Saturday, February 08, 2020
Every year when the calendar flips from January to February, love magically starts floating through the air. Okay maybe not quite like that, but it’s hard not to feel the love as we inch closer to Valentine’s Day.
If you’re the person in charge of planning your evening, we’ve gathered some ideas to help make planning a little easier, and if you’re not planning then be sure to forward this on to your partner so they get the hint.
It may be cliche, but nothing says Valentine’s Day like a beautiful evening complete with a three-course meal and maybe a glass of bubbly. For that classic steak dinner cooked to perfection, head to Wall Street and visit The Peddler, a steakhouse with that old-timey look and feel where we recommend ordering the Old Wooden Wall cocktail to pair with the 12 oz Rib Eye.
Another option for those looking for a little romance is Heirloom – A Milltown Eatery, which will have a three-course Prix Fixe menu this Valentine’s Day featuring delectable dishes with many ingredients sourced from area farms. Located at the former headquarters of Spartan Mills, this restaurant has the perfect aesthetic to set the mood for your romantic dinner, or maybe even that post-dinner Insta story.
Park the car, and go explore the natural beauty of Spartanburg alongside your Valentine when you take a trip to Croft State Park. With over 50 miles of trails to choose from, hiking Croft State Park is a great way to work up an appetite before you settle down and enjoy a romantic picnic on the shore of Lake Craig.
Indulge in the beauty of mother nature just minutes from downtown at the Edwin M. Griffin Nature Preserve which features 115 acres of pristine wetlands, and be sure you and your Valentine brought your walking shoes before you check out the miles of the Cottonwood Trail and the different varieties of animals that call the Preserve, “home.”
Enjoy Spartanburg’s award winning Downtown Cultural District with an evening of “ballet and bubbly” during Ballet Spartanburg’s Embrace 2.14: Studio Series at the Chapman Cultural Center. This unique performance combines a contemporary style of dance with champagne and sweets for an evening full of classical music and romance.
As Spartanburg’s art scene expands, some area galleries are garnering national interest such as The Johnson Collection Gallery, recently highlighted in Forbes Magazine, which currently features curated collections of female artists whose art “transcended convention and invigorated the South’s modern milieu.”
The tour continues downtown at the Spartanburg Art Museum and their current exhibition All Terrain. With a blend of contemporary styles, this eclectic collection of art is designed to challenge the viewer’s relationship with the landscapes they see.
Since 1997 Spartanburg has been churning out craft beers to satisfy those whose thirst can be quenched with a foam mustache, all thanks to RJ Rockers. This year celebrate your love with a flight of carefully crafted brews from the locals like RJ Rockers, Holliday Brewing, New Grove Artisan Brewing, and Ciclops Cyderi and Brewery — South Carolina’s first cidery/brewery/taphouse. Plus with each brewery’s unique aesthetic, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to snap that selfie of you and your Valentine.
If your celebration isn’t complete without a glass of white or red wine then be sure to check out our blog, Come Wine With Us, highlighting wine bars in Spartanburg.
Turn your Valentine’s Day into Valentine’s weekend when you check into one of our hotels around town. Right in the heart of downtown, you’ll have your choice of checking into the Spartanburg Marriott, AC Hotel Spartanburg, or the Inn on Main. Convenient options for those who want to end their night checking out the variety of crafted beverages available downtown such as a margarita from Mezcal or The Dark Side of Camelot from The Kennedy.
With Valentine’s Day coming up, there’s still time to plan the perfect evening that may even turn into Valentine’s weekend when you celebrate your love in Spartanburg.
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