How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Raleigh This Year

Peep our list of fun, fab and flirty happenings around town this V Day.

Alexa, play “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” Still looking for fun plans with your boo or your buds this Valentine’s Day? We’ve lovingly supplied some selects for how and where to spend your day… and they’re straight from the heart. Are you feelin’ the love?!

Young Hearts Distilling

Calling all young hearts, old hearts and everyone in between! Book a rez for Young Hearts’ prix fixe Valentine’s Day dinner by chef Josiah Halbohm to celebrate your love over life’s finest thing—food. 

Raleigh Rolls

Eating your feelings—or eating with someone you have feelings for—is especially encouraged in the form of red velvet cake rolled ice cream (!). Raleigh Rolls and Bitten Bakery have partnered up to combine cake and ice cream (the best pairing, tbh) for this lovely pairing alll month long. Can you think of anything sweeter?!


Dinner and a show? We’re sold. Dance and dine the night away with burlesque performances and a three-course meal feat. sweet potato croquettes, smoked oysters, strip steak, chocolate mousse and more. How divine! 

The Willard

Nothing makes our heart flutter like the DTR skyline! Sip on Champagne and nibble on a dessert or two from Feb. 10–14 on The Willard’s rooftop with your bestie or your bae. Cheers! 

Sassool Mediterranean Cafe

For plans that can’t be topped—unless it’s with extra cheese—grab a piece of heart-shaped pizza, spanakopita or salmon filet from Sassool, plus all your other fave Mediterranean foods. We absolutely a-dough it! 

Botanist & Barrel

Not to be cheesy, but a charcuterie moment is for sure the V Day vibe. Botanist & Barrel is offering a perfectly prepared afternoon picnic for you and your loved one inside an igloo (!) with wine, cheese, dessert and a blanket to keep. So char-cute!

Good Day Good Night

It’s sure to be both a good day and good night in the heart of DTR with GDGN’s prix fixe Valentine’s Day dinner feat. three courses of mouthwatering apps, entrees and desserts to fill both your heart and your tummy. Delish! 

321 Coffee

Spreading a whole latte love is 321 Coffee, which is hosting an after-hours event on Feb. 14 with sweet treats, mocktails and a toast to supporting others. To boot, your ticket includes a bag of coffee that you’ll get to address to someone in the city, like a teacher, health care professional, etc., who could use some extra love. 


Stir things up this Valentine’s Day by booking a rez for a speciality supper menu slammed with delish eats—from crab bisque to charbroiled oysters to grilled salmon and more. Only available Feb. 14, these exclusive eats’ll have you falling in love after the first bite. 

Spring Haven Farm

For an activity sure to float your goat, take a trip to this little farm and show some love to a few furry farm animals via its Valentine’s With Goats event. Not a baaad way to spend the day, in our opinion. 

The Mayton

“Time together is time well spent.” Pair The Mayton’s Valentine’s Day room package—which includes chocolate-dipped strawberries and a bottle of sparkling wine delivered to your room to kick off the evening, plus a breakfast for two the next morning—with Peck & Plume’s three-course V Day dinner for the ultimate romantic staycation.

Residence Inn

Hey, lovebirds! If staying in is your style this V Day, then book a package with your hun and get ready for a pampering sesh. To boot, the bundle includes Champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, a stay in a studio suite and a $50 credit to any of the Residence Inn outlets.

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