Plan Your Ideal Asheville Anniversary, Honeymoon or Couples Vacation
Whether you’re a new couple, newlyweds celebrating a honeymoon or long term lovers celebrating a milestone anniversary, Asheville, North Carolina is the perfect place to get away and spend some quality time together. Asheville truly welcomes and offers so many things to do for all kinds of lovers!
Studies have shown that couples who engage in challenging new activities together can feel an increase in both relationship quality and romantic attraction. Learning new skills together allows couples to have fun while slowing down, spending quality time, and sharing a meaningful experience.
Yoga encourages mindfulness, which studies have linked to happier relationships. A 2016 study published in the Journal of Human Sciences and Extension found a positive association between increased mindfulness, which is defined as “an open attention to and awareness of the present moment,” and higher relationship satisfaction.
Being in the moment while breathing and posing with your partner can reinvigorate your connection, making you both feel more satisfied in your relationship.
We’ve had so many happy couples join us for yoga hikes and would love for you to join us too!
Here are some more suggestions of things you and your main squeeze can do in Asheville to easily fill up a week or weekend couples vacation. Or if you’re local, plan your own stay-cation and try some new things!
You can easily drive here via I-26 or I-40 or fly here via the Asheville Airport, Greenville Spartanburg Airport or Charlotte Airport. There is no shortage of places to stay including hotels, cabins, AirBNB, VRBO, camping, glamping and more!
Surrounded by the ancient Blue Ridge mountains and intersected by the French Broad River, the Asheville area has hundreds of trails and waterfalls for you to explore. Spending some time driving or hiking along the Blue Ridge Parkway is a must. Spring is the time to see wildflowers and rare fireflies, Summer is the time to camp, hike and picnic outside and visitors flock here in the Fall to see our colorful foliage. The Monarch Butterfly migration passes through in September/October and there is a plethora of bird watching spots.
Romantic Asheville and Asheville Trails have lots of hiking recommendations and I recommend downloading the AllTrails App if you don’t already have it. You’ll find lots of options for mountain biking, horseback riding, ziplining, rock climbing, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, whitewater rafting and swimming holes such as Sliding Rock. Or you can just relax with a picnic at the Botanical Gardens.
Asheville is exceptional when it comes to incorporating local, organic, sustainable and seasonal food. It’s a popular destination for foodies and happily accommodates all kinds of diets including
Vegan: Plant, Laughing Seed
Vegetarian: Green Sage Cafe, Sunny Point Cafe
Gluten-Free: Posana, BimBeriBon
If you have a sweet tooth like me, check out the French Broad Chocolate Lounge or The Hop ice creamery. Dobra Tea House (locations downtown and West Asheville) has yummy snacks and exotic teas from around the world.
From local musicians and buskers to bars to festivals you’ll hear live music everywhere in Asheville. The Asheville Music Guide will let you know who, what and when is playing where at 36 different venues throughout the city.
And don’t forget the eclectic downtown drum circle on Friday nights at Pritchard Park!
Asheville is currently vying for the title Dog City, USA and you’ll see furry, four-legged companions everywhere from the city streets to the trails. There’s even a Dog Welcome Center at The Dog Door Behavior Center and Store located in downtown Asheville across the street from the Grove Arcade at 1 Battle Square. The Dog Welcome Center is open Monday-Wednesday 9-5, Thursday-Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 11-5 in addition to more dog parks and dog friendly tours, locations and activities.
From Art Deco Architecture to the famous Biltmore Estate, Asheville has a rich and interesting history. Learn more about the city on the Grayline Asheville Trolley Tour or riding along with The Flying Bike Electric Bike Tours or sip and see the city with Asheville Rooftop Bar Tours.
Some museums you might want to include on your itinerary are the Asheville Museum of Science, the Black Mountain College Museum & Arts Center and quirkier collections include the Asheville Pinball Museum and the new Moogseum of Bob Moog’s synthesized music legacy.
Explore the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association to stay at a charming, historical house during your visit.
Art & Craft Lovers
The River Arts District is a creative hub where you can wander in and out of studios, see live pottery, painting and glass blowing and maybe even meet some of the artists. There are also tons of galleries downtown and the Folk Art Center is located at Milepost 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Asheville hosts regular arts & crafts festivals like The Big Crafty and Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands in July and the Southern Highland Craft Guild Heritage Weekend in September.
Yoga, Health & Wellness Lovers
Asheville is a mountainous yoga mecca We have an abundance of yoga & meditation retreats, trainings, workshops and studios in the surrounding mountains and throughout the city as well as the Asheville Yoga Festival the last weekend in July.
Relax in the Asheville Salt Cave or enjoy massages or spa treatments at Shoji Spa & Lodge, Stillpoint Wellness & Float Spa or Wake Foot Sanctuary. Or book a downtown Asheville Wellness Tour. If you’re feeling fancy, head to the spas at the Omni Grove Park Inn, the spa at the Inn at Biltmore Estate or the Grand Bohemian Hotel Spa.
Whether you’re LGBTQ or polyamorous or just want to support cities that are LGBTQ Friendly, Asheville’s got you covered. Livability.com claims Asheville “may be the most friendly LGBTQ community in the US” and our city was Ranked the 12th Gayest City in America by The Advocate. The Blue Ridge Pride Festival happens here in September; this year on Sept 28, 2019.
Check out Romantic Asheville or Gay Asheville for more events and resources. Gay Asheville webmaster Jerry Conner says "We’ve really always been very diverse and open, and a gay environment even back in the Thirties,” Conner says. “Unlike most places back then, Asheville just turned a blind eye to it. The oddity of all of this is that here we are in the middle of the Bible Belt -- but then Asheville was always kind of special.”