Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and love is in the air.
Let’s start with a love story…
Just northwest of Ellijay, is a gorgeous state park with a romantic twist. Fort Mountain State Park may be best known for its mysterious rock wall, but only those with a keen eye will find its heart-shaped stone. It’s the perfect destination for active couples.
During the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps was tasked with building a 38-foot fire tower atop Fort Mountain. A young stone mason named Arnold Bailey led the team while missing his sweetheart back home. To show his love, he carved a heart-shaped stone and centered it above a window. His romantic gesture must have won Margaret Reece’s heart, because they were married 59 years until his death in 1994. Source: ExploreGeorgia & Georgia State Parks
While at Fort Mountain State Park, you could rent one of their romantic cabins or book your romantic package at the nearby Overlook Inn.
If you want to rent a cabin for the weekend, Blue Sky Cabin Rentals has a Valentine’s Day add on special including a dozen roses, flower petal setup to the master bedroom, sparkling cider, and a box of chocolates.*
The Martyn House, a unique bed and breakfast, perfect for get-away weekends, is also offering a Valentine’s weekend special. The weekend special includes a 2-night stay at The Martyn House Farm in either The Studio, The Farmhouse or the In Towne Apartment. The package includes a lovely Valentine gift basket upon arrival, a hearty breakfast Saturday morning at The Farm, and Sunday morning enjoy breakfast at Ellijay Coffeehouse.*
Looking for a special cabin in a private but yet unique location, check out Elatse Yi. Known for their fabulous glamping they have a quaint cabin available during Valentine’s Day.
Forrest Hills Resort just east of Ellijay will be hosting their annual Valentine’s Day dinner along with their elopement special. The menu for the dinner includes Prime beef, scallop and spiney lobster mornay, Bucatini with chicken & beef meatballs, honey glazed carrots, asparagus, fresh brussel sprouts, and more!*
On February 10-11 Fainting Goat Vineyards will have an interactive dessert bar, wine tastings, kissing booth, coffee bar, and live music set the perfect scene for your day. Interactive Dessert Bar is $5/person. No reservations required.
Cartecay Vineyards invites you to come and enjoy a wine tasting, which includes their port style dessert wine, Chimney Delight, with a Chocolate Tulip Cup from February 9-18. They will also have live music both weekends.
Dinner for Two
The SmokeHouse Country Grill will be doing a Valentine’s Day Dinner from 4-8pm. For just $14.99 you will have your choice of rosemary glazed pork tenderloin, hamburger steak, pulled pork or chicken. This will be served with your choice of roasted potatoes, garlic grilled green beans, or mixed vegetables. Also enjoy your choice of sugar free chocolate chip pound cake, brownie al a mode, red velvet cake for dessert. All meals come with salad and a dinner roll. They also have a special menu for the kiddos.
Plan a Special Date
After a delicious dinner for two, see a movie at our favorite movie theater, East Towne Cinemas. Beginning February 9 they will be showing Forever My Girl or make it a family date and see Peter Rabbit.
On Valentine’s Day, grab your special someone and head over to Southern Flare Antiques & Interiors and enjoy a special class where you can make a gift of love in SIGN. Paint your boards or leave them natural. Put a little LOVE into your efforts with this rustic sign sure to make a loved one smile.*
Gilmer Arts is hosting two big events the weekends before and after Valentine’s Day. On February 10, they will host their BEST series featuring legendary guitarist Doyle Dykes. On February 17 enjoy EB Reece Cole, a talented local musician for her homecoming event. She will be performing that the beautiful Georgia Link Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse. For tickets to either of these events contact Gilmer Arts. *
On February 15 at River Street Tavern, they will be hosting Dueling Piano’s starring Matty Croxton and Craig McGriff from 5:30-9:30pm.
Take your valentine out for an adventure ride, Appalachian Trail Rides are open everyday and would love to take you on a beautiful horseback ride through the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Abby’s Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt is hosting a special Family Valentine’s Day Party on February 10 from 1-4pm. There will be a special appearance from Abby between 2:00-2:30pm, get a free raffle ticket with every pink cup you purchase that enters them for a gift basket valued over $50. They will also have free popcorn at the event.
Find the Perfect Gift
Make your romantic day a more memorable one by visiting North Georgia Diamond and let them help you find the perfect gift.
What is Valentine’s Day without flowers? Hometown Florist can help you with the perfect arrangement for your special valentine.
Still unsure what the perfect gift might be? Shop local and pick a gift certificate, the gift that keeps on giving.
Whether you are planning a trip to Ellijay or you are showing your love for local, these options are sure to make this Valentine’s Day special.
*Requires Reservations or Tickets in advance
All events and specials are subject to change without notice.