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A Valentine's Day Romantic Getaway in Gaston County

If you and your sweetie love to travel and are looking for a place to make the most of Valentine's Day, look no further than Gaston County. Here is a guide specially crafted for those seeking a romantic getaway.

Romantic walks

The centerpiece of outdoor adventure in Gaston County is Crowders Mountain and a hike to the top is well worth it offering impressive views for miles. This hike will take 2-3 hours giving you time to connect with your Valentine. If you are looking for a different type of hike check out our list of trails along the Carolina Thread Trail.

Sip craft beverages

The Ridgeline Craft Beverage Trail features breweries, distilleries and wineries in and around Gaston County. To be considered as a venue along this trail, you must produce craft beverages on-site. Currently there are several locations included on this trail and they span across three counties, not just Gaston County. Lincoln County offers one brewery and Cleveland County offers a brewery and a winery. North Carolina's oldest distillery can also be found here. Each venue has its own feel and culture and experienced altogether makes a great weekend getaway. Check out one adventurist's weekend on the trail.

Window shop in our downtowns

Our charming historic downtowns will create a magical adventure for two. Take a romantic hike, window shop in our boutiques, grab a sweet treat, sip a craft beverages, listen to music and enjoy a candle light dinner for two.

Ice skating

Hold on tight to your sweetie as you glide on the ice at Whitewater Center then warm up with a cup of hot cocoa served on-site. Ice skating has limited capacity so please reserve your space ahead of time.

Dinner for two

Many restaurants will be feature a special menu for Valentine's Day. Here is a list of some of our most unique dining establishments where you can get a taste for our local flavor while enjoying a romantic dinner for two.

  • Barrister's located in the boutique Esquire Hotel in Gastonia where the food is locally sourced and the decor is thoughtfully appointed.

  • At Webb Custom Kitchen in Gastonia the ambiance offers a unique modern experience blended with authentic historical relevance of the former 1920’s theater, all while delivering distinctive eats and craft cocktails.

  • Nellie's Southern Kitchen in Belmont, established by the Jonas Brothers; this family knows how to provide the comforts of home serving southern style bites along with offering a modern flair at their rooftop bar.

  • JR Cash's Grill & Bar in Mount Holly is a great place to sit back on their covered patio that overlooks the Catawba River while enjoying scratch-made American food.

  • The Woodshed located in Stanley is an American Western style steakhouse filled with authentic history. You’ll enjoy the tastiest steaks and a unique salad bar while singing along with the country tunes.

  • 238 Cherokee Grill is an unpretentious tavern in Kings Mountain offering eclectic American eats with wine & beer in a relaxed space.

  • Terra Mia in McAdenville is an Italian delight. They pride themselves on providing pizza dough and pasta made fresh daily in a cozy locale.

  • Grab a bite in the refurbished 100-year-old police station in Belmont at Old Stone Steakhouse. Then head out back to The Jailhouse a distinctive cocktail bar and cigar lounge.

  • Jack Beagles award-winning food using fresh ingredients in Mount Holly. A neighborhood hangout with a little attitude and a lot of flavor.

  • Viva Tequis serves up delicious Mexican street food and California style burritos in downtown Gastonia.

  • Drift on Lake Wylie is a contemporary chophouse, featuring fresh fish, seafood, steaks and pasta in Belmont. Enjoy a beautiful lakeside dining experience.

  • Heirloom, a farm-to-fork fine dining restaurant located in Belmont, with a mission to be "locally sourced & globally inspired."

  • The Bottle Tree serves up globally inspired dishes made with seasonal Southern ingredients. Situated in the former Mayor of Belmont’s home including a wine cellar and a beautiful outdoor patio.

  • Sammy's Pub is a local institution located in Belmont and Dallas. Great food, fantastic bar, a happy place for all.

Sweets for your sweetie

For those of you who like to indulge while on vacation, we coupled our most unique sweet treats with great visitor experiences. Ice cream, flakey pastries, creative cookies and cupcakes, sugary sno-cones, and sweet and savory popcorn are all here to make this moment even more special.

A romantic overnight

Our accommodations are conveniently located close to major highways and include national brands, historic boutiques, bed and breakfasts and Airbnbs. We are sure you and your sweetie will find our lodgings to be well appointed with all the amenities you need for your special Valentine's Day stay.


Gaston County, North Carolina is located inside the Charlotte metro area, just west of Uptown and only minutes to the Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Our winter climate is typically very mild with many days in the 60s and sometimes even the 70s. Make your plans now to visit Gaston County this Valentine's Day weekend, for a romantic getaway.


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