Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to mean reservations at a fancy restaurant and expensive gifts. It’s a day of love. Sure people say it’s a fake holiday created by the greeting card companies, but you know what? A day to celebrate love and make sure my special someone knows how I feel sounds okay to me. Honestly though, it’s just before Valentine’s Day and you’re here reading this guide to a local Valentine’s date. That means you definitely don’t have reservations, probably don’t have a babysitter (if you need one)… and you know what? That is OKAY!
The Perfect Go Local Valentine’s Day Date – Choose Your Own Adventure Style
Your date should start out around 3:00. If the kids are with you, then naptimes can be over (you know you’re pushing for early bedtime anyway) and you can get out the door. Where are you headed? Well here is where you get to choose:
- Sweet Cheeks Bakery – I can’t think of a sweeter stop for your sweetheart than Sweet Cheeks! This truly is my favorite spot for a sweet tooth fix. Cupcakes, cookies, brownies, and blondies. Not to mention mouthwatering cake and pie by the slice. This is the perfect stop for a couple enjoying their time alone, or a family out celebrating the day with their kids. (Check out my review of Sweet Cheeks Bakery.)
- Sola Coffee – Maybe you’re a regular here, or maybe this would be a new treat. When I first moved back to NC from Seattle, an amazing woman from Sola taught me what unburned coffee tasted like… and it tastes good! If coffee isn’t your thing, Sola has a great menu of snacks, treats, coffees, and teas that are sure to please any palette. They supply themselved with locally sourced, sustainable, organic ingredients when possible. Maybe that’s what makes it taste so good…
So you’ve had time to relax and recharge with some caffeiene and sugar. Now it’s time to get ready for dinner. Remember, no babysitter, and no reservations. So what do you do next? Eat at home.
- The Butcher’s Market – This is honestly where my personal dream Valentine’s Day date takes place. The Butcher’s Market has an incredible selection of meats, house made side dishes, locally baked breads, wines, and more. On Valentine’s Day, I would MUCH rather buy my choice of amazing foods and cook them at home that worry about reservation times at restaurants. I’m not sure exactly what the selection will be, but the people inside are incredibly friendly and will help you get everything you need for a lovely Valentine’s meal. They can even give you great tips on how to cook it. (Read more about The Butcher’s Market story.)
- ACME Pizza – Hearts are red, and so is pizza sauce. ACME Pizza in Holly Springs has some of the best deep dish Chicago style pizza around. If you are within a 25 minutes (give or take) of this place, it is WELL worth it. Call your order in ahead of time so you don’t have to worry about wait times and everyone can take the night off from cooking. DO NOT FORGET THE GARLIC KNOTS. They are the best ever.
Now the night is still young-ish. You are at home with the one you love. If you have kids, put them to bed or pop in a movie. Snuggle up with your sweetie and enjoy the night. Valentine’s Day might be a completely “made up” holiday, but celebrating “I love you” is worth a day of cheesy greeting cards.