Valentine’s Day Treats, Gifts & Experiences

January 23, 2023

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, North Carolina. Make it a memorable day with these special ways to celebrate!

couple during distillery tasting tour

Tours & Experiences

For a truly unique date night, spirit enthusiasts will love Valentine’s Day Tours at Southern Grace Distilleries. Valentine’s Weekend Barrel House Tastings on Feb. 10 and 11 include 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. Or, see every step of the distilling process with the Valentine’s Bourbon Experience on Feb. 18, the perfect gift for the bourbon lover in your life.

Celebrating the occasion with friends? Check out the Valentine’s Day Sip and Shop event on Jan. 28 and then on Feb. 9, seven local shops including The Bead Lady, Table 11 and Ashton Renee Boutique are coming together for the Galentine’s One Stop Shop combining dinner and an exclusive shopping experience in downtown Concord.

Cabarrus County’s local breweries, wineries and cidery are also great spots to celebrate Valentine’s Day. On Feb. 11, enjoy wine, music and games during Rocky River Vineyard’sValentine’s at the Vineyard” event. Find another cool experience at Cabarrus Brewing Company on Feb. 14– a Valentine’s Ice Carving Class where couples can work together to create something special.



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 ideal for a romantic evening complete with a memorable meal and charming atmosphere.

For delicious craft cocktails and elegant southern-style dishes, try 44 Mills Kitchen + Tap, or enjoy a special date night in downtown Kannapolis with dinner for two at Chophouse 101 followed by a movie at the historic single-screen Gem Theatre.

Mt. Pleasant’s 73 & Main is the perfect backdrop for an evening out, and this local favorite has altered their hours to be open on Valentine’s Day. 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. Open 5-10pm on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 73 & Main will offer their regular menus with additional features.

Savor historic downtown Concord with dinner and a romantic stroll down Union Street. 2 Gals Kitchen will be featuring a special menu, introducing a new cocktail, and offering live music and a photo booth. Dining in downtown on Valentine’s weekend? Pair your meal with a live performance from Tray Wellington Band at the intimate Davis Theatre on Feb. 17.



Indulgent Treats

Like many local restaurants, Cabarrus County’s sweet shops and bakeries such as New York-style bakery DOUGH, often feature special Valentine’s Day menu items.

Eat Cakes Bakery is offering heart-shaped pastries, sets of luxurious Valentine’s cupcakes topped with strawberries, and adorably decorated cookies that are sure to make your loved ones smile.

Searching for fine, artisan chocolates? Look no further than 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 goes on! Find festive donuts at OMG Donuts & Bakery, 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. Stop in or visit them online to shop everything from wood, paper and glass pieces to jewelry, pottery, prints and more. Or, create your own masterpieces! Join Sweetest Beginnings for their Galentine’s Making Event or reserve your spot with AR Workshop for their Valentine’s DIY Workshop or Cupid’s Crafternoon.

Give the gift of relaxation with a treatment from Spa Botantica. Located inside the Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte Concord Golf Resort & Spa, this oasis offers packages including full-day experiences and couples’ treatments allowing guests to unwind with facials, massage, manicures and more.

Need a date night outfit? Our local boutiques have you covered. 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. For accessories sporting a Valentine motif, shop heart-shared earrings at The Mercantile, graphic tees from Nona Louise Boutique & Gifts, and others.

Plan Your Getaway

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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