Make a Date with the ATL this Valentine’s Day

Roswell Riverwalk - Credit: Roswell CVB

Think outside of the flower vase this season with an Atlanta Metro-only experience.

This Valentine’s Day, ignite a spark with a romantic outing that goes beyond the box of chocolates. From archery lessons to a zen-inducing spa experience, here are ideas, from A-Z, to make this year’s celebration of love unforgettable.

Get Active!

Get your heart pumping with these ideas for an energy-infused date:

Roswell recently celebrated the opening of the City’s Riverwalk (203 Azalea Drive, Roswell), a multi-purpose greenway that parallels the Chattahoochee River. Outdoors-loving couples can walk along the riverside without getting wet. Stroll along the boardwalks, take photos with the Chattahoochee River in the background and watch the sun set from the waterfront.

What’s more romantic than an ice skating date? On Valentine’s Day, head to the Ice Rink @ Sugar Hill (5039 West Broad St, Sugar Hill) where couples can skate for $20 and receive two cups of hot cocoa and a warm pretzel.

Sweep your partner off their feet with free salsa lessons and a live band at Eclipse Di Luna (4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody) on Wednesday nights. Take advantage of their delicious Spanish tapas and exotic drinks to really unleash your dancing spirit.

Archery at Panola Mountain
Archery at Panola Mountain – Credit: Georgia Department of Economic Development

Become your own Cupid! If you’re single this Valentine’s Day, spend it doing something new. While we can’t promise you’ll find a new love, you may just find something new that you love doing at the indoor Valentine’s Day Singles Intro to Archery course at Panola Mountain State Park (2620 Highway 155 SW, Stockbridge), 6-8 p.m., February 10. Ages 18 and up. All equipment provided. Must register in advance. Cost is $25, plus $5 parking.

Looking for an especially original date idea for your valentine? Bring them to Panola Mountain State Park (2620 Highway 155 SW, Stockbridge) for a sunset Valentine’s Day Couples Hike, 5:30-7:30 p.m., February 11. Want more fun? Compete with your partner in a series of team building games to see who knows their companion best. Are you the King and Queen of Love? Only one way to find out! Space is limited. Call to reserve spots. Cost is $20, plus $5 parking.

Get Relaxed!

There’s no better way to get in the mood for romance than a tension-reducing retreat to the spa.

The Woodhouse Day Spa is a brand new oasis tucked away at Perimeter Mall. With over 70 rejuvenating treatments there’s something for everyone and every couple. Whether you choose an hour’s massage for two, or an all-day escape, a trip to the spa (4400 Ashford Dunwoody Rd, Dunwoody) will have you feeling the love.

See the Arts!

Let creativity run free with an outing inspired by the arts.

Tannery Row
Tannery Row – Credit: Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau

Stroll through the various galleries at Tannery Row Artist Colony (554 W. Main Street, Buford) with your sweetheart. The unique gallery in Buford is housed in a building that was originally a leather tannery factory in 1873. Commemorate the outing by purchasing a special piece of art before you leave.

Get lost in an unforgettable performance by Dunwoody’s professional theatre company at Stage Door Players (5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody). The intimacy of the theater, coupled with the engaging actors, will have you feeling like you are practically part of the show yourself.

Lights! Camera! Action! The Atlanta Movie Tours: Best of Atlanta Tour (327 Nelson St SW, Atlanta) lets you experience the city in a completely different way. For a unique outing, grab your loved one and enjoy a fun and comfortable ride around the city viewing the filming locations of your favorite movies and television shows.

Wine Down!

Even love goes better with wine. Find your perfect pairing at one of these Atlanta haunts.

Nothing says “I love you” like a perfectly thought out flight of seasonably prepared wine from Cru Wine Bar. Choose from reds or whites that are related to one another by grape varietal, geographic region or style. Flight of Wine at Cru Wine Bar at Avalon in Alpharetta (2200 1st St, Alpharetta).

For a wine tasting experience like no other, stop into Vino Venue (4478 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd, Dunwoody) and use their self-serve wine machines. Guests can also enjoy a refined menu of tapas-style dishes and flatbreads along with a carefully curated selection of charcuterie at this intimate wine emporium.

D’Vine Wine Bar (5486 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody) is part retail wine store, and part cozy, romantic bistro. Named one of the best wine bars in Atlanta, they feature a “Wall of Wine” lined with over 600 bottles, a candlelight atmosphere and live music on weekends–making it the perfect place to sip and sway the night away.

Indulge!

Engage the senses with temptations at these area eateries.

Beloved as one of Dunwoody’s best restaurants, McKendrick’s Steak House (4505 Ashford Dunwoody Rd, Dunwoody) will turn any meal into a culinary celebration. Treat yourself to savory classics like New York Strip, oysters, lamb loin and Scottish salmon over white linen tablecloths at this 1940s style upscale dinner establishment.

Cafe Intermezzo’s (4505 Ashford Dunwoody Rd, Dunwoody) transformative atmosphere instantly takes you on a European tour right in the heart of Dunwoody. Tortes, tarts, cheesecakes, pies and other indulgent desserts await you along with scores of wines by the glass or bottle and hundreds of liquors and liqueurs.

After a romantic meal, head over to  Tree Story Bakery & Cafe (2550 Pleasant Hill Rd #415, Duluth) for dessert. This authentic Korean bakery offers one-of-a-kind, homemade treats.

DiAmano Chocolate (1100 Hammond Drive NE, Ste 430a, Sandy Springs) is a locally-owned business producing chocolate confections that are made by hand with love. This Valentine’s Day, show your special someone how much you love them with a completely customized chocolate creation.

Learn something new together with a lesson in Italian Romance, 6:30-8:30 p.m., February 3 at Sur la table (1000 North Point Circle Suite 1082, Alpharetta). February is the perfect time to get cozy in the kitchen with your special someone. Join the instructors at Sur La Table in North Point Mall to learn the classic techniques that will have you cooking like an Italian chef. Then, finish on a sweet note with a decadent chocolate custard that’s perfect for sharing.

Adventure

A dose of adrenaline will have the heart-eyed emoticons flying high.

Let love take flight! Book a Huey Ride for you and your sweetheart with the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation (506 Speedway Blvd., Hampton), February 18, and experience the thrill of high-flying adventure in a Vietnam era helicopter.

Where to stay

Romance is in the air. Surprise your sweetie with an Atlanta romantic getaway at The Ellis Hotel (176
Come back for more!Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta), complete with the Romance Package. This package is available year-round and includes champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries and rose petals upon check in.

Don’t Forget

Save the date for Peachtree City Wine Fest 2017 (1400 Echo Court, Peachtree City), March 18. The perfect way to ignite your passion for wine! Over 40 different wines to taste, free entertainment and souvenir glass.

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