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
20% off Valentine’s weekend accommodations with code Love21 when you book online or email firstname.lastname@example.org to plan your getaway.*This offer is for new bookings only and cannot be combined with any other offer. Subject to the availability of participating homes. Cleaning fee and Occupancy, State, and County sales tax is not included.
Address: 412 Lake Forest Drive, Tuckasegee, NC 28783
If you’re looking for a romantic Valentine’s Day Getaway, then look no further! The Laurelwood Inn located in Cashiers, offers a wonderful boutique hotel experience perfect for a romantic retreat. During the month of February, stay two nights get the third night free.
Address: 58 NC-107, Cashiers, NC 28717
Red Bear Cabin on Lake Glenville
The Perfect 4-night getaway (Feb. 12-15). Show your loved ones how much they mean to you by taking a lakeside retreat to the NC Mountains. Enjoy three nights for the price of two for two couples or the whole family. You’ll enjoy a complimentary bottle of wine or champagne, a treat basket, as well as the hiking trails and lakeside amenities. Head into Cashiers for a romantic dinner and enjoy the best that the crossroads has to offer from fine dining to shopping.
Address: 425 White Squirrel Trail, Glenville, NC 28736
Sundog Vacation Rentals
Save 15% off our nightly rates when you book a romantic Smoky Mountain getaway over Valentine’s Day weekend. Get cozy with the one you love between February 11-14 and use the extra money you save on a romantic dinner for two.
Choose from properties equipped with indoor and outdoor fireplaces, perfect for cuddling in front of; Jacuzzis and hot tubs for warming up after winter walks in the woods; or wrap-around porches with breath-taking views of nearby mountains, lakes, and rivers. Our mountain resort homes and cottages are conveniently located close to skiing, tubing, snowboarding, hiking, and all the outdoor activities and excursions you expect to find in the Blue Ridge mountains.
Address: 702 W Main Street Suite 200, Sylva, NC 28779
Book online and receive 20% off the entire stay with code DiscoverNC. Valid February 1-28, 2021.
Restaurants and More
Balsam Falls Brewing Co.
Register for a Couples Swing Dancing Event on February 10th, from 6-8 p.m. A beer and dessert pairing will be also be offered from February 10th-14th.
Address: 506 West Main Street, Sylva, NC 38779
Indulge into delicious chocolate-dipped strawberries, a heart-shaped box of chocolate or a small box of chocolate conversation heats all available in store. Make sure to order by February 10th.
Address: 546 West Main Street, Sylva, NC 28779
City Lights Café
For those looking to celebrate at home or cozied up in a vacation rental, pick up a WIne-Cheese & Chocolate Strawberry Package, Pup-Lover Package, and/or a Special Café-At-Home Meal!
Address: 3 East Jackson Street, Sylva, NC 28779 (Entrance on Spring Street)
Creekside Oyster House & Grill
February 11-13th, have Valentine’s Day dinner for two, including an appetizer, main course, and dessert for $60.
Address: 219 West Main Street, Sylva, NC 28779
Dillsboro Chocolate Factory
Valentines Weekend! Buy a dozen of our huge long stem chocolate-covered strawberries and get these deals:
Buy 6 Berries and get either 2 free turtles or ¼ pound of fudge
Buy 12 berries and get either 4 turtles or ½ pound of fudge
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
Delicious specials for Valentine’s Weekend include: local charcuterie board, and wine/appetizer/entrée/dessert combos to enjoy safely at home or your vacation rental.
Address: 606 West Main Street, Sylva, NC 28779
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
Although closed on Sunday, you can enjoy special Valentine’s Day entrees Saturday night, February 13th, 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 Farmhouse Mercantile and Coffee Bar
Try some Valentine’s Day flavors for a quick pick-me-up including Chocolate Covered Strawberry, Cupid’s Bow and Arrow, Secret Admirer, and many more!
Address: 582 West Main Street, Sylva, NC 28779
The Paper Mill Lounge
Safley gather together for a Valentine’s Social on Saturday, February 13th from 6-10 p.m. Get the sequins and ties out for a 1920’s style meet-up in the heated open-air pavilion. Enjoy DJs, dancing, food, and drink specials!
Address: 553 West Main Street, Sylva, NC 28779
White Moon Café
Try their caffeinated drink special flavored for Valentine’s Day!
Address: 545 Mill Street, Sylva, NC 28779
Castle Ladyhawke at Bear Lake Reserve
Castle Ladyhawke at Bear Lake Reserve has decided to run a special to help bring some light to the wedding world. Valid February 12th-15th, 2021, elopement package includes: 14 guests max, officiant, choice of time frame – 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm, simple flowers, Bouquet and Boutonniere, event chairs with set-up and breakdown, champagne service with 2 keepsake flutes, Castellan, transportation to and from wedding, 2-night accommodations for the wedding couple at Bear Lake Reserve, dozen fresh roses and local chocolates, and a $100 BLR Dinner Voucher valid during your stay.