Romantic Weekend in Sanford

Sanford, NC welcomes with open arms couples looking to spark a bit of romance for the weekend! Plan your trip with this curated itinerary of lovely experiences.
Day One
Stop 1  |  Libations 139 Weekend Kickoff
Toast love, devotion or at the very least, fondness for one another. At Libations 139, 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.

Stop 2  |  Check-In at The Lutterloh
The Lutterloh is a fully renovated apartment in the heart of Downtown Sanford. This vacation rental is cozy and quaint for a romantic weekend and is within walking distance of Temple Theatre, restaurants and bars.

Stop 3  |  Dinner and Live Music at Smoke & Barrel
Delight in live music and drinks at this unique neighborhood pub. Dishes like the slow-cooked smoked pork or the tender beef brisket are made for sharing with that extra-special someone.
Day Two
Stop 1  |  Mimosa Brunch at Cafe 121
Choose a quiet corner in the comfy surroundings of the Buttermilk Biscuit Bar or bask in the sun on the patio at Cafe 121. Indulge in the decadent goodness of the Southern Benedict (fried green tomato, sweet potato biscuit, poached egg, white pepper gravy, and crumbled sausage) while sipping on mimosas for two!

Stop 2  |  Sanford Antique and Mural Trails
Stroll through and browse eight wonderful shops, full of treasures just waiting for a home. Along the way, take in outdoor murals that immerse you in the Sanford's history. Trails maps are available here and here.

Stop 3  |  Afternoon Hike at San Lee Park, Golf or Clay Shooting
Save room for an adventure this afternoon. From scenic trails at San-Lee
Park to championship golf at Carolina Trace to world-renown clay shooting at Deep River Sporting Clays. Enjoy quality time well spent in each other's company.

Stop 4  |  Dinner at Davison's Steaks
If you’re looking for romantic ambiance, Davison's Steaks offers a candle-lit dinner along with wonderful entrée selections. Book a reservation for a meal to remember!
Day Three
Stop 1  |  Lunch at La Dolce Vita Pizzeria
Wrap up a romantic getaway at this Italian-inspired restaurant. Formerly the federal building, this beautifully restored restaurant has hints of its prior life as a post office. The menu boasts everything from bountiful salads to classic lasagna. Be sure to also leave room for gelato or cappuccino!

Stop 2  |  Matinee at Temple Theatre
Linger in town a little longer and take in live, professional theatre in a historic space. Performances are held on Sundays at 2 pm. Check the theatre website for details and tickets. For a little more intimacy, grab seats in the balcony section and enjoy the view.