Last-minute ideas for a fabulous Valentine’s Day in Atlanta


Last-minute ideas for a fabulous Valentine’s Day in Atlanta

There’s still time to plan something special for the love of your life.

Here’s some fun ideas around metro Atlanta:

A lovely (and free) trip to the High Museum

Admission to the High Museum of Art is free between noon and 5 p.m. on the second Sunday of every month. Since Valentine’s Day falls on the second Sunday of February this year, you and your date can enjoy some art and featured programming at no cost to either of you.

If You Go: noon – 5 p.m. Feb. 14. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. Cost: free. 404-733-4444.

Complete the day with a lunch for two Sunday. Dine at Table 1280 at the Woodruff Arts Center which still openings on Sunday and is serving a special Valentine’s Day menu which includes a strawberry and spinach salad and chocolate layered cake. 404-897-1280

Romantic hike at Fort Mountain State Park

History lovers will fall for a romantic story from Fort Mountain State Park (Chatsworth). During the 1930s, a Civilian Conservation Corps mason carved a heart-shaped stone for his sweetheart, setting it into a fire tower. On Saturday (Valentine’s Day eve) at 1 p.m., take a one-mile-long hike to see the stone and hear about their love story. The lad’s romantic gesture must have won her heart, because they were married 59 years. Note: This is a family friendly hike but does include many steps on a staircase and rocky area. $5 per person for hike. $5 per vehicle for parking. To learn more about the hike, call 706-422-1932. Check out other Valentine’s Day inspired events at state parks here.

Show your love on the dance floor

Couples who want to let their inner Fred and Ginger run free this Valentine’s weekend can trip the light fantastic in the company of professionals at CORE, the Decatur dance company celebrating its 30th year.

On Saturday, Feb. 13, from 6 p.m. to midnight CORE will host a Dance Sampler, offering lessons in tango, salsa, line dancing, Zumba and other skills, to couples and families who will be invited to join in.

Children are welcome during the early hours of the event which will kickoff with the “Hokey Pokey” and a “Hula Hoop Half Hour.”

Tickets are $20 per adult, or $35 per couple, $15 for children 12 and under and students with ID, and include light refreshments. (There will also be a cash bar and food trucks.) VIP tickets, which include a gift basket, are $100 per couple. They may be purchased at CORE Studios are at 139 Sycamore Street on the Decatur Square. For a map go to

Fairy Godmother Barnsley Resort

Barnsley Resort has all of the trappings of a romantic getaway. The garden spot is built around the ruins of an 1840s Italianate-style manor in the northwest Georgia town is located in Adairsville about an hour north of Atlanta. But it also has a Fairy Godmother who casts “love spells” throughout the year. As of this morning, Barnsley still has a handful of openings to book the fairy godmother this weekend, and they have openings Sundays night which is the actual date of Valentine’s Day. It’s a great date for it to be Sunday with President’s Day coming after it and many have the day off. And guests can take advantage of the weeknight rate. Manor Rooms start at $155 per night, plus taxes and a resort fee. Suites are $216 per night, plus taxes and resort fee. Love spells include the following: Fairy’s Cuddle Kit

Heat things up with everything you need for an evening of cuddling in front of the fire this winter. Our own Fairy Godmother will visit your cottage to deliver a black Barnsley Resort Sherpa blanket along with a massage oil candle and bottle of red wine. $175.“Love Shack” Love Spell: Fairy Godmother casts a groovy spell to create your own funky little “Love Shack,” complete with “glitter on the mattress” (by way of glittery rose petals scattered on the bed). A black Barnsley Resort Sherpa blanket and chocolate-dipped strawberries are enhanced by 25-40 tea light candles. Red sugar-rimmed champagne glasses and sparkling wine are presented on the bed along with massage oil, all of the elements to create your “little own place to get together.”$195. 770-773-7480

Chocolate tasting at Xocolatl at Krog Street Market

Xocolatl, A tiny yet gorgeous space is a “bean-to-bar” chocolate shop. Inside this micro-factory (the production space stretches only 250 square feet), owners Elaine Read and Matt Weyandt make a variety of pure single-origin dark chocolate bars. Weyandt and Read, who lived in Costa Rica and worked with cacao farmers and artisanal chocolatiers, now share their experience and passion for making small batches of craft chocolates here locally.For a true chocolate aficionado, consider a gift card for a $50 tasting for two, which includes a short tour of the micro-factory and a guided tasting of five different single-origin chocolates with a glass of wine. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays-Mondays. Krog Street Market, 99 Krog St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-604-9642,

Also at Krog Street Market: Dinner and a movie

A few Krog Street Market vendors are offering Valentine’s Day-themed menus and specials that are perfect for a casual date night. Enjoy some chocolate from Xocolatl or, for $27 per person, you can pair four beers with four Girl Scout cookies at Hop City. Patrons can enjoy their drinks and food while watching “When Harry Met Sally.” The movie will screen at 7 p.m.

Before you head to Krog Street Market check out our list of things to do there besides eating. If You Go: 7 p.m. Feb. 14. Krog Street Market, 99 Krog St., Atlanta. Cost: varies.

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