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How to Spend Your Valentine’s/Galentine’s Day in Raleigh

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WEB EXCLUSIVE This Valentine’s & Galentine’s Day, show some love to your partner—or best gals!—and plan ahead for these fun events around town.

Don’t you just love when your SO plans something early for Valentine’s Day? Reservations are always hard to get for the day of love here and Raleigh, so we’re giving you the scoop on where you should go now—as well as some other date ideas your boo will love. And if you’re more about spending the day with and showing love to your gals, peep our top Galentine’s Day picks. 

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Dinner at Wye Hill

Want to cuddle up with your cutie over a beer, delicious dishes and one of the best views in Raleigh? Getting a rez at Wye Hill is a sure recipe for success! While they haven’t released their menu yet, we’ve never been disappointed before—and we know they’ll be upping the love factor for Valentine’s Day! 

Staycation at The Unscripted Durham

Escape from Raleigh to this Bull City boutique hotel for a quick getaway. Take advantage of 20% off an overnight stay—plus a complimentary bottle of bubbles and a private igloo experience (!). Sounds like the perf perch for some eskimo kisses… how romantic.

Dinner at Mulino

Let Mulino play Cupid this year! Warm up for a four-course meal with welcome drinks; then dive into dishes like scallops, mushroom ravioli, braised beef over polenta, and tiramisu—plus a bottle of red or white wine to pair with your meal. Hungry yet? 

Valentine’s Day at The Willard Rooftop

Love will (literally) be in the air at Raleigh’s new fave rooftop, which is hosting a dessert + Champagne pairing from Feb. 11 to Feb. 14. Cap off your evening with a flute of Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne paired with your choice of dessert—warm petite brie with fig and blackberry jam, or a trifle with chocolate and vanilla custard, whipped cream, white cake and strawberry jam. How sweet indeed.

Staycation at AC Hotel Raleigh Downtown

The fun doesn’t have to end with dessert… Post dinner and drinks at The Willard rooftop, stay the night below at the newest, hottest DTR hotel: the AC Hotel Raleigh Downtown. The hip hotel is offering a special Valentine’s Day room package and a $60 credit to spend at The Willard (that can be used toward your Champagne and dessert pairing!), a bottle of sparkling, chocolate-dipped strawberries, European-style breakfast for two in the morning, and—perhaps sexiest of all—complimentary parking. 

Bubbles and Chocolate at Dram and Draught

What’s more romantic than bubbles and chocolate? Toast to your love with a bottle of Prosecco while you sample a unique selection of craft chocolates from The Chocolate Boutique at Dram and Draught. Sounds like a pretty sweet V-day to us.

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Galentine’s Day Dinner at Vidrio

Girls rule, boys drool. Gather your bestie, sister, mom—or whoever—for a four-course dinner for two that’s perfect for sharing with that special someone. The menu includes lobster, baked feta, filet mignon and chocolate mousse. What better way to spend some quality time with your gals!

Heights House Piercing Party

If your perfect GNO involves getting stabbed by needles, hit up Heights House for an exclusive piercing party on Feb. 13. Your ticket includes two piercings, the jewelry, a tip for the piercer, aftercare and aftercare instructions—plus a More Self Love tote with local chocolates, a Heights House signature scent perfume and a few more goodies.

A Very Britney Galentine’s Day Brunch

It’s Britney, b*tch! Leslie Knope would be so proud. Celebrate “the best day of the year” while jamming out to your fave Britney hits, sipping on cocktails and treating yo’self to brunch at Tin Roof for what’s sure to be a fun-filled Sunday Funday.

Cupid and Cocktails! Mixology! With On My Way Bartending

Play bartender with your girls during this interactive bartending experience courtesy of the certified mixologist team at On my Way Bartending. Each attendee will receive a rose—lookin’ at you, Bachelor fans!—and learn how to make three Insta-worthy libations… then sipping on your crafty creation while snacking on Valentine’s Day-themed snacks, of course.

Galentine’s Drag Brunch

Yas, Queen! What would a Sunday Galentine’s Day be without drag brunch?! Make your reservation to see some of Raleigh’s best queens take the stage at Young Hearts Distilling. Tickets include brunch, a signature cocktail and a donation to the Transgender Initiative—look at you showing the love! 

Flower Bouquet Workshop With TG Floristry

Show your girlfriends how much you really lilac them by coming out to The Willard’s rooftop lounge for this flower bouquet workshop hosted by Tiera George of TG Floristry. Tickets include a curated scheme of blooms for your table, a standard glass vase and everything you need to create your bouquet—plus the option to add on some vino.

Galentine’s Day at Dram and Draught

Raise a toast to your girlies at Dram’s Galentine’s Day event on Sunday, Feb. 13, which will involve drink specials, live music from DJ Deckades and more.

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