January has come and gone, and with less than two weeks to go until Valentine’s Day, it’s time for singles, partners, and everyone in between to start planning how you’ll be celebrating, from booking dinner reservations in support of Asheville’s Love Asheville Go Local Week to massages or a date night at the French Broad Chocolate Lounge.
This year, the City of Asheville and several other groups are seeking to rekindle local’s romance with downtown by celebrating Valentine’s Day the week of Feb. 10-17 – declaring it the Love Asheville Go Local Week, which will include a series of events aimed at reconnecting locals to downtown. The eight-day event will feature pre-planned, local-themed activities and date night ideas, complete with parking vouchers for city decks. Organizers are encouraging local businesses to celebrate by promoting sales, staying open late, and offering interactive events.
The schedule of events includes:
Feb 10: Love Asheville, Love Late Nights: A special night inviting businesses to stay open later. Locals, make sure to pick up your parking voucher for city decks from the Asheville Downtown Association at 29 Haywood from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. (and participating businesses throughout the week – check the website for updates).
Feb 11: Love Asheville, Celebrate Local: Enjoy Mardis Gras in the South Slope and after parties
Feb 12: Love Asheville, Shop Local: Community members are challenged to make a pledge to shop local for Valentine’s Day this year. Check loveasheville.org for a growing list of promotions throughout the week.
Feb 13: Love Asheville, Pack the Hall: A call for the community to show up at City Council for the proclamation at 5 p.m. on the second floor of City Hall. An after party will be held at the Asheville Wine Market’s new tasting room.
Feb 14: Love Asheville, Eat Local: Spend Valentine’s Day eating and drinking at local restaurants with a loved one.
Feb 15: Love Asheville Artists: Visit amazing artists, museums & galleries, buskers, and outdoor art in downtown Asheville. Take a class, get crafty with a loved one.
Feb 16: Love Asheville’s Public Spaces: Locals fill the parks and celebrate public spaces throughout downtown.
Feb 17: Love Asheville, Party like a Local: Finish the week dancing the night away at local venues.
To pair with a date night, new florists Blooms on Tap (https://www.bloomsontap.com) will be delivering hand selected bouquets in brewery-themed holders for that special someone. For a traditional option, stop by Flora in West Asheville for flowers, and Whist – next door – for a small gift.
For a gift alternative to traditional Valentine’s Day flowers, locals can also partner with Brother Wolf’s Valentine’s Day Puppygram program. In exchange for a donation to Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, a puppy or dog will visit your loved one at home or workplace on February 14. The visit also comes with a rose, personalized card, and locally-made cupcake.
For beer lovers, Highland Brewing Company is offering a Valentine’s-themed night of brews and chocolate with the Tasting Room’s walls covered in hearts where lovebirds can leave a note for their special someone. They’ll be serving a special Valentine’s Day beer brewed with chocolate and bergamot, in addition to providing chocolates from French Broad Chocolates, flowers from Flora Asheville, and heart-shaped pizzas from Tin Can Pizzeria for purchase.
Catawba Brewing Co. is teaming up with Baked Pie Company for a night of beer and pie. Four pairings of beer and dessert pies will be served under the crystal chandelier in Catawba’s Rickhouse bar. Tickets cost $30 and can be purchased here.
For the yogi, Asheville Yoga Center will host a Valentine’s Day partner yoga class where participants can “explore playfulness and buoyancy that expands the traditional practices of yoga into the realm of relationship and authentic connection with others.” The class takes place Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the Asheville Yoga Center (located at 211 S. Liberty St. in Asheville). Tickets cost $40 per couple.
To support local non-profit, Helpmate, Asheville musicians Alex Krug and Chelsea La Bate of Ten Cent Poetry and Lyric will host a Valentine’s Day benefit concert. Tickets cost $12 in advance, $15 at the door, and can be purchased online.
Regardless of relationship status – Asheville has something for everyone.
By Whitney Cooper