A Valentine’s Day to Remember: Romance & Fun in North Georgia

Valentines Day | Couples

It’s Valentine’s Day, and you don’t want to do the typical chocolates, stuffed bears, balloons, and cards. You want something special and memorable for your valentine. If you’re struggling with what to do this Valentine’s Day, plan a romantic getaway to the mountains! What’s more romantic than being cozied up in a cabin, sipping wine by the fireplace, watching romantic comedies on the sofa, enjoying gorgeous views from your deck, cooking together in a cabin kitchen, and soaking in a bubbling outdoor hot tub?!

Our North Georgia cabins are beautifully decorated, well designed, and outfitted with all the amenities you could want for a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway. Whisk that special someone away for the weekend, with the Blue Ridge Mountains as your backdrop. 

And spending romantic nights in the cabin isn’t all a North Georgia Valentine’s Day getaway gives you. Beyond your cabin, explore Georgia, enjoy outdoor fun in the Blue Ridge Mountains – including hiking to waterfalls in the North Georgia Mountains, great restaurants, nice shopping, and some unique attractions. 

Fun for Couples in North Georgia
Is a day on the trails or an afternoon zipping through the trees your idea of a fun date? Do you love the classic dinner and a movie? Maybe you’re a total foodie who has a sweet tooth. Or you might love strolling hand in hand through downtown, hunting down the best antiques before enjoying a tasting at a local winery. Whatever your idea of a romantic day is, you’ll find it in North Georgia for a Valentine’s Day weekend getaway. 

There are dozens of state parks and wilderness areas where you can hike, bike, go horseback riding, kayak as a couple, or enjoy a romantic picnic. Downtown Blue Ridge, Georgia, is full of charm and boasts the best sweet shops and a bustling arts scene. Helen is all about Bavarian charm, Ellijay appeals to wine lovers and apple fans, and Blairsville is home to Georgia’s highest point (Brasstown Bald, where you can see the Atlanta skyline on a clear day). 

Some of our favorite couples’ activities for cooler weather and a romantic weekend include:

  • Wine tasting at Bear Claw Vineyards & Winery, Blue Ridge Cellars, and Serenberry Vineyards
  • Scenic drives along the Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Romantic rides on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway 
  • Stops at historic sites in the area 
  • Live music at local spots downtown
  • Sipping cocoa with mountain views from the cabin 
  • Fine dining in downtown Blue Ridge
  • Movie nights in a cozy cabin 
  • Shows at the Blue Ridge Community Theater
  • Old-school movie nights at the Swan Drive-In
  • Game night in the cabin 
  • Horseback riding in the Appalachian Mountains 

Sip + Savor – Delicious North Georgia Restaurants
No date night is complete without some great food. If you aren’t up for cooking your own meal, check out some of these great restaurants in Blue Ridge, Ellijay, and surrounding mountain towns. 

19° North Seafood & Grill 
Dahlonega, GA 
19 N Chestatee St 
Top-rated steak and seafood restaurant with Southern staples 

Black Sheep Restaurant
Blue Ridge, GA 
480 West Main Street
Farm-to-table in a historic building with great outdoor seating 

Harvest on Main 
Blue Ridge, GA 
576 E Main St
Farm-to-table dishes in the heart of downtown 

Kizuna Japanese Restaurant 
Blue Ridge, GA
140 Progress Cir 
Sushi, fried rice, craft beers, and more 

Toccoa Riverside Restaurant 
Blue Ridge, GA 
8055 Aska Road
Waterfront restaurant with steak, seafood, and lots of desserts 

Sweet Treats for Valentine’s Day
While you may not want a box of who-knows-what-you’ll-get chocolates, Valentine’s Day is still all about the sweets! Enjoy some delicious handmade treats in North Georgia that will blow those heart-shaped boxes out of the water. 

Grab a box of cupcakes at The Sweet Shoppe of the South, pick out your favorite truffles at The Chocolate Express in downtown Blue Ridge, or finish the night with decadent dessert drinks at Mona Lisa’s Dessert House. 

Valentine’s Recipes for YOU
Prefer to create your own romantic meal? Our North Georgia vacation rentals have fully equipped kitchens, so you and your loved one can whip up something tasty in the cabin! You’ll have appliances, dishes, glasses, utensils, and cooking tools – just bring the ingredients! If you don’t have a go-to dish, try some of these easy and romantic Valentine’s Day recipes in the cabin! Then book an in-cabin couples massage to unwind before a hot tub soak!

Linguine with Shrimp & Garlic Cream Sauce | Food Network 
Ingredients

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 oz fresh linguine
  • 12 large shrimp, peeled
  • 8 cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley, plus more for serving

Directions
Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, add the pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender and al dente, 1 to 3 minutes (or according to package directions). Drain well and set aside. Meanwhile, bring 6 cups water to a boil in a large saucepan.

Using a small paring knife, remove the vein along the back of each shrimp and rinse under running water. Add the garlic to the boiling water and cook for 2 minutes. Add the shrimp to the water with the garlic and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Drain the shrimp and garlic. Peel and finely chop the garlic.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the heavy cream and bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the cream begins to thicken. Stir in the Parmesan, parsley, and shrimp. Season with salt and pepper.

Pour the sauce over the linguine in a large bowl and toss to coat. Garnish with more Parmesan and parsley.

Caramelized Pancetta and Fennel Salad | Food Network
Ingredients

  • 1 bulb fennel, halved and cut into 1/2-inch wedges
  • 5 slices pancetta
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 oz (about 6 to 7 cups) mixed salad greens

Red Wine Vinaigrette

  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Directions
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, toss together fennel, pancetta, garlic, brown sugar, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Place the ingredients on the baking sheet in a single layer. Cook until the pancetta is crisp and the fennel is caramelized, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes.

In a large bowl, place the salad greens, crumbled pancetta, and caramelized fennel. Toss the salad with the Red Wine Vinaigrette and serve immediately.

Red Wine Vinaigrette

Mix the vinegar, lemon juice, honey, salt, and pepper in a blender. With the machine running gradually blend in the oil. Season the vinaigrette, to taste, with more salt and pepper, if desired.

Fruit & Chocolate Parfaits 
Ingredients

  • ½ cup raspberries or strawberries 
  • Caramel or chocolate sauce 
  • Brownies, to crumble
  • Your favorite whipped cream topping
  • Your favorite ice cream flavor
  • Shredded coconut, sprinkles, or chopped nuts 

Directions
Get two clear glasses (the fancier, the better!). Layer each glass with brownies, fruit, ice cream, and whipped cream. Repeat until you have filled the glass, ending with whipped cream on top. Top with chopped nuts, shredded coconut, or sprinkles. Enjoy! 

You can also make this in a large, shareable glass container and head to the couch in one of our cabin rentals to cozy up for a movie and dessert!