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Ways to Say "I Love You": Your Guide to Valentine's Day


Ways to Say "I Love You": Your Guide to Valentine’s Day


Whether you’re celebrating with a romantic partner or beloved friends, Valentine’s Day is a reason to have fun! Find gifts, activity, and dinner ideas that say “I Love You.” From sweet treats to date night activities, you’ve got lots of options to show your love and celebrate Valentine’s Day the Downtown Raleigh way. Make sure to bookmark this page as we will continue to add to the blog.  

If you are or know a Downtown Raleigh business offering Valentine’s Day specials, please let us know at communications@downtownraleigh.org. 

Sweet Treats for Your Sweetie

kiss from a rose

42 & Lawrence - Nothing says romance like roses, which is why 42 & Lawrence’s “Kiss By a Rose” is the perfect Valentine’s Day drink. It’s a nitro latte made with rose and vanilla topped with rose petals. Pick-up in the store.

heart shaped Kolaches

Carroll's Kitchen - Show your love with Carroll's Kitchen's heart-shaped kolaches stuffed with a delicious mix of strawberry cream cheese and raspberry cream cheese. They can be ordered in half a dozen or a dozen. The last day to order is Feb. 11th. Order online here. *Every meal purchased from Carroll's Kitchen supports their mission of creating healthy employment for women overcoming crisis. Tell someone you love them by also showing love to the women in the program and in your community. 

lucettegrace - All of lucettegrace's special Valentine’s offerings will be available Tuesday, Feb. 9 through Sunday, Feb. 21. It is strongly encouraged to place orders in advance and online as this is the best way to ensure you have the entire menu to choose from. Choose from cakes, cookies, macrons, and more! Place your order starting Feb. 9 here

Raleigh Raw Juice Bar and Cafe - Go the classic route with Raleigh Raw's Cupid's Truffle Shuffle: organic strawberries dipped in house-made truffle batter (gluten, dairy, and soy free)! This Valentine's Day package is available for pre-order until Feb. 12 and can be picked up in the shop or delivered to your destination of choice, on Valentine's Day morning.
Order online here.

Slice Pie Company - Save money while still showing your love with a pie from Slice Pie Company. They are offering a special promo code if you purchase by end of day Jan 31. Order online here and use promo code VDAYSLICE at checkout. 

State of Beer Bottle + Bottle Shop - It's that special time of year when you get to show the person you love most just how much you love them. There's no better way to do it than with our world-famous smashburgers. Order online here.

The Cupcake Shoppe - Order one of Cupcake Shoppe’s Sweetheart Cookie Kits starting Feb. 8. There will be a limited number of these beauties so call to pre-order for your Valentine! Each kit contains 9 ombreĢ heart cookies, a 5-ounce cup of vanilla buttercream, and festive Valentine sprinkles perfect for dipping or decorating.

videri hearts

Videri Chocolate Factory - Who doesn’t love treats shaped like hearts? Videri’s Caramel Heart Gift Box is a perfect Valentine’s Day gift with 6 shimmering heart-shaped bonbons filled with an array of caramel flavors meant for delighting and devouring. The flavors include Gold Honey, Purple Lavender Black Pepper, Teal Salt, Silver Rose, Pink Raspberry, and Green Lemon Thyme. Videri is also offering a Showstopper V-Day Box including 15 bonbons in seasonal spring flavors, 4 solid chocolate hearts, a Chai Love You layered candy bar, and a 70% Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Bar. Order online here.

Yellow Dog Bread Company - Show the love on V-Day with adorable heart-shaped cookies from Yellow Dog Bread Co. Stop in to pick some up. 

Gifts That Say “Be Mine” 

DECO Raleigh - From Valentine’s Day greeting cards to soap to love-themed aprons, DECO stocked up on all things romantic to make shopping for your loved ones easier this Valentine’s Day. Check out all of their V-Day offerings here and order online. 

Gallery C - For the person who likes to combine their holidays, check out Gallery C's tree ornaments for a Valentine's Day gift. Choose from a chocolate-covered strawberry or the amour heart. Schedule your appointment to shop in-store by calling 919-828-3165. 

Longan's One Stop Garden Shop - If you’re looking for something unique & gorgeous for your Valentine this year, Logan's is offering beautiful heart-shaped magnolia & boxwood wreaths. Order yours online here. 

NC Museum of History and NC Museum of Natural Sciences - If you’re looking for a good deal on jewelry, both the NC Museum of History and NC Museum of Natural Sciences are each doing 20% off jewelry sales Feb. 9-14. Shop in-store or online. Shop NC Museum of History here. Shop NC Museum of Natural Sciences here. 

