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 two 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.