The occasional longing for a getaway with the one you love is sometimes a much-needed break to relax and enjoy each other’s company.
Mountain breaks, candlelit dinners on the beach, quaint little towns, relaxing spa retreats, or a walk through isolated nature trails; there’s something for every couple in the Southeast United States.
Here are my recommendations for the 23 most romantic getaways in the south east United States.
23 Romantic Getaways in the South East United States
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- 23 Romantic Getaways in the South East United States
- 1. Gulf Shores Alabama
- 2. Mobile Alabama
- 3. Little Rock Arkansas
- 4. St. Augustine Florida
- 5. Key West Florida
- 6. Islamorada Florida
- 7. Lovers Key Florida
- 8. Savannah Georgia
- 9. Blue Ridge Mountains
- 10. Jekyll Island Georgia
- 11. New Orleans Louisiana
- 12. Beaches in Mississippi
- 13. Oxford Mississippi
- 14. Asheville North Carolina
- 15. Blowing Rock North Carolina
- 16. Charleston South Carolina
- 17. Beaufort South Carolina
- 18. Daufuskie Island South Carolina
- 19. Georgetown South Carolina
- 20. Memphis Tennesse
- 21. Gatlinburg Tennesse
- 22. Pigeon Forge Tennesse
- 23. Shenandoah Valley Virginia
1. Gulf Shores Alabama
Spread over 32 miles, Alabama’s sugar-white sand beaches make the perfect romantic getaway with warm water, mild temperatures, and romantic sunsets.
You can choose one of the splendid beach resorts or homes to stay at and dine in any of the 200 restaurants (with outdoor and waterfront dining options, too) that offer a range of cuisines and drinks.
If you’d like to take the romance up a notch, you could arrange a helicopter ride with the sunset in the backdrop. It’ll make a memorable experience.
The numerous water activities offer quite the adventure for those couples looking for that. In the evenings, The Wharf has a lot to offer, from a Ferris wheel or train ride to a place to catch a movie or a laser light experience show, among others.
2. Mobile Alabama
For a magical experience that will keep you on your toes, Mobile is the place to visit with your beloved.
The French-inspired architecture gives it a 19th-century charm. I’d suggest you visit here in spring for the mesmerizing views of a city filled with white and pink azalea blooms. It’s also the time of the Azalea Trail Festival.
For a romantic waterfront dining experience, I recommend Sunset Pointe in the Fly Creek Marina. They have a fantastic selection of craft beer and wines and a mixology bar.
Drop by the Azalea City Golf Course for some tee time, or visit the Urban Emporium for some tasteful shopping. And if you want the ambiance of a bed and breakfast combined with the elegance and privacy of a boutique hotel, stay at the historic Malaga Inn.
This vibrant coastal town is a gem of the Gulf Coast.
3. Little Rock Arkansas
For those who would like to visit a city by the river, Little Rock, on the Arkansas River banks, is the perfect pick.
And there’s no place like the Capital Hotel for the perfect romantic getaway. Considered the “front porch of Little Rock,” they have incredibly spacious rooms with four-poster beds, and for the romantic ones, bathtubs big enough for two.
The two restaurants at the hotel, One Eleven and Capital Bar and Grill, serve comfort food, great liquor, and drool-worthy desserts, making for some upscale dining. Surprise your sweetheart by reserving a private dinner with access to their hidden gem, the Capital Wine Cellar.
Take a stroll along the river and the bridges, beautifully lit in the dark. The Clinton Presidential Park has a pedestrian bridge with splendid city views. Finish your evening by dining at 42 Bar and Table on their patio or terrace with unparalleled views.
4. St. Augustine Florida
A city steeped in history is also the perfect romantic getaway in Florida. St. Augustine is brimming with romance with beautiful beaches, striking architecture, horse-drawn carriages, and hidden courtyards.
Book your stay at The Collector Inn, an adults-only inn that has a heated pool and is made of nine historic buildings. My next favorite is Casa Monica Resort and Spa, with a private beach, many restaurants, and a Moroccan-style design with chandeliers and artwork.
For daytime activities, visit Whetstone Chocolates for a 45-minute tasting tour and a wide variety of fresh, delicious chocolates.
The San Sebastian Winery offers free wine tasting and a fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of how wine is made. Also, don’t miss out on the iconic Lightner Museum for some art and history.
