.

The Historic Hideaway

For: Those who love a good story

Stay: In the heart of uptown Charlotte, The Dunhill Hotel anchors the corner of Tryon and Sixth streets. The 10-story hotel was constructed in 1929 and is a member of the National Trust Historic Hotels of America. The Dunhill’s 60 well-appointed rooms reflect the grandeur and style of the Roaring Twenties.  Special amenities include fresh-baked cookies each evening and nightly turn-down service with chocolates.

Dine: McNinch House Restaurant 

Play: Charlotte Center City Carriage ToursTheatre Charlotte 

Indulge: Amélie’s French BakeryThe Cellar at Duckworth’s

The Peaceful Retreat

For: Those who appreciate the finer things in life

Stay: About 15 miles south of center city, The Ballantyne Hotel exudes luxury. The stately hotel has more than 200 well-appointed guest rooms including such features as 10-foot ceilings, large windows, plush bedding, marble baths, robes and slippers. The romantic turndown service includes rose petals, flickering candles, a long-stemmed rose and soft music.

Dine: Gallery Restaurant 

Play: The Spa at Ballantyne 

Indulge: The Secret ChocolatierArooji’s Wine Room