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If you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a fun Galentine’s weekend, Tennessee is the ideal place to visit. Fall in love with the state's rich musical heritage, delicious culinary scene and swoon-worthy destinations with these 14 experiences across the state.
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*All dates reflect the 2022 calendar year
Valentine’s Things to Do in Tennessee
Attend a Concert
There's no better place to catch a concert over Valentine’s weekend than in Tennessee and the lineup across the state proves it. On Feb. 11, see country music superstar Ashley McBryde at the Historic Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville and in Nashville catch Grammy award-winning artist Kacey Musgraves at Bridgestone Arena. On Feb. 12, catch Memphis native Dee Dee Bridgewater's incredible vocals and soulful music at Duncan-Williams Performance Hall at Germantown Performing Arts Center in Memphis. Finally, celebrate Valentine's Night (Feb. 14) with Dua Lipa at Bridgestone Arena. For a complete list of concerts happening across the state, see more events.
Dial up the romance in Chattanooga at Ruby Fall's Valentine event, Romance at Ruby. Spend the evening on a special-edition Lantern Tour where guests can learn about local tales of the legendary romance between Leo Lambert and Ruby and the discovery of the trail. Guests will also receive a professional keepsake photo and flower.
Looking more for some thrills and shrills this Valentine's Day? Look no further than Dread Hollow's special edition Valentine's Twisted Escape running Feb. 13-14. Named by the Scare Factor as one of the Top 5 "Fan Voted Must-See Haunt" in Tennessee, you don't want to miss this special-edition escape room.
Now through Feb. 28, fall in love with history at the Historic Scott County Jail, and get a chill down your spine while you do. The Crimes of Passion flashlight tour is now available. Tour the jail after dark and hear stories about real-life crimes of passion by inmates once housed here. Frightening tales and ghost stories will also be told of those who never left the jail. Each tour lasts 1.5 hours for groups of 8 or less. Attendees must be 8 years old or older.
Gatlinburg SkyLift Park is spreading love in the month of February with the popular "Tunnel of Love," a 300-foot tunnel of twinkling red and white twinkling lights spanning the length of the SkyBridge. Custom hearts hang beneath the bridge and the tunnel has 18,000 hearts, making it a truly Instagram-worthy spot for pictures and proposals. Closer to Valentine's Day, you can snag the limited-time "Ride & Dine" package, a collaboration between the SkyLift Park and Ole Red Gatlinburg, that includes two SkyLift Park tickets and a meal at Ole Red. Check out pricing and details on Ole Red's website closer to the event.
Head to Pigeon Forge to celebrate Valentine's among the sprawling mountains and at the Titanic Museum Attraction as it celebrates Sweetheart Month all February long. From Feb. 1-28, couples can renew their vows at the top of the Titanic's Grand Staircase by reservation, with the ceremony being conducted by the ship's captain.
Recently named one of Tennessee Magazine's 2021 Best of Tennessee Readers' Choice, White Squirrel Winery not only has delicious wines, but also makes for a blissful weekend getaway. Tucked in West Tennessee, celebrate the season of love sipping on delicious reds and whites and spend the night in the property's Romantic Winery Loft Suite, where a delightful country-style breakfast awaits you the following day.
Tie the Knot in the Smokies
Ready to make your love lifelong? The Smoky Mountains offer a number of enchanting wedding venues from intimate chapels perfect for a dreamy elopement or small ceremony to breathtaking mountainside venues that can accommodate large parties. Voted one of the top 10 wedding venues in the U.S., Almost Heaven Resort and Weddings in Gatlinburg provides enchanting locations for your special day and honeymoon cabin rentals. Dream up your perfect wedding and watch it become a reality. The Magnolia Venue in Pigeon Forge offers the Smoky Mountains as your ceremony backdrop. The Cardinal's Nest in Sevierville is tucked away in the foothills of the Smokies that make all your rustic wedding dreams come true. See more Tennessee wedding venues.
