The holidays are behind us and winter is in full swing, making it the perfect time to snuggle up and reconnect with your loved one during Jackson County’s Secret Season. With fewer crowds, you’ll be able to enjoy more alone time on the trails and vistas all to yourself as you unplug and reconnect. With Valentine’s Day on Sunday this year, you can make the most out of a romantic weekend getaway to the mountains. Here are the top reasons couples love escaping to the Western North Carolina mountain towns of Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro and Sylva.
Check out our 2021 Valentine’s Day Specials at the Bottom of this Article!
1. Waterfalls and romance just go hand in hand.
Due to its prime location in the North Carolina mountains, Jackson County is home to dozens of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Southeast. To enjoy the sights and sounds of these falls, pack a picnic and blanket, a warm throw, and set out on one of the area’s waterfall hikes. It might even turn out to be the ideal spot for a proposal. To help you plan, waterfall maps are available to pick the perfect setting. If you are lucky, you might even get to see a frozen waterfall. Be aware of slippery, icy rocks around the falls this time of year – as we always say, don’t take chances only photos for memories.
2. Get your heart pumping and enjoy some quality time together with a hike.
In addition to gorgeous waterfalls, Jackson County also offers some of the most breathtaking vistas in the region. Set out on one of the many hiking trails and you’ll find more than enough to serve as a backdrop for a photo of the two of you. Our Secret Season is a fantastic–and less crowded–time to spot the natural phenomenon, Shadow of the Bear, viewable on clear sunny days in mid-February. Another spectacular locale for panoramic views is the 4,930-foot crest of Whiteside Mountain. The loop trail to the summit offers scenic beauty at every turn and the perfect photo op at the top.
3. Beer and chocolate make the perfect pair.
Given Jackson County is the home to many shops specializing in sweet treats as well as an Ale Trail full of craft breweries, it’s not surprising the two come together to create the perfect pair. Try beer and chocolate pairings at either Innovation Brewing in Sylva which features Baxley’s Chocolates or Innovation Station in Dillsboro featuring Dillsboro Chocolate Factory. For something with a twist, head to Sylva, where you can enjoy a romantic glass of wine at The Wine Bar and Cellar, or relax with a handcrafted cocktail at The Paper Mill Lounge and Theatre.
4. Indulge in a couple’s massage.
Nothing is more relaxing and indulgent than enjoying a couple’s massage at one of Jackson County’s many spas. After a hike, this can be an amazing afternoon to unwind before drinks and dinner. This is an ideal way to unplug, reconnect and spend quality time together without distractions. Book now before the weekend is full.
5. Learn something new together.
A great bonding experience for any couple is learning something new together. At Sapphire Valley Resort, do just that by taking a couple’s ski or snowboard lesson. When you’re ready, hit the slopes or spend an exhilarating time tubing down the hill. For a delicious and different twist, sign up for a private cooking class at The Barn, where you’ll learn how to create a delicious dinner for two.
6. Plan a romantic dinner.
Speaking of dinner, no romantic getaway is complete without a candlelit dinner for two. This time of year is a great time to sample the cuisine at Jackson County’s top dining establishments with minimal wait times. Of course, you’ll want to plan ahead for Valentine’s Day as both residents and visitors will be out enjoying a fabulous meal for two.
Make the most of Valentine’s Day this year and pick and choose from our list of specials and packages below to customize your romantic retreat in Jackson County. And, given it’s our Secret Season, comfortable and reasonably priced accommodations are easy to find to fit any style and budget. Be sure to download a free Visitors Guide today to make planning easier than ever.
Feature photo of Blue Ridge Parkway by ashleysteffensphoto
Valentine’s Day Specials
Bear Lake Reserve
Book 2 or more WEEKNIGHTS and receive 20% off each night, a complimentary breakfast basket, and an exclusive BLR and Jackson County discount card.
