Celebrate love, Athens style!

Photo/animation by Andrew Thompson Portraits

Valentines Day is near! Make your plans for this special day, celebrating love, right in Athens County. Here are just a few ideas on how to celebrate.


The classic dinner and a movie

Plan the perfect evening with friends, family or a loved one with dinner and a movie. Make it uniquely Athens and take your date to a local restaurant in Uptown Athens. After your bellies are full from the delicious meal, make your way to the Athena Cinema for the latest indie flick. If fun and games are more your style, head to Movies 10 and enjoy The Fun Barn before the show.




Get out and get active together

Snow covered grounds? Break out the sleds! Fill your soul with giggles and glee as you rush down snow-covered hills. And warm up with hot cocoa after. If the weather is nice enough, we recommend a trail hike at Strouds Run State Park, The Ridges or Sells Park. As you walk hand in hand, you’ll be able to admire the beauty of Athens with someone special. You can also share some laughs by heading to Bird Arena to ice skate. The perfect scenario would be sweeping your date off his or her feet!



Stay in and cook together 

Be chefs for a night and plan to create a meal together. Buy local ingredients at the Farmer’s Market or The Farmacy, or any of the many local grocery stores in Athens. Purchase some wine from Shade Winery or Pleasant Hill Winery and make it a truly Athenian meal. Cooking a special meal together is a great tradition to begin or continue for Valentine’s Day.



Celebrate with sweets

Indulge a little! Hit one of the many bakeries around Athens for something sweet to share with your Valentine. Or, for something really indulgent, create your own progressive dessert tour and visit them all! A day of desserts with friends, family or a loved one… nothing sweeter.



Dress up and dine out

Find the perfect tie and pick out the glamorous dress before heading out to one of fine dining restaurants in Athens. For an intimate dinner, Zoe Fine Dining is a great restaurant with a romantic vibe. Head to Rhapsody Music and Dining in Nelsonville for a meal accompanied by some music. Sol Restaurant & Bar is offering a 5-course couple’s meal, perfect for your special date. Good food + good company = a Valentine’s Day to remember.


Be sure to keep checking our website for additional Valentine’s Day events as they are announced. However you choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day, we hope you always feel the Peace・Love・Athens.