Quiet beaches, candlelight, soft music, fine wine, shimmery moonlight—these are the makings of surefire romance. Truthfully, you don’t need a special place for romance to happen, but the right environment can certainly enhance the experience. Whether you are hoping to spark something new, or add fuel to your marriage or relationship, turn up the heat in one of the 15 most romantic places in South Carolina.
If romance is in your future, a trip to Brookgreen Gardens can set the wheels in motion. There is more to do here than a single evening will allow, but the sculpture garden and reflection ponds are not to be missed. If you have the time, take a pontoon boat tour to see some wildlife, or bring your bicycles and set off on your own adventure.
Dinner on the waterfront has a tendency to spark romance, but dinner on the lake in a lighthouse can take any romantic evening to new heights. As one of Upstate South Carolina’s premiere dining experiences, you and your date can enjoy a relaxing evening meal complete with lake and mountain views, fireplace, and live music.
There’s a reason why this quaint little B&B is the backdrop for dozens of weddings each year—its sprawling gardens, beautiful old oak trees, and 120-year old manor make it a sublime spot for blossoming romance. Book an overnight stay at the manor, or reserve your spot at one of their many events throughout the year.
One visit to the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk & Promenade, and you will wonder how the city ever got along without it. Spanning over a mile from Pier 14 to 2nd Ave Pier, this waterfront boardwalk delivers all the romantic sights and sounds from the beach—without the sand, of course. Along the way, stop and take a ride on the Myrtle Beach Sky Wheel, the tallest Ferris wheel in South Carolina.
A walk in Falls Park delivers a lot of options when it comes to romantic interests. The scenic waterfalls of the Reedy River, beautiful gardens, the famed Liberty Bridge, numerous winding paths, including the Swamp Rabbit Trail, and plenty of nearby eateries and activities set the stage for a romantic evening.
Big-city flair meets small-town fine dining to craft a culinary experience that treats more than just your taste buds. Exquisite food, a quiet atmosphere, and personalized service make Montague’s the premiere go-to restaurant for leaving a lasting impression on your date.
Part of Clemson University’s campus, this enchanting garden offers more than just flora. A beautiful bell tower, pergolas, and historic caboose greet you as you enter onto a series of winding paths leading to waterfalls, fountains, bridges, an amphitheater, turtle pond, historic buildings, and other surprises. It’s the perfect backdrop for pictures, conversations, or just good old fashioned quality time.
With beautiful houses, bridges, and historical monuments like Ft. Sumter dotting its shores, it’s worth a sightseeing tour at minimum. Or, if you would rather cash in on some quality time with your significant other, charter a sailboat and set off on a romantic waterfront adventure.
Strolling along the famed three-quarter-mile Avenue of Oaks or touring the majestic mansion seems like a place that comes straight from “The Notebook” … and truthfully, it is. One of the most romantic movies in film history, “The Notebook” actually contains scenery from Boone Hall Plantation. In addition to its Hollywood ties, this plantation oozes with southern charm, offering open air coach rides, garden tours, and a butterfly pavilion, among other activities.
Indoor multiplexes have taken over the movie industry, but drive in theatres aren’t quite defunct yet. Cruise back in time and watch Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters from the peacefulness of your own car (this means no loud cell phone talkers to ruin the show). And for the full drive in experience, make sure you bring your appetite—their concession stand serves burgers, fries, sandwiches and salads in addition to the standard popcorn and sodas.
What could be more romantic than an authentic Italian dinner? How about one with an accordion player? Villa Romana is known throughout the Grand Strand for its authentic Italian cuisine, but the ambiance here is just as notable. Soft accordion melodies while you dine can add the piece de resistance to your romantic evening on the town.
If you are looking for more of a laid-back environment, head to the Cayce Riverwalk along the Congaree River. There isn’t really anything to do here other than fish or walk, which is perfect for first dates or couples who want to avoid distraction and noise and simply spend some quality time together.
Much like Central Park is the blossoming oasis to New York City, so is Finlay Park to Columbia. Surrounded in a world of concrete and industrialization, Finlay Park represents the natural watering hole for social and outdoor activities. Its waterfalls, pergola, swings, and unique fountain make it the perfect romantic spot, day or night.
What was once a private residence now serves as a tribute to Charleston’s finery, and everyone’s invited. This charming 21-room inn retains the splendor of old world Charleston with a few modern enhancements, like an oversized whirlpool tub and king size bed in every bedroom. You can join other guests for an evening cocktail and hors d'oeuvres, or book a retreat for two in the luxurious day spa.
The name is simple, yet perfectly fitting. Part of YMCA Camp Greenville, Pretty Place is an outdoor chapel with a view, sitting on the side of a mountain with nothing but more mountains surrounding it. It’s a popular spot for weddings and events, and requires paid reservations during peak season. But in the cooler months, the area is open for visitation during certain hours, which makes it the perfect spot to start—or end—a romantic date.