Bentley’s on 27Located on the 27th floor of the Charlotte Plaza Building, the restaurant features panoramic views, elegant French and American cuisine, and impeccable service that are sure to make the night memorable.www.bentleyson27.com
Lake Norman State ParkWith a shoreline of 520 miles and a main channel over 34 miles in length, it won’t be hard to find a secluded spot to pop the question. Located just 15 minutes from Charlotte, a proposal at Lake Norman at sunset is sure to set the right tone for your lives together. From May to August, the park is open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/lano/main.php
The Duke MansionPlan a romantic weekend getaway to The Duke Mansion before the whirlwind of wedding planning begins. Built in 1915, the mansion features 20 luxurious guest rooms as well as 4 1/2 acres of gardens and grounds.www.dukemansion.com
Yadkin Valley Wine CountryLocated an hour or so drive’s north of Charlotte, Yadkin Valley Wine Country might be a bit out of the way, but proposing while overlooking the scenic vineyards is worth the trip. Visit one of the areas many wineries and restaurants to celebrate the occasion!www.yadkinvalleywinecountry.com
McNinch House RestaurantVoted Charlotte’s “Most Romantic Restaurant,” this 1892 Victorian-era home sets the scene for a perfect proposal. Featuring seasonal ingredients from local farmers, the McNinch House Restaurant uses the freshest ingredients to create a one-of-a-kind meal.www.mcninchhouserestaurant.com
UNC-Charlotte Botanical Gardens If you’re looking for an outdoor location, this might be the place for you. The gardens consist of three sections: the McMillan Greenhouse, a series of eight glasshouse rooms featuring exotic plants from around the world; the Susie Harwood Garden, a three-acre complete with small waterfalls, quiet walking paths, and an Asian Garden; and the Van Lendingham Glen, a 7-acre woodland garden highlighting the native plants of North Carolina. Any location in the Botanical Gardens is sure to set the right tone for your special moment.www.gardens.uncc.edu
The Gardens at the VanLandingham EstateThe estate’s slogan “Three miles from the heart of Uptown Charlotteyet worlds away” could not be more true. Built in 1913, the estate is the perfect romantic getaway. Be sure to request a catered picnic—the chef prepares a picnic meal for two (including dessert and wine) to eat anywhere on the property’s extensive gardens.www.vanlandinghamestate.com
Make your own grand gestureYou can’t discount the personal touch of selecting a place with personal significance as the site of your engagement. If you met at a bar, exchanged numbers at a Starbucks, or had your first kiss on her apartment stoop, those places can be great contenders, too!