7 Valentine’s Day Dates That Aren’t Going Out to Dinner

So many people hate Valentine’s Day. Confession: I used to be one of them….both single and taken. I’ve heard every excuse in the world and to each and every one of them I say – make it an excuse to celebrate! An excuse to plan, love, laugh, create, and just be. Use it as something to take your mind off of everything else. An excuse to try something you keep saying you want to do but never actually book. Here are seven of my favorite “excuses” to choose from. Happy Valentine’s (or Galentine’s!) Day!
1. Chef Alyssa’s Galentine’s Day Cooking Class
What better way to spend time than learning something useful? On Wednesday, February 10th from 6pm to 9pm, Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen is hosting a celebration of girlfriends by teaching the art of local winter harvest ingredients in delicious, mouth-watering meals. The event takes place in Charlotte’s Atherton Market. 
2. Pizza & A Movie
This is a tradition of mine. When is the last time you picked up a great pizzabottle of wine, and picked a movie you never made time for in theatres? Plus, what girl wouldn’t take up the opportunity of snuggling up in some PJs and just staying put. 
3. U. S. National Whitewater Center
This goes down as one of the best dates in history. Even though I wasn’t strong enough at the time for a swinging pull up (I’ve been practicing!) it didn’t ruin the day. From paddle boarding, to white water rafting, to zip lining, to high ropes courses this place has it all. Not to mention, the live music on stage is GREAT and they are always serving up local brews after a long day on the courses. Tip for firth timers: pack lightly! The lockers are annoying to go back and forth to and if I remember correctly they charge you for going in and out of them. 
4. Treehouse Vineyards Tasting & Tour
This is on my list. Not too far from Charlotte, this would make the PERFECT day trip. Since Valentine’s Day is on a weekend this year, you could take advantage of the “story based” wine tours and tastings (whatever that means) as opposed to the typical weekday ones. Though I haven’t had the chance to try this out yet, I have heard nothing but great things from girlfriends!
5. NoDa Self Guided Brewery Tour
This goes down as my all time favorite date with Hayden. Last summer, when I was in town visiting him, we couldn’t find anything to do on a rainy Sunday. We headed over to NoDa Brewing Company to have a drink and decide. That’s when it hit us – let’s try a flight! One flight lead to another and by the time we were done we had added Birdsong Brewing CompanyHeist Brewery, and The Beer Growler to our list. Such good conversation on top of incredible new brews.
6. Hearts-a-Bustin’ 5K
Hayden and I often spend time together through runs. He has always been a great runner and I have forced myself to pick up the hobby for both my health and my sanity. The Hearts-a-Bustin 5K runs through the Carolina Thread Trail starting at the Botanical Gardens. What better excuse to gorge out at a nice Valentine’s Dinner than to do some good for your health earlier in the day?
7. Cook Him Dinner
Let’s face it, you pin 14x more recipes than you ever get to test out. Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse! Haven’t you ever heard that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach?? Nothing says I love you than playing chef and making a DANK meal. Put him in charge of wine and take it easy enjoying each other’s company. Bonus for couples who turn the TV off during dinner. What you see up top was last Saturday’s meal: BBQ Rubbed Rex Fish, Grapefruit & Walnut Salad, and Broiled Baby Potatoes
What are your Valentine’s Day Plans?

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