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Feb. 11, 2022, 3:46 p.m.

Romantic Winter Escapes in the Blue Ridge Mountains

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The cool, clear winter months are the perfect time to cozy up next to someone extra special while you experience the majestic beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Whether you’re planning a Valentine’s Day celebration, a honeymoon or anniversary — or you’re just looking for a relaxing and romantic couple’s getaway — you’ll love exploring these lovely winter mountains side by side.

Here are some ideas for your next romantic Blue Ridge escape:

Hike Hand-in-Hand

OK, you don’t actually have to hike holding hands, because that’s actually not great trail etiquette, but sharing a hike is a great way to spend quality time together while enjoying the Great Outdoors. Check out these four hiking trails that are perfect picks for winter, and don’t forget to pack a thermos of hot chocolate or a picnic lunch to share. Bring your camera to get some shots of your favorite travel companion with a breathtaking waterfall or mountain view as your backdrop.

Cheers to You

Raise a glass to your love at a local brewery or winery. Choose from the 11 stops on the Blue Ridge Traveler’s High Spirits Trail to share a taste of the mountains. Order a tasting flight to share and enjoy learning about new beers, wines, meads or spirits together. Try the newly opened Euda Wine in Old Fort, North Carolina for a unique in-house tasting experience.

Old-School Date Night

These retro date spots are perfect for the young at heart. Compare growing up notes at Time Travelers Trading Post where you’ll be reminded of the comics and games you played as a kid and teen. Or lace up your skates and roll on over to Marion Hot Wheelz. Don’t worry — if you fall, maybe you’ll land right in your partner’s arms!

Knives Out

Another unique way to celebrate and warm up on a cold winter evening is axe throwing! Heathen's Den Axe Throwing and Ales will keep you both busy between pro pool tables, live music, pub fare menu, the full bar and AXE throwing. A workout and entertainment all in one! Impress the one you love with your knife wielding skills and also maybe stay on your best behavior

And be sure to grab a bite to eat at a delicious local restaurant.

Fireside Chats

When the sun goes down and the stars come out, cozy up beside the fireplace or outdoor fire pit at one of our many vacation rentals and cabins. Find a mountain hideaway with a hot tub, and relax together as you enjoy the tranquil mountain nights.