Must-Do Date Experiences for Valentine’s Day


As Valentine’s Day approaches, some believe the pressure to schedule one date above all others may increase. Here are eight recommendations for how Auburn students can celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Do you want to have a good time together outside while exercising? Chewacla State Park and Smith Mountain Fire Tower are two options Auburn students can choose from.

Chewacla is about a 10-minute drive from the Auburn campus, and after paying a $4.00 per person entrance fee, the entire park is free to explore.

The Smith Mountain Fire Tower is the other option, being 25 miles from the Auburn campus. The top of the 80-foot tower offers an aerial view of Lake Martin, which is one of the largest man-made lakes in the United States.

“I’ve been there several times and it’s always so much fun,” said communication disorders junior Hadley Neal. “The view is absolutely stunning and well worth the scary climb up the tower. It’s an even better experience in good company.

For dining recommendations, the wide selection of dining options in the Auburn/Opelika area can accommodate couples looking to dine at any price and for any meal.

With Valentine’s Day falling on a Monday this year, celebrating Sunday, February 13, may make more sense. This makes brunch, a meal that is usually only served on weekends, another option to celebrate.

Lucy’s, which is located in the Ogletree Village Tree Mall on Moores Mill Road, is a popular brunch spot among the Auburn community. Served from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, Lucy’s aims to provide a “Good Vibes Only” experience to its customers.

Another brunch option to celebrate is the Zazu Gastropub in downtown Opelika. Open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays, this “New American” restaurant offers refined cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere.

Lucy’s and Zazu also offer dinner menus.

For a more traditional Valentine’s Day experience, a sit-down dinner is always an option.

Ariccia Cucina Italiana, located inside the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center, is offering a special “Love at First Bite” Valentine’s Day menu Feb. 11-14. The menu features a chocolate flight for two for $12 among many other exclusive items.

On the more casual side of dining, there’s Mikata Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar. Mikata has a large menu, including sushi, hibachi, noodles, and many other dishes to choose from.

Other couples may prefer a shared experience over a meal for their Valentine’s date.

First up is the Auburn Candle Company. Located just outside of downtown Auburn, the store offers a personalized Valentine’s Day candle-making event, complete with a private fragrance stylist, long-stemmed roses, and chocolate-covered strawberries. A couple can pour a personalized candle on Saturday, February 12 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, February 13 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Availability is limited in order to provide an intimate experience, reservations can be booked through

“It’s just a fun experience overall to be able to create something that’s uniquely yours and can’t be found anywhere else,” said store owner Tifani Hedrick. “It’s a great date activity any time of the year, but especially Valentine’s Day, to create that connection in a deep way through scent, is kind of an amazing experience.”

Blade and Barrel Ax Co., which is located in downtown Auburn, is another date idea. Blade and Barrel Ax Co. has nine ax throwing lanes with a $30 per person setup fee and a mandatory waiver to sign before you begin. The venue is open Thursday through Sunday, so while ax throwing on February 14 isn’t an option, the weekends before and after are options.


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