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Best Activities For a Romantic Getaway in Durham

Looking forward to quality time enjoyed alongside the one you love most is always something special. Knowing you get to spend a romantic getaway in scenic Durham, North Carolina makes it that much better! The following are just a few of the many ways to celebrate your love the next time you’re in town.

From romantic adventures to fine dining and everything in between, you’ll feel like your fairytale has come true! Access our complimentary Vacation Guide and create the perfect itinerary for this magical time!  

Plan on Spending Time Together in the Great Outdoors

When you and your partner connect best in the fresh air and sunshine, Durham offers plenty of romantic outdoor places to explore together during your stay. Head over to Durham Central Park to take photos together, enjoy a leisurely stroll, or try a dance class under the pavilion all while staying within easy reach of the heart of downtown. A trip through the Sarah P. Duke Gardens is equally romantic and appealing for couples in Durham. This stop features 55 colorful acres of botanic gardens to explore hand-in-hand as well as shaded benches to settle on when you’re looking to relax and unwind and simply savor the view together. These gardens are frequently used by couples for marriage proposals so if you have something planned for your special someone, this could be just the place to bring the moment together!

A Lenten rose blooms in the Spring Woodland at Duke Gardens. Photo by Sally Bornbusch.

Grab a Drink and Toast to Your Love

Durham is home to a variety of inviting and romantic cocktail and wine bars for couples to enjoy while they’re visiting the area. Make it a savory moment alongside your better half with a visit to Bar Virgile where you can pair a classic cocktail with a super cozy atmosphere. A drink enjoyed at the Louella Wine Bar is also worth your while when you’re looking for bold flavors served up in a more laid-back setting. At Killer Queen’s, couples can cozy up on the back patio on loveseats situated under bistro lights. If the weather happens to be chilly, blankets are included with your wine order.

Enjoy a Show

Couples who connect over entertainment will love every minute spent together enjoying a show at the Durham Performing Arts Center. From Broadway shows and concerts to comedy sets and dance, you can pick and choose your show to match your romantic couple style perfectly. For a more intimate theater setting in town, try a performance at The Carolina Theatre as well.


Savor the Moment

Durham is a city brimming over with amazing eateries to check out but when you’re looking for a romantic venue in which to savor the moment, Bleu Olive is the place to be. Located in the Hillandale neighborhood, this restaurant features friendly service, locally sourced ingredients, and a beautiful setting to enjoy. The menu features Mediterranean cuisine dished up at tables topped in white cloths and a wine list that’s made to match.

Visit the Durham Salt Cave Together

A little pampering goes a long way when you’re looking forward to a romantic retreat. Top off the experience with a couple’s trip to the Durham Salt Cave while you’re in town. This stop features everything from salt therapy and a sound bath to customized massage options on-site. No matter what you choose to enjoy, you’ll be melting away tension and you’re sure to leave looking and feeling your very best as a couple.

Book Romantic Accommodations to Match the Moment

Elevate your romantic getaway further by booking beautiful and personalized accommodations at Arrowhead Inn. Reach out today to learn more and to get started planning!