Dine at Michael’s for some great steak, seafood, and an extensive wine selection.
5. Key West Florida
A remote island 90 miles from Cuba is where you’ll feel like you’re away from it all.
If you have the time, drive down to Key West via the famous Overseas Highway, a perfect scenic drive for couples.
The gorgeous ocean views, the laid-back atmosphere, and the serene ambiance make it feel like a paradise. Not to forget, there’s the lively nightlife, historic sites, and watersports.
Stay at The Laureate Key West, an all-suite retreat with modern, luxurious suites and prime bayfront views. Their ocean-influenced decor provides soothing vibes.
Spend your afternoon sunbathing at Smathers Beach, go snorkeling, and visit the beautiful Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory. There’s a lot to do in this place that’s close to perfect and far from ordinary.
Don’t forget to dine at Santiago’s Bodega for some fine wine, sangria, tapas, and desserts.
6. Islamorada Florida
Islamorada, off the coast of Florida, is the perfect tropical romantic getaway.
There’s a lot you can do here as a couple or not. Whether you’d like to lounge around on the stunning white sandy beaches or enjoy some adventurous activities, you will love this place.
For a romantic stay, I recommend the Casa Morada. With Caribbean-inspired decor, you can choose a room with views of the garden, sea, or lake. They even provide complimentary use of their kayaks, bicycles, and paddleboards.
If you’re into water activities, there’s snorkeling, scuba diving, and canoeing in the area.
The Theater of the Sea is a must-visit if you’d like to get up close and personal with dolphins and sea lions, witness parrot shows, and more.
Visit the Islamorada Brewery and Distillery for great craft brews and a meal. And, if you’d like a souvenir to take back, drop by the Rain Barrell Village and explore the work of local artists.
7. Lovers Key Florida
It’s no surprise that Florida has many romantic getaways due to its coastal atmosphere.
Lovers Key is a place fitting for lovers with its beach and State Park, perfect for romantic walks and picnics. After all, there’s no better feeling than walking hand-in-hand with your partner across a sunset.
Lounge under an umbrella on the shore and enjoy the calm, turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico or walk through the lovely trails with views of untouched flora and fauna. You can even take your boat out onto the Gulf and enjoy quality time fishing or paddling through the canals.
8. Savannah Georgia
A quintessential city on Georgia’s coast, Savannah is draped in history and romance, just as the trees there are draped with Spanish moss. The historic squares, charming architecture, and beautiful mansions are worth admiring.
On your romantic stroll through the famous Historic District, drop into Wet Willie’s on River Street and hold onto a refreshing frozen daiquiri while you continue strolling.
If you’re a foodie couple, you’ll love the options here. I recommend breakfast at The Collins Quarter and dinner at The Olde Pink House (a popular place in an 18th-century mansion) with live entertainment and outdoor dining options.
Finish your evening with some dessert at Leopold’s Ice Cream; they have splendid choices.
As for accommodations, nothing can beat Savannah’s most eclectic hotel – Mansion on Forsyth Park; it is sheer perfection inside out.
9. Blue Ridge Mountains
The mountains are calling, and all couples in love deserve a romantic mountain getaway at least once.
The ultimate romantic experience would be a road trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains. For your secluded mountain getaway, a mountain cabin is a perfect pick. The several options include Almost Heaven and Belcamp Cabins, among others.
Or, you could go for the all-in-one experience and stay at Serenity in the Mountains. They provide couples massages in a treehouse and have luxury suites.
Cozy up for a movie at the Swan Drive-In and visit the Mercier Orchards for some apple picking. For a small town, it sure has some great restaurants like The Black Sheep, Chester Brunnemeyer’s, and Harvest on Main.
10. Jekyll Island Georgia
Jekyll Island, an escape unlike any other, will get you and your partner more in love than ever with its Southern charm, abounding peace, and serenity.
I’ve been absolutely mesmerized by the Gilded Age feel of Jekyll Island Club Resort and can’t recommend anything better. You can stay at any of their three distinct resorts – Jekyll Island Club, Island Cottages, and Jekyll Ocean Club.
Pools, pristine beaches, miles of bike-paved paths, and the iconic Clubhouse croquet field will keep you occupied.
Sip a hand-crafted classic cocktail at The Bar or enjoy some oceanfront, open-air dining at Eighty Ocean Kitchen and Bar for some coastal Georgia fare and local favorites.
