Make Athens your Valentine's getaway this February! Let your creative side flourish. How about making a grand gesture with a reservation at a bed and breakfast, dinner and a show, or an evening under the stars? Perhaps you simply want to spend a low-key day with the family. You can choose Athens for Valentine's and make it a date to remember. Athens, Georgia, has plenty of wonderful experiences for couples, Galentines, and families. Even better, they are all crafted to keep your comfort and safety in mind.

 1. Bed & Breakfast Valentine's Getaway

The Colonels Bed and Breakfast

Pack your weekender bag for a cozy two-night stay at the Colonels Bed and Breakfast. This lovely bed and breakfast has a Valentine getaway package offered for the weekend. Enjoy complimentary champagne, fresh florals and a romantic breakfast with your sweetheart surrounded by candlelight and beautiful decor. The enchanting atmosphere of this charming, Southern B&B will add a new layer of romance to your weekend.

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2. Dinner and a Show

Dinner and a show Hendershots Plate Sale

Have you and your sweetheart missed live music? We know we have! Two of Athens' best-loved local businesses, Hendershots and The Plate Sale, are hosting "Dinner and a Show" every Friday and Saturday nights in February. You'll enjoy a thoughtfully curated A La Carte menu offered by The Plate Sale and Live Music by some of the southeast's finest performers. Even better? The setting will pretty much be a private performance, as only 16 spots are available for each seating to ensure social distancing. So, make your reservation NOW before they slip away.

There are two seatings each night at 6 PM and 8:30 PM and there will be live music for each seating! 

Music Headliners:

  • Feb 5 and 6- Calvert/Fountain
  • Feb 12 and 13- Cicada Rhythm (pictured)
  • Feb 19 and 20- Kyshona Armstrong
  • Feb 26 and 27- HEART Music Athens Jazz Ensemble
  • March 12 and 13- Jonathan Byrd

 

3. Evening Under the Stars 

Stars and Milky Way Above the Trees

Need a starry date? Smores and Stars is just for adults! Head over to Sandy Creek Park for a romantic star watch program. You'll be able to view stars, planets and the moon using a telescopes and your eyes. Staff will also share stories about constellations in the sky. Bring a blanket, chair, and a sense of imagination. This program is weather permitting. Registration is required.

4. Classical ConcertDavid Fung, piano

Praised for his “ravishing and simply gorgeous” performances by The Washington Post, pianist David Fung is widely recognized for interpretations that are elegant and refined, yet intensely poetic and uncommonly expressive. This “rising star” (BBC Music Magazine) regularly appears with the world’s premier ensembles. He'll perform live at the UGA Performing Arts Center on Friday, February 12. Physical distancing and use of face coverings will be required at all times while inside the Performing Arts Center. Capacity for in-person attendance will be capped at approximately 50 people. 

If you'd rather plan an at-home romantic evening (or could not get the limited number of tickets), the performance will also be broadcast live.

5. A Meal to RememberLast Resort Patio Garden with Greenhouses

Some of Athens' most creative geniuses are found in our acclaimed restaurants. During the pandemic, Athens restaurants have found plenty of ways to provide good food, good drink, and good times, all while staying safe. If you haven't experienced some of the new dining patios and gardens in Athens, here's your chance! And for Valentine's Day, Athens restaurants are bringing out all the stops to ensure the night will be a special one.

Here are just a few Athens restaurants with special Valentine's menus and offers.

  • Last Resort Grill (pictured above, credit: Terry Allen) has long been known for its cakes. This Valentine's, The Last Resort will be offering an all-new dessert from Cecilia's Cake Shop in honor of Valentine's Day. It will make its premier Valentine's weekend and has never been seen before! Treat your sweetie with a sweet tooth to the chance to be the first to sample this decadent dessert's debut!
     
  • Porterhouse Grill is not typically open on Sundays, but they have  a soft spot for love and are accepting reservations for Sunday, February 14th. 💕They will be serving dinner from 5 to 9 PM.

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6. Cute Overload: Woo at the Zoo

bear-hollow-zoo-bear

Join in some Valentine's Day family fun at Woo at the Zoo! Meet ambassador animals, create Valentine themed enrichment and cards and take a guided tour through the zoo and learn about how animals date, mate, and procreate! After you're done walking around the park and admiring Bear Hollow's cute creatures, check out the hiking trails that are located just beyond the zoo. Immersing yourself in nature is a great way to get closer to your significant other.

7. Ice Skating at the Foundry Pavilion 

Moms and Kids Ice Skating Foundry Pavillion

Looking for a more active evening? Consider venturing over to 440 Foundry Pavilion at The Classic Center for ice skating with your sweetheart or kids. Due to popular demand, the ice skating season has been extended through February 14! Grab a seal or each other's hand so you don't fall. This sounds like the perfect excuse to get close as you glide across the ice. Reserved times are necessary to ensure social distancing, so don't forget to make your reservation online!

We hope we've inspired you with these things to do for Valentine's Day in Athens. Even though Valentine's Day 2021 may be different than we've experienced before, the creative folks in Athens have risen to the occasion and have come up with a variety to suit any taste.

Looking for more Valentine's and romantic things to do in Athens? Check out our Athens Romance Itinerary!