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Make Your Valentine’s Day Plans Extra Sweet This Year


These charming mountains that we love to explore will always provide space for romantics to enjoy, especially on holidays such as Valentine’s Day. Seeing the snow-speckled layers at sunset, feeling the warmth of a coffee through your mittens, or the comfort of your loved one locking arms with you as you stroll the small mountain town streets all make Haywood County a wonderland of romance. That’s why you’ll want to celebrate this extra sweet holiday of love NC Smokies style by checking out some of these date spots and ideas.

Valentine’s Dinner Spots

If you’re looking for romantic Valentine’s dinner reservations, you’ll want to scope out some of the following local restaurants. And don’t forget to book a reservation ahead of time.

Bosu’s Wine Shop

Looking for a dressed-up dinner with multiple courses and a delicious selection of wines? Dine at Bosu’s Wine Shop on February 14th and 15th. Or if you’re feeling a little more casual, they’ll be hosting a Valentine’s themed “Flights and Bites” on February 15th and 16th.

An image of Bosu's wine selection on Valentine's Day.


Down for dessert? Try some chocolate fondue for two in a private table setting at Wildflourblue, with lots of sweets to dip and devour!


If you want a date with a view, consider grabbing a dinner-to-go from Kanini’s. All of their meals are homemade and use fresh, organic ingredients when possible while supporting local food & farm programs.

Valentine’s Day Treats

Is your sweet tooth intact? Find Valentine’s staples, sweet tooth connoisseurs, and other decadent sweets like chocolate-covered strawberries, hot chocolate bombs, cookies, and truffles at Dillsboro Chocolate Factory, Kandi’s Cakes & Bake Shop, Wildflourblue, or J Gabriel Home & Gifts.

Date Night Ideas

Searching for the ultimate date ideas? We’re locked and loaded with lovely ones!

Go On a Coffee Date

Warm up with award-winning coffee at Orchard Coffee! Nothing says “I love you” like a heartfelt conversation over a fresh brew.

An image of a warm cup of coffee from Orchard Coffee on Valentine's Day.

Have a Take-Out Meal with a View

Take on a mountain top view with our tasty local takeout options. Grab a meal to go and head to Lake Junaluska for a picnic. If you’re up for a chilly outdoor adventure, head up the Blue Ridge Parkway by foot, which is closed to winter traffic – just make sure to bring lots of layers and snuggly blankets. If an easier trek with a pretty payoff is more your speed, head to Soco Falls. You could even sit on the observation deck while you eat your treats.

Cheer with Beer

Head to Bearwaters Brewing in Maggie Valley or Canton or Frog Level Brewing and Boojum Brewery in Waynesville and cheers to another year of love. You can also stop by Blue Ridge Beer Hub or Bosu’s Wine Shop to pick up bottles if you have plans for a take-out date.

Photo by @boojumbrewingco

However you plan to spend this iconic holiday, we hope you have a wonderful time with those you love …and hopefully don’t have too bad of a sugar coma! XOXO

P.S. Oh, we almost forgot! Make sure to tag @VisitNCSmokies and #HayNow in your Valentine’s Day photos for a chance to be featured in our upcoming marketing materials.

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