Valentine’s Day Treats, Gifts & Experiences

February 2, 2022

Make it a memorable day with these special ways to celebrate in Cabarrus County, NC

Have your heart set on a Valentine’s Day getaway? Are you searching for somewhere to enjoy a memorable meal or pick up sweet treats for your sweetheart? Maybe you’re in need of a thoughtful gift for the occasion? There are so many local goodies, gifts and experiences to love in Cabarrus County!

Tours & Experiences

For a truly unique date night, spirit enthusiasts will love the Valentine’s Day Barrel House Tasting at Southern Grace Distilleries. This limited-time event includes an all-bourbon tasting led by both the Master Distiller and COO, a tour of the rack houses, and an in-depth discussion about the aging process.

Want to pop the question in a unique way? SEA LIFE Aquarium’s “Dive Into Love” event will offer one winner the chance to create a tailored proposal as they dive to one knee. Visit the SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Instagram page for details on how to enter. Newly-engaged? Don’t miss the Carolina Bridal Fair on February 20!

Celebrating the occasion with friends? On February 8, 2 Gals Kitchen is hosting a Ladies Night Out featuring fellowship and the opportunity to create your own non-toxic hand soaps, bath salts and more. Or, help mend a broken heart on Valentine’s Day with the “Axes & Exes” event at Iron Axe Society in Gibson Mill.

Music always makes the evening more memorable! Enjoy wine and dancing during Rocky River Vineyard’s “Valentine’s at the Vineyard” event or sip a local brew and listen to tunes from North Carolina-based band The Comedowns during Buzzed Viking’s Pre-Valentine’s Jam.

Memorable Meals

If the way to your loved one’s heart is through their stomach, Cabarrus County’s local restaurants are sure to win them over! Many prepare special Valentine’s Day menus perfect for a romantic evening complete with a memorable meal and charming atmosphere.

Mt. Pleasant’s 73 & Main is the perfect backdrop for an evening out. Here, the historic Mercantile Dining room, plus a menu featuring steak and seafood dishes and an incredible selection of local and antique bourbons, are sure to impress. Then, plan to return for Wine 101 on February 24 which showcases bubbly and sparkling wines.

Enjoy a special date night in Downtown Kannapolis with a delightful dinner for two at Chophouse 101 followed by a heartwarming movie at the historic single-screen Gem Theatre featuring an inseparable duo– “The Wolf and The Lion” begins showing on February 4.

Along with a romantic stroll down Union Street, visit Historic Downtown Concord to be transported with authentic Italian cuisine from Gianni’s Trattoria. No matter where you choose to dine in Downtown, the meal will pair perfectly with a live performance from Jim Avett at the intimate Davis Theatre on February 12.

Indulgent Treats

Like many local restaurants, Cabarrus County’s sweet shops and bakeries such as New York-style bakery DOUGH, are also featuring special Valentine’s Day menus.

In Downtown Kannapolis, Eat Cakes Bakery is offering sets of Luxurious Valentine’s Cupcakes topped with chocolate dipped strawberries, red and pink cocoa bombs, and a heart-shaped cookie cake that’s sure to make your loved ones smile!

Searching for fine, artisan chocolates? Look no further than Downtown Concord’s Chocolatier Barrucand. From champagne truffles to dark, milk, and white chocolate hearts, this sweet local staple is a must-visit for all of your decedent dessert needs.

And the list of heart-warming holiday-themed sweets keeps going! Find festive donuts at OMG, tempting cookie dough at Cookie Dough Bliss, custom cakes from The Sweet Life and so much more!

Thoughtful Gifts

No gifts are more cherished than ones that are handmade. The Galleries Gift Shop at the Cabarrus Arts Council has a beautiful variety of artfully crafted, one-of-a-kind items. Visit them online to shop everything from wood, paper and glass pieces to jewelry, pottery, prints and more. At AR Workshop in Concord, create your masterpiece with their Valentine’s Day designs.

Union Street boasts even more handmade items at locally-owned stores. Make plans to visit on February 10 to pick up gifts during the Galentine’s Shop N Stroll. Visit ShoeBeeDo for award-winning leather goods and right next door, The Bead Lady not only creates custom jewelry but can transform flowers from a special occasion into a wearable keepsake.

Visit Cabarrus County’s local boutiques for plenty of accessories sporting a Valentine motif, from home décor at Midland’s Blue Eyed Daisy to XO jewelry at Stella Revolt and Sweetest Beginnings, and Valentine’s bath products at Simply Pleasant which you can pick up during their Valentine’s Drop In event on February 11.

Need a date night outfit? Spots like 3 Jem’s, Adair Style Studio, Lennon Boutique and Lovely Lines are all bursting with trendy outfits, shoes and other essential pieces for every wardrobe.

This list is just a start! No matter how you choose to celebrate, Cabarrus County offers a variety of accommodations to complement the perfect Valentine’s Day getaway. Browse all Places to Stay and start planning your ideal experience today!

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