Romantic Rock Hill

8 Romantic things to do around Rock Hill

We wanted to share with you a list of 8 romantic things to do around Rock Hill that are so diverse, there’s bound to be something for every couple looking for a little romance.

This article was originally featured in the February 2018 issue of Rock Hill Reader the Magazine.



1. A Walk in the Woods: Landsford Canal State Park

Romance doesn’t always have to be dinner and a movie. And it doesn’t have to be in the middle of town, either. Sometimes taking a drive away from civilization and finding some peace can bring two people closer together than any dinner date. Part of the Carolina Thread Trail system, Landsford Canal State Park is a short drive from the York County line into Chester and full of beautiful scenery as well as history. Spending a day next to the Catawba River hiking, birding, fishing, or geocaching is the perfect way to get to know or reconnect with your partner. The park is home to a pair of nesting bald eagles, easily seen from the trail, and is also a neo-tropical migration corridor for migratory birds. A walk down the trails reveals historical architecture both on land and in water that will make you marvel at the way pioneers did things in the old days. And thankfully you have today’s technology of a smartphone to capture the beauty of it all.



2. Gettys Art Center

There’s something so romantic about sharing a quiet space full of nostalgia and art. Rock Hill’s circa 1930s building, formerly the Post Office and Courthouse, is now home the Gettys Art Center and is managed by the Arts Council of York County. Today, the building is filled with the studios of artists and other creative professionals. Support local artists and artisans and buy a one of a kind piece of pottery, watch resident artists at work, and explore the historic building as the late afternoon sun streams through the windows, giving off a very film noir feel, reminiscent of the days of old.

Built during the Art Deco Period, the architecture in and outside of this building is some of the most fascinating you will see in the area. Wandering around the inside of the Gettys Art Center, take note of geometric patterns, surface ornamentation, and rich materials of the period. Also housed in this historic building is the renovated historic Courtroom, a fantastic backdrop used as a local music venue.



3. Take a Stroll at Glencairn Gardens

Open dawn till dusk and costing nothing, Glencairn Gardens is the quintessential all-in-one spot for anything from picnics to proposals. The charm of the English-style gardens, its winding, shaded paths, expansive lawns, and swings enhance romantic walks any time of the year. Photo opportunities abound in the 11-acre oasis with several water features and overlooks. Each season here makes for a complexly beautiful setting. History and landscaping talents of local families run deep in what is considered by many to be the jewel of Rock Hill. Ann Hutchinson White’s brother Hiram and cousins Joseph and David Bigger introduced the azalea to the Upstate, created the park whose main draw is most often the beautiful spring blooms. This time of year, pansies, daffodils, Lenten rose, and camellias can be seen peeking out from the landscape.



4. Amelie’s: le Cafe

Paris may have put an end to the famous love locks, but they are alive and well in Old Town Rock Hill. Parisian cafe Amelie’s is the perfect spot to proclaim the love you have for your significant other. Write your initials on a padlock and lock it next to others just outside the side entrance. Then stroll in for a treat among the Paris decor:  fresh dipped strawberries, macaroons, caramel salted brownies, and a variety of coffee drinks, both hot and cold.



5. Fountain Park at Sunset

Everyone knows that Fountain Park is the place to enjoy the Old Town Market, concerts, yoga, picnics, and more. But this scenic space in the heart of downtown is even more picturesque at dusk. The transformation from “the ugliest parking lot in Rock Hill” to popular tourist attraction has made the spot an iconic backdrop for so many people. Fountain Park still maintains the hometown charm that is Rock Hill, but the park and its surroundings transform into an ephemeral canvas filled with streaks of pink, orange, and red painted all across a fading blue Carolina sky. After spending the day together, take your Valentine to Fountain Park to people watch, enjoy the water feature, and reflect on the events of a special day.

 

6. Literary Love at the Rock Hill Library

Tucked away in an almost undetectable corner between the York County Library and Rock Hill City Hall is a lovely, private nook, straight out of a fairy tale. A visit to the library will yield the perfect book to share with your sweet and the “hidden” swing, covered in wisteria come warmer weather, will provide the perfect place to sit with that special someone. Each month, the library displays feature titles centered around a theme. February, of course, will include Valentine’s Day titles. Visit the library, head to the “secret” swing on a sunny afternoon, and woo the bookworm in your life. This might go without saying, but no, you don’t have to read aloud to each other. This isn’t Victorian England or the 1990 hit rom-com Pretty Woman. You can each read your own book in silence and just enjoy the fact that you’re comfortable enough with another human being to just be with them, quietly.

 

7. Saddle Up at Anne Springs Close Greenway

Taking your romantic partner on a guided trail ride at Anne Springs Close Greenway is the next best thing to riding off into the sunset. This ride is for people with all levels of experience, so you don’t have to be a professional cowboy, but boots and 10-gallon hats will add to the ambiance. Horseback riding is a unique bonding experience. Whether you are beginners learning for the first time together, or experienced riders looking for a relaxing tour, riding horses will create a unique and unforgettable bond. Trail rides, led by a member of the Greenway’s equestrian staff, are available on Saturdays 10am-11:30am. See www.ascgreenway.org for more details and pricing.

 

8. Tropical Escape Dinner Date

No romantic outing is complete without heading to a local eatery with your date. Michael’s Rock Hill Grille made the list of romantic places in Rock Hill thanks to its professional and accommodating staff, large portions, flavorful foods, and unique cocktails. This 1920s
bungalow-turned-restaurant is very cozy for lunch or a dinner date, and a far cry from all the chain restaurants that pepper the city. Beautiful pictures and intimate lighting give diners a cozy atmosphere with a casual tropical feeling, which is nice on a February day. Enjoy anything from seafood to BBQ ribs with your love. Ingredients are always fresh and dishes are often garnished with a tropical flair. In warmer weather, the patio is in high demand and perfect for enjoying an outdoor meal. Otherwise,cozy up to the fireplace
and make a toast to delicious food, wonderful company, and local charm.
It is recommended that you make reservations, especially on popular dining holidays, but no need to overspend on a getaway when you can escape right here in town! Located at 1039 Charlotte Avenue.

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