Incredible Romantic Getaways in Every Southern State
Every couple deserves a trip to their own personal paradise, whether that means holing up in a cozy mountain lodge, kicking back beachside with a frozen cocktail, or checking into a resort with top-tier amenities like open-roof cedar showers. The most fabulous getaways offer a little bit of everything: natural wonder, unmatched indulgence, true comfort, and (for those who dare) a touch of thrill.
Every state has something different to explore together. Below, our favorite romantic getaways—couples massages, campfires, and in-suite picnics included. For the full U.S. list, visit Travel + Leisure.
Alabama: Magnolia Springs Bed & Breakfast
Magnolia Springs is basically Southern charm embodied in an elegant B&B. And bonus: the historic landmark is a short drive away from the Gulf of Mexico and Mobile Bay.
Arkansas: Lookout Point Lakeside Inn in Hot Springs
Hot Springs' Lookout Point offers a true escape. Overlooking Lake Hamilton, this inn offers a private sunset boat tour for two, couples massages, access to a tower overlooking the mountain, and two-person whirlpools in every room.
Georgia: Château Élan Winery & Resort in Atlanta
The lush vineyards at Château Élan are so picturesque, you almost (almost) don't care whether you can eke wine out of them. This resort also boasts a spa, a golf club (which offers lessons for curious beginners!), and intimate fine dining. Also, come on, just look at it.
Florida: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando in Orlando
If you've been dying to go to Italy, but struggle to find the time and funds, tide yourself over with this resort, which was inspired by the ocean-side town of Portofino, Italy. You and your loved one can enjoy gelato and amble down the cobblestone, Cyprus tree-lined streets—all while nabbing exclusive benefits for the Universal Orlando theme park.
Kentucky: 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville
The 21c Hotels have garnered something of a cult following for their devotion to accessible contemporary art and gallery-like common areas. For that reason, culture vultures will particularly adore these eclectic accommodations, which offer multi-dimensional getaway in downtown Louisville.
Louisiana: The New Orleans Jazz Quarters
New Orleans' Jazz Quarters Hotel is an excellent way to soak in all of that the city has to offer. Located in Faubourg Treme close to the historic French Quarter and the Louis Armstrong Park, this bed and breakfast dates back to 1725. The elegant cottages are a perfect escape for a romantic pair; expect plenty of privacy, personal service, and Southern hospitality.
We've Got Proof That Southerners Are More Romantic
Southerners do grand romantic gestures better than most – just think about Noah from Nicholas Sparks' The Notebook. He hung off a ferris wheel until Allie agreed to a date, and then he built her dream home. In A Walk To Remember, Landon completed everything on Jamie's bucket list (and we all cried). But, we aren't just finding these true-love couples in movies; Southerners like Justin Timberlake and Johnny Cash have renewed our faith in the power of love. What's your favorite Southern romance story?
Maryland: 1840s Carrollton Inn in Baltimore
This charming inn is perfect for couples who want access to Baltimore's finest: the bustling city life, waterfront restaurants, farmer’s markets, museums, professional sporting events, and theaters. Of course, that’s assuming you’ll want to leave the inn at all—the 13 turn-of-the-century rooms and suites have the feel of a Jane Austen novel.
Mississippi: The Alluvian in Greenwood
This sleek stay sits in the heart of blues country in the Mississippi Delta. The cosmopolitan, boutique resort offers a “deluxe romance package” that provides a full Southern breakfast, in-room champagne, fresh flowers, and chocolate-covered strawberries.
North Carolina: The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville
One of the main attractions of this century-old Southern inn is its $50-million subterranean spa, a 43,000-square-foot space with solid rock walls, tunnels, arches, and water features. Couples can also play a round on the inn's private golf course, sip Chandon at one of four on-site restaurants, and enjoy the panoramic Blue Ridge Mountain views from the suites.
South Carolina: The Cottages on Charleston Harbor in Mt. Pleasant
For an exciting double-date getaway, bring another couple and reserve a two-bedroom, three-bath cottage facing Charleston Harbor. You can recline on the hammock, relax on the screened-in porch, lay out on the beach, or head over to nearby downtown Charleston for a night out. The oak-lined streets and antebellum homes are enough to win you over.
Tennessee: Blackberry Farm in Walland
Just 15 miles from Great Smoky Mountains National Park sits one of the country's most beloved all-inclusive resorts. Blackberry Farm looks like a pastoral painting, with its bona-fide white picket fences and rocking chairs. Couples can expect a secluded getaway and ample country activities like fly-fishing, horseback riding, and farm tours. Included in your stay are three southern meals straight from the farm and endless glasses of 20-year bourbon.
Though its location on the edge of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve is stunning (hills as far as the eye can see), Travaasa is perhaps best known for suite of guided activities, including Texas two-step classes and sunset horse rides. You can also easily spend an entire afternoon at this holistic, all-inclusive retreat just unwinding in the infinity pool.
Virginia: Salamander Resort and Spa in Middleburg
West Virginia: Stonewall Resort in Roanoke
This Adirondack-style lodge sits on 1,900 acres of West Virginia countryside on the banks of the West Fork River. Settle down in a classic lodge room, or enjoy a waterfront saltbox-style cottage with a private boat launch, deck, and grill.