Three Smokin’ Hot Getaways for Valentine’s in the Smokies

Romance is in the air in the North Carolina Smokies of Haywood County, and we’ve got three perfect recipes to help you pull off an unforgettable Valentine’s getaway.

Escape to the mountains for a breathtaking couple’s ski trip, wine-and-dine your date with a spa and theater retreat, or cap off a day of outdoor adventure with our vibrant craft beer and music scene.

Whether you’re looking for a rustic mountain cabin or romantic bed and breakfast, sweep your sweetheart off their feet with a tailor-made Valentine’s trip to the mountains of Haywood County.

 

Mountain fever

Skiing is the ultimate couples’ bonding experience. Taking on the slopes with a partner brings out the best parts of a relationship: the exhilaration of adventure, the joy of a shared laugh and the sense of trust when you need someone to lean on.

Whether you’re a pro at sailing down the slopes or just learning to buckle your boots, Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley boasts more than a dozen runs for every skill level. Hone your style at the Cat Cage Terrain Park for snowboarders, test your limits with the high-elevation runs or find your groove on the gentler slopes.

Never been skiing? No problem. Cataloochee Ski Area has learn-to-ski and learn-to-snowboard packages that will get you up to speed in no time. The excitement of a new challenge will create a lifetime of memories.

Between runs, the awe-inspiring views from the chairlift will make your heart and adrenaline soar. With the mountains as your backdrop, the ride up the slopes is a perfect chance to snuggle closer and steal a kiss. When you’re ready for a break, enjoy a steaming cup of Joe or frosty brew while overlooking the slopes from Cataloochee’s bar and lounge area.

As a destination, Maggie Valley has what it takes to make Valentine’s a success, from fine dining to lively bars — and, of course, great breakfast spots.

Maggie Valley boasts a plethora of lodging options of every style and for every budget, from creekside rooms to mountain cabins. It’s the right time of year to cuddle up by the fire or relax in a hot tub while the song of the mountains serenades you.

Spa, wine and theater: a Valentine’s trifecta

Soak up the romance of the Smokies with a spa, wine and theater getaway in the North Carolina mountains of Haywood County.

The Balsam Spa, a luxury day spa in Waynesville, offers a full suite of relaxing spa treatments, from massage therapy to facials and mani/pedis. Try the special Love Bird package for side-by-side hour-long massages capped off by a reflexology session.

Located on the grounds of the idyllic Waynesville Inn Golf Resort and Spa, you can wile the day away in a rocking chair with stunning mountain views or linger by the fireplace in the resort’s cozy lounge.

After the sun sets, take your date to The Classic Wineseller, a wine bar in downtown Waynesville with more than 1,100 selections to chose from, including champagnes, ports, sherries and dessert wines.

Music is always on tap Friday and Saturday evenings at The Wineseller, serving up mellow pop-and-jazz selections from a rotating line-up of guitar and piano musicians.

Complete your wine circuit with a visit to Bosu’s Wine Shop, just a few blocks away in downtown Waynesville, where you can partake in the Valentine’s Five-for-$5 wine tasting the afternoon of Saturday, Feb. 11.

Set the stage for your Valentine with top-notch theater at the Haywood Arts Regional Theater. The Tony-award winning production God of Carnage is playing Friday and Saturday nights the weekend of Feb. 11 and 18.

Make the memories of your Smokies spa retreat last once you’re home by picking up signature, hand-crafted soaps from Haywood County’s two soap companies.

Verbena Soap Company in downtown Canton has 200 fragrances in its lineup of custom soaps, shampoos, lotions, bath oils and more, crafted from natural ingredients like carrot seed oil and avocado.

Hazelwood Soap Company in the eclectic Hazelwood shopping district of Waynesville is a renown purveyor of artisanal bath and body products, from Dead Sea bath salts to their specialty bar scents like Lemongrass Sage and Ginger Orange.

Match made in heaven

Outdoor adventure more your style? Check out The Seven Wonders of Winter Hiking for a smorgasbord of trails that still shine in winter months.

When you’re ready to unlace those hiking boots, the stand-out craft beer and local music scene in Haywood County makes a perfect pairing for your Valentine’s weekend.

Indulge your love affair for craft beer with three top-notch microbreweries, all within easy walking distance in historic downtown Waynesville. Savor a Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout at Boojum Brewing Company, toss back a Salamander Slam IPA at Frog Level Brewery or sample a Mayor Brown Ale at Tipping Point Tavern, a seasonal brew named for Waynesville’s favorite mayor.

Between pints, catch a show at The Strand at 38 Main,  downtown Waynesville’s boutique movie house and music venue.  Check their vintage marquee on Main Street for the weekly line-up.

Get cultured with a genre-bending show by the eclectic string band Harpeth Rising — an energetic fusion of folk, bluegrass and classical chamber music. The lyrical acoustic trio is playing The Strand on February 17.

Or create a couple’s keepsake that’s truly your own during Brush n’ Brew night at Frog Level Brewery on February 11. Grab a pint and a paint brush and make matching masterpieces with supplies and instruction provided. Stick around for music by Chris Minick, Waynesville’s troubadour-in-residence. His singer-songwriter flair with crowd-pleasing covers is the perfect backdrop for your date night on the town. The Tacoed Wheel food truck will also be on-site for the night, rounding out the hipster vibe in the revitalized Frog Level warehouse district with a spot on the National Historic Register.

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