6 Weekend Trips for Valentine's Day
Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity for a romantic weekend getaway with your honey. Spend some quality time exploring a new town, eating great food, and seeing beautiful sights, and you’ll have a Valentine’s Day weekend to remember. By the time February 14 rolls around, you are always ready for a quick vacation, and of course there’s no one else you would rather spend it with than your valentine. Skip the crowds and have a cozy, festive romantic weekend getaway at some of these great Southern spots that are perfect for bundled-up bike rides, casual wine tastings, and dreamy riverside wanderings. Whether you’re celebrating 50 years together or are taking a mini-moon in the early days of your relationship, these places to go on Valentine’s Day will be just perfect. Enjoy each other’s company and bask in the romance of a February vacation, just the two of you. Get a sitter for the kids, because it’s time to pamper your relationship just a little. Holding hands is encouraged.
Enjoy Riverside Romance in Louisville, Kentucky
At Rivue Restaurant and Lounge, found on the 25th floor of the Galt House Hotel, you can enjoy a romantic dinner overlooking the Ohio River. Linger over steaks and crab cakes with all of the fixings in this revolving, glittering space, and then retire to your room downstairs at the Galt House Hotel. Book a stay with their Romance on the River Package, and a bottle of Champagne will be delivered to your room, among other perks. Enjoy Louisville’s museums and galleries—there is so much to see that you’ll want to extend your getaway for a few more days.
Explore Georgia’s Callaway Gardens
Nestled near Pine Mountain, Georgia, Callaway Gardens is a picturesque getaway that feels a million miles away. Check into the outdoorsy resort’s inn and spend your weekend exploring the gorgeous garden grounds. Bundle up, rent bikes, and follow the many walking and biking trails that wind through the resort and around the lake and golf course. On your trek, stop by the Day Butterfly Center and also see a Birds of Prey show at the nature center. Eat dinner at The Gardens Restaurant for a meal with tranquil lakeside views.
Find a Low-Key Getaway in Austin, Texas
Book a stay at Austin’s Inn at Pearl Street for boutique accommodations near all the quintessential sights and sounds of the city. Because you are in the heart of Austin, you can spend your weekend exploring downtown restaurants (try Lamberts and Iron Cactus), seeking out the best barbecue, and taking in live music at nearby venues. (Be sure to check out the music scene and buy tickets in advance!)
Ramble River Street in Savannah, Georgia
Book a stay at Planters Inn in Savannah and you’ll be within walking distance to some of this river town’s best sights and sounds. Wander over to River Street for a dreamy dinner, a pecan praline from River Street Sweets, and a romantic walk beside the Savannah River. You can even book a riverboat cruise complete with some Valentine’s Day ambience.
Sip Your Way Through Virginia's Wine Country
In the area around Charlottesville, Virginia, there are countless gorgeous wineries where you two can tour, explore, and sip to your hearts’ content. Get a room at the Clifton Inn (just down the road from Monticello) and book a ride to the wineries on your list. To start your tour, consider stopping by Blenheim Vineyards or Moss Vineyards. Enjoy the slow sipping and rolling hills—Virginia has them in abundance.
Spend an Artsy Weekend in Chattanooga, Tennessee
Spend your Valentine’s Day in Chattanooga’s Bluff View Art District, a tucked-away neighborhood overlooking downtown. Book a room at the Bluff View Inn and make sure your room has a view of the Tennessee River below. You can walk to everything downtown, but you’ll be charmed by the Art District—a gallery, coffeehouse, bakery, fantastic Italian restaurant, and the Hunter Museum of American Art are all just a few steps away from your room at the inn.