Quercus Studio - Whether you’re looking to pop the question or just a nice piece of jewelry, Quercus has got you covered with engagement rings, gemstone necklaces, diamond earrings, and more. Shop and order online on their website.

Retro Modern Furnishings - Need a place to hold the jewelry you're getting for your loved one? For Valentine's Day, Retro Modern is offering a Japanese designed tower accessory tray. They are available in black or white and make the perfect jewelry holders! The simple tower features four stacked compartments that rotate around a concealed axis to keep contents organized and protected. Shop online here. 

Wine Authorities - Featuring a unique, yet delightful Cabernet Rose Sekt from Steininger and a rich, chocolate bar from the local, award-winning chocolatier, Escazu, you'll be supporting two small businesses who pour their love into what they do by purchasing this wine and chocolate dup from Wine Authorities. Order by emailing raleigh@wineauthorities.com. 

Date Night Dinners

More than 30 restaurants, bars, and bottle shops are offering a variety of heated outdoor setups, so you can enjoy a delicious meal or drink outdoors. There are also over 100 establishments offering take-out, pick-up, and delivery options for a night in with a special someone.

Barcelona Wine Bar - Treat you and your loved one with festive tapas, crafted by Executive Chef Walter Silva and the chef team, or a take-home prix fixe menu that will be available all weekend long. The take-home menu has the ability to add on cava, sparkling wine, or any of their retails wines. Make reservations or order online here.  

Benny Capitale's Pizza - Spending Valentine's Day away from your loved one? Let them know you're thinking of them by ordering a heart-shaped pizza from Benny Capitale's to their house. Call 919-239-4173 to place your order.

Carolina Ale House - What says Valentine’s Day more than a steak dinner for two? For the whole month of February, Carolina Ale House is offering a special hand-cut 28-day aged 12 oz ribeye with grilled mushrooms, roasted vegetables, and mashed potatoes. Call 919-835-2222 to make a reservation.

Cousins Maine Lobster - Have a romantic evening at Cousins Maine Lobster with a bottle of Los Riscos Sav Blanc, two lobster rolls, and an order of tater tots. Order by calling 919-867-6203. 

Crawford and Son - Enjoy a 3-course pre-fixe menu with optional wine pairings, in addition to the regular menu, Friday-Sunday of Valentine’s Day weekend. Reservations are available online or by calling 919-307-4647. 

Fine Folk - Fine Folk at Foundation will be running a steak dinner for one on Valentine's Day. The special is super limited so check back on their Instagram for details.

Gravy - Give your sweetie something delicious this Valentine’s Day with the gift of Gravy! Order dinner for two including duck confit, roasted veggies, chocolate-covered strawberries, and other delectable items. Add on beautiful flowers to make the occasion extra special! Call to order at 919-896-8513 by Feb. 11. Pickup available Saturday, Feb. 13 and Sunday, Feb. 14. 

Irregardless Cafe - Enjoy a traditional and vegan three-course dinner for two with Irregardless Cafe's V-Day package. Choose two appetizers, two entrees, and a dessert to share. You can also add a bottle of champagne to make the night more special. Pre-ordering opens Feb. 3 for pick-up on Feb. 13 or 14. Call 919-833-8898 to place your order. 

Jolie - Enjoy a 3-course pre-fixe menu with optional wine pairings, in addition to the regular menu, Friday-Sunday of Valentine’s Day weekend. Reservations are available online or by calling 919-803-7221.

Mulino Italian Kitchen & Bar -  On Saturday, Feb. 13, and Sunday, Feb.14, Mulino Italian Kitchen will offer a special prix fixe menu. If you dine on Saturday, you’ll have the option of the prix fixe menu or their regular menu. On Sunday, the prix fixe menu will be the only menu available. Enjoy a four-course Italian meal with a bottle of red or white wine of the restaurant’s choice, limit one bottle of wine per couple. Reserve your table here.

Plates Neighborhood Kitchen - Offered only Feb 13 and 14, order an exclusive Four-Course Prix Fixe menu with an optional wine pairing flight available from Plates Neighborhood Kitchen. Please note that this is the only dinner menu Plates will offer on Feb. 13 and 14. Reservations are required and heated outdoor seating will be available. Make your reservation by calling 919-828-001. 

