Romantic Weekend Getaways in Tennessee

Reignite romance on the Cumberland River in Nashville.Reignite romance on the Cumberland River in Nashville.

With the majestic Smoky Mountains, gentle rolling hills of the countryside and two music-loving cities, romance isn't hard to uncover in Tennessee. The diverse geography of the state and the distinct cultures of its biggest cities only add to its appeal. Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway that includes big city excitement, small town charm or total seclusion, Tennessee has getaway options for every type of couple.

Country Music Love

Couples that love country music will fall in love with Tennessee's capital city, Nashville. Hear music from up-and-coming country artists and songwriters at the intimate Bluebird Cafe, or get dressed up for a night out at the Grand Ole Opry to see a major country music star perform. Take a stroll with your love to the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge at sunset for pristine city views and a romantic ambience. Hop aboard the General Jackson Showboat for a dinner cruise down the Cumberland River. In addition to an elegant meal, the cruise includes live entertainment from a six-piece cover band. Romantic accommodations in Nashville include The Timothy Demonbreun House, which features rooms with fireplaces, claw-foot bathtubs and serves a made-to-order breakfast daily. For a swankier stay, the luxurious Hermitage Hotel offers a romance package that includes Champagne and strawberries upon arrival, a personal concierge and turn-down service in a junior suite.

Love in the Smokies

Head to the majestic Smoky Mountain National Park in eastern Tennessee for an outdoor adventure. Many cabin companies in the small towns near or within the Smoky Mountains have romantic cabins that offer privacy in a beautiful forest setting. Cabins of the Smoky Mountains, for example, features a number of one-bedroom cabins with fireplaces, whirlpool bathtubs, hot tubs and fully equipped kitchens. Add on a romantic package that includes a candlelight dinner for two, roses and a gourmet breakfast. In addition to a romantic cabin stay, you and your love can explore 800 miles of hiking trails, bicycle along the scenic Cades Cove loop or go horseback riding through the mountains. Take a quiet drive through the Smokies at dawn or dusk for sweeping panoramic views of the mountains, rivers and forests that make up the park.

Memphis Romance

Home to blues legends, jazz greats and the king of rock 'n' roll, Memphis is the place for couples seeking good music and laid-back leisure. Stroll through the Beale Street Historic District and grab a cozy table to hear the sounds of blues legends at B.B. King's, or dance the night away at the Rum Boogie Cafe. Take a riverboat dinner cruise with Memphis Riverboats, which includes a barbecue dinner and a band that takes live requests. If you are Elvis fans, a pilgrimage to his Memphis home, Graceland, is a must. Choose the romantic Love Me Tender package, which includes accommodation at the Heartbreak Hotel across the street from Graceland, a platinum tour, Champagne flutes, chocolates and a CD of Elvis love songs. For upscale accommodations, check out the historic Peabody Hotel, famous for the daily march of the resident ducks through the main lobby. The hotel also offers Romeo & Juliet loft suites for couples that feature spiral staircases and a fireplace.

Tennessee Wine Country

Head to the rolling hills outside of Nashville for a wine retreat in the countryside. Among the notable area wineries, Arrington Vineyards offers daily tastings and also sells gourmet cheese and chocolates. On select weekends, it hosts the free "Music in the Vines" concert series featuring local country and jazz musicians. Take the DelMonaco Wine Excursion and hop aboard a 1950s-era passenger train from the Tennessee Central Railway Museum in Nashville to the DelMonaco Winery in Baxter. Offered periodically throughout the year, the park includes live music, wine tastings on the train and at the winery and a souvenir wine glass. The Natchez Hills Winery in Hampshire has its own intimate bed-and-breakfast with three one-bedroom suites, each with a Tennessee-related theme. The inn serves a gourmet breakfast and offers a package for couples that includes lunch and a tour of the winery and vineyard.

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Based in Los Angeles, Zora Hughes has been writing travel, parenting, cooking and relationship articles since 2010. Her work includes writing city profiles for Groupon. She also writes screenplays and won the S. Randolph Playwriting Award in 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in television writing/producing and a Master of Arts Management in entertainment media management, both from Columbia College.

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