February is here, and the Valentine's Day countdown is on! Deepen your love with your special someone and enjoy these Valentine's Day activities in Auburn-Opelika. So single it hurts? Grab some gals and make this Galentine's one to remember with these 14 festive experiences.

Heartfelt Activities: 


Couples Spa Retreat at the Marriott Resort

Are you and your significant other suffering from 2020 PTSD? Take it easy this Valentine's Day and plan a relaxing trip to the Marriott Spa. Book a soothing couples massage or treat yourself to a facial. The Marriott's top-notch treatments are exactly what we all need this Valentine's Day and are sure to ease your mind and give you a break from the busyness of life. Check out their special deal for the holiday weekend and receive champagne, breakfast for two, and other amenities.

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Visit the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art

What's more romantic than strolling the art-filled halls of the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art? (Bridgerton fans, this one is for you.)  Art is personal, revealing, and an intelligent way to get to know somebody. Whether it's your first date or your 50th, it's a beautiful way to express your feelings and learn more about your partner. The Museum will reopen with new exhibits on February 9, but the outdoor installations are open throughout this spring.  

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Candle Making at Auburn Candle Company

Pour your love into a candle! Auburn Candle Company is hosting a candle pouring experience for two on Valentine's Day. A scent stylist will help you choose from numerous fragrances to create the perfect scent. Attendees will also receive chocolates, long-stemmed roses, and access to exclusive Valentine's themed scents. Galentine's approved!

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Lovers' Picnic on Samford

Married to your college sweetheart and want to relive your dates at Auburn? Grab something to go from your favorite restaurant and bring a blanket to Samford Lawn. Not an alum? No worries! The Samford Hall backdrop is iconic and can be enjoyed by all. Be sure to snap a photo with your date and tag #auburnopelika

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Wine and Charcuterie at the CoHo

The Collegiate Hotel is hosting a sweet deal for you and your sweetheart. Stay at the CoHo on February 13, and you'll enjoy a gorgeous room plus a guided wine tour with a master sommelier. Like sleeping in your own bed? Get wine and charcuterie tastings separately. The Collegiate is offering three seating times for 5:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 7:45 p.m.

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Valentine's Hike at the Kreher Preserve

Hold hands with your favorite person and take a sweet hike in nature at the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center. Get your heart rate up with this self-guided hike featuring picturesque stops along the trails. The hike is open on Saturday and Sunday from sun up to sundown. 

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Delight in dinner reservations: 


Cafe 123

Head to historic downtown Opelika for a romantic dinner at Cafe 123. Indulge with their lobster mac and cheese or blackened mahi mahi. This Southern staple with a French twist has recently opened for lunch, and while not typically open on Sundays, they're making an exception for you and your loved one this Valentine's Day. Be sure to book your reservations early because seating is limited and will sell out early. 

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Acre is recognized for its modern feel and Southern flare as well as innovative twists on classic dishes. In addition to their flawless regular dinner menu, Acre is offering a delicious Dinner for Two this Valentine's Day. The special will be available in-house on the days leading up to February 14, as well as a pick-up option on Sunday that features a pre-selected menu for you and your valentine. Pro tip: ask about the dessert board. You won't regret it. 

Amsterdam Cafe

Known for their exceptionally fresh seafood and local "from farm to table" produce, Amsterdam Cafe is the perfect place to celebrate love and excite your tastebuds. Cozy up with your significant other and enjoy their outdoor dining area with patio heaters, live music, and a full bar. Treat yourself to delectable menu items like pan-seared scallops with lump crab or the bourbon-maple glazed salmon. Don't forget dessert! A piece of Amsterdam Cafe's triple chocolate cake is the perfect romantic finish for your evening. 

The Hound 

If you've got an appetite for both sweet and savory, check out the four-course Valentine's Day dinner at The Hound. This family-owned restaurant is known for its bourbon and bacon and has a hunting-lodge that meets old-time Alabama atmosphere. If you're looking for something casual and cozy, look no further than the Hound. Their chicken fried steak will have your mouth watering when you walk in the door. 

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Southern Oak at the Marriott Resort

An elegant four-course meal and optional wine pairing at the Southern Oak is the perfect way to say "I love you." Located at the Marriott Resort, sink your teeth into succulent steaks and a wide array of American classics at the Southern Oak. The Southern charm and hospitality of this Opelika staple will give you and your sweetheart a warm feeling that this day of love is all about. Did we mention the Marriott is home to a championship golf course and an award-winning spa? Better make a day of it. 


After Dinner Drinks: 


Piccolo at the AU Hotel

Picture a little jazz club tucked away with the people you love inside. The weather is cold, but nothing warms you up more than a classic drink with love and laughter. On the 12-14 of February Piccolo is having live music, sweet treats, and a signature his/her cocktail. Get your tickets today with a night to remember.  Martini, champagne, or a glass of wine is exactly what you need to embrace the year with a new or old love.

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Ampersand Wine Bar

When is the last time you got all dolled up? Make your Valentine’s Day super fancy and dress to the nines at Ampersand's grand gala on Saturday, February 13. Ampersand's claim to fame is its insanely large wine selection, and the event will feature wine tastings paired with desserts. Background music on vinyl completes the mood.


Enjoy a birds-eye view of downtown Auburn with your honey with their delicious cocktail in your hand. Avondale is the perfect place to {wine} down and cozy up next to the one you love. These quality spirits and craft beers are ones you won’t forget and always great for a date night or girls night.