Known for its mountainous beauty, great food, and thriving art scene, Asheville is a great location for a proposal. You'll be able to enjoy nature by taking a relaxing hike or admiring the lovely spring blossoms, then have dinner and drinks at a cosmopolitan restaurant. Asheville has a young vibe like Portland or Austin that makes for great nightlife. Here are a few of the best places to propose:
In the Great Outdoors
One of the best known destinations in Asheville is Chimney Rock, located in Chimney Rock State Park
. The monolith is 535 million years old, and you can stand atop it and enjoy views that span 75 miles. At sunset, you'll be able to see Hickory Nut Gorge glow, and this is the perfect place to pop the question. There are plenty of hikes in the park that are suitable for different skill levels. The Hickory Nut Falls trail
leads to a 404-foot waterfall, which appears in The Last of the Mohicans,
and it provides a gorgeous backdrop for a proposal.
North Carolina Arboretum
Nature lovers will swoon over the North Carolina Arboretum
, which boasts a total of 434 acres, 65 of which are cultivated gardens
. They include one of the most extensive bonsai collections in the country and a number of specialized gardens, including azalea and holly gardens. There are plenty of indoor and outdoor exhibits to enjoy, as well as 10 miles of hiking and biking trails. You're sure to find a quiet green space to present your sweetheart with a sparkling diamond cluster ring
If your lady is a romantic at heart, the Biltmore Estate
is one of the best places to propose. It is America's largest home and looks like a fairy-tale castle. Pack a picnic and either drive or bike past the house and gardens, toward the winery. You'll find a spot secluded enough to share your life-changing moment together. Between late March and late May, the Festival of Flowers takes place in Biltmore's gardens. The tulips, pansies, azaleas, and other flowers will take your breath away.
At a Romantic Restaurant
Eating at Horizons at Grove Park Inn
is a splurge, but one that you'll find well worthwhile. The piano music, extensive wine list, and gorgeous view of Appalachia set the scene for romance, especially if you dine at sunset. Attire is formal, and a jacket is required. Enjoy classic dishes such as lobster bisque -- which is famously delicious at Horizons -- venison, and scallops. This will be a meal that neither of you will ever forget.
What could be more romantic than tapas and wine? Zamba Wine Tapas and Cuisine
is full of ambience with its soft lighting and Spanish decor. Zamba offers both traditional Spanish tapas, such as patatas bravas, and a modern twist on tapas, such as pomegranate braised pork spring rolls. Some say that this restaurant serves the best food in town. Enjoy jazz later in the evening, and celebrate the next chapter of your relationship with a toast!
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