How to Experience Valentine's Day in Asheville in 2021
Romantic Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day in Asheville
There isn't a mountain high enough to keep you from your sweetheart. In fact, we think it's the Blue Ridge Mountains that will bring you closer together!
Treat your honey to romance, relaxation and rejuvenation in Asheville. From romantic weekend getaway ideas to personalized activities and private, curated experiences, you have a wide variety of options to create a special celebration. Below you'll find even more Valentine's Day ideas -- both virtual and in-person -- that are unique to 2021.
We've rounded up ways for how to feel the love in Asheville this year.
Savor a meal
Discover the romance and comfort food of France when you dine in or take out dinner from a menu specially crafted by Chef Michel at either of his Asheville restaurants: Bouchon or Rendezvous. From steamed lobster to beef wellington to wine, your taste buds and heart will be happy. Dine-in service is by reservation only. Order a meal for takeout by Saturday, February 13.
Bring the fine dining experience to your home away from home. Cúrate has created a "Tapas for Two," available for takeout and local delivery. Your meal includes dishes such as croquetas de pollo (traditional creamy chicken fritters," pimientos de piquillo rellenos (piquillo peppers stuffed with Spanish goat cheese) and gambas al ajillo (sautéed shrimp in a sherry broth, with sliced garlic and an arbol chili). You'll also get your choice of lamb skewers or charcoal grilled trout. The meal is available by visiting the Cúrate web site.
Bargello in downtown Asheville will be offering a dine-in Valentine’s Day prix fixe meal by reservation from 5pm-9pm. District 42, the bar/lounge that shares the main floor with Bargello, will be offering a special Valentine’s Day cocktail called “Heart of Glass," as well as an a la carte menu.
And, Posana will be offering three Valentine’s Day specials that evening and a special dessert item in addition to the regular menu. Dine-in is by reservation only. Takeout is available for regular menu items during service hours.
Round out your meal with a sweet treat. There are nearly two dozen local dessert shops in Asheville. They offer a wide selection of rich chocolates, refreshing ice cream and delicious pies and pastries.
For more romantic dining ideas, see our list of the top romantic restaurants in Asheville according to our Facebook fans.
Learn a new skill
Before Valentine's Day is here, brush up on your cocktail-making skills so you'll be ready with a drink that'll truly impress. During the live virtual cocktail presentation by Sovereign Remedies and hosted by Asheville Date Night, you'll learn how to make three aphrodisiac cocktails! This 30-minute demonstration, which is also sponsored by Cultivated Cocktails, Chemist Cocktails and Oak & Grist Distilling Company, will help enhance at-home date nights for Valentines or any other night. This is a ticketed event with a percentage of sales going to Asheville Strong -- a nonprofit organization born during the pandemic that supports Asheville local small businesses.
Tap into love
Engaged couples, this one is for you! Archetype Brewing is gifting 15 couples an engagement photoshoot at the brewery's romantic downtown tap lounge and venue. The 1920’s era interior of Archetype's downtown location, clad with exposed brick, original hardwood floors and a marble bar, is perfect for photos showcasing your connection. To optimize social distancing, and other safe practices, this experience is limited to the first 15 couples who sign up using the form on their web site.
Give love a 'Chai'
Give your loved one something that will truly warm his or her soul. Asheville Tea Company is offering four special Valentine's Day gift boxes, including an option to customize your own blend. The boxes fit a variety of budgets, ranging from $16 to $68. All include a personalized Valentine’s Day card. Asheville’s own Moonlight Makers provides a special locally-made, “Is it Tea You’re Looking For” mug. Shipping is free in February!
Share the love
When you shop at Mast General Store, show your heart at the cash register. During the month of February, round up your purchase price to donate to those facing food insecurity in the community. The opportunities to help get even sweeter with the "Be a Sweetheart Campaign" on Valentine's Day weekend, when Mast will donate $1 to the local food bank for every pound of candy sold.
To celebrate and support the local businesses that are the lifeblood of Asheville, Love Asheville Go Local Week around Valentine's Day has become an annual tradition. In 2021, the celebration extends the entire month of February! Take the 828 Challenge (828 is the area code in Asheville) to support 8 local businesses in Asheville during the 28 days of the month of February. Use the hashtag #828golocalchallenge to share your experiences. Follow @golocalasheville and keep an eye out for contests and giveaways including ways to win a 2021 Go Local Card (discounts at more than 400 businesses) and Love Asheville Go Local t-shirts.
OK ladies, now let's get in formation
Celebrate your strongest female friendships on Galentine's Day (February 13). Bring your best gals to the new Hummingbird Candle Co. in downtown Asheville for a candle making experience. For Galentine's 2021, they'll help you explore their scent candle library (with more than 30 options), and make the most amazing smelling and earth friendly nine-ounce coconut wax candle that boasts an 80-hour burn time. Your ticket also includes a delicious wine with decadent chocolate pairing! Tickets are limited to only eight seats per time slot to insure social distancing. Masks are required.
Meanwhile, The Magnetic Theatre is celebrating Galentine’s Day with a virtual performance by local acoustic duo Liz and Elizabeth. They’ll perform a myriad of love songs in their signature style, interspersed with letters read by local actors. The show stars Jeb Buffinton, David Hopes, Kay Wise, Adam Olson, Denise Lockett and Gabbi Nicholson. Donations are encouraged to help these artists.
Groove is in the Heart
Join in on a decade-long Valentine's Day music tradition -- brought to you virtually this year by the Black Mountain Center for the Arts. The show features crowd favorite Zoe and Cloyd, composed of renowned fiddler and vocalist Natalya Zoe Weinstein and award-winning songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist John Cloyd Miller. Tickets are $20 per household, and the concert will be available to stream on YouTube starting February 13. This link will be available through February 20 for concert "goers" who are unable to view the show live.
Unbreak your heart
*Postponed until Feb. 20 due to rain*
Did 2020 break your heart? Hi-Wire Brewing offers you the chance to safely take out your frustration during its annual Cupid is Stupid Car Smashing. The event takes place outdoors Saturday, February 13, from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Hi-Wire Big Top parking lot. You get five hits for $5 or 15 hits for $10 with your choice of tool from Hi-Wire's collection. If you want to have a whack at it, sign-ups must be done in person during the event at the check-in table outside. Time slots will be first come, first served. Protective eyewear will be provided and sanitized between each use. All proceeds from the event will be split between the USBG National Charity Foundation and the North Carolina Restaurant Workers Relief Fund.
Photo credits: Top photo by Keith Wright; Curate dinner photo by Whitney Anderson; Cocktail photo by Carrie Turner Photography; Shopping photo by Jason Tarr; Zoe and Cloyd photo courtesy Black Mountain Center for the Arts.