Love is in the air in Auburn-Opelika. Whether you’re looking for fine dining, a casual bite, an adventurous evening, or an intimate experience, AO has a Valentine’s Day date for you!


Cocktail Class at John Emerald Distilling Company

What’s more romantic than learning something new together – and alcohol? Learn how to make two different cocktails at John Emerald Distilling Company on February 13. Practice your mixology skills and receive a gift you can use the next night on Valentine’s Day! No Valentine? No problem! Celebrate friendship and good drinks with the ladies at a galantine’s cocktail class on February 6. Reservations required.

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A Romantic Retreat at Heritage House

Escape from your daily grind and foster or rekindle your love at the Heritage House, a historic boutique inn located in the heart of downtown Opelika.  Book a weekend retreat for your valentine and spend quality time exploring the energized railroad town, Opelika. Arrive to bubbly over ice, chocolates, and flowers to set the mood and add on a picnic for two or an in-room spa for the perfect romantic getaway. Spots are filling up fast, so book your stay today!

Waverly Local will be open all weekend! 

Waverly Local’s mid-century modern aesthetic along with their soothing live music creates a charming ambiance. Tucked away in the quiet town of Waverly, AL, this renovated former Ford Model T dealership has transformed into a romantic, peaceful date night destination. From bacon-wrapped okra to citrus braised lamb shank, their Southern-inspired menu is to die for. Waverly Local will be extending their hours to accommodate all who wish to celebrate Valentine’s Day like a local. Bring your lover and your appetite. Reservations recommended.

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Be Wine Valentine at the CoHo 

Who needs roses when you can have rosé? The Collegiate Hotel is hosting a wine tasting event for you and your boo. Travel around the chic hotel while you sip wines from around the world paired with locally inspired savory bites. Tastings are self-paced, so you can enjoy quality time with your partner. Retire to one of the hotel’s stylish king rooms after a lovely evening of wine tasting. Reservations required.

Café 123 will be open on Valentine’s Day

Nothing says romance like fine dining. Café 123, famous for their beef tenderloin napoleon, is located in a renovated historic drugstore in downtown Opelika. Treat your sweetheart to a white tablecloth, candle-lit dinner of southern cuisine with a French flair. Reservations Required.  

An Intimate Candle Pouring Experience at Auburn Candle Co.

Spark your love at Auburn Candle Company this Valentine’s Day. Choose from over 80 fragrances to create a candle unique to you and your sweetheart. Couples will be guided through the fragrance selection process by a personal scent stylist. Participants will receive chocolate-covered strawberries and long-stem roses. Reservations required.

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Valentine’s Day Dinner at Southern Oak Restaurant 

The Southern Oak Restaurant, conveniently located in the Marriott Resort and Spa at Grand National, is heating things up in the kitchen for Valentine’s Day. After a trip to the 4-star, 4-diamond spa or a round of golf on the Robert Trent Jones Grand National course, treat your valentine to a romantic four-course meal with featured items including spicy shrimp cocktail, seafood fra diavolo, and even a chocolate fountain. Indulge a little deeper with an optional wine pairing. Reservations required.

Love at First Bite at Ariccia Cucina Italiana

It’s love at first bite at Ariccia Cucina Italiana this Valentine’s Day weekend. Enjoy specials crafted by the culinary team exclusively for Valentine’s Day along with their full menu. Spoil your valentine with divine Italian cuisine and choose from a wine list that received Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence in 2021, now that’s amore.  Reservations recommended.

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Wine Tasting at Well Red 

Roses are red, wine is too, Well Red has the pour-fect Valentine’s Day date for you! Write another chapter in your love story and treat your valentine to a wine tasting at Well Red. Adorned ceiling to floor with books, scattered with cozy seats, and lined with velvet drapery, Well Red has a cozy, warm atmosphere for an evening full of love, wine, and good books.

Four-Course Dinner at The Hound 

Love, bacon, and bourbon are in the air at The Hound this Valentine’s Day. Indulge in an exclusive four-course dining experience with your valentine. From mouthwatering crispy pork belly to decadent chocolate panna cotta, your belly and your heart will be full after a romantic dinner at The Hound. Reservations required.

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Blade and Barrel

Cupid is trading his arrows for axes this Valentine’s Day at Blade and Barrel. If your love language is AXE of service, book your lane today for a memorable Valentine’s Day AXE-perience. You are welcome to bring your own drinks and snack, so grab a bottle of wine and a cheeseboard for a romantic evening of axe throwing. 

Valentine’s Cookie Decorating at the Marriott at Grand National 

The best way to say “I love you” is with icing. Decorate sweet treats with your sweetheart at the Auburn Marriott Opelika Resort and Spa at Grand National on February 12 or 13. Feed your love and your sweet tooth with hand-decorated, heart-shaped cookies. Reservations required.

Supper Club at the Sound Wall

Getting reservations for two on Valentine’s Day is hard enough, getting reservations for a double date can be nearly impossible. For those who are looking to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a group you love, the Sound Wall will be hosting their monthly Supper Club on February 12 to reconnect with friends or meet new ones. Gather with 24 people at the dinner table to enjoy cuisine prepared by Chef Chris Wilton. Book the whole table or book a spot at the table to meet new friends and celebrate together. SOLD OUT