Book a 2-night WEEKEND stay and receive 10% off each night, a $100 Bear Lake Reserve Gift Card, and an exclusive BLR and Jackson County discount card.
Book a 3-night WEEKEND stay and receive 15% off each night, a $150 Bear Lake Reserve Gift Card, and an exclusive BLR and Jackson County discount card.
Address: 412 Lake Forest Drive, Tuckasegee, NC 28783
Valentines Weekend Getaway: Stay Friday and Saturday and get 15% off your stay plus a bottle of bubbles waiting in the room upon arrival!
Come enjoy a romantic weekend getaway in the mountains. Step away from the hustle of bustle and relax in our cozy signature king rooms with a bottle of bubbles and set in for a weekend full of nature, mountain charm, and good vibes.
Address: 7 Slab Town Road, Cashiers, NC 28717
Restaurants and More
Balsam Falls Brewing Co.
On Valentine’s Day, enjoy an exclusive pairing event featuring Fergus the Rat Chocolate Milk Stout and a locally made Red Velvet Cupcake. Kick back and enjoy tasty and fun memories with your loved one.
Address: 506 West Main Street, Sylva, NC 38779
Indulge into delicious chocolate-dipped strawberries, special premade heart boxes, chocolate conversation heart boxes, Rose truffles, and Valentine’s chocolate lollipops.
Address: 546 West Main Street, Sylva, NC 28779
Creekside Oyster House & Grill
Three-Course Valentine’s Day Dinner for two, February 10-12 starting at 4 pm.
Address: 219 West Main Street, Sylva, NC 28779
Dillsboro Chocolate Factory
Long stem strawberries, truffles and shooters! Every year the more strawberries you buy the more you save. A dozen hand-dipped berries in single bean Venezuela cacao with gift box and ribbon is only $39.99. Order today or walk in orders are accepted February 12-14, 2022.
Address: 28 Church Street, Dillsboro, NC 28725
No romantic getaway is complete without a delicious meal. As a guest of Sundog Vacation Rentals, you’ll receive 15% off at Foragers Canteen in historic Dillsboro.
Enjoy lunch and dinner dishes like signature burgers, steaks, salads, and more. A full menu is available on their website.
Address: 42 Depot Street, Dillsboro, NC 28725
Return of the ‘Lovin’ Cup’ Peanut Butter Amber and Nitor Chocolate Stout. The two make almost as good of a pair as you and your loved one!
Address: 414 West Main Street, Sylva, NC 28779
Lazy Hiker Brewing
Enjoy the new brew for Valentine’s Day – a Chocolate Rasberry Sour. Also, try an ‘Adult Shirley Temple’ Sparkling wine with grenadine.
Address: 617 West Main Street, Sylva, NC 28779
Lulus on Main
Enjoy special Valentine’s Day entrees Saturday night, February 12th, at one of Southern Living’s ‘favorite restaurants.’
Address: 678 West Main Street, Sylva, NC 28779
Mad Batter Kitchen
Gotta’ call for the details, but with some delicious meals, it’s worth the dial!
Address: 617 West Main Street, Sylva, NC 28779
The Paper Mill Lounge
Join us for a romantic night of mixology, love, cocktails, and dining! The perfect night of love that includes a 4-course dining experience as Craig & Brad craft cocktails in a very romantic setting. Each attendee will receive a dining experience, cocktail recipes, a gift from the house, floral arrangements, and a good show!
Address: 553 West Main Street, Sylva, NC 28779
Massage & Relaxation
Carole Lilly Massage
Give them the gift of relaxation this Valentine’s Day. With our Loving Lavender package, you can surprise someone you love with everything they need to get the calm and relaxation they deserve. Includes a CLM Relaxation Massage infused with relaxing lavender oil, a French Broad Chocolate Take-Home Gift. All for $100 for the full, 60-minute session + the added extras! YOU and ME Option: $190 for 2! Book your Spa Day here.
Address: 45 King Street, Sylva, NC 28779