Let’s face it, when you and your partner both have full-time jobs, kids who participate in extracurricular activities, and everything in between, it doesn’t leave much time for a vacation for two. So, a weeklong getaway is not usually in the cards for most couples, including us.
But, a weekend getaway for two? That’s a more realistic timeline for my husband and me! And, with Lookout Mountain no more than a three-hour drive from home, it makes for a perfect romantic destination spot—allowing us to make it back home to our children quickly should the need arise.
Between my husband’s adventurous side and my own romantic notions, Lookout Mountain gives us everything we need to feel as though we have “escaped” our reality.
Of course, when making our romantic getaway plans, we love to stay at the Lookout Mountain RiverView Inn, which is located nearby Ruby Falls. With its cozy amenities, scenic views of the Tennessee River and convenience in location to the Lookout Mountain attractions, this newly updated boutique hotel certainly makes you feel as though you have escaped the hustle and bustle of everyday life to truly connect with your person.
After enjoying a cup of coffee and breakfast, my husband and I start our getaway by heading over to Rock City, where I am to this day amazed to be able to see seven states at one time. I mean, really – how cool is that?
My husband enjoys the festivals and music always happening at Rock City. Between the Summer Music Weekends in summer, Rocktoberfest in the fall, and the Enchanted Garden of Lights in the winter, we make it a point to schedule our getaways once a quarter so that we’re sure to hit them all by the end of the year!
Of course, no weekend getaway is complete without stopping by Café 7 for lunch! Located on the terrace at Lover’s Leap, Café 7 offers an amazing view while dining on seriously tasty Southern cuisine with a modern twist.
After enjoying our casual meal for two, my husband and I like to move our way down the mountain so that we can take a walk (or should I say “ride”) on the wild side with the Incline Railway. Known as America’s most “amazing” mile, the Incline provides that sense of adventure my husband yearns for while I get my spectacular views atop Lookout Mountain.
During the fall, the changing of the colors on the mountain offers the perfect photo op for our romantic weekend! The last few years, we’ve even used this photo as part of our holiday picture collage we send out to family and friends come December.
Before heading back to RiverView Inn for a relaxing evening, we like to indulge a little at Clumpies Ice Cream Co. I mean, we did just walk all over Rock City Gardens, so we’ve surely earned this sweet treat!
One More Stop Before We Go
The great thing about a weekend getaway that isn’t too far from home is the fact you can make one more stop on Sunday before heading back to reality, and still make it back in time for Sunday Night Football!
After we check out of our bed and breakfast, my husband and I make our last stop to Ruby Falls to take advantage of one more adventure before returning home. Seeing the fascinating geological formations and standing so close to the breathtaking waterfall, Ruby Falls serves as the perfect punctuation to our visit.
All this Lookout Mountain reminiscing has me all geared up for my next getaway with the hubs. I’m going to go ahead and get my calendar out to start planning another trip!
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