Atlanta is the perfect place to spend Valentine’s Day, whether it’s with your significant other, a friend or maybe even solo! With so many attractions to choose from, there’s something for singles and couple alike to enjoy in Atlanta. Whether you’re planning a romantic retreat or a single’s weekend, treat yourself with a visit to these dreamy Valentine’s destinations in Atlanta.
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Enjoy a Romantic Stay at the Mandarin Oriental (Hotel Prices & Photos)
One word describes the Manadarin Oriental Hotel and it’s gorgeous spa: luxury. It’s the ultimate getaway for couples looking for plenty of serene peace and quiet, delicious cuisine, and lavish decor. Going above and beyond, the spa is equipped with water features, pools and heat treatments for guests to enjoy before their appointments. It’s a complete escape, while simultaneously being close to fantastic shopping locations like Lennox Square.
Tantalize Your Taste Buds at Alma Cocina (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Atmosphere is almost as important as the food when looking for a romantic night out. Alma Cocina has undeniable ambiance and an unexpected take on Latin cuisine. Focusing on seasonal ingredients, plates are bright and vibrantly flavored, giving your V-day a little spice. Seared scallops are a stand out option and are paired with cauliflower-hominy puree, salsa macha, golden raisin salsa and crispy serrano ham. But you definitely can’t go wrong with the fish tacos either.
Take a Thrill Ride at the Porsche Experience Center (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Looking for the perfect gift for the man in your life? Or perhaps you’re looking to forget all about being single. One of the two Porsche Experience Centers in the country resides in Atlanta, and that means you can get behind the wheel and burn some serious rubber in your dream car. Porsche wants the visit to be an entire experience that has everything to do with the iconic vehicle. Tour exhibits, try out the simulator, and even dine in their upscale fusion eatery, Restaurant 356. Talk about the ultimate Valentine’s Day for thrill junkies.
Dinner with a View at Polaris (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Polaris is the lesser-known rotating restaurant in Atlanta, with the SunDial gaining most of the attention. But a blue dome-style lounge towers above the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, and has been hosting royalty, celebrities and travelers from all over the world since the late 1960s. After closing down for a bit in the early 2000s, Polaris has splashed back into Atlanta culinary stardom with chef-created dishes, heavenly cocktails and a revamped style that still holds onto its retro roots. Views, drinks, 22-story glass elevators that amazed Jim Morrison himself — now that’s a restaurant.
Valentines in the Garden (Hotel Prices & Photos)
The Atlanta Botanical Garden hosts acres of sprawling foliage and gorgeous water features. On Valentine’s Day, the Garden will be overflowing with thousands of orchids, while caterers serve up indulgent desserts and cocktails to enjoy with your sweetie, or even your bestie. Browse, dance, book an intimate dinner at the onsite restaurant; the Botanical Gardens are incredibly romantic.
Visit with Cuddly Animals at Zoo Atlanta (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Does your sweetheart have an adventurous spirit? Or are they simply in love with all things cuddly? Zoo Atlanta has been a growing fixture since 1889, and has developed into a massive wildlife display with a focus on conservation and preservation of species. Pandas are hands down the biggest draw, and are way better than gifting your significant other a stuffed teddy bear. Little snack shacks, along with educational exhibits, make this one of the best things to do during the morning or afternoon of V-day.
Be a VIP at SkyView Atlanta (Hotel Prices & Photos)
There really isn’t a better view in Atlanta than from the 20-story Ferris wheel, known as SkyView. Each of the cozy gondolas are fully enclosed and climate controlled. Adults can ride for $14 each and will be on board for 8-15 minutes. For $170, you can purchase the Elevated Date Night package, where a black car service will take you to and from your VIP SkyView experience. VIP gondolas are equipped with Ferrari-style seats, and your sweetheart will receive a fresh cut rose.
Indulge at Morelli’s Gourmet Ice Cream (Hotel Prices & Photos)
In 2009, Morelli’s Gourmet Ice Cream was voted the fourth best ice cream shop in the nation. Nearly 10 years later, the shop is still serving up the same homemade ice cream that will surely put any heart-shaped box of candy to shame. Salted caramel, made with organic sea salt, is one of the most popular flavors. However, the rose water or death by chocolate flavors could be a fittingly sweet end to a magical Valentine’s Day.