North Carolina may seem like just another state snuggled along the East Coast, but this little southern gem has the Blue Ridge, Uwharrie, Smoky, and Unicoi mountains, the Atlantic Ocean, and arts communities like Asheville to stage the perfect honeymoon destination. Whether you want to escape into the beauty of God’s country or hope to submerge yourself in a cottage by the sea, the beauty of this state doesn’t only begin with its natural landscapes, it overflows into its amazing cuisine, friendly people, and easily navigable cities.
The NC Coast
The quiet sanctuary known as North Carolina’s Outer Banks is surrounded by endless beaches and unique natural scenery. For couples that are looking for a fast-acting prescription to melt away that post-wedding stress, try The Sanderling Resort. Within walking distance to the glorious beach with its own peninsula, romance isn’t hard to find here. And if you want to stage your own version of the romantic Hollywood Nicholas Sparks’ novel, Nights in Rodanthe, stay on the fragile island of Hatteras or in the Outer Banks’ town itself. Isolated and pristine, couples can slip away, rent their own cottage on the beach, and create unscripted romance from dawn until dusk.
For a truly secluded honeymoon, couples will love the freedom of houseboating on the many unfettered inlands of the Crystal Coast. With the Cape Lookout Lighthouse to explore and the hush of the water lapping the hull at night, this is one of the most calming and unexpected ways to take advantage of this land-and-water paradise. Outer Banks Houseboats on Beaufort’s waterfront has several different boat styles and time frame packages to choose from for honeymooners.
The Vineyards in NC
What may come as a surprise to people who love wine country is that North Carolina has some of the most beautiful tasting rooms around. Only an hour outside of Winston-Salem, Raffaldini Vineyards has sweeping Blue Ridge and Brushy Mountain views. Newlyweds can drink in the scent of the Orange Muscato vines floating on the sunshine or simply cozy up on the piazza near the 6,000 square foot tasting room. Inspired by villas in Mantua, Italy, this may be one of the most romantic places to toast each other’s love in all of the state.
If the gorgeous town of Asheville is on your honeymoon wish list, then a trip to the Biltmore tasting room is a must. Not only is the tasting room flush with yummy wine, but it is only a walking distance away from the 8,000-acre estate of George Vanderbilt itself. With guided tours of the private residence and views that will blow your mind, you can then mosey along the manicured gardens and even stay in a honeymoon suite at the Inn on Biltmore Estates. With an on-site spa, live music, and the winery, you won’t ever have to leave the estate unless you want a Starbucks coffee.
The Mountains in NC
Country crooners like Dolly Parton aren’t afraid to sing the praises of the Smoky Mountains, and with good reason. With hundreds of lavish and humble cabins sprinkled in the foothills and above, couples can hand-select their favorite one. With views of the color-splashed mountains, couples can sip wine and snuggle by the fire until the cows come home. From hot tubbing on the deck to fly fishing in one of the many rivers found in Cherokee, Bryson City, and Sylva, couples can experience the utmost in privacy and outdoor fun without having to see city folk for days.