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5 Romantic Charlotte Staycations

posted by Leah Hughes February 3, 2017
Southern charm wrapped in modern luxury at The Duke Mansion. Photo by The Duke Mansion

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.

Dine: Lumiere French Kitchen, Stagioni
Play: Regal Manor Twin Theatre, Mint Museum Randolph
Indulge: Jeffre Scott Apothecary, POLISHED nail bar, Pasta & Provisions

Morehead Inn features intimate fireplaces, luxurious private rooms and a lovely four-bedroom carriage house. Photo by Mattshdr

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

Find the best seat in the house on Lake Norman on VRBO and Airbnb. Photo by VRBO

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 Club, Davidson Chocolate Co.

The Dunhill Hotel is steeped in history and surrounded by modern significance. Photo by

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 Tours, Theatre Charlotte
Indulge: Amélie’s French Bakery, The Cellar at Duckworth’s

Enjoy resort-style amenities including spa, golf, fitness, exquisite dining and leisure offerings at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge. Photo by Bissell Hotels

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 Chocolatier, Arooji’s Wine Room

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