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10 Romantic Charlotte Staycations

Charlotte has an eclectic getaway experience for every kind of couple. Make plans to enjoy a weekend filled with some of the Queen City’s best offerings.

For the Sporty Couple

Truist Field

NFL, NBA, MLS, AHL – If any of these acronyms get your heart pumping, then Charlotte’s sports offerings are for you. Whether it’s attending a game live, watching bar-side with fellow fans, learning more about your sport of choice at a museum or playing some games yourself, make sure to check out the following when planning your sports-themed getaway. Check out our Sports Lover's Guide for more action-packed options.

Eat & Drink: Summerbird, The Speedway Club, French Quarter Restaurant, Dilworth Neighborhood Grille

Do: NASCAR Hall of Fame, Revolution Park’s Disc Golf Course, Freedom Park’s Play 60 Playground, Pins Mechanical Co., Topgolf

Stay: Hilton Garden Inn Uptown, The Westin

For the Musical Couple

Neighborhood Theatre

If sharing a love of music is what makes your two hearts beat as one, you’ll love Charlotte’s many venues, perfect for a couples excursion. From large amphitheaters hosting the world’s biggest bands and elegant music halls presenting classical music from around the world, to cozy bars introducing indie artists, you have a lot to choose from when planning a getaway with your favorite duet partner. Grab dinner and drinks near your venue of choice before seeing your favorites perform.

Eat & Drink: VGBG Beer Hall & Garden, Middle C Jazz, Snug Harbor, Thirsty Beaver, Bocao Sushi

Do: Neighborhood Theatre, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Bank of America Stadium, BOplex, North Carolina Music Hall of Fame, AvidXchange Music Factory

Stay: Holiday Inn Center City, The Ivey

For the Artistic Couple

Leah & Louise

If you can’t imagine a more perfect moment than strolling hand in hand with your favorite person as you admire murals swirling with colors, ceramics rich with history, soaring sculptures and priceless works of contemporary art, craft your weekend to indulge in Charlotte’s art scene.

Eat & Drink: Artisan’s Palate, Bazal Gallery Nightclub, Leah & Louise, Fahrenheit

Do: Art Walks CLT mural tour, Camp North End Mural Tour, The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Mint Museum Randolph, Brooklyn Collective, Hot Glass Alley, Goodyear Arts

Stay: Refuge

For the Outdoorsy Couple

U.S. National Whitewater Center

Couples who feel rejuvenated by time spent together outside have so many activities to choose from. Enjoy relaxing strolls along the greenway to the more adventurous offerings at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, bird watching and bike riding, or noshing at outdoor patios and sipping at biergartens. Charlotte offers year-round opportunities for time in the fresh air with your sweetie.

Eat & Drink: The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery and Biergarten, CO Park Road, Hello, Sailor, River’s Edge, Drift on Lake Wylie

Do: U.S. National Whitewater Center, Little Sugar Creek Greenway, Queens Landing Sightseeing & Dinner Cruises, Wing Haven

Stay: The Duke Mansion, Home2 Suites by Hilton, McDowell Nature Preserve, Lake Norman State Park

For the Foodie Couple

Dilworth Tasting Room

Couples with discerning tastes can count on enjoying any of the food festivals and events Charlotte hosts throughout the year, such as Taste of Charlotte, Queens Feast Charlotte Restaurant Week, and Charlotte StrEATS Festival. Lovers of fine dining can please their palates any time of year. Check out our must-try list to find the tastiest spots for cocktails, appetizers, main courses and desserts.

Eat & Drink: Optimist Hall, MOA, Kindred, Dilworth Tasting Room, La Belle Helene

Do: Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen, Taste Carolina Food Tours

Stay: Grand Bohemian Hotel Charlotte

For the Adventurous Couple

Frankie's Fun Park

Some couples thrive on adrenaline and playful competition, some like to work together to solve a challenge, some like high energy games, and some just like heights. If you and your partner bond over speed, skill, or sleuthing, consider this your starting point for Charlotte getaway ideas.

Eat & Drink: Queen Park Social, Piedmont Social House, Hi-Wire Brewing Charlotte

Do: Inner Peaks, Victory Lane Karting, Carowinds, Geocache across the city, Frankie’s Fun Park

Stay: Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte/Concord, SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charlotte at Carowinds

For the Craft Beer-Loving Couple

Resident Culture

You and your sweetheart make a great combo. If you agree that your next favorite combination is that of water, yeast, hops and malt, Charlotte is here to quench your thirst. Small batch craft breweries abound and the ways to enjoy them do as well. Schedule a tour, plan a crawl, or hitch a ride on a comedy bus to experience all things hoppy.

Eat & Drink: Trolley Barn, Salud Cerveceria, Resident Culture, NoDa Brewing

Do: Funny Bus, Brew Badge, City Brew Tours - Charlotte

Stay: Holiday Inn South End

For the Eclectic Couple

Super Abari Game Bar

Perhaps you and your significant other like things a bit alternative and are interested in things a little less mainstream. Maybe you’d rather be at a Con or a Faire or snuggling together in front of a game console. After all, couples who play together, stay together. If that’s the case, here are some ideas for a getaway made for you.

Eat & Drink: Super Abari Game Bar, Lang Van, Sosu

Do: Visart Video, Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find, Video Game World

Stay: VRBO in Merry Oaks or Sheffield Park

For the History-Loving Couple

Harvey B. Gantt Center

If you and your loved one enjoy Ken Burns documentaries, Antiques Roadshow and exploring cities that predate the American Revolution, the Queen City is here to satisfy your travel desires. Learn about Charlotte’s roots as a colonial town to its evolution as a banking metropolitan.

Eat & Drink: The Open Kitchen, Beef ‘N Bottle Steakhouse, Kounter (Rock Hill), McNinch House Restaurant

Do: Charlotte History Museum, Charlotte History & Haunts ghost tour, Camp North End self-guided history Tour, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture

Stay: The Dunhill Hotel, Morehead Inn