Getting away for Valentine's Day this year might be a little tougher this year, as many of us are feeling the crunch of the current economy.

Athens, located only a little over an hour outside of downtown Atlanta, makes the perfect getaway. Athens offers every detail of a big city in its own charming way.

Even better, many local businesses are offering excellent deals for travelers looking to venture out of the ordinary this weekend.

Check out some of these great ideas!

Theatre performances:
"Love Letters," presented by Athens Community Theatre. Couples tickets include a complimentary rose and dessert buffet at intermission. 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 13-14, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15. Tickets are $15 and may be reserved by calling 706.613.3800.

"Cabaret," presented by Town & Gown Players, is the classic tale of romance and politics in 1930's Berlin. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $18, $15 for seniors/students and may be reserved by calling 706.208.8696.

The Fabulous 40 Watt Club presents an Adult Swim-themed costume dance party on Friday with Kite to the Moon, Velveteen Pink, and Immuzikation. Tickets are $8/$10 for under 21, and proceeds will benefit Rock Against Cancer. Valentine's at the 40 Watt on Saturday includes Dancer vs. Politician and Lost in the Trees. For tickets, log on to

The Georgia Theatre also has a banner weekend of music in store. Robert Earl Keen with Stewart & Winfield will bring country-folk to Athens on Friday, and Sister Hazel and the Benjy Davis Project come to Athens on Saturday with American rock. For tickets, log on to

The Melting Point will present the legendary Francine Reed for a special Valentine's performance on Saturday.

Don't forget about overnight packages as well! There are a bunch of great packages for every budget, see them all here.