February is the month of love, and there’s no better place than the North Carolina Mountains to celebrate your valentine. Against our spectacular mountain backdrop, it’s easy to fall in love all over again during your romantic getaway to our quaint and charming towns. We’ve made planning your escape easy with our Six Ways to Celebrate the One You Love in Jackson County, NC!
1 – Sweets for Your Sweetie
Whether it’s the exclamation point at the end of a fine meal or a token of affection, a Valentine’s Day sweet treat is the perfect touch to your romantic celebration. Jackson County has two chocolatiers waiting for you: Baxley’s Chocolates in Sylva or Dillsboro Chocolate Factory, where you’ll find a variety of small-batch, handmade confections. Indulge in truffles, chocolate-covered strawberries, caramels, fudge and more, all guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth. Take home treats in small box that are much tastier than what you’ll find in a big box store!
2 – Table for Two
Our thriving culinary scene means Jackson County offers plenty of romantic choices for an intimate table for two. Consider The Orchard Restaurant in Cashiers, a 1900s-era farmhouse featuring dining featuring seasonal dishes with Southern flavor. In Sapphire, Mica’s Restaurant & Pub has been a local favorite for more than 35 years, offering a full menu served year round. Enjoy the warm blazes of the stacked-stone fireplace in the large dining room while dining on prime steaks, fresh-caught trout or even made-from-scratch NY-style pizza.
At Lulu’s on Main in Sylva, choose from a wealth of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free items, including their Veggie Noodles with Szechuan or Thai peanut sauce. Lulu’s also offers a hearty meatloaf entree and Chicken Piccata or Marsala. And don’t sleep on their daily specials!
In Dillsboro, Boot’s Steakhouse lives up to its name with choice cuts served in a cozy dining room. Entrees are made from scratch, and the diverse menu also includes trout and seafood.
3 – Toast Your Love
During your getaway, take time to raise a glass to each other. You’ll find local breweries, boutique wine bars and spots for crafted cocktails throughout Jackson County. In Sylva, don’t miss Santé – The Wine Bar, your place to purchase a hand-selected bottle of vino or settle into a comfortable spot for a glass or two. With its upscale lounge environment, The Lobby Bar and wine shop at Hotel Cashiers is an ideal place to enjoy a great cocktail, a unique glass of wine or local craft beer. New to the scene is Enloe House Wine Bar in Dillsboro, in a charming 1885 restored building on Front Street. For something innovative, meet the mixologist at The Cut Cocktail Lounge or hit the Jackson County Ale Trail to experience breweries in Sylva, Dillsboro and Cashiers.
4 – Couples Spa Day
What’s better than a spa day? A spa day for two! Enjoy some R&R together at one of our spas, such as Canyon Spa at Lonesome Valley in Sapphire or Fusions Spa & Wellness in Sylva. Located in the former caretaker’s cottage, Canyon Spa uses products that feature all-natural ingredients in a soothing, cozy environment. Fusions Spa offers an array of treatments, from massage to inversion to dry salt therapy, and a fitness center with state-of-the-art cardio and strength equipment A couples massage will provide relaxation after a morning hike and leave you refreshed for dinner!
5 – Take Your Relationship to New Heights
Speaking of hikes, take advantage of the longer-range views that winter affords and plot out a trek! Throughout Jackson County, you’ll find miles of hiking trails for all skill levels. Good for the body, mind and soul, hiking is a wonderful way to enjoy quality time together. Along many of these trails, you’ll reach overlooks where you can experience a breathtaking view together. Select a hike that leads to one of our nearly 30 waterfalls, which provide a perfect backdrop for a romantic afternoon. Winter weather often creates breathtaking frozen falls. Don’t forget to dress warmly and in layers, with sturdy shoes that prevent slipping on any icy areas. Pack a picnic or snack and plenty of water; just remember to Leave No Trace®.
6 – Romantic Retreats
Of course, no Valentine’s Day getaway is complete without an intimate and serene place to escape. Whether it’s a quaint bed and breakfast, a luxe lodge or a cozy cabin with a fireplace and hot tub, you’ll find spots to snuggle. And now is a great time to book and take advantage of special Secret Season offers!
So, take the stress out of the day and plan an easy trip with your love. Jackson County is waiting. Download your free Visitor Guide today!
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