Love is in the air on the most romantic day of the year, but does Valentine’s Day have you feeling stuck in a dinner-and-movie dating rut? There are plenty of more creative and romantic ways to spend the day in Atlanta. From the flirtatious to the fun, here are seven Southern-style things to do on Valentine’s Day that will make your sweetheart swoon, whether it’s your first date or your 50th.
Atlanta Botanical Garden
There are few things more romantic than flowers. They have long been the way to a woman’s heart. So, what better way to spend Valentine’s Day than surrounded by fragrant blossoms? Atlanta Botanical Garden is a flowering cornucopia for the senses that stretches over 30 acres.
It’s located within Piedmont Park, so consider packing a picnic lunch to enjoy outdoors. Experience Orchid Daze – in the largest orchid center in the United States – or stroll through the tropical conservatories.
The Garden pulls out all the stops on Valentine’s Day, with special events including wedding vow renewals under a beautiful canopy in the Rose Garden. Consider a four-course meal at Longleaf Restaurant. Then enjoy live music, dancing, specialty cocktails, and scrumptious treats from some of Atlanta’s top caterers.
Ballooning Over Atlanta
Sweep your special someone off their feet – literally. Experience romance and wonder soaring 3,000 feet above the earth in a hot air balloon. From your lofty perch, you’ll see majestic North Georgia like never before, from Lake Lanier to Stone Mountain, Kennesaw Mountain, the Atlanta skyline, and the beginnings of the Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountain ranges to the north.
Pack a picnic and a bottle of bubbly. Some tour companies even provide champagne or prosecco, along with chocolate treats. You and your partner can enjoy a gentle float on the breeze while all your troubles drift away. This old-fashioned means of travel is sure to be the experience of a lifetime, and it will give you memories for years to come.
Side-by-side massages are a wonderfully Zen way to treat yourself and your sweetheart, rejuvenate from life’s hectic pace, and spend some quality reconnecting time.
A couples massage, generally offered in a private room on side-by-side massage tables by two therapists working in unison, is a great way to spend significant alone time with your partner. It’s a unique date that offers more relaxation value than your traditional dinner and movie. And, full-service spas usually also feature access to showers, hot tubs, lounging areas, and other spa amenities.
Book a couples massage before a night out dining and dancing or to wind down after an active day of hiking, and feel the stress melt away.
Romantic Hotel Getaway
Dreaming about a romantic getaway, but can’t afford the plane tickets? Consider a Valentine’s stay-cation. Most of Atlanta’s top hotels feature Valentine’s Day packages and luxurious honeymoon suites. Whether you and your special someone desire a weekend away, or you and your friends are interested in a posh place to put your feet up before a night out on the town, it’s a terrific way to treat yourself. And, it’s sure to feel like you’re actually on vacation.
Enjoy drinks in a chic lobby bar, or an intimate candle-lit dinner. Order breakfast in bed the next morning.
Life is too short, as the saying goes, to drink bad wine. What other activity allows you to soak in the brilliant colors of a vineyard while savoring delicious wine and gourmet food? Particularly appropriate for couples, a wine tasting tour is about much more than simply just tasting wine. It’s a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the geography of the region, while, of course, delighting your taste buds.
There are several wineries in and around the Atlanta region, so why buy a bottle that was grown and bottled far away when you can spend a romantic day learning about wine that is local to the area?
And, don’t forget, red wine is an aphrodisiac.
If beer’s more your thing, take a brewery tour, instead. Atlanta has several unique breweries that give tours and tastings.
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra or Atlanta Opera
Classical music and the opera – they’re all about romance and passion. Think of Cher and Nicholas Cage in the romantic 1987 film Moonstruck. Cher’s character “Loretta” and Cage’s “Ronny” meet at New York’s Lincoln Center. They’re dressed to the nines. Loretta instantly falls in love with the opera, moved to tears by Puccini’s La Boheme.
The Atlanta Opera is a vital leader in the renaissance of opera in America, while the award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is one of America’s finest ensembles.
Don’t fret if you’re a first-timer. Arrive early to read the program’s notes and familiarize yourself with what you’re about to hear. Then, relax and let the ebb and flow of the music take over.
Covering six historic city blocks in the heart of the city, Underground Atlanta is virtually a city all its own. You’ll find shopping, entertaining, and dining. Slip on your dancing shoes and hit one of the nightclubs after dark. You can also learn about the history of the unique underground space on a guided tour – about how Atlanta burned to the ground during the Civil War and the city was rebuilt on top of the old.
Underground Atlanta dresses up for Valentine’s Day. A wandering barbershop quartet provides the soundtrack while vendors pass out red roses. Many of the restaurants offer special Valentine’s Day meals.