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Valentine’s Day: A Romantic Mountain Getaway in Asheville, NC
February 06, 2008
Category: Romantic Mountain Getaway Ideas
When planning a romantic getaway in the mountains of Western North Carolina one city comes to mind…Asheville. No other city in the area has as much to offer as the city commonly referred to as the “Paris of the South.” In addition, a new book, The Geography of Bliss, recently included Asheville in its list of cities that are “the happiest places on the planet.”
Accommodations range from luxury hotels and condo rentals to bed and breakfasts and cozy cabins. Restaurants abound and are sure to please any palate with upscale and casual restaurants, alike.
The arts and music scene in Asheville also rivals that of any larger city. So, when you combine all of these factors and add a romantic backdrop of some of the most breath-taking mountains east of the Rockies, you’ve got a romantic mountain getaway perfect for a Valentine’s Day escape.
The city of Asheville, and its surrounding areas, is also in close proximity to Atlanta, Raleigh, and Charlotte. Driving times are short so you have more time to spend with that special someone.
Asheville, NC Hotel: Travel Concierge
Asheville is one of the region's only cities to offer the latest trends in luxury accommodation services – specifically, concierge services. Concierge services will allow you to have a worry-free, romantic getaway in the Southern Appalachian Mountains.
Many Asheville hotels also focus on providing great specials during the winter months.
“In February, we are offering two special deals,” James Gibson, Managing Director at The Residences at Biltmore, said. “We have designed the ‘Suite Escape with Your Sweetie’ – a special Valentine’s Day package that includes a bottle of Biltmore Estate Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries by City Bakery Cafe upon in-room at arrival.”
This package is available February 14-16, 2008 and must be reserved by February 11. Don’t forget to inquire about their in-room massage treatments to enhance your celebration.
“Next, we created the ‘Warm Up to Winter Weekdays’,” Gibson said. “If guests stay three nights or more, Sunday through Thursday, they receive 25% off the standard rates.”
This package is available through March 31, 2008. Both packages have concierge services available to their guests to make restaurant reservations, get special event tickets, arrange for in-room catered meals, and more.
Find Spa Pleasures in Mountain City Travel
Once you’ve decided on where to stay this Valentine’s Day, finding the activities and items that make life more romantic and pleasurable are easy to find in Asheville. Fantastic food, world-class spas and even chocolate shops abound in this romantic mountain getaway.
Downtown Asheville is home to over 50, privately-operated restaurants and most are within a short drive or walking distance from many downtown accommodations. Spa treatments are a favorite way to indulge. Some popular ones include:
•Sensibilities Day Spa with two Asheville locations: 59 Haywood Street and 2 Town Square Boulevard: 800-635-0948
•Shoji Retreat, 96 Avondale Heights Road, East Asheville: 828-299-0999
•Spa Theology, 53 College Street, Asheville: 828-255-4171.
Most of these spas offer massage as well. The Asheville School of Massage also offers discounted massage while students go through their training. Call to find out more at: 828-252-7377 or if you stay at a hotel that offers concierge services, ask the hotel concierge to arrange this for you.
Asheville Travel: Come See How Sweet It Is
What Valentine’s Day would be complete without chocolates? After a few hours of unwinding, getting to know downtown Asheville and exploring the many antique shops, 50 galleries, and fantastic art-deco styled buildings, indulge in some sweets.
The area is home to five, sinfully sweet chocolate shops. Sweet and tasty morsels are available at:
•Downtown Chocolates in Brevard: 828-877-2378
•UliMana in Asheville: 828-713-3469
•Mountainside Chocolates in Franklin: 828-524-5532
•The Chocolate Lounge in Asheville: 828-252-4181
•The Chocolate Fetish in Downtown Asheville: 828-258-2353.
Why not call ahead to place an order to sweeten up your visit, or ask the hotel concierge to help.
So, planning a romantic mountain getaway is easier than you think. And this year, don’t make it the same old routine. Come to Asheville, relax, pamper yourself and your special someone, and learn about why Asheville was voted one of the happiest places on the planet.