Originally published on visitathensga.com
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and the pressure is on for couples to find the perfect romantic getaway. Don’t stress—Athens, Ga. has got you covered with some of the best Valentine’s trip ideas in Georgia.
Where to stay
If you’re looking to turn Valentine’s Day into a weekend getaway, these Athens hotels are perfect for couples.
A boutique hotel located in the hub of downtown Athens, Hotel Indigo will bring a hip, modern flare to your romantic weekend. On February 11th, Hotel Indigo’s Rialto Club will team up with local vendors for an elegant dining experience featuring some of Athens’ finest, including Terrapin craft beer, Jittery Joe’s coffee, and Condor Chocolates. Go all in book an overnight stay in one of Hotel Indigo’s king penthouse rooms for a romantic weekend in Athens that will not disappoint.
The Colonels Bed and Breakfast
This quaint bed and breakfast is reminiscent of an antebellum plantation, complete with breathtaking magnolia trees and 30 acres of charming scenery. Relax in a rocking chair on the front porch or take a stroll to see the horses in the barn. A weekend at The Colonels Bed and Breakfast is the perfect place to stay for couples looking for a more intimate setting, however the hustle and bustle of downtown Athens is only a few miles away. Book a romantic two-night weekend getaway package that includes champagne or Belgian beer, fresh flowers, and snacks in a lovely setting by candlelight. The package is offered from February 10th to the 19th at $500 per couple.
For the entire month of February, Graduate Athens will be offering a special Valentine’s Day package. Pick out a special bouquet from their collection arranged by Flowerland which will be waiting upon arrival along with a sweet treat from GiGi’s Cupcakes! If you’re looking to unwind, book a couples massage at The Spa at Graduate Athens.
For the Foodies
Valentine’s Day is not complete without a romantic dinner for two. Athens is now known throughout the South for our food scene.
Five & Ten
Use the holiday as an excuse to dress up and go out with your sweetheart. Five & Ten is the ultimate fine dining experience with mouthwatering food from James Beard award-winning chef Hugh Acheson.
Another Valentine’s Day go-to, The National will be offering a 4-course prix fixe menu at $50 per guest. This Mediterranean style restaurant with a twist offers an extensive wine list and the atmosphere of a European café.
This quaint café sources as much of their ingredients as possible from local farmers and artisans to create fresh, delicious dishes. Heirloom’s charming patio filled with flowers is perfect for a brunch to start out your Valentine’s weekend.
After dinner, walk through the lovely Five Points neighborhood to Condor Chocolates to satisfy that sweet tooth. Condor Chocolates produces and sells bean-to-bar Ecuadorian chocolate. From truffles to macaroons to gelato, it’s impossible to leave without tasting some of these irresistible creations!
For the Low-Key Couple
Want to skip the fuss of dressing up, or try something offbeat or unusual for Valentine’s? These options are great for couples looking for a carefree night.
Athens on Ice
Through February 16th, Athens on Ice is open to the public! Ice-skating is great for mixing up the traditional date night and spending quality time with your loved one. After skating, take a stroll through downtown Athens.
The Rook & Pawn
Perfect for a double date, The Rook & Pawn is a cozy board game café with pub-style food and drinks. Its seemingly endless selection of board games is stacked from the floor to the ceiling. So bring your couple friends and browse the vast selection of games for a fun-filled night!
Georgia Museum of Art
Head over to the Georgia Museum of Art for a creative evening that won’t break the bank. With free admission, you and your loved one can browse the extensive art collection containing over 10,000 works of art.
Take a stroll through Georgia’s State Botanical Garden for some fresh air and beautiful scenery, with trails and gardens that make for a perfect Valentine’s photo op. Stay for dinner in the glass conservatory surrounded by tropical plants! During Orchid Madness, a nearly month long fundraiser benefiting the UGA Horticulture Department, the Botanical Garden is offering a unique Valentine’s package that includes live music, a champagne toast, and a buffet complete with beef tenderloin and grilled salmon. Every couple will be sent home with an orchid plant at the end of the night.
For the Music Lovers
Wrap up Valentine’s Day in Athens with a bang with these live performances at our world-renowned music venues.
The Georgia Theatre
For an evening of blues and rock, head over to the Georgia Theatre on February 14th to see Anders Osborne with an opening performance by The Ghost of Paul Revere. Leave the kids at home for this one, as the event is open to those 18 and over.
The 10th Annual Sweethearts Duet Hoot will be held at The Foundry on February 13th with free admission. The Athens Folk Music and Dance Society will present this evening of duets as musical couples perform a selection of songs.
Get started on planning your Valentine’s getaway in Athens.