Whether you live in West Lake Hill, Travis Heights or downtown, there’s much to do for Valentines Day this year in Austin. Did you know that Austin is considered a destination city by travel and tourist companies? Well it is: and that’s simply because it offers a unique culture, art, diversity, and plenty of special events, activities, clubs, concerts and more. In typical Austin fashion, the city’s best restaurants and hotels are offering plenty of unique romance packages to make your Valentine’s Day extra sweet.
Cupid has worked some serious magic into the city of Austin for Valentines Day this year and he’s also cooked up some serious specials, including flowers for Valentines Day, hotel and spa packages, travel specials, romantic dinner reservations and more. Whether you’re “single and want to mingle,” hanging with a gaggle of girlies, having a night out with the guys, or taking the family on an Austin trip this year, your comprehensive guide to Austin for Valentines Day is listed here. Here are some of the best options for celebrating Valentine’s Day in style.
1. Romantic Weekend Hotel Packages
This one’s reserved for the couples wanting to take a weekend getaway. Even if you live in Austin, you can take a weekend getaway to various hotels offering lover’s packages. For example, The Barton Creek Resort and Spa has packages ready for reservations. At bedandbreakfast.com you can choose from tons of sweet little inns to take your honey to for an escape from the city. The Barton package falls under the luxury price line while the bed and breakfast route is more affordable. The Barton package, however, puts you in your own private villa with endless Dom Perignon, a private chef and couples massages. Call 512-448-2444 for more information. Visit BedandBreakfast.com to make romantic reservations for a sweet package for two!
As the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin features countless concerts across town every night. Enjoy a live show at one of Austin’s best music venues. This Valentines Day idea is ideal for any type of group; couples, a group of gals or a gaggle of guys can all celebrate February 14th in style at a live concert. Also, its not too pricey so it won’t hurt your wallet!
3. Visit Zilker Botanical Gardens
The perfect stay-cation idea for families, friends and even couples or double-date groups, the Zilker Botanical Gardens features 31 acres of greenery set amidst the greenish-blue, beautiful Colorado River. Make a daytime date and bring a picnic of wine and cheese. Take the kids through the lively children’s garden area; or if you’re with some friends, bring your camera and take some fun pictures, and then dine in at the Garden’s caf?. There are several themed gardens here, too including a romantic Rose Garden, a Japanese Garden with Koi, and a splendid butterfly trail and garden. Enjoy a stroll with your friends, family or Valentine in these beautiful gardens, which are free to visit.
4. Ride a Horse-Drawn Carriage
One of thee most romantic things to do in Austin is to take a ride through downtown in a horse-drawn carriage. Check out Die Gelbe Rose Carriage, Austin Carriage, and Austin Tours Town Lake Carriage Ride. The family would love this too, especially the little ones! If you choose this option for you and your love, don’t forget to present them with some Valentines Day flowers while during the ride to make it even more special! This is a fairly inexpensive Valentines Day idea.
5. Wine and Dine
A great idea for any sect, the Wine and Dine option includes a fancy dinner with wine and dessert. Some Austin restaurants with Valentines Day Wine and Dine specials are Perry’s Steakhouse and Grill (512.474.6300), Trio (512.478.4500), the historic Driskill Hotel (800.252.9367), Finn and Porter (493.4900), and Hudson’s on the Bend (512.266.1369). Prices for the Wine and Dine Valentines Specials vary but expect to pay at least $100 for two people.
6. Austin Steam Train
Ask for the Sweetheart Special Dinner Train on February 14th! Celebrate Valentine’s Day with dinner aboard the famous Steam Train and you’ll have a date to remember! Lounge passengers enjoy a full service meal, while excursion passengers enjoy the fun buffet. Complimentary beer, wine, entertainment and a special gift for each passenger are all included in the ticket price. Price ranges from $50-$75. The Steam Train is also a terrific idea for families with children – what kid doesn’t love train rides? Call (512) 477-8468 for more information.
7. House Wine Special
House Wine features a Cupcake Bar with “beautiful broads” whipping up cupcake pairings like champagne frosting and mocha-chocolate type stuff! After the cupcakes are whipped up, they’re paired with delicious sparkling and red wines!