Highlands, North Carolina is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, making it the perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway. Whether you’re an adventurous couple or prefer a cozy evening by a fire, Highlands has something special to offer. Here are five ways to spend your Valentine's Day at the Height of Happiness.  

1. Mountain Hike 

Spend time in nature with your loved one. A leisurely hike in the blue ridge mountains is the perfect way to enjoy the crisp mountain air and beautiful scenery while spending time together. Head to Whiteside Mountain for a thrilling hike with breathtaking views, or head to the Glen Falls Trail for the perfect waterfall backdrop to your Valentine's Day adventure.  

2. Cozy Dining  

Highlands is home to many restaurants that have the perfect romantic setting- cozy fireplaces, intimate seating and wonderful food and drinks. One of our many fine dining restaurants will be sure to create the perfect romantic dining experience.  

3. Wine Tasting 

Spend an evening enjoying wine and charcuterie at one of our wine shops or vineyards. The cozy wine shops in town have extensive selections of wine for you and your partner to enjoy while spending a relaxing evening in Highlands. With two wine shoppes and a vineyard just a few minutes from town, there are plenty of mountainous settings to choose from to enjoy a glass or two of wine on Valentine’s Day.  

4. Spa Day  

Book relaxation time at Old Edwards Inn & Spa, one of the Ten Best Hotel Spas in the U.S. Spend the whole day at the Spa at Old Edwards enjoying the sauna, steam room and whirlpools. If you’re planning a day full of other adventures, make sure to relax for a moment and squeeze in a couples massage at one of the wonderful massage studios in town like Unfurl.  

5. Scenic Drive 

A romantic scenic drive is the perfect way to end a romantic getaway, head out on one of the many beautiful drives in the Highlands area. February is the perfect time of year for taking in unobstructed mountain views. Head down horse cove road for a windy mountain drive or take U.S. 64 West toward Franklin for stunning views of the Cullasaja Gorge.