Valentine’s Day Idea Round-up
Cities in the North and Central Texas regions have several Valentine’s Day activities for couples or friends to enjoy.
Valentine’s Day 5K
Sunday, Feb. 13
Fort Worth Runner’s Club
Free Kids 1K Fun Run – 7:45 a.m.
5K Run/Walk – 8 a.m.
Race Day Registration begins at 7 a.m.
Bubbles and Strings
Monday, Feb. 14, 6-7 p.m.
Singing Trees in Burnett Park
501 W 7th Street
Fort Worth 76102
Downtown Fort Worth is hosting a free live music event under the twinkling lights of downtown. What a nice way to kick off a Valentine’s Day celebration!
For a Valentine’s Day-trip, there are a lot of sites to see at the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards including the shops of the Stockyards Station, the new Mule Alley district that has more upscale shopping venues and restaurants as well as the new Drover Hotel. You can step on over to the world’s biggest honky-tonk at Billy Bob’s Texas for a drink, play some pool, check out the past artists gallery or have a dance or two on the dance floor. The night life isn’t too bad either with plenty of bars, saloons or live music venues throughout the weekend.
If you are looking to go before the BIG DAY or after, you can get live rodeo action every Friday and Saturday night at the Stockyards Rodeo. Tickets are fairly cheap and usually always available for walk up purchases.
Aptly named for Valentine’s Day is an outdoor patio food joint called the Love Shack. They have live music almost every weekend and for most holidays as well. It’s a place where people go to hangout, drink and mingle. loveburgershackfortworth.com
Other Fort Worth favorites include the Botanic Gardens, Fort Worth Water Gardens and the Kimbell Art Museum, which is free on Fridays.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Historic Granbury Square. Stay at the luxurious Hotel Lucy and enjoy the gorgeous Vera Parker Suite which features a romantic candlelight fireplace. Enjoy the hotel’s complimentary happy hour and savor the views of beautiful Lake Granbury. For extra relations, try Couple’s Yoga. (https://stayhappening.com/e/valentines-sound-journey-E2ISU3EOCDW). Then take a leisurely stroll through Granbury’s Historic Town Square on your way to Chef Rose & Chef Gary’s Valentine’s Around the World Experience. This experience is hosted by the celebrated Oz Café and Christina’s American Table. It features seven chef-picked wines to complement five delicious courses focused on unique international Valentine’s Day traditions. Or try 1890 Grille, known for its classic style, cuisine and experience. Finally, retire to your sumptuous suite, snuggle in front of the cozy fireplace, and enjoy the rest of your evening. Très magnifique!
Hearsay Wine Bar is having a “Sip and Shop” event on Valentine’s Day featuring Silver Wings Boutique to do some shopping and live music. 270 W College St. from 6-9 p.m.
Mike Ryan, a country artist, is playing at Twisted J on Feb. 12
10 Mile Tasting Room is hosting a Special Valentine’s dinner event. Food is prepared by Chef Daniel Cox, and the event includes live music by Bob Brewer. Plates are $45 per person, including wine tickets. The event is Saturday, Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. 10 Mile is located at 401 Center Ave. Brownwood, Texas, 76801.
10 mile is a cool hip little winery with locally produced wines. They also sell and display artwork from local artists. The ambiance and seating arrangements are perfect for a romantic candlelit dinner with your special someone this Valentine’s Day weekend.
The Sixth Annual Fire & Ice is Feb. 12, 2022. There is a first-class dinner, and you can reserve whiskey-tasting. Enjoy music and a great space to dance. It is $50 per person, and doors will open at 7 p.m. The concert will conclude around 11 p.m. https://fb.me/e/27oHtJFgY
In Hico, dine at the Chop House, wind through area shops and stay in The Midland Hotel. The Billy the Kid Museum and the Hico Retrospective Museum are two attractions to squeeze into a weekend stay. https://visithicotexas.com/explore/
Cleburne has many antique shops and bookstores along the square for couples to cruise. Spend Saturday walking around the square and be sure to check out the Antique Findry (https://www.facebook.com/AntiqueFindery104/) and grab coffee at the Mug on the Square (https://www.mugonthesquare.com) while you shop.
Fly By Night Cattle Company is off the beaten path, yet well worth it. Hidden just off 171 between Cleburne and Godley, this steakhouse is open for dinner only. Be sure to make a reservation. They are normally closed Monday through Wednesday but will be open for this Valentine’s Day. https://www.flybynightsteakhouse.com/
New Braunfels, Texas
On Saturday, a couple can enjoy a brunch looking across the river for Breakfast on the Banks at the Float In (https://www.playinnewbraunfels.com/event/breakfast-on-the-banks/37585/.)
After breakfast, a couple can stop by The Retreat, the #1 spa in New Braunfels, for a day of pampering, with lunch included. (https://www.theretreatnb.com/packages/)
After relaxing, the couple can visit historic Gruene, a tiny town nestled inside New Braunfels. In Gruene, they can enjoy wine by the bottle or glass at The Grapevine https://www.gruenetexas.com/wine-tasting.php while listening to live music. Strolling through Gruene, they can stop in a number of boutiques, antique stores and specialty shops before grabbing dinner at one of the many restaurants in the area and looking out over the window from the sunroom.
For the night, the couple can stay at Sophie’s Gasthaus, a beautiful “boutique, design-driven property” with 8 rooms to choose from. Complimentary muffins, pastries, fruit, coffee and tea will await the couple in the morning before they head back home.
Bring Your Own Vinyl Party
Gallery Rooftop Lounge on Feb. 14 from 7-11 p.m.
On this Valentine’s Day, grab your partner and watch the sunset on an amazing rooftop bar, while sipping on a glass of wine, listening to a live DJ. There will be several vendors there, showing off their homemade work, which can be bought! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/canvas-dallas-hotel-valentines-day-party-vendor-pop-up-tickets-256158225147?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
Saturday, Feb. 12
Just the Girls: Galentine’s Day in The Homestead is located in The Colony, Texas. It has all types of activities including event pop-ups, drinks, treats, live music, shopping and more! Tickets are open right until the day of. https://www.instagram.com/p/CY_-BMaFxMT/
Friday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. in Roanoke
$10 per person; free for ages 2 and younger
Contributors for this story are the students in COMMS 3329- Travel, Tourism and Hospitality: Zachary Kearney, Oakley O’Dell, Keni Labrum, Grayson Blake, Timothy Gannaway, Maddison Hill, Kaeli Brown, Christa Wilson, Kristine McCarty, Aylin Guille-Chavez, Joshua Boop, Chase Wells, Faith Branch, Reagan Rodgers, Kaylee Consalus, Angelica Aguirre, Brandon Marriott, John Hartgraves and Jeanette Gutierrez.
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