Below are just some of the things we LOVE about Valentine’s Day in Orange County; some tried and true, some with a new twist. Mix and match to make your Valentine’s Day or weekend special this year.

Gather the Pod

We were so excited to welcome The Drive-In at Carraway Village last fall for Film Fest 919 and even more excited that this nostalgic way to catch a movie is here in Chapel Hill. On February 14th, gather the family for the showing of Gunda. New York Times says “This astonishing documentary offers an intimate look at the lives of a sow, her rambunctious piglets, a one-legged chicken and a herd of cows.” And, that’s not all folks, The Drive-in has a February agenda full of movies for all ages.

 

Silverspot Cinema offers the chance to host your own private screening. Tickets sell out fast, but there are still a few openings in the afternoons for February 12-14th

Sweet Heart Music CAR BINGO! On February 12, 6:15-8:15pm, Get ready for this fast paced twist on traditional BINGO. Instead of numbers, bingo cards will have song titles and artists. Our DJ will play a short clip of popular love-themed songs, along with current trending songs. First to fill up their card wins the round! Participants will remain in their cars during this program. Prizes will be awarded. Registration is required. Event to take place at Homestead Park.

Visiting Spring Haven Farm is always an adventure for people of all ages. In February, the farm is overflowing with love and snuggly animal hugs. Imagine the photo ops you’ll get while holding those cute little baby goats!

Fine Pairings

Botanist and Barrel is bringing back old school with its nostalgic pairing of sweet and salty, a play on the idea of way back when in elementary school, some years you got a Valentine’s Day card from your one crush (sweet) and some years, bringing tears, you didn’t (salty)! Old School Snack Pack cider pairings. Chirba Chirba Dumpling Food Truck will be on site at the Tasting Room. February 14th 1-5 pm

This year, staying at home is the new going out. Stream your favorite local music from Tracks Music Library while dipping into some chocolate and cheese, we’re talking fondue of course! We recommend Boxcarr Handmade Cheese’s Valentines Box and recent Good Food Award winner Chocolatay Confections handmade chocolate. No fondue pots? These delectable treats are scrumptious all by themselves.

Couples that cook together, eat together! C’est si Bon Cooking School’s Date Night Pop-up for Valentine’s Day is hands on in the kitchen for Sushi basics. Only four couples will get to enjoy this class, so we recommend to book fast. But no worries if you miss this one, C’est si Bon holds Date Night Pop-ups on a regular basis.

On the Menu

ACME Food & Beverage. This special menu includes warm smoked salmon, spinach & artichoke dip to start, Beef Filet Mignon and Lobster Mac & Cheese, sides and desserts, including cinnamon baby biscuits for breakfast in bed. Order for February 13 pickup.

Market & Moss. Celebrate on February 13th with a prix fixe menu featuring Domestic Lamb Chop or Halibut, signature cocktails and special wine offerings. Space is limited for dining room seating, but cozy heated patio seating is available

GlassHalfull. You’ll have a hard time selecting from this 3-course menu with five entrees to choose from. Order for pickup February 13th.

Kipos. Three course menu for two featuring your choice of Prime Ribeye, Seared Halibut or Beetroot Risotto. Reserve your table for Dine in or order by 8 pm on February 10 for takeout.

The Carolina Inn. Executive Chef, Jeremy Blankenship, has a decadent three course meal prepared for you to enjoy in the comfort of your home. Fillet Mignon is the star of this feast, but the Chilled Lobster appetizer is a contender! Select your pickup time for February 13 or 14 when ordering online.

Antonia’s Hillsborough. Four courses and wine pairings are offered in this Valentine’s Wine Dinner. Saluti! Two, dine-in seating timeslots available – RSVP online for 5 pm or 7 pm. A carryout version can be pre-ordered by February 13th for pick up on the 14th.

You might also enjoy these special Valentine’s event offerings

Sweetheart Afternoon Tea

Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating to-go

 

Romantic Staycations

Love is INN the Air at The Carolina Inn. Sneak away with your significant other for a romantic overnight stay with some southern charm. Package includes 1 night stay, breakfast for two, in-room amenity, complimentary self-parking

Authentic Italian ambiance and a luxurious Tuscan inspired guest room and will be the backdrop for your romantic getaway at The Siena Hotel. Add in chocolate covered strawberries, champagne and breakfast in bed for a most memorable date night.

 

Tried and True

Chapel Hill Florist

University Florist & Gift Shop

The Flower Patch

Matthew’s Chocolates

Epilogue: Books Chocolate Brews

Evan’s Jewelers

Wentworth & Sloan Jewelers

William Travis Jewelry

 

These are just but a few things to do, places to shop and eat for Valentines Day!

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