Did you know Tennessee has its very own "City of Love?" That's right. Paris, Tennessee. Get lost in the Victorian-style town tucked in West Tennessee where you can grab a picture in front of the Eiffel Tower replica in Memorial Park, explore downtown with its antique shops and dining area, sip on 26 different wines at Paris Winery and end the day watching the sunset at Paris Landing State Park.
Places to Eat for Valentine’s Day in Tennessee
Located on the outskirts of Historic Rugby, the Grey Gable Bed and Breakfast Inn has been serving visitors of the Rugby area for generations. On Feb. 12, check into the Grey Gable for a cozy night of candlelight, music and a romantic five-course dinner of bourbon ham balls, squash and apple soup, chicken marsala or stuffed pork loin, raspberry parfait, bourbon balls and much more. Read here for more ideas for your Valentine's getaway to Rugby.
There's no better way to tell your special love you care than with Tennessee's signature Goo Goo Chocolate candy. Spend Valentine's weekend checking out its newly-renovated store in Nashville, where guests can learn the Secrets of Goo Goo, enjoy Goods and Booze and grab a Taste of Goo Goo. But, of course, you can't leave without picking up a box of its Encore Premium Goo Goo, a delicious red velvet fudge, cream cheese ganache and chocolate sandwich cookies dipped in white chocolate.
Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at Tennessee Chocolate Tours
Join Covington Economic Development Corporation on Feb. 5, 2022 for its 10th Annual Chocolate Tour. Stroll along the streets of historic Downtown Covington and satisfy your sweet tooth with 20 different chocolate treats situated through the town. This is the perfect day to grab your pals for an early Galentine's celebration of local shopping and then enjoy a delicious dinner downtown afterwards. Jonesborough Chocolate Fest offers a smorgasbord of chocolate delights Feb. 11-13, 2022 in Tennessee's Oldest Town. Stroll the historic town and stop at all the chocolate stations dotted throughout the area provided by local small businesses. Each serves something uniquely chocolate-themed from barks to fudges, chocolate-covered strawberries and more. Entertainment and family-friendly activities round out the celebration. The popular Chocolate Affair in Clarksville on Feb. 5, 2022 at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center highlights local businesses and caterers who provide bite-sized sweet and savory foods that have chocolate as an ingredient. Awards are given for most creative use, best taste and best presentation. Tickets are sold out for this year; but the annual event always happening on the first Saturday of February, so mark your calendar to attend next year.
Places to Stay for Valentine’s Day in Tennessee
The Margaritaville Hotel Nashville will offer two Valentine specials to satisfy all your love-filled adventures to music city. For those looking for the perfect escape to relax and unwind, check out its Petals + Mimosas package, which includes two complimentary mimosas at Fins Bar, a bouquet to be delivered the day of check-in and champagne vanilla bonbons from local chocolate supplier Poppy + Peep. Then, party your way through Music City Valentine's weekend with Margaritaville Hotel Nashville's Cowboy in the Jungle package. Grab your buddies and enjoy a $50 credit to JWB Grill or Fins Bar, a VIP cut-the-line access to select Broadway bars and a "cowboy in the Jungle" survival kit with late check-out.
Relax and rejuvenate this Valentine's Day amongst the mountains and the rolling hills of East Tennessee at Oak Haven Resort and Spa. Guests can take advantage of a wide range of spa treatments, including massage therapy, nail treatments, sugar scrub and hydrating body wraps. Indulge in the Winter Spa Special for the special day, which includes a hot chocolate mask and an array of winter scents, including clove, chocolate, peppermint and cinnamon.
Book a weekend stay at The Peabody Memphis and take advantage of its one-night Deluxe accommodations, “Love Me Tender.” Enjoy an intimate dinner or breakfast with room service for two, a floral arrangement placed in the room, champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries and much more.
Escape to the great outdoors and experience the natural beauty Tennessee has to offer at Montgomery Bell State Park’s lodge and restaurant. Take advantage of the Lodge’s special overnight package which includes a one-night stay, candlelight dinner, wine and chocolate covered strawberries. During your stay, enjoy everything Montgomery Bell has to offer including birding, paddling, mountain biking, boating, swimming, golfing, hiking and fishing.
Road trip around Tennessee for tastings at picturesque wineries and vineyards.