Are you a fan of fairytales? The romantic atmosphere radiates from the sights on this list. If you are wondering where to take your date or maybe looking for a beautiful place to spend the special day, check out this list.
Craggy Gardens, Asheville
If you love hiking and secluded romantic atmosphere, then the Craggy Garden is the perfect place for you. It is part of the Blue Ridge Parkway, and its hiking trails go far up in the Great Craggy Mountains. Tourists are attracted by the colorful stretches of wildflowers that grow in the high slopes. Springtime is the most beautiful time to visit Craggy Gardens. Majestic pink and purple blossoms cover the trees and ground and make you feel like you just entered a fairytale land. The name of the flower responsible for this picturesque sight is Catawba rhododendron. You can visit the intertwined bushes, follow their twists and turns and travel through the naturally formed tunnels. The hike to the beautiful summit is only about a mile and a half after you drive to Craggy Dome.
McGill Rose Garden, Charlotte
This piece of rose heaven was once an industrial coal yard. It was bought in 1950 by Henry McGill and his wife, Helen. In the following years, she turned the desolate acres into something beautiful, and she cared for it until she passed away in 1985, and her husband took over. In 1967 the garden was officially opened to the public on Mother's Day, and the Charlotte residents quickly created their tradition. The city acquired the garden, but the family continued to manage it until the end of their lives. It was designated an All-America Rose Selections (AARS) public garden, and it's one of only fifty-three in the US. Today the picturesque garden host mostly events and social gatherings. A positive fact is that it's open to the public, and there isn't an admission fee. You can visit it every:
- Tuesday – Friday: 10 AM – 10 PM
- Saturday: 10 AM – 11 PM
- Sunday: 12 PM – 7 PM
The roses bloom from mid-April until November, but the best months to visit are May and June.
If you are a history buff, then a visit to the magnificent Biltmore Estate will spring you to life, especially while you explore the historical brilliance of the village, gardens, and all the romantic activities that entertain tourists today. This historic house museum was built for George Washington Vanderbilt II, and it is the largest privately-owned house in the US. You can go on the Red Wine & Chocolate tour and flood your senses with the most exquisite tastes that are locally produced. If you're not into wine and sweets which I don't believe for a second, you can always enjoy the numerous events, tours, and activities there such as:
- Live Jazz in the Library Lounge
- Orchid Talks
- Downtown Abbey: The Exhibition
- Winter at Biltmore
If you are an outdoor person, you can participate in any of the fun activities organized like Horseback Riding, Biking, Carriage Riding, Fly Fishing, and River Float Trips.