Valentine's Day In Tennessee

Wednesday, February 3, 2010 - by Leah Caudle

Valentine’s Day in Tennessee not only brings the sharing of greeting cards, candy and flowers, but events, special lovers’ day deals and other activities to make the holiday memorable.

Show how much you care by booking a romantic weekend getaway in East Tennessee, celebrate the day of love with your family in Middle Tennessee and enjoy a heartfelt brunch in West Tennessee. No matter how you plan to celebrate, Tennessee has something for all to enjoy.

Below, please find a brief summary of events surrounding Valentine’s Day and during the holiday in Tennessee:
West Tennessee—
Memphis— Follow up a romantic lunch or dinner with the “Jersey Boys” musical at The Orpheum Theatre. Tickets are available for shows on Feb. 12 at 8 p.m.; Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Feb. 14 at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. For more information, please visit www.orpheum-memphis.com or call 901 525-3000.

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and the Brushmark Restaurant will host a Valentine’s brunch at 11 a.m. Feb. 14. Items such as chocolate-dipped strawberry French toast with orange blossom syrup and capers and red onion quiche are featured on the menu. Reservations are recommended. For more information, please visit www.brooksmuseum.org or call 901 544-6200.

Valentine’s Day meals will be served throughout the holiday weekend at The Peabody Memphis. Valentine’s Weekend Dinner at Capriccio Grill serves a four-course Italian feast on Feb. 12-14. Sip pink champagne with your sweetheart at the hotel’s buffet-style brunch in the Continental Ballroom on Feb. 14. Dinner is served at Chez Philippe featuring four-course meals paired with wines on Feb. 14. For more information and reservations, please visit http://www.peabodymemphis.com/ or call 901 529-4188 or 525-3000.

Middle Tennessee—
Nashville— Celebrate the holiday of love with your entire family at Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. “The Great Race for Cupid” to find the elusive cherub of love features eight activities, including a Wii competition and scavenger hunt. The event begins at an early check-in before noon on Feb. 13. The resort and convention center also offers romantic guest accommodations for couples. For more information and to book reservations, please visit http://www.gaylordhotels.com/gaylord-opryland/ or call 1 888 999-OPRY.

Sail down the Cumberland River on the General Jackson Showboat’s “Romance on the River.” The romantic evening features a four-course dinner followed by dancing to the sounds of the Craig Duncan Band. “Romance on the River” is scheduled for Feb. 13 and Feb. 14. To purchase tickets online, please visit http://www.generaljackson.com/site/valentines-cruise.aspx or call 615 458-3900.

Prepare for Valentine’s Day at 10 a.m. Feb. 13 at “Art with Heart” at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art. Make unique works of the heart to share with loved ones at this event. For more information, please visit www.cheekwood.org or call 615 353-6964.

Murfreesboro— Oaklands Historic House Museum will host “Flirtation, Fans and Flowers: Victorian Courtships” through Feb. 28. During the event, customs such as the language of the flower will be explored, as well as grand balls, conversation lozenges and calling cards. Special tours of the mansion will also be available during the event. For more information, please call 615 893-0022 or e-mail mb@oaklandsmuseum.org.

Granville— The Sutton General Store and the Granville Players present “Romantic Movie Moments” 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 and Feb. 12. The event features dinner and a close look at romantic moments in movie spoofs and movies such as “Breakfast at Jennifer’s” and “Casablanca.” To make reservations, please call 931 653-4151.

Lynchburg— A Valentine’s Day-inspired menu will be served at Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House Restaurant Feb. 13. For reservations, please call 931 759-7394.

East Tennessee---
Walland— Blackberry Farm offers a weekend getaway full of romantic activities including carriage rides, couples’ massages, romantic guest accommodations and candlelit meals. Festivities begin Feb. 12 and end with a bedside brunch on Feb. 14. For more information, please visit www.blackberryfarm.com or call 865 984-8166.

Chattanooga— Enjoy a four-course dining experience aboard a restored 1924 dining car on the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum dinner train. Though tickets for the Valentine’s Day ride are sold out, additional trips have been added for Feb. 7 and Feb. 11. Reservations are required. For more information, please visit www.tvrail.com or call 423 894-8028.

Climb aboard the Valentine Sunset Cruise on the Tennessee Aquarium’s River Gorge Explorer. The four-hour romantic sunset cruise features breathtaking views and complimentary appetizers. The captains of the cruise are ordained ministers available for marriage proposals aboard the cruise. The cruise sets sail at 4 p.m. Feb. 13. For more information, please visit http://www.tnaqua.org/Events/Events.aspx or call 423 267-3474.

The Chattanooga Choo Choo features various Valentine’s room packages for a romantic getaway, with special rates on Feb. 14. For more information, please visit www.choochoo.com or call 1 800 TRACK-29.

Pigeon Forge— Dollywood Vacations offers a two-night Valentine’s Day Getaway to the Smoky Mountains in the Starr Crest Resort cabins Feb. 10-17. Discounts are offered to Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede and Ripley’s Aquarium. For more information, please visit http://www.dollywoodvacations.com/ or call 866 857-2123.

Knoxville— The “Sweethearts of Knoxville” event features dinner, a dance and a rhythm and blues concert on Feb. 12 at the Dogwood Grand Ballroom at the Knoxville Expo Center. For tickets, please call 865 237-1756.

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