Romantic Getaways in Greenville, SC

by Nicole Brown, Demand Media

    Greenville is at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, making it a naturally picturesque city for a romantic getaway. Whether you are visiting or live in Greenville and want to feel like you are getting away from it all for the day or the weekend, there are plenty of things to do as a couple in and around Greenville.

    Bed and Breakfast

    Get away to one of Greenville's bed and breakfasts which cater to couples seeking a romantic experience. Pettigru Place (pettigruplace.com) is in the Pettigru Historic District in downtown Greenville. Pettigru Place offers romance packages that include a one- or two-night stay, breakfast each morning, fresh flowers in your room, champagne, wine and chocolates and a picnic basket with lunch and a blanket for an afternoon picnic. Three miles east of Greenville is the Candleberry Inn Bed and Breakfast and Day Spa (candleberryinn.us), which is on nearly two acres with five guestrooms to choose from. Each guestroom includes its own bathroom. For guests who really want to relax, the Candleberry Inn features spa treatments. Couples can order massages, manicures and pedicures accompanied by lunch or a light dinner.

    Blue Ridge Mountains

    Greenville allows easy access to the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains, which offer plenty of adventure for couples who want an outdoor getaway. Just four miles from Greenville, Paris Mountain State Park offers fishing, hiking trails, camping and boating; the park's historic bathhouse is one of its main attractions. Jones Gap State Park is less than 25 miles from Greenville and is home to the scenic Middle Saluda River. Jones Gap has miles of hiking trails, fishing and camping facilities in this park known for its deep mountain cove.

    Wine and Dine

    Greenville is home to plenty of restaurants that provide couples with the kind of atmosphere ideal for romance. High Cotton (mavericksouthernkitchens.com) serves traditional Southern fare with a contemporary flare. On the waterfront in downtown Greenville, High Cotton features fresh, local ingredients, so many of its menu items change frequently. At High Cotton you will find dishes such as lump crab cakes, North Carolina trout, and scallops and pork belly. Larkin's on the River (larkinsontheriver.com) is at Peace Center in downtown Greenville and features "Aged Steaks, Fresh Fish and Old Wine." Larkin's serves fresh seafood from the Carolina and Florida coasts. With dishes such as oysters on the half shell, veal osso bucco and shrimp and grits, guests will find a dish to suit their palate. Larkin's features an extensive wine list selected by the restaurant's certified sommelier.

    Music to the Ears

    The Greenville Symphony Orchestra (greenvillesymphony.org) features a Masterworks Series, in which the full symphony plays history's greatest classical masterpieces; the Chamber Orchestra Series includes small, intimate performances with insight from the orchestra's conductor. Dress up in semiformal attire (standard dress code for the symphony) and make a complete date night out by enjoying dinner at a nearby restaurant before or after the concert.

    About the Author

    Nicole Brown has been a freelance writer since 2007. She works as an administrative professional in the legal field and does freelance writing part-time. She has an associate degree in business administration from American Intercontinental University and a bachelor's degree in public administration from the University of Phoenix.