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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 winter months are the perfect excuse to cozy up next to someone special as 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 romantic couple’s getaway — you’ll love exploring the mountains side by side

Here are a few ideas for your next romantic Blue Ridge escape:

Hike Hand-in-Hand

OK, you don’t actually have to hike holding hands, 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 snap a selfie 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.

Old-School Date Night

These retro date spots are perfect for the young at heart. At The Feisty Goldfish in Marion, you can play 30+ classic arcade games or face off at foosball, darts or video games. Enjoy a pint of craft beer as you play. Or lace up your skates and roll on over to Marion Hot Wheelz. Don’t worry — if you fall, you’ll land right in your partner’s arms!

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.