Sitti Authentic Lebanese - Nothing says “Love” like a romantic dinner for two! Enjoy bacon-wrapped dates, braised short rib, red velvet cake, and more. Add drinks or flowers to make your Valentine’s Day even sweeter. Order by calling 919-239- 4070. 

sono sushi

Sono - Looking for a change in the traditional tastes of Valentine's Day? Try out Sono's V-Day special which includes two ginger dressing salads, 4 pieces of Gyoza, choice of three specialty rolls, and your choice of two pieces of mochi ice cream. Pair that with the drink special of a Night Swim Sake or
half bottles of sparkling wine. This package will be offered Feb. 13 & 14. Order by calling 919-521-5328.

The Pit - Love and the savory scent of smoked pork tenderloin is in the air in Downtown Raleigh! The Pit is cooking up a special Valentine's Day Package for two including shrimp cocktail, smoked pit tenderloin, red velvet cake, and more! Call 919-890-4500 to order by Wednesday, Feb. 10. Pick up at The Pit on Feb. 13 or 14.

The Rockford - Enjoy Valentine's dinner service with The Rockford on Feb. 14. The Valentine's service will be from 5 pm - 10 pm with a 4-course menu and drink specials. Order online or make your reservation here.

Trophy Brewing and Pizza - Treat you and your loved one with Trophy's "Pizza is for Lovers Package" including a large heart-shaped pizza, bottle of wine, and choice of dessert. Order online here

Vidrio - Vidrio is offering three different menu options for a Romantic Dinner for Two – available for take-out, delivery, or curbside pick up for a romantic dinner at home. They are also offering dine-in. Make reservations or order to-go through Vidrio’s website. The Valentine’s Dinner For Two menus will be available Thursday, Feb. 11 through Sunday, Feb. 14.

Romantic Activities 

Public Art Tour - Take your loved one on a stroll to see some of Downtown Raleigh’s public art on a self-guided tour. See all of Downtown Raleigh’s public art here

Starry Night Lovers Take-Home Paint Kit - Looking for an at-home activity to do with your sweetheart? Check out Wine and Design’s virtual class with a take-home paint kit. Each paint Kit includes pre-sketched canvas, required paints, paintbrushes, ZOOM login instructions, plates, and napkins. Please note, this is a DATE NIGHT class meaning one ticket includes kits for two! Learn more and book your spot here.

The Wine Feed's Wine Tasting - This Valentine’s Day weekend, enjoy a private, in-depth tasting for two at The Wine Feed's wine bar with certified Sommelier, Matt Arnold. The tasting is 45 minutes to an hour and includes light snacks and 3oz pours. Book your time here.

Love Stories and Broken Hearts Raleigh Walking Tour - Think outside the box of chocolates this Valentine’s Day and take your sweetheart on this entertaining walking tour featuring historic local love stories and broken hearts with Raleigh Walking Tours! The tour lasts approximately 1 hour. Masks are required. Purchase your tickets here.

Valentine's Yoga and Oyster Escape - Looking for a special Valentine’s Day experience for two? Current Wellness is taking reservations for their Valentine’s Yoga and Oyster Escape package. You’ll relax with a private couples yoga class in the Movement Studio, followed by a lesson on oysters from North Carolina and wine or beer pairing. Learn how to taste and select oysters and then how to pair them with wine or beer. Your ticket includes a dozen oysters (per couple) and 3 different wine or beer tastings. Reserve your spot here.

Where to Buy Flowers

Logan’s One Stop Garden Shop
Fallon’s Flowers
Carlton’s Flowers
Sweet Love Blossoms
Weaver Street Market

Getaways and Staycations

Hampton Inn & Suites Raleigh Downtown @ Glenwood South - A romantic staycation at the Glenwood South Hampton Inn. Local art and live music if you attend the socially-distant reception on Feb.13 from 5:30 pm-7 pm. Book your stay here.

Longleaf Hotel - Love is in the air at Longleaf Hotel! Treat your valentine to a getaway anytime during the month of February with their special package that includes a bottle of sparkling wine and a set of the cutest macarons from lucettegrace. Kick back and indulge a little. Book your spot here.

Residence Inn Raleigh Downtown - Enjoy the comforts of a spacious studio suite at Residence Inn Raleigh Downtown to unwind in and pamper your partner on Friday, Feb. 12, Saturday, Feb. 13, or Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021. Enjoy a night in the studio suite, a three-course dinner, and a bottle of wine. Book your stay here.

Sheraton Raleigh Hotel - Join Sheraton Raleigh for an all-Inclusive luxury Valentine’s Day package including a romantic candlelight dinner, live entertainment, and a salsa dance lesson. COVID regulations will be followed including contactless entry, temperature check, and sanitation stations. Masks are REQUIRED for this event. If you decide to stay the night, each room comes with a gourmet basket, flowers, and rose petals to make the evening extra special. Book your spot by calling 919-834-9900.