It’s true that hospitality and homeliness are the most well-known hallmarks of the Deep South. In Alabama, however, there are also countless excellent places to escape for romance. Whether it’s the swanky new hotel on the block or an understated-yet-cute B&B next to a river, expect these most romantic getaways in Alabama to have a unique warmth to them!
Romantic Getaways in Alabama
From visiting wineries nestled in the Appalachians to swaying with your sweetheart on a riverboat dinner cruise, this list has it all. Before making your trip, please be sure to check availability for the hotels, restaurants, and seasons of operations for the activities mentioned below.
Mountain Brook at the Grand Bohemian Hotel
Located on the outskirts of Birmingham, Mountain Brook allows visitors easy access to the city while retaining its quaint, suburban charm. Being one of the most affluent suburbs in Alabama, it has an abundance of things to do for couples and includes one particularly perfect accommodation option. Together, the combination makes for one of the most perfect weekend romantic getaways in Alabama.
Stay at the swanky Grand Bohemian Hotel with your sweetheart for luxurious pampering. The property boasts bold, bright colors, artistic decor, and a garden-like atmosphere – most likely inspired by the nearby Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
With everything available onsite from a health spa and art gallery to a wine blending room and cooking school, the hotel makes for the ideal weekend escape for couples. Explore everything the hotel has to offer and then, just kick back in style and bask in the most important subject of the weekend…each other!
If this whimsical hotel doesn’t keep you and your significant other properly occupied, there’s an entire tiny village to explore right outside. Pop by Church Street Coffee & Books for a quiet coffee date before strolling about window shopping. Have an authentic French lunch at Chez Lulu and take a walk by the Cahaba River. To wrap up your romantic adventure, get rooftop cocktails back at the Grand Bohemian Hotel!
Wine Tasting on the North Alabama Wine Trail
These wineries are nestled in the southern tier of the Appalachian Mountains near rivers and streams, making it one of the most romantic getaways in North Alabama. With an average distance of only 20 minutes apart, they are the perfect distance for you and your partner to cleanse your palates between tastings.
Visiting the six wineries over two days allows adequate breaks for lunch and sightseeing. You’ll have a trip as romantic as an Italian wine tour. For accommodations, choose the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in Gadsden for a comfy, cozy stay. The pool, hot tub, and plush interiors will make it hard to leave the next morning but wine and brunch will be just the thing to coax you out!
You can either opt for a light meal at the next winery or grab some food at a nearby restaurant like Tre Ragazzi’s Italian Cafe. This small, sweet, affordable eatery serves cuisine that most would agree goes best with the taste of wine (left lingering on your tongue)!
Dauphin Island for Sunset Cruises
There’s hardly a better place to add romance to a relationship than Dauphin Island. With its sandy beaches and gorgeous sunsets, it’s a no-brainer if you’re thinking about impressing your better half! The small island sees some of the most stunningly colored, explosive sunsets which is the reason for its nickname, the “Sunset Capital of Alabama.”
Rent a condo at Holiday Isle for unhindered access to the glorious beaches on the gulf and the best views on the island. It’s hot tub, sauna, and heated indoor pool will highlight special time together. Also, check out Islanders Restaurant for a casual bite to eat before embarking on your beach adventures!
Dauphin Island has all sorts of activities to try for couples looking to be active. Swimming, hiking through some of the trails, and kayaking rank among the most popular.
If you want more of a leisurely pace, consider a romantic sunset cruise together. Imagine an orange sunset, waves gently rocking the boat, and a glass of wine in one hand while holding the hand of your loved one in the other. Have you started planning your trip yet?
Birmingham at Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa
For local couples looking for the perfect staycation experience, this romantic getaway in Alabama is for you. Pack up and take your other half for a weekend stay at Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa. Filled with relaxation and romance, the two of you can unwind and enjoy time together.
With private balconies, private whirlpools, lake and mountain views, and an 18-hole golf course, the hotel offers guests everything they may need for a fun extended stay.
The spa is another amenity that couples will definitely want to try. The steam rooms, therapy baths, and couple’s treatment rooms for romantic massages certainly set the mood well.
The resort has several dining options such as Brock’s which serves Mediterranean cuisine and the Clubhouse which serves a light American menu. Even breakfast has choices at Ross Bridge. Hop out of bed first thing in the morning for a yummy meal at the restaurant or stay in with room service for some extra cuddles. Either way, you can’t go wrong making it about the two of you!
Magnolia Springs at Magnolia Springs Bed and Breakfast
This picturesque town in South Alabama, located right by the Magnolia River, makes for a romantic getaway as sweet as…well, magnolias! The tight-knit community looks like it’s right out of a movie with its oak-lined streets and river route mail delivery. Yep, you read that right. Magnolia Springs is the only city in the United States to deliver its mail by water!
If you’re looking to stay overnight at Magnolia Springs, there’s only one place to consider…Magnolia Springs Bed and Breakfast. This 1897 Victorian home has five beautiful suites and much more to choose from for couples in the mood for romance.
Wake up together in a big, beautiful bed and experience Southern hospitality at its finest. You’ll be spoiled by warm breakfast in the morning, a couple’s massage, and countless other activities offered.
No matter the type of couple or the stage in your relationship, you are sure to find something perfect among their selection for you both!
Either keep it simple with a dozen roses and a bottle of wine or go all out with one of their complete Romance & Relaxation Packages. You can even opt for an adventurous tour of the Alabama Coastal Waterways.
While visiting, have a romantic meal at local favorite Jesse’s Restaurant and also try making a day trip to Fairhope or the Gulf Coast!
Montgomery at Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa
Montgomery, the capital city of Alabama, is primarily known for its historic and cultural landmarks but is often overlooked for its potential for romance. That’s why the city could be the perfect respite away for you and your partner!
Taking riverboat trips, visiting underground jazz clubs, admiring the collections at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, and relaxing by Riverfront Park are some of the many ways you and your date can choose to unwind. Whet your appetite with a romantic meal at the highly acclaimed and elegant Vintage Year and stay at the luxurious Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa.
Another uber romantic option for a date night while in Montgomery is enjoying a beautiful cruise on the Harriott II. Docked next to the Riverwalk Amphitheater, the elegant riverboat offers scenic views, great food, wine, and live music. It’s perfect for couples looking for a fun night out. Choose from a couple dinner cruise packages which even include an option for romantics!
Hopefully, this list of romantic getaways in Alabama has sparked some ideas and you’re getting ready to sweep your sweetie off their feet. What better way to say “I truly care” than to whisk them away on a surprised trip for some focus time?
Have you been to any of these romantic getaways in Alabama? Are there any you’d like to add? I’d love to hear your recommendations!