Find your heart song this Valentine’s in the N.C. mountains of Jackson County

Valentine’s Day – Whiteside Mountain

Find your heart song this Valentine’s in the N.C. mountains of Jackson County

Reconnect with your sweetheart during Valentine’s season with a romantic retreat to the picturesque mountain towns of Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro and Sylva.

Paint the town red at our cocktail lounges, wine bars and craft breweries. Shake off the mid-winter doldrums with a dose of the great outdoors. Or relax under a Smoky Mountain sunset with a vase of roses by the hot tub.

From upscale resorts to rustic hideaways, and chic hotels to intimate bed and breakfasts, Jackson County delivers a diverse array of accommodations. The only hard part is picking one.

As for the rest? We’ve got your itinerary covered with three unique themes for a Valentine’s getaway.

Nature lovers

Escape into the great outdoors with a couple’s adventure in the Smoky Mountains. Take a hike with crisp, long-range summit views, revel in the serenity of the winter woods, or explore a frozen waterfall.

Put some zip in your Valentine’s Day celebrations with a zip line adventure through the tree tops along the snow-covered slopes of Ski Sapphire Valley. Or get a little zany, Appalachian-style, with the Great Outhouse Races. The bodacious contestants will take to the slopes of Sapphire Valley in hand-built outhouses mounted on skis  on Saturday, February 17.

Lastly, hit the slopes with your valentine. Skiing is an ideal couple’s bonding experience. Whether you’re new to the slopes or a pro on the snow, Ski Sapphire Valley will get your adrenaline flowing.

Get intimate

The tranquil mountains of Jackson County provide the perfect backdrop to unplug and rekindle your romantic spirit.

Indulge in a couple’s spa session with five distinct spas to choose from.

Set the stage for romance with hand-crafted confections by our two local chocolatiers: Baxley’s Chocolates in downtown Sylva and Dillsboro Chocolate Factory in Dillsboro.

Baxley’s is renowned for its small-batch specialty creations with high-quality ingredients, including gorgeous caramels, signature toffees, malted milk malls and delectable meltaways. Dillsboro Chocolate Factory serves up chocolate shooters of creamy ganache in toasting cordial cups, rich hand-made truffles, a famous line of fudge in 15 flavors and their award-winning spicy Aztec Turtles.

Cap it off with the perfect bottle of wine or champagne from among the curated selections at Papous Wine Shop in Sylva.

Paint the town red

The cozy mountain towns of Sylva, Dillsboro and Cashiers are pulling out the stops with Valentine’s-themed dinners and drink specials.

For classy charm in a relaxed ambiance, try The Cut Cocktail Lounge or Paper Mill Lounge and Theater in downtown Sylva, both purveyors of sophisticated, signature cocktails. Savor a pint of Lovin’ Cup at Innovation Brewing Company in Sylva, a special Valentine’s release blending chocolate stout and peanut butter amber – think a Reese’s Cup in a glass.

The entertainment calendar includes a Mardi Gras crawfish boil at The Cut Cocktail Lounge in Sylva, complete with beads and a mask making station on Tuesday, February 13, and an Aquarius Birthday Bash at Balsam Falls Brewing Company in Sylva on Friday, February 16. Thursday nights serve up a live jazz duo at Innovation Brewing Company, with music on tap at The Ugly Dog Pub in Cashiers every Thursday and Saturday.

For some art and culture, catch a theatrical production of J.B. by the Western Carolina University School of Stage and Screen in Cullowhee running February 8 through 11. You can also get inspired by the Western Carolina Inspirational Choir performing Monday, February 12, at the Jackson County Historic Courthouse or celebrate the universal language of amore with the annual World Languages Poetry Night at WCU in Cullowhee on Thursday, February 15.