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A Romantic Garner Getaway

Love is in the air throughout the month of February! It's no different in the town of Garner; a "great place to be" when you need a romantic retreat. Take a look at this romantic weekend getaway itinerary for a stay in Garner, North Carolina.

Soak in this gorgeous tub at the Banks Bed and Breakfast.
Soak in this gorgeous tub at the Banks Bed and Breakfast.

Stay at Banks Bed and Breakfast

A 100+ year old home recently remodeled into a charming BnB, The Banks Bed and Breakfast is a must stay! Situated right downtown, you are in walking distance to local coffee shops, bakeries, and some night-life.

Mary Smalling, owner of the bed and breakfast, greets you with a smile and makes a beautiful breakfast for all her guests. Her and her husband remodeled the house and had their ceremonial ribbon cutting last year in the spring of 2023.

Stroll in the Park

Garner is host to beautiful parks! Some town favorites being Lake Benson Park and White Deer Park which both take you on walks through scenic nature trails.

A great area for a relaxing picnic in an open field, under beautiful trees, or even a gazebo. Plan an activity such as flying a kite in one of the fields, skip rocks at the lake, or bird watch from the rocking chairs at the White Deer Nature Center.

It's easy to lose track of time when you spend it with a loved one and when you're at a gorgeous park.

Plan Your Trip Around an Event

Catch a show, hear some live music, and eat some good food! Garner holds a lot of events perfect for a couple's retreat.

Check out what shows are playing at the Garner Performing Arts Center. From musicals, Broadway performers, and live music, GPAC is a theater that carries a lot of stories.

The town of Garner, including downtown, hosts a series of Food Truck Rodeos, Park Activities, and local Markets throughout the year. Get a feel for local Garner life by attending one of their events!

Love the sound of a mandilion and banjo? A bluegrass legend lives right here in Garner and her coffee house is filled with hometown music. Lorraine Jordan has been in the Bluegrass industry for 20+ years and has had 3 #1 songs in Bluegrass. You can see live music at Lorraine's Coffee and Café with performances every weekend and you might even catch her.

Some February Events to consider:

Check out all the Downtown Events and Town of Garner Events.

Sip on Moonshine

Head over to MoonRunners for a specialty Moonshine Cocktail. MoonRunners is a prohibition themed restaurant and bar located right off of HWY 70 in Garner. They have over 40 moonshines to choose from and a variety of moonshine cocktails.

For the month of February, they are offering special Valentine themed drinks such as The Love Potion featuring Raspberry Moonshine, Chambord, fresh sour mix, fresh lemon, and cranberry.

Moonshine Cocktails from Moonrunners
Moonshine Cocktails from Moonrunners

Dining Room at Caffe Luna

Romantic Dinner for 2

Be carried away to faraway places through delicious food!

Caffé Luna, a Garner Chamber Member located just north of Garner in downtown Raleigh, provides the perfect romantic atmosphere. It's like taking a trip to Italy with their Italian Cuisine Menu with a touch of Tuscan flair.

Their impressive wine list full of Italian wines is the perfect start to your meal. For the main course, try the recommended favorite Tortelli Crostacci; fresh pasta stuffed with lobster, crabmeat and prawns sautéed in Cream. Leave room for their house crafted Tiramisu to round out the perfect romantic evening.


Enjoy your getaway in the All-American City of Garner, North Carolina. For more places to eat and/or drink, check out Garner Eats. Interested in Garner businesses? Check out the Garner Chamber of Commerce Business Directory.


Thank you to United Community Bank for sponsoring this Guide to Garner!

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