Washington, NC

Strolling through shops not looking for yourself, but thinking of just the perfect thing the other would like. Strolling along the boardwalk at sunset as the breeze passes over your holding hands. Sitting across from each other at a romantic candlelit meal handcrafted by a local chef just for you. This is what a romantic weekend in little Washington can hold for you. This tour takes the guess work out of where to go and what to do. So all you have to do is focus on who you are with.

Medium Activity

2 days | 14 stops

Day 1

STOP 1: River Vibes

Head over to River Vibes for a morning bike ride for two. One of the best ways to experience Washington is on a comfy cruiser bike - single and tandem, these rentable bikes have wide seats and a rack where you can strap down any purchases. Before you go, fuel up with one of their fruit smoothies that are almost as sweet as your love.

STOP 2: Renew Massage Therapy

Sit back and relax with your honey and start your vacation off right with a massage at Renew Massage Therapy. This modern massage boutique is focused on therapeutic and medical massage and can provide you with the instant relief we all need from our daily lives. Take this getaway as an opportunity to book with Renew and let your troubles just melt away.

STOP 3: Lunch at Parley's Sip & Steam

This eatery is known for their fresh and locally sourced seafood and signature cocktails. Enjoy chef selected oysters paired with an appetizer of baked brie, or pair an Italian Moscato with a charcuterie board. Their menu has a large assortment to choose from, whether you want a light lunch or you're ready to dig in.

STOP 4: The Lemonade Gallery

Making lemons into lemonade is the specialty at Lemonade Art Gallery. The five artist-owners of Lemonade were inspired to open their own space after a gallery hosting them closed unexpectedly. Now, they display and sell works by more than 27 artists. Photography, paintings, hand blown glass, and woodworks are just a few of the mediums you’ll find in this gallery and gift shop. The artists also teach classes and workshops in the rear of the gallery. Now that goes down sweet.

STOP 5: Wine & Words Gourmet

When walking up to Wine & Words & Gourmet, you’ll find a large space with two doors covered by a red awning. One space leads into a lounge area from another era, and the other leads into the completely unexpected; a large wine shop with aisles of wine and a deli case with olives, meats, fruits, and more to pair with your wine selection. But it doesn’t stop there. Crossing over into the lounge space, you’ll immediately be embraced by a warmth of laughter, live music, conversation, and of course, bottles of wine and glasses poured amongst friends.

STOP 6: Historic Turnage Theatre

Step inside the Turnage Theatre and you’re transported back to the 1920s. Art Deco chandeliers illuminate the 432-seat theatre. A grand stage awaits the next magical performance. You can almost hear the cheers, laughter and applause of the audience. This spot is truly the place where magic and love combine to create a one-of-a-kind experience for your date night.

STOP 7: The Bank Bistro

The Bank Bistro & Bar is a place to sit back, enjoy an expertly craft meal, and take in the ambiance with your date night darling. This upscale dining experience in a laid back environment offers not only offers you a chance to try one of Washington's best dining spots, but its the perfect spot to spend with someone special.

Day 2

STOP 8: Pam's Diner

Buttery, cheddar cheese biscuits. Not that you need another reason to go to this warm, friendly breakfast joint, but you can expect a bottomless cup of fresh, hot coffee and some fluffy, fresh blueberry pancakes. Savory more your breakfast style? Try the corn beef hash with eggs how you like ‘em. If it’s all too much, don’t take your food for granted, take it to go!

STOP 9: Inner Banks Outfitters

If you're a more “hands-on” couple and would prefer to get in the water instead of just observing it, stop by Inner Banks Outfitters before heading towards the water to rent a kayak or stand-up paddleboard. They also rent bikes for those who would rather explore while peddling instead of paddling. Inner Banks provides a range of services and products for the outdoor sports enthusiasts no matter your experience level.

STOP 10: Goose Creek State Park

Romance isn't dead, it's outside in the majestic landscapes at Goose Creek State Park. Live oaks draped in Spanish moss, wetlands along the Pamlico Sound and a cypress swamp viewed from an extensive boardwalk are all in store for your hike. Take your rented kayaks or paddle board and get into or onto the waters of the sound at the sandy swim beach, boat ramp or the separate paddling launch.

STOP 11: Backwater Jack's

Take a trip to Backwater Jack's for a laid-back meal, live music, and unforgettable burgers. It's the perfect spot for a casual date lunch after a day of kayaking on the water or traversing the waterfront.

STOP 12: The Mulberry House

Sun and breeze on your face, drink in your hand. Spend cocktail hour with one of the best river views in Washington at Mulberry House’s rooftop lounge. This boutique hotel has it all: coffee shop, brewery, restaurant, and rooftop deck. If you're looking for the perfect spot the catch the sunset with your date with a drink in hand and great conversation, The Mulberry House is where romance blooms.

STOP 13: Stewart's Jewelry

If you're looking to propose or simply to spoil your partner, Stewarts Jewelry is the place to make these dreams come true. For nearly a century, Stewart's Jewelry Store has been a mainstay of downtown Washington. Find whatever you're looking for from rings to necklaces. Have your perfect "Yes! That's the one!" moment, right here in Washington.

STOP 14: The Hackney Restaurant & Distillery

Welcome to The Hackney, a farm to table restaurant that combines locally sourced seasonal ingredients with an eclectic culinary outlook and their own brand of gin, all made right here in Washington. The upscale ambiance is perfectly paired with a meal that you will be thinking about for years to come. We promise your taste buds won't be disappointed. The Hackney also offers tasting and tours of its gin distillery, home of 1,000 Piers Gin, just make sure to call ahead to schedule.