Escape To Blue Ridge for the Ultimate Romantic Getaway

Whether you are celebrating Valentine’s Day or escaping with your soulmate simply to nurture that spark, Blue Ridge is an exceptionally romantic destination for making memories.

New American cuisine restaurant
Harvest on Main

Follow our weekend getaway itinerary for the intimate vacation of a lifetime.

Friday
Lunch at Masseria Kitchen & Bar
Begin your romantic escape at this Mediterranean gem serving fresh vegetables, seafood, handmade pastas and pizza alongside cocktails. We love that they use Appalachian ingredients grown by the restaurant or sourced from local farmers.

Raise Your Glass Tour from Blue Ridge Mountain Food Tours
Walk off lunch with a 3-hour tour of the local craft beers, hard ciders, wines and cocktails. Don’t eat too much at lunch because the 5-6 brewpub stops also include small bites from the menu.

Tip: This tour is only offered at 2 p.m. on Fridays, and you’ll want to pre-register. Time or day not working for you? They offer two other food tours, also!

Check in at Your Accommodations
Looking for a comfortable inn not too far from Downtown? Check into Serenity in the Mountains where a two-night stay, 90-minute couples’ massage, Continental breakfast and wine, cheese and chocolate-covered strawberries plate is amazingly affordable.

Seeking a little seclusion? Opt for the Blue Ridge Treehouse. While more rustic than the spa, it affords all the comforts of home, a cozy bed with a bird’s-eye view of the treetops, and the opportunity to drink your morning cuppa on the porch overlooking magnificent vineyards. Yes, there is a heater to keep you toasty!

Snack at Harvest on Main for Dinner
I know! You’re probably busting at the seams from your lunch and food tour, but you can’t go to bed without something. Head over to the bar at Harvest and Main for a nightcap and charcuterie platter – or ask for the platter to-go so you can enjoy it in the treehouse.

Canoe in downtown Blue Ridge

Saturday
Breakfast at Mercier Orchards
If you’re leveraging the package at Serenity in the Mountains, you have breakfast waiting on you. Otherwise, head to Mercier Orchards for your morning pick-me-up. Nothing perks up the senses like apple butter on a hot, homemade biscuit.

Explore Downtown Blue Ridge
Blue Ridge was named one of the “Top Ten Towns for Craft Lovers” in the country. Visit specialty shops, boutiques and galleries for fine furnishings, art, antiques and unique crafted items.

We love Canoe’s leather bags, totes, jewelry and accessories, all of which are handmade in Blue Ridge. And for antique-lovers, head just over the river in Copperhill, Tennessee, to The Vault.

At Turning Leaf Wood Art, you’ll see works of more than 50 exclusively American artists.

Top off your Downtown tour with a visit to Multitudes Gallery, owned by Michael Lacey and featuring high-end glasswork, art and jewelry. Inside, also find Fishbone Studios – home to Betty Wassmer Ceramics, showcasing the original creations of this noted ceramicist.

Lunch at Chester Brunnenmeyer’s
Chester’s is only open for lunch on Saturdays so use this time to stop in the Downtown restaurant. Nosh on a gourmet salad or “adult” grilled cheese featuring four types of dairy on sourdough, with a soothing bowl of tomato bisque.

Tour Bear Claw Vineyard
Don your coat and scarf, and head to Bear Claw (the vineyard that is home to the Blue Ridge Treehouse). You’ll take a VIP tour to learn about the family-run vineyard, sip on six different wines from the estate, and take home a souvenir.

Tip: Tours are only available on Saturdays, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sign up online.

Dinner at Treo
Treo is typically known for their perfectly situated outdoor dining options, but in the winter we recommend you head into The Cellar. It’s warm and inviting, and it offers bites to warm your soul – plus 100 wines by the glass. Divine.

Fall Branch Falls

Sunday
Brunch at Black Sheep
This stately historic home-turned-restaurant sits under a 200-year-old Oak and offers Southern favorites. Shrimp and grits are for the traditional diner, and the adventurous will love Nashville hot chicken atop red velvet waffles.

Au Revoirs at Fall Branch Falls
Don’t say farewell to Blue Ridge until you take in at least one waterfall hike. Yes, even in the winter – with the leaves losing to gravity, the views are impeccable. This hike is a simple half-mile journey and reminds you of how lucky we are to have such a place as Blue Ridge.

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