Cary, NC — A lot of people think Valentine’s Day is corny, but the holiday isn’t just for people in relationships. I’ve always embraced February 14 as a day to treat myself and those I love with care. Whether you’re single or not, Cary is the place to enjoy several “luxurious” events that simply celebrate a day all about love.
2015 Guide to Valentine’s Day in Cary
I’ve had one or two February 14 dates, yes, but, more often, I’ve celebrated the holiday with epic “girls’ nights” or even treated myself to some pampering. The events below feature rich treats, elegant food, and creative or active activities that are great for couples, friends, family, or yourself. They’re grouped into categories based on the activities in which they involve. Enjoy!
Wine & Chocolate
Keep Your Heart Local: Specialty Tasting at Chatham Hill Winery, 8245 Chapel Hill Road
All Valentine’s Day weekend, Chatham Hill winery is offering a flight of wines that come with a pairing of Videri chocolate. The all-local products are perfect complements to each other. $25 a flight; reservations are helpful, but not required. Call 919-380-7135 for more information.
Friday, February 13, 2015 11 am-10 pm
Saturday, February 14, 2015 11 am-6 pm
Sunday, February 15, 2015 1-5 pm
Valentine’s Dinner at the Matthews House, 317 West Chatham Street
Dine in one of downtown Cary’s beautiful historic homes this Valentine’s Day. At $125 a person, The Matthews House is hosting an elegant five-course dinner complete with dancing, live music, complimentary champagne for guests, and roses for ladies to take home. Payment is required when making reservations; guests can do so online or by calling 919-467-1944.
Saturday, February 14, 2015 6-10 pm
Valentine’s Dinner at Academy Street Bistro, 200 S. Academy Street
A special menu will be available at the bistro on Friday and Saturday nights of Valentine’s Day weekend. For $58 a person (with $18 wine flights), guests will enjoy three courses with a “dessert-tasting trio.” Call 919-377-0509 for reservations.
Friday and Saturday evenings; February 13 and 14, 2015
Valentine’s Sweetheart Dinner at Belle at the Jones House, 324 South Academy Street
Belle will offer a beautiful Valentine’s Day menu on two evenings. An amazing dinner for two will be prepared by Chef Josiah Holbohm followed by an equally incredible dessert offering by Owner Tammy Harper. Large selections of wine and champagne will be available with a special local brew on draft. Call 919-378-9724 for menu items and reservations.
Friday and Saturday evenings; February 13 and 14, 2015
Art & Theater
Cary Players: The Best of Love Bits & Bites at Page-Walker, 119 Ambassador Loop
Love can sting and bite. That is the premise behind Cary Players latest production, The Best of Love Bits and Bites. The show, a mixture of short plays about the many sides of love coupled with love and love-gone-wrong songs, is a joyful romp for both the actors and the audience. The show includes refreshments and an interactive experience. Tickets are $25 each and are on sale online or at the Cary Arts Center.
February 13, 20, and 21, 2015 at 7:30 pm
February 14, 2015 at 8 pm
February 14 and 22, 2015 at 3 pm
Mommy & Me: Valentine’s Lovebirds at Wine & Design, 483 James Jackson Avenue
This class is the perfect time for kids to paint with their parents, grandparents, siblings, or other family members. For $25 a person, each guest will paint their own 10 x 20″ canvas in the Wine & Design Studio. Register online or by calling 919-535-8695.
Saturday, February 14, 2015 10 am-12 pm
Valentine’s Night at Wine & Design, 483 James Jackson Avenue
Paint a canvas with a friend or significant other in a fun group setting on Valentine’s Day evening. Ladies will receive a red rose and sweet treats will be provided for everyone. $35 a person; register online or by calling 919-535-8695.
Saturday, February 14, 2015 7:30-9:30 pm
Valentine’s Day Storytime at Barnes & Noble, 760 Southeast Maynard Road
Storytime and activities will accompany a reading of I Like You Just Like This featuring Elmo and his Sesame Street friends.
Saturday, February 14, 2015 11 am-12 pm
Play in the Snow at Waverly Place (corner of Kildaire Farm and Tryon Roads)
Cary sometimes sees snow in February, but snow on Valentine’s Day is guaranteed at Waverly Place this year. The shopping center will have sledding hills, train rides, music, Valentine-making crafts, and hot refreshments. Online registration is requested for sledding.
Saturday, February 14, 2015 11 am-3 pm
Happy Valentine’s Day, Mother Nature at Crowder Park, 4709 Ten-Ten Road
For $5, families of all ages can make homemade Valentine’s presents for feathered friends, including a nesting ball and bird feeder. Create a card from natural objects to give to a special someone while enjoying a Valentine’s Day snack. Call 919-662-2850 for more information.
Saturday, February 14, 2015 2:30-3:30 pm
Parent’s Night Out
Parent’s Night Out (for kids 3-9) at Herb Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Avenue
Parents–can’t find a babysitter and need a date night? Kids 3-9 can enjoy a night of games, arts & crafts, and a pizza dinner while spending time with Cary Teen Council sitters. Price: $15-$18.
Friday, February 13, 2015 5:30-9:30 pm
Family Night In
Will your Valentine’s evening be spent with family and little ones? Start a new holiday tradition by serving an all-pink dinner to those you love best.
Across the Triangle
Indulge (presented by International Focus) at Market Hall, 215 Wolfe Street in Raleigh
Indulge in an evening of champagne, chocolate, spa services, photo booth, belly dancing lessons, massage, and more. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $13 or for $10 at the door. Ticket price includes a free glass of champagne, chocolates, dance lessons, and entertainment. All proceeds support the exposure of underprivileged youth in the Triangle to global education.
Friday, February 13, 2015 8 pm-midnight
Saturday, February 14, 2015 8 pm-midnight
Friday the 13th Valentine’s Day Show at Common Ground Theatre in Durham
A rare convergence of improv, puppets, Friday the 13th and Valentine’s Day, PuppetHead Theater features performers from Saxapahaw’s celebrated puppet company, Paperhand Puppet Intervention. This is a $15 benefit performance for the Durham Crisis Response Center, which works with the community to end domestic and sexual violence through advocacy, education, support and prevention.
Friday, February 13, 2015 8 pm
Valentine’s Tango & Wine at ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios, 721 Broad Street in Durham
Bring a dancing partner and indulge in wine, desserts, and tango for a ready-to-go date night. Wine and desserts from Mad Hatter Bakeshop and Cafe will be available from 6-7pm. At 7pm, Murielle will guide students through basic tango principles, teach different variations, and give time for improvising, allowing you to connect with your partner in new ways. Participants must be 21 years or older and should wear comfortable clothing and should be prepared to remove shoes during the tango portion of the evening. Register online. $50 a couple.
Friday, February 13, 2015 6-8 pm
Happy Valentine’s Day, Cary!
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Photo by Justin Kern.