Be it Valentine’s Day or just a well-deserved retreat from your day-to-day routine, Boone is the perfect place to sweep your loved one off their feet. Our charming mountain town is a sublime setting for romance any time of the year, but the tranquility of our winter season truly sets the scene for cozying up with that special someone. From couples on a quest for opulence to lovers looking for unique outdoor experiences, the Boone area has everything you need to make new memories.
Whether you’re looking for a luxurious respite from the stressors of city life or seeking an adventurous glamping experience, the Boone area has a variety of lodging options to suit every couple. Our world-class resorts and spas are nationally recognized, but the laid-back setting of our historic bed and breakfasts may be more your speed. Then again, cozy mountain cabins are a hallmark of intimate enchantment.
Seeking sophistication? Westglow Resort and Spa (right) consistently ranks among Condé Nast Traveler’s top spa destinations worldwide. There are multiple lodging options to choose from at Westglow, as they offer quaint cabin rentals or even the option of reserving the entire mansion. Perhaps more enticing, their award-winning spa packages run discounted rates throughout the “low season” of November 1st to April 30th.
Desire convenience? The Horton Hotel is located directly on King St. in downtown Boone - a short walk away from various shops and restaurants. As Boone’s first boutique hotel, you’ll find their carefully-crafted interior sets the mood, paired with a luxurious experience you won’t soon forget. Better yet, the Horton houses the only rooftop lounge in the area; so grab your partner, snuggle up next to a fire pit with one of their complimentary blankets, and treat yourself to cocktails with captivating, 360° mountain views.
On a quest for adventure? The unique glamping options in our area promise an experience you’ll be recounting for years to come. Nestled amongst natural mountain beauty, the domes at Glamping Unplugged will allow you to get back to the basics with your significant other. Their geodesic domes are insulated to withstand colder temperatures and their tent stove will keep your literal and metaphorical flame alive throughout your stay. With this lodging option, time away from the distractions of our digital age guarantees a quality connection with your lover.
No matter your preferred level of adventure, Boone offers plenty to do day and night. Take a stroll down King St. and window-shop arm in arm, strap on your hiking boots, and take in the serenity of a waterfall in winter, or go for a nostalgic twirl under the stars at an outdoor ice rink. Settle the score with a different type of therapy at Tomahawk Hill, Mystery Hill’s newest axe-throwing addition. For the adventurous, Linville Falls is a stunning scene - even more so during the less crowded winter months. Couples in search of new ideas could arrange a scenic tour on horseback as their fairy-tale dreams become a reality. Fans of indoor entertainment can test their problem-solving skills at Mysterium Escape Adventure in downtown Boone, while theatre lovers may want to catch a show and gush over a local institution with a captivating history at the Appalachian Theatre of the High Country. The fun never has to end in our winter wonderland.
While winter weather can be unpredictable, a visit to any of our area ski resorts promises man-made snow throughout the winter season. Pick up a new skill together and learn to master the slopes at Appalachian Ski Mountain’s French-Swiss Ski School. Cuddle up by the fire and relax at Beech Mountain’s newly-upgraded alpine plaza or soak in the sunset at 5506’ Skybar, locally-brewed beer in hand.
Pro tip: mid-week skiing is the best way to avoid crowds and save money.
The Boone area is an up-and-coming craft beer hub of Western North Carolina. A visit to any one of our breweries will rekindle the romance in most relationships. Lost Province Brewing Co. has mastered the art of wood-fired, Neopolitan pizza along with their fermented refreshments, and you may be lucky enough to catch the toe-tapping tunes of a local band. Not into the heaviness of a hoppy brew? Stop in at Venture Chocolate + Wine Co. to order a glass from the rotating wine bar and order a delicious charcuterie board, or grab a bottle to-go from the wine cellar downstairs.
Once you’ve sipped your fill of spirits, dine by candlelight at one of our intimate, upscale restaurants. The wealth of locally-grown foods, from fresh vegetables to locally sourced meat, makes dining in Boone a sensual delight. Perhaps an unexpected hidden gem of the mountains, CoBo Sushi Bistro and Bar constantly receives rave reviews from regulars and visitors alike. The unmatched ambiance, paired with quality “sak-tails”, will have your partner practically proposing.
For the committed carnivores, The Gamekeeper features wild game dishes, while pairing upscale elegance with historic mountain charm. Fall in love all over again as you enjoy their tantalizing creations using locally-sourced ingredients. A recent addition to Blowing Rock’s restaurant repertoire, Café Violette (above) promises a unique dining experience with European flavors you won’t find anywhere else.
Did someone pop the question? Congratulations! Boone has been a popular wedding destination for decades, and our abundance of local venues will have you swooning. From the cake to the caterer, the High Country is a one-stop shop for all things matrimony.