Posted July 31, 2009 by Jamie Moore
You know you're in the right place for romance when your destination has an entire 200-page guide with activities dedicated to the subject. And, in Asheville, many of these won't break the bank. Hold hands strolling through downtown (the Paris of the south), fall for each other on a waterfall hike, and get cozy at a 19th-century Victorian bed-and-breakfast.
Downtown Asheville: Wandering through a European city is the perfect way to spend a romantic afternoon. Downtown Asheville has European charms without the expensive transatlantic flight. Brick-lined alleyways meander past art deco architecture, boutiques, and European-style sidewalk cafes, including an authentic chocolaterie. Downtown's lively street scene—with buskers, street festivals, and art galleries galore—will woo you two for free.
Waterfall hike: Refresh your romance on a waterfall hike in the North Carolina mountains just outside of Asheville. Start small with a rainforest walk to the 120-foot Rainbow Falls, then head over to the highest waterfall east of the Rockies—the Upper Whitewater Falls, where water plummets a heart-stopping 411 feet. Hickory Nut Falls may be slightly smaller (404 feet) but the trail to get there—the dramatic Skyline-Cliff Trail—has views to inspire and complement any number of romantic moments.
A Bed of Roses: A romantic weekend needs the right accommodations, and this Victorian bed-and-breakfast has it all—beautiful gardens, sumptuous rooms, private baths (some with whirlpool tubs), and a gourmet Southern breakfast. Heat things up and ask for a room with a fireplace, or book the "Romantic Retreat" package. The inn is located only five blocks from Asheville's vibrant downtown and world-class restaurants and cafes. The best part is it's priced to suit every budget with rooms ranging from $109 to $209.
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(Photo: Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau)
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