It’s perfectly ok if butter-poached grouper or pistachio-crusted lamb isn’t in your cooking repertoire – let the
chefs do the work while you do the romance. Many restaurants in the Auburn-Opelika area have special menus for Valentine’s Day that include delicacies from caviar to a chocolate bar. Be sure to make reservations early, and if you’re feeling mysterious make the location a pleasant surprise for your date! Add in some flowers and you’ve got yourself the ingredients for an ideal romantic evening.
Restaurants with Special Menus:
Acre: (334) 246.3763
MaFia’s: (334) 745.6266
Arricia: (334) 821.8200
Grand National: (334) 737.2187
2. A Sweet ‘Staycation’
Sometimes it’s good away to get away from life’s distractions and your normal scenery to celebrate a special day in style. Book a romantic reservation at The Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center or the Marriott at Grand National for you and your darling dear, and spend the evening ordering room service, watching movies and snuggling up away from the crowds.
AUHCC: (334) 821.8200
Marriott at Grand National: (334) 741.9292
3. Pamper Who You Prize
If you really want to help your loved one luxuriate on Valentine’s Day, consider booking them an all-inclusive spa day at one of Auburn-Opelika’s many day spas. Sea salt scrubs, manicures and pedicures all take care of the little details, and your lady will love that you thought of her. You can also book appointments for a couples massage if you want to unwind together.
One-eighty Wellness Spa: (334) 887.1180
Ambiance Spa & Salon: (334) 826.3060
CaraVail’s Med Spa: (334) 502.7253
4. Cherish Culture
A Valentine’s Day date doesn’t have to be dinner and a movie – break away from the norm and take your beloved to the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art for a unique day out. Peruse the works of art and photography together, and afterwards stop in at the café to sip on some tea and devour delicious strawberry poundcake with chocolate covered strawberries.
Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art: (334) 844.1484
5. Adore the Outdoors
Romance can be found off the beaten path. If your date is more likely to be found in hiking boots than high heels, pack a picnic lunch and head off to Kiesel Park, or plan a secluded hike in Chewacla State Park to the picturesque 30-ft waterfall. Couples committed to getting in touch with nature can also book a camp-site or stay in one of Chewacla’s renovated cottages over the weekend.
Chewacla State Park: (334) 887-5621
6. Cuddle with a Cocktail
No matter your dinner (or dancing!) plans, any Valentine’s Day date can include enjoying a delicious drink together in some of the most romantic atmospheres Auburn-Opelika has to offer. Specialty drinks include The Princess Leigh Cheri at Avondale Bar and Tap Room, an Italian Sidecar at Piccolo, or a Lucille Ball at Hamilton’s on Magnolia. Find your date, cuddle up at the bar or in a booth, and enjoy each other’s company! A list of bars and nightlife can be found at www.aotourism.com/nightlife.
7. Give a Gift
Teddy bears, a box of chocolates and red roses are the staples of Valentine’s Day gifts. Set yourself apart by going above and beyond and giving your love something unique. A relaxing and romantic bubble bath
could be improved by the decadent scent of a Toomer’s Lemonade candle, or maybe your man could use a new bowtie or button-down from the Locker Room. Either way, you’re sure to find a special gift in the stores of downtown Auburn and Opelika.
For listings of stores, visit www.aotourism.com.
By: Rachel Pipan, guest blogger