Celebrate love and friendship by planning a little getaway to Athens, where you’ll fall in love with the brick streets, frozen waterfalls, snow-covered hills and delicious local cuisine.
Where to Stay
One the the newest places to stay in the county is The Athens Central Hotel. Modern luxury, charming ‘extras’ and exquisite service.
Fall in love with the Bodhi Tree Guesthouse, a Buddhist-inspired retreat, situated on a picturesque four-acre hilltop. With a float tank, Thai and traditional massage, private yoga sessions and beautiful grounds to explore, you’ll have no excuse not to relax and rejuvenate.
Step back in time at the beautiful Primrose Bed & Breakfast, an 1892 Queen Anne Victorian house in Nelsonville. It’s filled with historic oak trim and floors and it’s decorated with colorful stained glass transoms. It’s also right around the corner from Nelsonville’s Historic Public Square, where you’ll find unique shops, Stuart’s Opera House and Rhapsody Music & Dining.
What to Do
All aboard the love train! The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway is hosting a Valentine’s Day Dinner Train ride on Friday, Feb. 14. The event features food, wine, music, sweets and , of course, the train ride along the Hocking River and through Southeast Ohio.
Spend an afternoon with your Valentine or Galentine, sipping on tasty beverages and supporting local businesses at The Heart’s on Fire Pop-Up Sale at the new West End Distillery on Friday, Feb. 7. Browse through locally crafted leather work, spoon jewelry and handmade cosmetics while sipping on local spirits. It’s easy to say “Be Mine” with an Athens-inspired gift!
Meet your sweetie in the Kissing Circle, located at the spot on Ohio University’s College Green where four brick walkways meet. The years-old tradition was that any time a man and woman crossed the Kissing Circle at the same time, they kissed each other. The landmark has been a spot for lovers since the 1940s.
Visit the world-class Kennedy Museum of Art and feast your eyes upon a wide range of renowned art collections.
Where to Eat & Drink
Eat your heart out and enjoy a romantic meal at local favorite eateries. For a classy date night, head to Parks Place in Amesville for a 5-course Valentine’s Dinner. Or, spend an evening dining and sipping at Little Fish Brewing Company’s Beer Paired Valentine’s Day dinner.
For wine with a view, visit Pleasant Hill Vineyards, a former horse farm. Enjoy a spectacular sunset and gaze out across rolling pastures and the foothills of Southeast Ohio from high atop a ridge.
The Ohio University Inn and Conference Center is offering a 4-course dinner for 2, available all Valentine’s Day weekend. A room package with a many amenities including champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, breakfast and late check out is also available. Complete romance!
What to Buy
Make a beeline to Cross Court Cards & Gifts for one-of-a-kind cards and gifts. Give a bouquet that blooms forever— famous Passion Works flowers are made by local artists who hand-paint each flower. Give your Valentine the glittering frost that never fades with jewels and gems from Keith Chapman Jewelers.
Life is Sweet!
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