Southern cities in the US have a great deal to offer to romantic travelers, including the sometimes overlooked Hickory, North Carolina. A short drive away from Charlotte, Hickory has several attractions that would brighten any couple's vacation. Whether you're a science lover, a spa lover, or an art lover, Hickory has something for you.
Hickory Museum of Art
For a romantic stroll around an art gallery, go to the Hickory Museum of Art. This museum is free to visit, and exhibits mostly American artwork from the 19th and 20th centuries. This museum was one of the first in the country to devote its walls to American artists. It's also the second oldest museum in North Carolina. Take a stroll through the museum with the person you love and discuss the artwork you see there.
This lovely antebellum house sits very close to downtown Hickory. Bring your loved one and take part in a self-guided, free tour. You can also pay someone to take you around the house, but you might find it more romantic if you go by yourselves. The Italianate architecture has been preserved, along with the antiques that furnish the inside of the home. Built for Western NC Railroad agent Adolphus Lafayette Shulford, the house eventually fell into the hands of the Hickory Landmarks Society. In 1973, it joined the list of the National Registry of Historic Places. If you're thinking of getting married, you can rent the house for weddings and post-wedding parties. Just remember, no photography is allowed inside the house.
Catawba Science Center
If you're a couple interested in science, try going to the Catawba Science Center in Hickory. This natural science museum offers attractions such as a planetarium, hands-on tanks in the aquarium, and several other exhibits. You can take your partner to the Hall of Astronomy and experience simulated space travel together. This would provide a romantic and educational experience for you and your partner.
Spas in Hickory
If you and your partner need some pampering, Hickory has several spas that offer great couple's packages. In particular, Posh Salon and Day Spa is a local favorite. This salon offers manicures, pedicures, massage, facials, and body treatments. Talk with your partner to figure out what package is right for you. Other popular spas in the area are Le Grande Salon and Day Spa, Body Renewal Spa, and Appalachian Spa Ventures.
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