5 Romantic Vacations in the Spring

Spring break is not just for school kids.

it can be enjoyed by couples as well.  By using some careful planning, you will be able to avoid the spring break crowds (and noisy kids) and enjoy some romantic times together.

Biltmore House

Located in the mountains of Asheville, NC, the Biltmore House is known as the largest home in America.  It was owned by George Vanderbilt, and it is a beautiful 250-room mansion that took 6 years to build.  Self-guided tours allow you to visit the three-story home and the basement.

If you are in the mood for a longer stroll through the gardens, there are 2.5 miles of paths to walk through the beautiful gardens.  Plus, there are beautiful grounds and gorgeous flowers to view while you are visiting.  Some of the flowers that you might see in the spring are Darwin Hybrid Tulips, Poppies, Snapdragons, Pansies, Azaleas, flowering shrubs, forsythia bushes, and flowering cherry, dogwood & redbud trees.

Grove Park Inn

A few miles away is the Grove Park Inn.  This large hotel is situated on top of a mountain ridge with stunning views facing the west.  The hotel has casual and fine dining options for a romantic evening away.  Make sure you set some time aside to sit on the enormous back porch and watch the sunset past the Blue Ridge Mountains.  This is one event that you will truly treasure.

A friendly tip: Practice with your camera or phone, before going, on how to take pictures in bright sunlight facing the sun.  With a few bits of help, you’ll be photographing memories that will make your friends jealous.

Charleston, SC

With a little (extra) careful planning, you will be able to visit museums, old forts, and the beach while touring Charleston, SC and it’s surrounding area.  Charleston “is defined by its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages, and pastel antebellum houses, particularly in the elegant French Quarter and Battery districts.”  You will be able to visit some beautiful southern homes and tour how the Civil War affected this town during its battles.

At the waterfront, the Battery and many old cannons still stand. From here you are able to enjoy gorgeous views of the water as well as seeing a glimpse of Fort Sumpter.  Plan to take the Fort Sumpter tour boat; a short 15 minute ride each way will allow you to explore this fort close up.  The first shots fired of the Civil War were done at Fort Sumpter.   There are free walking tours when you get there or feel free to just mosey around and take it all in for yourself.  A small inside museum is there as well, and a tiny gift shop for some fun souvenirs.

A friendly tip: Wear a wind-breaker jacket if the temperature is 70 or below.  The fort is on an island and can be extremely windy. In addition, the boat ride back and forth can get overly windy so a jacket will probably feel good.

Washington, D.C.

Visiting our nation’s capital is a great destination for those who love to study American history.  The Smithsonian National Institute has many museums to visit, most of which are free to explore.  The National Zoo and Air and Space Museum are true highlights for most visitors.

A friendly tip: Schedule your trip before or after the Cherry Blossom Festival.  While the blooming cherry trees are gorgeous, they also bring large amounts of crowds.  Plan your event carefully around this time frame.

Make time to visit the monuments at night; while the daytime is the most popular, the easiest time is after dinner.  The Washington and Lincoln monuments are all lit up at night and make for some very romantic strolls.  Also, there is not much shade at these locations, so visiting them after sunset will make the experience so much more enjoyable.

Cruising

Planning a quality cruise requires a good deal of planning…especially during the spring break crowds.  Some ships charge heavier prices during spring break, and others keep similar discounts going throughout the year.  When looking for a cruise, choose a vacation that is 7 days or longer.  The short 3-5 day trips will have larger younger crowds such as parents with children and 20-year-olds wanting to party.  If a 7-day trip is not possible for you, choose a cruise line that caters to a quieter vacation such as Princess Cruise Line.

 Resources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charleston,_South_Carolina