We all struggle to come up with the perfect trip idea to surprise our significant other. We’re here to help with your next romantic getaway near Sanford.

Don’t worry—we know that not everyone can afford long flights to scenic locations. Luckily, our home in Sanford has many options within a few hours’ drive. Here are several nearby locales that can play host to your romance this season.

O. Henry Hotel

Only about an hour’s drive from your front door, the O. Henry Hotel is a renowned AAA Four Diamond hotel in Greensboro. Its more than 100 rooms have individual styles and decor, and guests are treated to a breakfast buffet every morning. Cocktails and tea are available in the Grand Social Lobby—a unique room designed to resemble the styles of the Roaring 20’s. You can stay inside and entertain yourself with the flat-screen televisions and WiFi or venture nearby to downtown Greensboro for barhopping, shopping, and other fun activities.

The Carolina Hotel

Located on the elegant Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, NC, The Carolina Hotel is a beautiful, sprawling hotel known for its gorgeous southern style. Bring your significant other to bask in the beauty of “the good ol’ days” at The Carolina, with its luxurious beds, copper cupola, and marble bathrooms. If you’re a foodie, you’re in luck. The Carolina Hotel has received awards for its cuisine and serves delectable, first-rate wines in its Carolina Dining Room. The best thing about it? It’s less than an hour’s drive away!

The Franklin Hotel

Another close-by destination, The Franklin Hotel is located in Chapel Hill less than an hour away from Autumnwood. Choose from smaller guest rooms all the way up to exquisite, luxurious Presidential Suites. Urbane, modern, and chic, The Franklin Hotel offers seasonally appropriate cuisine at The Roberts Lounge and in-room spa services. The hotel’s true genius is its location, as it is within walking distance of the most sought-after locales in the downtown Chapel Hill area.

If traveling and booking hotel rooms is not your thing, don’t fret. There are plenty of activities to do in Sanford on your very own “staycation.” For ideas, check out the points of interest on our Area page.

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