Valentine's Day is quickly upon us and with it, roses, chocolates and dinner reservations are being ordered in droves. Make your Valentine's memorable this year with friends and loved ones by getting some Made in Tennessee ideas from this list. For even more ideas, check out tnvacation.com to start planning a romantic getaway to celebrate your love, or a girl/guyfriend getaway to celebrate friendship.
An array of chocolates on display at the Covington Chocolate Tour
Stroll along the streets of historic downtown Covington and satisfy your sweet tooth at the 5th annual Chocolate Tour. Serving up decadent chocolate treats are 23 merchants makes for the perfect girlfriend day trip or early Valentine’s Day date 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 11, 2017. Follow the map with the numbered locations for a tasting tour. Once the tour is completed, you can enter in for a chance to win a basket stuffed with chocolate desserts, gift certificates, and a variety of other prizes. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 on Feb. 11 at three ticket booths located on the square.
Endless treats for tasting wait in the small town of Halls, Tennessee
Let the Tennessee Trails & Byways’ Great River Road lead you to Halls, Tennessee for Chocolate Bliss, a small town celebration of everything chocolate. Taste your way through gourmet delights all day during this year’s Valentine’s Day weekend 2-4 p.m. Feb. 11, 2017 at Halls First United Methodist. Tickets are $7 per person in advance, $10 at the door. For tickets, call 731-836-5444.
Memphis offers a lot of Valentine’s Day weekend events from concerts to artistic exhibitions and candlelight dinners at citywide restaurants. Create a memory and a craft with someone special at Pinot’s Palette-Sanderlin painting event 6-8 p.m. Feb. 14, 2017. Besides painting masterpieces like Vincent van Gogh’s ‘The Starry Night,’ love birds, and a wine-pouring painting, couples will receive chocolate and roses upon arrival. Couples will receive two canvases to paint side-by-side. The painting is complete when the two canvases come together. A special Galentine’s event for ladies takes place 7-9 p.m. Feb. 13, 2017 as they paint and eat chocolates.
Have dinner with the dinosaurs this Valentine's at Discovery Park of America
“Dine amongst the dinosaurs” during the Valentine’s Dinner planned for lovebirds 6 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m. Feb. 14, 2017 in the Dinosaur Hall of Discovery Park of America. Enjoy candlelight, soft music and an unforgettable ambience of Discovery Park. A cash bar and buffet-style dinner will be served along with a special dessert surprise.
Get married with the romantically historic Oaklands Mansion as your backdrop
Renew your vows or have an historic, intimate wedding 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 14, 2017 in the elegant front parlor of Oaklands Mansion. An officiant will be on hand and marriage license must be acquired in advance. Cost of the ceremony is $250 for each couple. Oaklands Mansion is a nationally-registered historic landmark with rich Civil War history.
Grab your friends and head to the Ryman Auditorium, among other venues, to experience another unforgettable night of music Valetine's Day weekend
Music City is living up to its name with a variety of Valentine’s Day weekend concerts you and your loved one shouldn’t miss. From Martina McBride: Love Unleashed Tour with Lauren Alaina at Ryman Auditorium; Music City Roots presents: Big Band Night which features Darrell Scott, Elizabeth Cook, John Cowan and the McCrary Sisters who will perform classic and original songs in accompaniment with the 20-piece Nashville Jazz Orchestra Feb. 11 at War Memorial Auditorium to the plethora of love-filled concerts that are on the bill at Schermerhorn Symphony Center: In the Mood: America’s Favorite Big Band Musical 3 p.m. Feb. 12; and Valentine’s with Frankie Valli & The Nashville Symphony Feb. 14-15, Nashville is living up to its name. The Nashville Symphony is also offering a Goo Goo Date Night Package which includes two concert tickets, two glasses of wine and Nashville-made Goo Goo chocolates.
Have a ball at the Grand Dance at Homestead Manor
Lovebirds and friends are invited to celebrate Valentine’s Day twirling and grooving at the Grand Dance 8-11 p.m. Feb. 11 in the rustic event barn onsite of the historic Homestead Manor. Guests will be treated to a unique experience with a generous spread of appetizers, dessert bar courtesy of Triple Crown Bakery, two drink tickets, party favors, photo booth, and three hours of entertainment. A complimentary glass of champagne upon arrival and a chance to win an item from Walton’s Antique Jewelry are also included.
Have seven states be your backdrop when you visit Lover's Leap
Rock City encourages couples to “Share Your Heart” with their current package valid Feb. 10-14, 2017.Park admission for two, a slice of delectable Valentine fudge, two glasses of sparkling wine or cider at Cafe 7 and a souvenir photo by KODAK are all included in the package. Photos are taken in front of Lover’s Leap to commemorate the special getaway.
Expansive Knoxville is packed with ways to celebrate the holiday
Knoxville has lots of ideas on how couples can spend their Valentine’s Day. One such idea is spending a romantic dinner at Emilia Italian followed by a handcrafted cocktail at Sapphire and a lovely overnight stay at The Oliver Hotel.
Take your sweetheart to the Historic Southern Railway Station in the heart of downtown Knoxville for an unforgettable, candlelight dinner on a restored dining train car. The three-course meal is paired with a bottle of Blue Slip Wine with a custom label for couples, dessert with a glass of champagne, and a complimentary wine tasting is included.
Plan a love-filled getaway at Dollywood's DreamMore Resort & Spa
Surprise your special someone with a getaway to Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort & Spa. A special, four-course Valentine’s Dinner offers gourmet selections like stuffed organic chicken and roasted wild salmon 5-9 p.m. Feb. 14. Treat her to a Winter Bliss manicure and pedicure which includes a whipped shea sugar scrub and a melted shea butter application after treatment or the 50-minute signature Winter Bliss massage that will leave her feeling relaxed and rested. Book your getaway Valentine’s Day week and add a dozen roses to the room for $70 add even more romance.
Inside RiverStone Resort & Spa, you'll find multiple ways to rejuvenate
RiverStone Resort & Spa currently offers a “Melt with You” couple’s spa package (valid the full month of February) that will have both of you feeling relaxed in luxury. Your arrival to RiverStone is made sweeter with a dozen chocolate-covered strawberries upon arrival. Once settled in, enjoy a 50-minute Relaxation Couple’s Massage, 60-minute Eminence Organic Facial for two, and a couple’s classic pedicure. Advanced reservations are required.
Step in Titanic Museum for a dinner that includes being serenaded by violin among other treats
Titanic Museum Attraction hosts the First Class Valentine’s Day Dinner which includes serenade by violin, a commemorative photo, champagne toast in Titanic champagne flute and a first class meal. The menu includes mini crab cakes with dill caper remoulade, strawberry salad in a honey vinaigrette dressing, chicken with rosemary Beurre, center cut filet mignon, green beans and mashed potatoes, and a choice of cheesecake or Chocolate Dream cake. The romantic evening begins 6 p.m. Feb. 11, 2017.