What to do for Valentine’s Day in Chattanooga, TN

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Plan a romantic lunch date with Picnic by the River. | Photo via @picnicbytheriverchatt

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Truthfully, there’s nothing we could open with that doesn’t sound gimmicky and overused. So we won’t. Our only goal today is to provide you all with local Valentine’s Day ideas for every type of person, from the poor planner who nevertheless hopes to plan a nice date (you know who you are), to the Galentine’s Day BFFs, to the cutest couple in Chattanooga.

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💗 Galentine’s Day observers

Honor the queen of Galentine’s Day, Leslie Knope, by grabbing a Galentine’s Day brunch full of waffles at Maple Street Biscuit Co. or Aretha Frankensteins and “kick it breakfast style.”

Pro Tip: If you’re headed to Aretha Frankensteins, you may have to wait a bit to get in — just know that it’s worth it.

If brunch isn’t your thing, head to Vinterest Hixson’s Golden Girls Galentine’s Costume Party for drinks, storewide sales, a costume contest, and dessert.

💘 Major Romantics

Take advantage of the Read House’s romance package, including an in-room bottle of champagne, cupcake trio, and “romantic turndown.” While you’re there, check out the three specialty dishes + desserts offered at Bridgeman’s Chophouse from Feb. 11-14.

Try something new with an evening at JMac’s Wine Bar with vintage music, drinks, and cheese boards, or take in the beautiful mountain views offered at Top of the Rock in nearby Jasper.

Our favorite fancy date night spots? Editor Brianna is a sucker for the crispy brussels at Two Ten Jack (plus, it’s special to me — my fiancé and I ate there the night we got engaged), and Editor Kristen keeps it classic with the dim lighting, candles, and delicious Italian food at Boccaccia.

💸 Budget date-seekers

Plan a lovely date without breaking the bank by packing a picnic + enjoying a meal with the Scenic City on display at Sunset Rock or Signal Point.

You can also try out a spot with a nice meal, but save money by bringing your own drinks to a spot without corkage fees — Canyon Grill is BYOB without the fee, and Board & Brush is BYOB of wine to one of the DIY Wood Sign Workshops with only a $5 corkage fee.

🛀 Homebodies

Proof is offering Valentine’s dinner for two that you enjoy from your very own home. Place your order for your chef made meal kit to share with your Valentine by today. Pickup will be on Valentine’s Day between 4-6 p.m.

Good Fortune Soap & Spa has everything you need for an at-home spa day. With bath + body products to wind down paired with candles and essential oils to set the mood, if having a relaxing night is your move, they have you covered.

🍾 Ones wanting a great date with minimal effort

Listen, we rag on the aimless SOs, but sometimes planning a date can be hard — for busy parents, late-night workers, and students on the verge of mid-semester mental breakdowns.

DYK there’s a business that can take care of all the date planning + details for you? LoveRunners has a wide variety of date packages which are all detail-oriented based on what you desire. Want to play a bigger role in the planning? They have a build-your-own romantic experience as well.

You can also have the perfect picnic planned + supplied for you by Southern Pearl Picnics or Picnic by the River. Southern Pearl Picnics offers themed packages based on the flowers they’re named after. Picnic by the River has several package options + add ons based on your wants and needs.

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Pick a flower bouquet based on your significant other’s vibe at POMKT. | Photo via @po.mkt

💐 Ones wanting something different

Know a flower-lover? Add a bit of spice to the classic bouquet option at POMKT, where you select flowers for your special person by the vibe that matches them the best. There are five moods to choose from that you think best describes your significant other.

Want to document your Valentine’s Day with plenty of photos of you and your boo? Head over to the Chattanooga Selfie Museum from 5-9 p.m. for a Valentine’s BOGO tickets deal.

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Drop one of Bonjour Sucre’s cotton candy glitter bombs in your glass of champagne for a beautiful beverage. | Photo via @noogatoday

🍫 People who just. want. sweets.

Last but not least, for the people whose love language is all things sweet, we’ve got you covered.

Looking for a sweet treat with some glitz and glam? Bonjour Sucre is Chattanooga’s first and only hand-spun, couture cotton candy cart where you can purchase delicious cotton candy flavors + glitter bombs to add to your champagne celebrations.

For the chocolate lovers, The Hot Chocolatier has a copious amount of truffles, bon bons, and other sweet treats to choose from. For Valentine’s Day you can stop by and pick out your own Valentine Heart Box Collection. Want to get fresh chocolates delivered at no cost? For the Hamilton County area, Cocoa Asante will personally deliver delicious chocolates to your home.

Craving macarons? Noogarons is offering special Valentine’s Day boxes with flavors like cherry cordial, chocolate peanut butter, strawberry cheesecake, creme brulee, and raspberry white chocolate.

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