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Durham's Most Romantic Spots Got us Fallin’ in Love

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Roses are red. Violets are blue. Discover these ridiculously romantic spots in Durham for you and your boo.

Love is in the air, and couples are gearing up to celebrate their relationships. Whether you're preparing for Valentine's Day, brainstorming your next romantic date, or even thinking about where to propose, we are excited to celebrate love in all the right Bull City places.

To help set the mood and provide the perfect backdrop, we asked our Instagram followers to tell us their most romantic spots in Durham. Check out these dreamy spots that will help spark the flame.

Durham Central Park

Stroll through Durham Central Park with your loved one to enjoy a lovely green space right in the heart of downtown. Together, take in the gardens, murals, and sculptures, or roll out a picnic blanket. There's always something fun to do whether it's watching a dance class under the pavilion or enjoying all the skaters doing tricks at the skatepark.

Eno River State Park

Make some memories and get some fresh air at Eno River State Park with your love by your side. Hang out with your sweetheart on the hanging bridge and explore the gorgeous scenery for an adventurous date.

Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Nothing sparks romance like a date in nature surrounded by sweet-smelling flowers, birds, and flowing fountains. Stroll through the garden and put your tu-lips together on one of the wooden benches. We've seen weddings, proposals, and maternity shoots here, so we know your boo will be impressed.

American Tobacco Campus

Take your boo on a walk through American Tobacco Campus. Cozy benches and local shops dot the walkway with numerous secluded spots to snuggle up by the river. We know it's a romantic spot because one of our followers got married here! Planning on bringing a photographer with you to capture the moment? Be sure to read these guidelines first.

Rue Cler

With a tres romantique atmosphere, your hearts will go on as you enjoy braised lamb, baguettes, and charcuterie paired with an extensive wine list. Make your night extra special with their special Valentine’s Day candlelit dinner.


Celebrate your rare love at NanaSteak in a lively, warm, and welcoming atmosphere full of natural light. Enjoy drinks and appetizers at the bar or sit at a table and take in that superb downtown Durham view.

Plum Southern Kitchen & Bar

Connect with your cutie at Plum Southern Kitchen & Bar, a newly-opened Southern American restaurant serving small plates, beverages, and desserts in downtown Durham. Apparently, the corner bar seating is where the magic happens.

Vin Rouge

Vin Rouge had us at merlot. With a heated garden patio, beautiful scenery, and French cuisine, Vin Rouge will instantly transport you and your date to the French countryside — even if it's just for a few hours.

Taqueria La Vaquita

If you take your date to La Vaquita, they will be udderly impressed. Devour a platillos tradicionales and then take a couples' selfie with the iconic cow on top of the building. Homemade Mexican food is indeed the way to some people's hearts.

Unscripted Durham Hotel

Wine and dine your sweetheart with drinks and spice and everything nice in a private igloo, and then stay the evening in a room with a view overlooking CCB Plaza awash in mid-century design.

The Durham Hotel

They will always love you if you treat your special someone to a perfect night out at The Durham Hotel. Start with drinks and sunset views on The Roof at The Durham Hotel, followed by dinner in the corner booth in the glass-walled dining room.

21c Museum Hotel

Kick off your romantic getaway in a spacious room at the 21c Museum Hotel. With stimulating museum exhibitions, an underground bank vault, and a variety of menu options from the adjoining Counting House restaurant, it's likely the two of you won't want to leave.

Before you venture out, please check each businesses' website for updated COVID-19 information.