11. New Orleans Louisiana
New Orleans, aka the Big Easy, will enchant any couple with its charm.
A romantic stroll around the enchanting Garden District and the French Quarter with impressive architecture would make for some quality time. Even better is a tour in a horse-drawn carriage.
Quaint Creole cottages strewn throughout the city, unique jewelry shops, and beignets with coffee, New Orleans is all this and more.
Sitting along the historic St. Charles Avenue, The Chloe (a boutique hotel) will give you intimacy on your romantic staycation.
12. Beaches in Mississippi
With a short yet stunning coastline, coastal Mississippi, with its stunning beaches, makes for great fun in the sun for couples.
From fun outdoor activities and wonderful meals to phenomenal beach sunsets, Biloxi, Gulfport Beach, and Horn Island are some of coastal Mississippi’s offerings.
You and your partner will enjoy your experience here for a romantic weekend or an anniversary special. Visit Biloxi for a romantic steamboat tour, watersports, a lighthouse, and casinos.
You can stay at the Golden Nugget Biloxi; they have a spa, casino, wellness center, four restaurants, and a bar. For a quiet and less crowded place, Horn Island is more appropriate.
The Half Shell Oyster House of Biloxi is a popular restaurant for great food.
13. Oxford Mississippi
Otherwise known as the “Cultural Mecca of the South,” Oxford makes a great romantic getaway with its small-town charm and exceptional culinary experiences.
This is one for the literary enthusiast couple. Spend time together visiting William Faulkner’s lush mansion, Rowan Oak, and the University of Mississippi Museum. Don’t miss out on Square Books to pick something to read on your journey home.
Dine at fine Oxford restaurants with your better half, like City Grocery and Chancellor’s Grill. For a lovely luxury boutique hotel, stay at Chancellor’s House; it blends the comforts of a luxury hotel with the intimacy of a quiet boutique hotel right in the heart of Oxford.
14. Asheville North Carolina
Nestled amidst the enchanting Blue Ridge Mountains, the beautiful city of Asheville offers couples a romantic getaway worth revisiting.
Stay at one of the luxurious accommodations here, like The Foundry Hotel, The Grand Bohemia Hotel Asheville, or The Omni Grove Park Inn. You and your love will be delighted with the couple’s massage at the Grove Park Inn and the spa experience at Shoji Spa & Lodge.
Your trip to Asheville is incomplete without a visit to the Biltmore Estate – a 250-room house and stunning gardens for a romantic stroll. The onsite winery also offers complimentary wine tastings.
15. Blowing Rock North Carolina
Blowing Rock in North Carolina is a quaint storybook mountain village that’s particularly splendid to visit around fall. The blend of the changing colors and the beautiful foliage induce romance for the couples in love.
Rightly named the “Crown of the Blue Ridge,” it’s an experience you mustn’t miss. Stay at the Chetola Resort for the beautiful lake views and cozy up by the fireplace in your room. The spa service at the Bob Timberlake Inn and the excellent food from Timberlake’s add to the joy.
Try skiing together at Appalachian Ski Mtn, with a vertical drop of 365 feet, and visit the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum for some cultural enrichment.
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16. Charleston South Carolina
For a postcard-perfect romantic getaway, Charleston is the stop.
Visit the Cypress Gardens for all things romantic, with foliage, butterflies, and birds. A sunset sail in Charleston Harbor and romantic strolls through the gaslit streets, cobblestone alleyways, and past colorful homes will have you longing for more.
The elegant Southern charm of Charleston is juxtaposed with snappy street fashion and contemporary art. For a beachy weekend, visit Isle of Palms or Folly Beach, seeing as Charleston is by the ocean.
You can shop in King Street, visit the Charleston Tea Garden, the Waterfront Park along the Cooper River, and stay at The Dewberry.
17. Beaufort South Carolina
Beaufort is more than a hidden Lowcountry gem; it’s a transformative destination that has charmed visitors since 1512.
Tucked into historic, winding streets with frames of natural foliage and centuries-old, moss-draped oak trees, Beaufort is a worthy destination for a romantic getaway.
This quaint waterfront town is brimming with entertaining activities. A kayak or stand-up paddleboard outing lets you see the North Carolina coast (courtesy Beaufort Paddle).
A romantic stroll in Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park brings you and your sweetheart to the water-facing swings to watch the boats enter the marina. You could also meander through the art galleries, antique shops, and main street’s boutiques.
