10 Ideas For a Romantic Day Trip to Sanford, NC

Love is in the air! So, grab your significant other and head on over to Sanford to spend the day visiting these 10 spots guaranteed to let love blossom, bloom and grow.


Sanford Municipal Golf Course

Finding true love’s match feels a lot like a hole-in-one. So, why not relive that feeling with a couple’s round of golf? Voted the best golf course and driving range in Lee County, Sanford Municipal Golf Course offers terrific views and challenging games. Set the scene for romance with a spectacular view of Buffalo Creek on the back nine. Or take a swing on the putting green and driving range to let the sparks really fly between you and your date.

Sanford is one of the best places in North Carolina to swing a club and these courses prove it.


The Cabana Beauty, Massage & Sunless Studio

We have two words for you: couples massage. Make your appointment now for some much needed pampering at The Cabana Beauty, Massage & Sunless Studio, voted Best Day Spa in Lee County in 2021. Let all your cares melt away with your choice Swedish, sport, deep tissue and aromatherapy massages. The Cabana can also help you look your best for a romantic outing with a suite of beauty services. These include teeth whitening, spray tan, facial spa treatments, makeup/lash extensions, hairstyling, hair coloring, waxing and more. 


Libations 139

Toast love, devotion or at the very least, fondness for one other with a round of drinks at Libations 139. Here, you’ll find the Best Cocktail/Mixed Drinks as well as the Best Wine Selection according to the 2021 Best of Lee County awards. Opened by celebrated chef Greg Hamm, this bar and event space has an open, bottle shop feel that’s perfect for mixing and mingling. With craft beer on tap and a wide selection of tasty bar bites as well, there’s very little reason to pass this spot by. 

Find your unique pairing of sips at any of these breweries and wine bars.


Temple Theatre

Make your love celebration a true spectacle involving lights, music and a historic stage. Temple Theatre, originally built in 1925, is Central Carolina’s premier center for the performing arts. All year round, you can catch touring musicals, thought-provoking plays, exciting concerts and more. For February, snag a set of tickets to hear live music performed by the Church Basement Ladies in A Mighty Fortress Is Our Basement.

Nothing stokes passion quite like art and creativity. Here’s where you can see more of it.


Floral Designs by Eddie

Looking to express your deepest feelings with beautiful flowers and gifts? Stop by Floral Designs by Eddie voted (you guessed it!) the Best Florist in Lee County. With over 20 years of experience, it’s no wonder folks flock here to order floral creations for weddings, special occasions or simply because they’re absolutely stunning. If gifts are your love language, this place will help you with both the giving and receiving.


Southern Jewelers

In every relationship, there comes a time when a little bling is most appropriate. Whether you’re putting a ring on it or just showing your admiration and respect for someone you love, there’s Southern Jewelers. Come browse and shop their collection of signature diamond and precious stone rings, pendants, watches, earrings and necklaces to name a few. It’s also where, according to the Sanford Herald, you’ll find the Best Jewelry in Lee County.

For more romantic gift ideas, visit our complete listing of local stores, business and shops.


Sanford Antique Mall

If you’re hearing wedding bells, then you’re probably on the lookout for something old, new, borrowed and blue. A trip to Sanford Antique Mall can certainly help with that first part. Discovering the Best Antiques in Lee County in this 18,000 sq. ft. showroom could prove to be the perfect date idea, even if walking down the aisle is not in your immediate future. Either way, you’re bound to uncover a gem or two as classic as your love for one other.

Continue your love affair with antiques by exploring the rest of the Sanford Antique Trail.


Holiday Inn Express & Suites

What’s better than a romantic day trip? A romantic overnight or weekend getaway of course! Lucky for you, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, voted the Best Hotel in Sanford, has you covered with choice accommodations. Settle into a big comfy bed with soft and firm pillows while watching your LCD HDTV. Surf the internet with free Wi-Fi access to discover more Sanford experiences to explore. You can also take full advantage of other public amenities like the free, hot Express Start Breakfast bar, onsite business center, indoor pool and the fitness center.

Check out these other great places to stay in and around Sanford. 


Daniel’s Ridge at Broken Plow

Maybe you and your significant other are looking to take the next step into wedded bless. If so, you might want to start checking out wedding venues like yesterday. After a two-year slowdown, in-person weddings are back in a big way.

Sanford, NC hosts its fair share of ceremonies and receptions and there’s not a venue more idyllic than Daniel’s Ridge at Broken Plow. Voted Best Wedding Venue in 2021, this place pulls out all the stops. From beautiful settings to bride and groom suites to decorative flourishes. The folks here go above and beyond to ensure your special day is spectacular!

Discover even more great places to tie the knot in Sanford.