Best Getaways For Parents Near Charlotte

Parenting is a high-stress occupation and couples deserve a quick getaway from the daily grind. We've selected the region's top spots for a relaxing escape specifically designed for adults. All of these destinations can be reached within an approximately two-hour drive of Charlotte. While children are welcome at these resorts, the activities are aimed at helping adults relax and unwind.
Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort
777 Casino Drive
Cherokee, NC 28719
(828) 497-7777

Set high in the mountains of North Carolina, Harrah's Cherokee Resort is one of the state's top destinations, even more so since the addition of live table games, including blackjack, craps and roulette, in its casino. However, these adult games aren't the resort's only attractions. You can watch nationally known music acts and magicians in the new 3,000-seat Event Center, play golf at Sequoyah National Golf Club or be pampered Balinese-style in the Mandara Spa. Accommodations are available in the adjacent towers with superb mountain views, indoor and outdoor pools and a selection of restaurants offering everything from steak to noodles, including the new Chefs Stage Buffet. Just outside of the resort grounds, guests can explore the fascinating village of Cherokee, as well as all of the outdoor activities of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park next door.

The Inn at Celebrity Dairy
144 Celebrity Dairy Way
Siler City, NC 27344
(919) 742-5176

Escape to the country at this inn on a working goat dairy farm. A variety of rooms furnished in antiques from 100 years ago are available for overnight stays and include a farm breakfast featuring free range eggs and fresh goat cheese made at the dairy. Activities on the farm include hiking and mountain biking as well as watching the goats being milked morning and evening. Celebrity Dairy is located in the heart of North Carolina's Seagrove pottery making district, and the charming towns of Pittsboro and Siler City, filled with galleries, are nearby.

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The Inn On Biltmore Estate
1 Lodge St.
Asheville, NC 28803
(828) 225-1333

From a grand country estate built by the Vanderbilts, Biltmore has evolved into an adult playground with a plethora of activities and attractions. In addition to tours of the historic mansion, you can taste award-winning wines in the Biltmore Winery, tour the gardens in a horse-drawn carriage or explore the extensive grounds via Segway, Land Rover, bikes or on horseback. Kayaking and rafting on the French Broad River, shooting on the sporting clays course and fly-fishing are available for beginners or experts. The elegant Inn on the estate offers many packages that include activities and tours as well as dining at the estate's collection of restaurants and treatments at the Inn's Spa.

The Mast Farm Inn
2543 Broadstone Road
Banner Elk, NC 28604
(828) 963-5857

Set in Valle Crusis, the state's first rural historic district, The Mast Farm Inn offers a variety of relaxing experiences especially designed for adult getaways. Activities include world-class fly fishing, hiking in Linville Gorge, canoe picnics, cooking classes with award-winning executive chef Andrew Long and woodworking workshops. Overnight accommodations are available in the historic farmhouse as well as several private cottages on the grounds, with farm-to-table gourmet meals based on Southern classics served in the onsite restaurant Simplicity. The Mast Farm has come up with a many creative specials designed for couples, from the "Message in a Bottle" romance package to the "Playing Hooky Picnic."

Treehouse Vineyards
301 Bay St.
Monroe, NC 28112
(704) 283-4208

Situated in nearby Monroe, Treehouse Vineyards produces award-winning muscadine and viniferous wines made from organically fertilized grapes. You can visit the tasting room year-round, and from April to November, enjoy Live at the Vines concerts on Saturday evenings. Couples can spend the night in the Treehouse Vineyards' unique Papa's Dream Treehouse equipped with a double bed loft, phone, heating and air conditioning, kitchen, bathroom and a porch with grill and swings, all with a view over the vineyards and pond. The smaller Date Night Treehouse, with a rocking chair porch set 30 feet in the air, rents by the hour and is perfect for a picnic, listening to the Saturday night concert or just enjoying a bottle of wine away from it all.

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