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Love is in the air in Cortland County! Whether you're single or spending the day with your sweetheart, there are a variety of fun ways to plan the perfect Valentine's Day.
Check out these Valentine's Day ideas that are uniquely Cortland County.
1- ENJOY A ROMANTIC DINNER
If you're looking to woo your sweetheart over a plate of food, Cortland County has a plethora of amazing restaurants - just don't forget to make a reservation! Indulge your taste buds at Carver's Steakhouse's Valentine's Day dinner where dishes like Lobster Bisque, a 25 oz. Porterhouse and Salted Crème Brûlée await you (RSVPs required). Take advantage of the Valentine's Day Menu at The Community Restaurant (deadline to pre-order or RSVP is February 11) that features dishes like Fried Calamari, Lobster Tails, and Pot de Crème. If you're looking to taste something new, give Yori House a try. They offer twists on modern Korean plates like Seafood Paella, Bibim Bop, and Pan-Fried Noodles. Don't forget a side of homemade Kimchi!
If you'd rather enjoy a Valentine's Day celebration from home, many Cortland County eateries are offering pickup and/or delivery. Try calling a day or two in advance to give restaurants enough time to plan. So whether you're planning a takeout date or choose to dine at a restaurant, check out the full list of eateries ready to add some romance to your Valentines Day.
2- INDULGE YOUR SWEET TOOTH
Few things go together like chocolate and Valentine's Day, and chocolate covered strawberries are a classic treat that never goes out of style. Coffee Mania is offering the deliciously sweet gift for pickup at their three locations - call in advance to place an order. You can also grab a box at Sinfully Sweet Café, or choose from their selection of fudge and homemade candy bars, or give the gift of hot chocolate with a Hot Cocoa Explosion.
Looking for a non-chocolate Valentine's Day treat? Luckily, there are a variety of bakeries in the county in Cortland County that have plenty of chocolate-free dessert options that'll show the loves in your life just how much you care. From decadent cakes to cookies, macarons and Cannoli - don't forget to get one for yourself as well!
3 - TAKE YOUR DATE OUTDOORS
If you want to get some fresh air and sunshine, make the day special by spending it outside doing one of Cortland County's outdoor activities. Revel in the beauty of a frozen Tinker Falls. Find love on a lift at one of the county's three ski resorts. Get your heart pumping on a snowshoe hike along Lime Hollow Nature Center's tree-lined trails.
Don't forget to bring a camera, so you can snap some photos of the gorgeous winter views (and your gorgeous someone) and make the memory last a lifetime.
4 - GET CRAFTY TOGETHER
A painting date night is an unforgettable Valentine's date - it's unique, creative and romantic. Create a Winter Sky composition over two canvases in the comfort of your home with Cheerful & Creative during their Date Night Paint & Sip.
You don't need to be Van Gogh to enjoy these experiences - the wonderful instructors will there to help every step of the way. Don't forget to crack open a beverage to bring out the creative in you.
5 - HAVE A BREW-TASTIC EVENING
Skip the teddy bears and roses this year for a night of love and great beer. Homer Hops Brewing and Cortland Beer Company each have a great lineup of unique beer styles while still offering a core lineup of familiar options. You can even bring your fur baby along as they are both pet-friendly. The Finger Lakes Tasting & Tap Room on Main Street in downtown Cortland also offers a variety of local and NYS craft beers, along with ciders, wines, and spirits. You may even be treated to some background music if you visit on Friday, Feb 12.
If your sweetie is more of a whiskey drinker, Dragonfyre Distillery is the place for them. The medieval-themed tasting room will transport you away to another world while you taste handcrafted whiskies and moonshine. Make an appointment for a tasting and tour here.
6 - BREAKFAST IN BED
Looking to put together the ultimate Valentine's Day breakfast in bed? Dish up a little love for your sweetie with bagels from New York Bagel Café & Deli and a cup o' joe from Coffee Mania. Don't forget to pick up a bouquet of flowers from one of Cortland County's local florists.
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