Austin is a great city to celebrate Valentine’s day. It doesn’t matter if you are a long time resident, or just planning a romantic getaway. We have lots of activities for you and your honey, and some are quite spectacular.
If you are like me, you have probably been with your sweetie other for a while. We’ve been married for 12+ years, and together for 7 before that. After so much time, It’s hard to come up with something romantic, especially if it is a weeknight. I’m sure there will be a lot of people a little late for work tomorrow because of a late romantic night tonight, but for us, that’s not an option because of our little one, and our busy schedules. so we are going to celebrate over the weekend.
Here’s my ideal Valentine’s Date in Austin -
Who wants to battle Austin traffic? Not me. That’s why I call my friends at Concord Limo who have just the right luxury car to whisk us stress free around for the evening
Our first stop will be for a few cocktails at Malverde, Located upstairs of the great restaurant La Condessa, in Austin’s trendy 2nd street district, they are the perfect spot to begin a relaxed and fun evening.
I usually go for a traditional martini, but sometimes I just have one of the specials to try something new.
As the night goes on, the bar can get sort of crowded, so the next phase will to build a little appetite, and keep the wife happy with a little shopping along 2nd street. The 2nd Street district is full of local and national boutiques amazing restaurants, and fancy hotels, and even a Spa or two.
Dinner will be at Trio tonight. Located in the 4-Season’s hotel, I love this place. My good friends know that I’ve been a vegetarian for 25+ years, and although they have lots of different dishes on the menu, the chef’s there never disappoint me when I tell them my dietary restrictions.
They have a great upscale feeling, and aren’t too noisy that you have to shout to be heard. Just the perfect spot for a nice romantic dinner. I like to ask for a table by the windows so we can watch the people out on the lake.
After dinner, we will just take an elevator upstairs to our room at the 4-Season’s Austin.
But it’s not over then. I’ll have the car pick us up and whisk us out to Austin’s premiere spa for some body work. Travaasa is one of those hidden gems that not a lot of people know about (until now). Nothing is more romantic to my sweetie than a couple’s massage and just spending time together being pampered.
So what do you do in Austin for Valentine’s day if you are on a budget or don’t want to spend a fancy night out on the town?
Mt Bonnell – If you are the outdoor type, a walk (easy hike) up to Mt Bonnell might be just your thing. There is a great spot overlooking the lake, which is perfect for Austin sunsets, and the downtown skyline, but I’m pretty sure it gets busy up there on V-Day, so either get there early to stake out your spot, or battle the crowds.
You can always judge how crowded it is by the number of cars parked on the road.
A lot of people will be making reservations for a romantic dinner. There are so many great restaurants to choose from, but here are my top choices of places that offer some more private tables or cozy booths.
Sadly Romeo’s, the #1 place for couples on Valentines Day is closed.
For a few chocolates , you might want to splurge a little and visit Edis for Chocolates or Pastries
Then you can take a Horse Drawn Carriage Ride downtown. I know of three companies that do this – I’d give them a call today to make a reservation because they wil probably book quickly.
Town Lake Carriage Rides
Austin’s Die Gelbe Rose Carriage
Whatever you decide to do, let us know. We would love to hear your plans!