Valentine’s Day in Athens – so much to love!


With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’ve drafted the perfect list for date ideas in Athens. Make this Valentine’s Day one to remember by planning one of these events with your special someone, your friends or your family!


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

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 two-to-three-hour culinary experience, 9 Tables is a great restaurant for a romantic vibe. Head to Rhapsody Music and Dining in Nelsonville for a meal accompanied by some music. Good food + good company = a Valentine’s Day to remember.


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Treat your sweet to something unique

Invite your Valentine to an evening of chocolate decadence aboard the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway’s Chocolate Choo Choo! Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine, chocolate and music while on board one of the classic train cars.


Be sure to keep checking our website for additional Valentine’s Day events as they are announced. Whatever you choose to do for Valentine’s Day this year, we hope you’ll always be in love with the magic of Athens!