Stay at The Anchorage Inn; it has waterfront views and luxurious four-poster beds and is conveniently located in the city’s heart. For a magical sunset cruise, rent a charter boat to the cozy waterfront restaurant – Saltus River Grill.
18. Daufuskie Island South Carolina
A small sea island tucked between Savannah and Hilton Head Island, Daufuskie Island is a paradise beyond.
This is where very little happens, making it the perfect romantic getaway. A ferry is the only way to get to this island, which is best explored by golf cart or bicycle.
The island’s attractions include The Iron Fish Gallery, Silver Dew Winery, and the island’s own rum factory – Daufuskie Island Distillery. There’s also the Daufuskie Blues, the Oyster Union Society Hall, and the Bloody Point Golf Club (with an 18-hole course).
Drop into The Old Daufuskie Crab Company for a funky, relaxed bar and grill.
19. Georgetown South Carolina
South Carolina’s hidden gem – Georgetown is a small Southern coastal town filled with history, charm, and personality and is an hour’s drive northeast of Charleston.
You’ll enjoy the sparkling waterways, vibrant shop fronts, sprawling live oak canopies, and historic homes with gracious porches here.
There’s no place like the town’s only boutique hotel – 620 Prince, for a romantic stay. It’s an 1882 construction, yet it has a modern feel.
Strolling down Front Street and Harborwalk will bring you to funky boutiques and high-end furniture shops. Georgetown has no shortage of fishing charters if you want to go fishing with your partner.
The mouth-watering food at Root includes American cuisine with local roots, seafood, and meat, a full bar, and a gorgeous sunset view with their waterfront dining.
20. Memphis Tennesse
The vibrant city of Memphis, on the banks of the Mississippi River, is not only a getaway for art lovers but also the ones in love.
A romantic stroll through the Memphis Botanic Gardens, a romantic carriage ride through the neon-lit city after dark, a trip to the historic Beale Street, and a visit to the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art; there’s a lot to do in Memphis.
For your romantic stay, go for The Peabody Hotel, which combines an old-world charm with modern conveniences. At Chez Philippe, you can dine on classic gourmet French cuisine.
Don’t miss the craft beer, local BBQ, and a visit to a Blues club for some real Memphis feels.
21. Gatlinburg Tennesse
A top honeymoon destination, Gatlinburg, tucked away in the Smoky Mountains, has stunning mountain scenery.
For the adventurous, outdoorsy couple, there’s white water rafting, ziplining, camping, or fishing. The aerial tramway will take you to the all-seasons mountaintop recreation and amusement park.
Other places worth visiting include the SkyTrail hiking path, SkyDeck amphitheater, SkyCenter mountain shop, and the Tulip Tower observation area. The Pigeon Forge also has many small, unique shops if you’d love to go shopping with your boo.
22. Pigeon Forge Tennesse
A moment can last a lifetime in this little mountain town at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains.
In Pigeon Forge, you have breathtaking mountain views and the thrill of a classic carnival ride with The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel. You can also indulge in a range of activities, including white water rafting, a game of golf, horse riding, hiking, and ziplining, to name a few.
Soak in the riverfront views and the scenic Smoky Mountains with a stay at RiverStone Resort along the Little Pigeon River. The spa at Riverstone Resort will let you and your partner relax, renew, and rejuvenate.
23. Shenandoah Valley Virginia
For a romantic getaway cum outdoor adventure, visit Shenandoah Valley with your partner.
Stay at the Massanutten Resort and hit the ski slopes, or get some couple pampering at the spa.
On Skyline Drive, you can enjoy the breathtaking valley views or go below ground and explore the Luray Caverns.
Then, spend an afternoon winetasting in any of the area’s wineries. Other places to visit include Crabtree Falls, the Natural Bridge, White Oak Lavender Farm, Purple Wolf Vineyard, and Dark Hollow Falls Trail.
A favorite upscale dining experience in Luray, Moonshadows Restaurant is an excellent place for a romantic dinner.
If you’ve been looking for one romantic getaway in the Southeast United States, there are 23 of them listed here.
So whether you have an upcoming anniversary or want to spend quality time with your sweetheart, go to any of these destinations and make unforgettable memories. Perhaps you’d also like to read my other article 27 Most Romantic Cities in the United States (2022).