Valentine’s Day looks different this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make the most of it! Fairmont Austin has taken the current situation and turned it into the ultimate Valentine’s Day weekend for lovers, besties, and anyone in between. They’ve even put together a Spring Adventure package that makes the perfect gift for your boo or BFF. Find all the details below!
Austin For Lovers – Make it a Valentine’s Day weekend to remember with a staycation! Book “Austin is for Lovers” with @fairmontatx and enjoy the best available rate, a bottle of champagne, and chocolate covered strawberries. There’s a two-night minimum advance booking, so don’t miss out!
Valentine’s Day At Garrison – Join @garrisonatx Valentine’s weekend, February 12th – 14th for the second edition of their pop-up dinner series. Indulge in a 5-Course Tasting Menu, with optional wine pairings, and reserve your romantic evening today!
Valentine’s Day To-Go – Celebrate a romantic evening at home with Valentine’s Day To-Go, a 3-Course steak dinner prepared by the @garrisonatx culinary team. Order now through February 10th and pick-up February 12th to enjoy a 14oz Prime NY Strip or Tomahawk steak, fresh salad and chocolate lava cake. Plus, you have the option to elevate your night with add-ons of house selected bottles of wine! Preorder here.
Austin Spring Adventure – Locals and road-trippers alike can choose their own adventure at @fairmontatx with the best available rate, complimentary self-parking and a $25 nightly hotel credit. From outdoor activities to culinary exploration and poolside relaxation, the best of Austin awaits. Book your getaway now!
There are lots of other things going on around town for singles, couples, and small groups. Keep reading for some of our top Valentine’s Day picks as well as a gift guide from some of our favorite local spots!
What To Do
If you’re looking to celebrate Galentine’s Day with your friends in a COVID-friendly way, Creative Box Studios has the perfect virtual experience for you. With a variety of art workshops to choose from, you can make something cool with your friends from the comfort of your home! Get creative, support local and spend time with your friends all while staying safe.
Come check out Blue Starlite’s carefully curated selection of cinematic classics for Valentine’s Day like Sixteen Candles, The Notebook, Breakfast At Tiffany’s, Casablanca, and more! Enjoy a safe, fun night out at the movies with that special someone at Austin’s mini urban drive-in experience. Tickets and showtimes are available now for all three of their locations, including Mueller, Downtown, and Round Rock here.
Book a Posh Picnic for a unique and romantic experience this Valentine’s Day. Music will be playing, the pool will be lit up, and the fire will be blazing! Enjoy a candlelit picnic in their cozy igloo then take in the city skyline while sitting fireside with your special someone. Posh’s Valentine’s Day pop-up costs $495 for 2-8 guests and includes wine, hand-crafted charcuterie board, assortment of Brazilian truffles, and a special Valentine’s Day treat from The Galleta Shop.
There are few things that inspire happiness quite like cheese and chocolate and Antonelli’s is here to bring you both with their Virtual Perfect Pairings: A Chocolate & Cheese Tasting. Each plate includes seven cheeses and seven chocolates. This guided tasting starts at 6:30 p.m. Contactless pickup and delivery are available.
Speakeasy is bringing you the best of both worlds with live R&B music and a comedy show for a great night of entertainment. This is the perfect Date Night! Couples packages available if you are celebrating that special occasion. The Rooftop Lounge will also be open with a variety of R&B, Hip-Hop, and Reggae from DJ Urban Mello and DJ Donte. Doors open 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8:30 with an after party until 2 a.m.
Head over to The Far Out Lounge to get your groove on with Matchmaker Band! From the Jackson 5 to Stevie Wonder, Beyonce to Bruno Mars, Matchmaker Band performs the best of Motown, funk and soul. With ten talented musicians and a whole lotta energy, they are one of Austin’s best party bands.
Treat your love to the most unique Valentine’s Day experience in Texas with Austin Steam Train Association’s Valentine’s Day Wine Train! Board a vintage train in Cedar Park and enjoy a romantic 2-hour train ride through the Texas Hill Country. Your adventure from Cedar Park will span the South San Gabriel River, while you enjoy an intimate talk and wine tasting with the staff from Wedding Oak Winery.
Unicorniverse is at Dear Diary Coffeehouse from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. Valentines Day! Delight your sweetie and/or sweet tooth with vegan macarons! The shop will stay open late for this special event, and takeout and delivery will be available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to place a special Valentine’s Day order.
Grab your gals and join atxGALS for their 5th Annual Galentine’s Art Show! Shop art by nine local women artists, sip on complimentary margaritas from Dulce Vida Tequila and listen to live music by local musicians. The event will kick off Saturday, February 13th and will run through Sunday, February 14th.
Dim the lights, put on some Barry White and … go for a run? They say couples that run together stay together. Introducing the Cupid’s 12 Roses Valentines’s Day Run-Walk. Grab your special someone and conquer the 12 miles and if you’re still feeling good take on the bonus mile to complete the full 13.1 half marathon. This is a limited registration event with only 2500 spots available for this virtual challenge.
Local Gift Ideas
Wunderkeks not only offers what chocolate lovers crave, but they also give them buttery, chewy goodness that can’t be found in your boring box of chocolates –
so upgrade it to a box of cookies! The Valentine’s Care Package includes one dozen cookies, fun stickers, a personalized note, and heart-shaped glasses and is the perfect gift for besties! They make their cookies the old school way, with no preservatives and no premixes, just like Grandma used to make ’em. So rest assured, your V-Day Care Package is full of love and quality ingredients!
Take Heart is a boutique located in East Austin which reflects owner Nina Gordon’s love of special and thoughtfully designed objects for the home and person. The shop showcases local and US artists, as well as a selection of international designers, with an emphasis on Japanese design. We love all their jewelry especial the Half Moon Hoops and Simple Stick Earrings as well as their entire Self Care section.
Treat your sweetie to Austin’s finest sweets. Choose from a variety of Valentine’s Day gifts, always made with premium ingredients and a dedication to quality. We recommend the Chocolates & Pralines Sweetheart Box!
The Little Posey offers a luxury product at an affordable price with a simple ordering process. Pure and simple, they offer flower and succulent delivery in Central Austin, Texas for $35 flat. Each week, they hand-pick the freshest flowers, style and wrap ‘em up, and deliver with a smile.
7th Street Candles are carefully crafted in small batches with an intention: to lift your spirit. They take pride in using herbs and botanicals grown organically in Texas soil. We love the Cedar Rose candle and their candle making kits!
In support of local restaurants impacted by the pandemic, the Austin Food & Wine Alliance (AFWA) will bring back its Citywide Sugar High online bake sale. What better way to play Cupid than ordering sweet and savory goodies crafted by Austin’s best bakers and pastry chefs? The love-inspired treats are available for complimentary pickup at Last Straw at 914 E. Sixth Street, Suite C on February 14th. Supporters can also opt for Austin delivery; the $10 fee will benefit service industry workers affected by the pandemic. Orders can be placed now through February 10th.
Chicken Salad Shoppe is bringing back their famous Sixer for Valentine’s Day! A 6-pack of monster 1/2 lb stuffed cookies that’s available for pickup and delivery. The Sixer includes Valentine’s decor and light up box upon delivery. Preorder your sweet treats here.
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