Elizabeth Van Huffel - Local Savour
Whether you are spending your first Valentine’s Day together or your 10+, you are sure to find love in the air, this February, in the 2ND Street District. This cozy little corridor of downtown offers up some of the most romantic and love-worthy spots of the city. Stroll along the sparkly lighted sidewalks and let the love of Austin bring your relationship even closer together. Six square blocks of some of the finest restaurants and shopping the city has to offer with plenty of easy to access parking. Rent a bike at Town Hall if you desire or hop a pedi-cab to your next location and enjoy the scenic views of the area. Here are just a few ideas of how you and your partner can enjoy this romantic season together.
First Valentine’s Day Together
Daily Juice Cafe ~ Start your romantic day with a healthy array of fresh pressed juices.
Sikara & Company ~ take your first trip around the world together without leaving town. Shop for modern fusion pieces for her collection.
Francesca’s ~ shop the Valentine's Day goodies here that are sure to bring some smiles and laughs to your budding love-ship.
Rae Cosmetics ~ put your best face forward and get ready to pucker up with this fresh versatile mineral makeup line.
Cru ~ end the day and turn-up this fresh romance with some champagne a chocolate fondue for two.
Cru will be offering a four course prix fixe menu on both Friday and Saturday of Valentine's Day Weekend for $55 per person and a Valentine's Day three course prix fixe Brunch on Sunday for $24.95 a person. Reservations: (512)472-9463
Fifth Valentine’s Day Together
Finley’s Barber Shop ~ clean-up for your romantic day so you can get extra close with a fresh shave or cut to take you into the night.
Serve Gourmet Gadgets & Goods ~ a couple that cooks together, dines well together. Peruse the wonderful cookbooks and kitchen wares to create a happy home kitchen that you’ll both love.
Numero 28 Pizzeria ~ grab a slice of fresh classic Italian pizza and a glass of wine to sustain you for the day.
Eliza Page ~ you’ll see sparkles dancing in her eyes as you take your commitment to the next level with some beautiful handcrafted jewelry with personalized, customized, and one of a kind pieces.
Royal Blue Grocery ~ stock-up on some wine and cheeses to enjoy a romantic little picnic.
Etcetera, etc. ~ grab a hot little dress for the evening and swing by ...
Bonobos ~ for him so things will fit just right. *tip: make an appointment first.
Design Within Reach ~ window shop while sipping on your Jo’s latte and dream about the furniture your will have together to last for many Valentine’s Days to come.
Teddies for Bettys ~ from lounge wear to lingerie don’t forget to pick up a little something for the bedroom.
Area ~ renew your bedroom and stock-up on new soft cotton bed linens ~ ooo la la.
The Bonneville ~ cozy-up together and enjoy a well crafted, locally sourced meal from one of Austin’s favorite restaurant husband and wife teams –– Chris Hurley and Jennifer Costello.
*The Bonneville will be hosting a $70.00 Four Course Prix Fixe featuring such delectables as Vanilla Butter Poached Lobster to Chocolate Cheesecake with Cherries Jubilee. Click for reservations or call (512) 428-4643 . *
10+ Valentine’s Days Together
Jo's Coffee ~ Start the day with a hot latte and a fresh made-to-order breakfast at this quaint little spot.
Con' Olio'~ Wander over to the tasting bar and shop the wonderful collection of olive oils and vinegars to keep your relationship flavorful.
*Con' Olio will host a Delysia Chocolatier demonstration and tasting of her award winning chocolates Feb. 14th 11-2pm. *
Milk & Honey Spa ~ after 20+ years you deserve a day of relaxation, step it up this year with a couples massage package and sit in the lounge with a hot cup of tea while you wait.
La Condesa ~ swing by for a margarita and an appetizer (or two) to keep you going.
Estilo ~ shop for the happy couple or the family here.
Toy Joy ~ after you’ve sent the sitter home for the night, have something fun for the kids in the morning from Austin’s most nostalgic toy store.
Hacienda ~ spruce up the ol' palace with some new housewares and comfort pieces.
> Hacienda will be hosting a Wine Tasting event with Westcave Cellars Winery on Friday, February 13th 5-8pm.
III Forks~ grab a romantic meal at this great American steak house.
Violet Crown ~ spend some time in the dark together and catch an afternoon flick while holding hands and in the back of the theater.
Delish ~ finish the romantic day by sharing a cupcake (or two) or a locally made sweet treat.
*Delish will be hosting a Valentine’s Day Pop-up with husband and wife pastry team Callie & Philip Speer! Stop by for sweet treats, silly selfies with the chefs, and complimentary sips from Swift’s Attic. 10am-1pm. *
Happy Love Month!
Contributor Elizabeth Van Huffel, the author of Local Savour, is a self-professed food geek and supporter of local fare in Austin. "I can usually be found dreaming about food, thinking about food and discussing food but when not doing these things I enjoy spending time with my family discovering new outdoorsy things to do in Texas and learning the art of saying y’all."