9 Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day in Auburn-Opelika


9 Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day in Auburn-Opelika

Elisabeth Wiebe

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, the Auburn and Opelika area is the perfect destination for a romantic weekend getaway with your significant other, or spending quality time with your best friends. Whether in a long-term relationship or gearing up for a first date, it is a wonderful time to create memories filled with love. Rather than giving your loved ones chocolate or flowers for Valentine's Day, here are some ideas for spending the holiday together.


Romantic Dinner at Lucy’s

Make a reservation at Lucy’s for a lovely date night with shared plates, cocktails, and milk and cookies for dessert. This local favorite offers modern eats and a lively dining experience to celebrate love. Enjoy each other’s company and do not hesitate to book a wonderful dinner for two as spots are filling up quickly.


Galentine’s Day Shopping Spree

Grab your closest gals for a shopping spree at several retail stores in Downtown Auburn. Pop into a few local boutiques like Behind the Glass or Fabrik to name a few. Shop for pink sweaters, red dresses, and all things heart-shaped.


Galentine's Day Painting on the Lawn

Attend a Valentine's Day painting class hosted by local artist Lauren Duncan with a group of your closest friends on the green space at Hey Day Market. Reserve your spot and spend an evening creating a winter-inspired art piece to display at home. All supplies wil be included in addition to a complimentary wine glass.


Outdoor Activities

For an outdoor adventure, explore the stunning nature of The Donald E. Davis Arboretum holding hands and strolling through the gardens and native plants of Alabama. The 13.5-acre botanic garden is one of the oldest in the SEC and serves as a plant museum. Consider picking up your paddles and playing a friendly game of pickleball at the Opelika Pickleball Facility. Explore the waterfall hike among many trails at Chewacla State Park and other outdoor activities like camping, hiking, and relaxing in nature.


Coffee Date

Spend an afternoon at a local coffee shop such as Side Track for a cozy caffeine pick-me-up. Experience their hospitality, exceptional customer service, and unique artwork on display. Known for its warm and peaceful atmosphere, The Bean offers its best fair-trade coffee and loose-leaf tea. Their comfortable couches accompanied with cozy pastries create a delicious combination to share.


DIY Candle-Making Workshop

Unleash your creative side by booking a Valentine’s Day Event reservation and custom candle experience at Auburn Candle Company. Choose your candle size, select a fragrance from the 80 different options, and hand-pour your candle together. Couples will receive chocolate-covered strawberries and long-stem roses.


Relaxing Weekend

Book a weekend stay at The Laurel Hotel & Spa and enjoy the many amenities the hotel offers. Experience a relaxing couples spa day to unwind from stress. Book a cooking or baking class and test your creativity together. Start the evening with rooftop cocktails before a luxury dining experience at 1856 Culinary Residence.


Cocktail Trail

Visit historic downtown Opelika for tasty beer and bites at Resting Pulse Brewery. Enjoy a relaxing Valentine’s Day celebration with local craft brews and excellent company. Stop by for a taste test, tour the facility, or try a craft cocktail at John Emerald Distillery. This small batch craft distillery features Spirits including Hugh Wesley’s Gin, Elizabeth Vodka, and John's Alabama Single Malt. Venture to Red Clay Brewing Company named after the “red clay” native to this region of the South and experience their Hop Jubilee beer, inspired by the late-night “jubilees" of Mobile Bay. End the night at Sneak & Dawdle, a comfortable lounge lit with candles and blue lights for a more intimate atmosphere, perfect for a nightcap. 


Gift Ideas to Impress

Surprise your loved one with a gorgeous bouquet of red and pink flowers from The Flower Store on this special occasion. Pair with a sweet card from Auburn Oil Co. Booksellers to make the occasion extra special.


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