My Marion, My Valentine

couple toasting

What’s that smell?

Love – it’s in the air. Or, is that the smell of local craft brews? Maybe it’s the scent of yogi serenity?

Regardless, there is definitely something fragrant in the air, and we’re certain it can help you create the perfect Valentine’s Day.

Plan a perfect date night:


couple painting pottery

Mountain Creative Paint Date


Paint Date at Mountain Creative – Feb. 10

Reserve a spot at the Valentine’s Day Special Couples Paint Date. The package includes a two-hour reservation in the private party room with two pieces of pottery to paint (pick from plenty of options), a delectable dessert, a flower bouquet and sparkling cider. Mountain Creative will do it all for you. You just have to show up.

Acoustic Session at the Rambling Root – Feb. 15

Kay & Posey are an Appalachian folk and bluegrass duo giving a post-Valentine’s Day performance. With a beautiful vocal blend, the two explore the worlds of country, folk, bluegrass, and the spaces in between.

Self Love Flow at Main Street Yoga – Feb. 15.

Take this lovely holiday as an opportunity to open your heart through a heart opening yoga sequence complete with music therapy for a deeper peace.

Valentine’s Date Night at Main Street Yoga and The Joe n Throw – Feb. 17.

Date night is filled with tunes and coffee (or beer). Listen to the healing sounds of Kindred Vibes during a fun, lighthearted yoga practice with your Valentine. Walk down hand-in-hand to the Joe N’ Throw for a complimentary drink and blissful evening for two.


couple biking on rail trail

Marion County Rail Trails


Rail Trails/Parks – Feb. 14 or whenever the mood strikes

Nature has no schedule. Take your significant other on a beautiful stroll through Morris Park or any of the rail trails. Walk or bike through Pricketts Fort to McTrail and steal a kiss under Meredith Tunnel.

Get the perfect meal:

For an elegant dining experience, Aquarium Lounge is equipped with fine wines, seafood appetizers, and other fancy entrees to make this the best Valentine’s Day yet.


Short Story Brewing

Short Story Brewing


Backwoods at the Belmont will provide you with the most romantic atmosphere, delectable food, and delicious desserts. Enjoy chocolate covered strawberries and dinner specials Valentine’s Day and weekend.

Little Red Hen Bakery has a sweet set-up. Aside from the adorable decor, they offer cinnamon rolls and sticky buns after one of their perfect paninis or salads.

And afterward, stop by Short Story Brewing for a local beer, an evening of good conversation and, you know, the sense that you’ve made a genuine connection with another human being (guys, take your cues from Shawn Hunter).

Get the perfect gift:

The age of Frank Sinatra, Etta James, and Rosemary Clooney- the most famous romantic voices of all time- were originally recorded on vinyl. Who would have thought that vintage could be so timeless? Get your romance for Valentine’s Day at Assumption Records.

What could be more romantic than a bottle of fine honey wine? Mountain Dragon Mazery makes it local- the honey, the flowers, and the love.

You may not be able to put a price tag on relaxation, detoxification, and health, but you can put it on a gift card at SpaOasis. While you’re there, consider what could say Valentine’s Day better than perfume? Find healthy essential oil roll-ons in Passion, Peace, and Joy.


antique broaches

Jewelry at Arts & Antiques Marketplace


You can’t pass up Valentine’s Day without at least looking at jewelry. Arts and Antiques Marketplace and Pawntique Emporium both have vintage jewels for a low cost whether that be a ring (wink, wink), necklace or bracelet. White’s Fine Jewelry provides a contemporary beauty with Pandora charms, Alex and Ani bracelets, Mariana Necklaces and Levian Rings.

Wear the perfect outfit:


women's upscale resale consignment store

Savvy Consignment


Savvy Consignment offers name brand outfits and purses in an adorable boutique setting.

Don’t forget makeup for the inevitable and oh-so-essential couples pictures. Tuscan Sun Spa employees will perfectly match your skin tone and show you how to apply makeup from any of their brands. (Also consider a couple’s pedicure for playing footsie later.)


woman putting on lipstick

Tuscan Sun Spa & Salon


However, at the end of the day, regardless of what you choose to do, buy,  eat or wear, the only thing that really matters is if you were with the one you love. Hopefully, Marion County can help make that happen.


What’s the most romantic way you have celebrated Valentine’s Day?




Tags: , , , , , , ,