Explore Your Favorite Area of Town
Love is in the air and all over Raleigh there are plenty of local spots to visit on the most romantic day of the year. So this Valentine’s Day keep things simple and explore your favorite area of Raleigh with your favorite person. For a truly local experience, dinner and drinks at Mandolin won’t disappoint. The Mandolin prides itself of serving classic Southern cuisine and sources almost all of their ingredients from the North Carolina community. After dinner, head back downtown to Amorino for Italian hot chocolate and delicious desserts.
See a Show Together
This year, shake up your usual Valentine’s Day date night plans and instead grab tickets to a local show. From comedy and musicals, to plays and live music, exploring Raleigh’s entertainment scene with your S.O. will make for a Valentine’s Day you won’t ever forget. If you are couple that loves to laugh, head to Goodnights for a hysterical night of comedy. And since you can’t go wrong with checking out some live music, Corey Wong & Mr. Talkbox will taking the stage at the Pour House Music Hall, so you can jam all through the night.
Visit Somewhere New
Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to take your romance to a new city, so this year instead of your usual dinner and drinks date night, plan a romantic getaway to a new city. If you want to check out a city with good vibes and even better eats, head north to Richmond, VA. Explore the cities art collection at the VMFA and after head to Scott’s Addition for dinner at Supper. But if the beach is calling your name, then a trip to Charleston, SC is a must-do. After exploring downtown, head to Husk for some good Southern cooking and spend the rest of your evening with your feet in the water.
Learn a New Skill Together
Instead of making reservations at your favorite restaurant this Valentine’s Day, head to Sur La Table and create your own romantic meal for two. At Sur La Table you will learn new techniques that will take your cooking to the next level and how to create a delicious meal that you can easily replicate in your own kitchen. At their Rosé themed Valentine’s Day class you will learn to make Duck with Rosé Cherry Gastrique, Fingerling Potatoes and a Rosé and Strawberry Tiramisu to finish. After your meal is complete, mingle with other couples in the class or head to your favorite downtown bar for a nightcap.
Plan the Ultimate Staycation
Skip the crowded restaurants this Valentine’s Day and head to The Mayton Inn for a romantic staycation. At The Mayton Inn, you will have the experience of a first class hotel, with all the comfort and intimacy of a B&B. Located in Downtown Cary, the hotel provides various spa services, so after your day of relaxation, head to Verandah Bar & Lounge for a specialty craft cocktail. So whether you want to spend the evening with room service and Netflix, or want to head to the Verandah for a romantic dinner, you’ll never want to spend a Valentine’s Day any other way.
From all of us at OccasionGenius, we hope you feel the love this Valentine’s Day. Keep loving on Raleigh and explore your favorite city with OccasionGenius.
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