February 11, 2015 · Matthew Coats
The Southeast’s Most Romantic Travel Destinations
Another Valentine’s Day is closing in which often means flowers, chocolate, and all the other typical sappy stuff. But, why not do something different this year and take your partner on an adventure? A Valentine’s Day weekend getaway will surely create lasting memories far greater than an empty box of chocolate or dead flowers.
So, lets explore some great locations to experience a great Valentines Day, one to remember!
Our top 5 list will includes places from around the southeast that have something for everyone.
St. Augustine, FL
History comes alive in America’s oldest city as guests stroll through the ancient streets and explore this spanish colony. Visit Castillo De San Marcos, Lightner Museum, and even “discover” the Fountain of Youth!
St. Augustine is home to many high end, romantic Bed and Breakfasts. My Tip? Skip the chain hotels and go B&B. They are located in the heart of the city where you can step out and instantly be in the heart of it all.
George Street is the main drag and is only explorable by foot, making persuing the charming streets easy. With unique shops, restaurants and small museums, it makes a great location to stroll with your partner. At night, live music, drinks, and even dancing can be enjoyed from many local restaurants or outdoor venues.
Another very old historic city located along the coast of South Carolina, Charleston is a foodie and history buff paradise. With so many award winning restaurants, you and your partner will have a hard time choosing! Enjoy everything from the latest in “New South” to traditional lowcountry and soul food favorites.
If you and your partner aren’t into history, there are many other sights to see, the South Carolina Aquarium makes a great addition to any trip and be sure to take a stroll through Magnolia Plantation. The flowers and grace of this plantation will put even the hardest of souls into a romantic mood.
Myrtle Beach, SC
It’s time to cut loose and really have some fun in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Rent a convertible and drive down Ocean Boulevard, taking in all the sights and sounds of this lively beach side town.
Myrtle Beach offers something for every couple from expertly choreographed shows, live music, and of course, the beautiful beaches of the Grand Strand.
Rekindle your romance by enjoying the numerous mini-golf courses – it will be just like when you were teenagers! Or, check out one of the many local shops, arcades, and restaurants. You can win a stuffed animal for your sweetheart at skeeball and then enjoy a nice romantic dinner out at a oceanfront restaurant.
This booming metropolis is filled to the brim with big city thrills. Take in a performance at the Fox Theatre, explore the one of the world’s biggest aquariums, or explore the history behind America’s favorite soft drink at World of Coke.
If a park stroll sounds more up your alley, swing by Piedmont Park and explore a large park that is away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It features a fantastic botanical garden filled with exotic plants and flowers.
Little Palm Island (Little Torch Island) Key
For the ULTIMATE Valentines Day Weekend, go all out and reserve a cabin at Little Palm Island, a private island, only accessible by boat in the Florida Keys.
This is a true getaway, no kids allowed, and little to do but reconnect with nature and your loved one. This destination may not be for everyone, but for those looking for the ultimate getaway and luxury, Little Palm Island will fit that bill.
If your worried that its too remote, don’t fret too much, with an onsite spa, restaurants (Including in suite dining) and boat rentals, there’s plenty to do (or not) on this small remote island.
What is your dream Valentine’s Day getaway destination? If you need a little inspiration, check out the Travel Channel’s list of most romantic destinations and let us know what you think!