Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Top 3 Things To Do for Valentine's Day in Asheville

Last week we talked about romantic getaways you can find in Asheville and Western North Carolina any time of the year. But with Valentine's Day upon us in a few short days, here are some of our ideas to celebrate the holiday this week. Check them out!

Top 3 Things To Do for Valentine's Day in Asheville:

1. Stop by French Broad Chocolates on on South Lexington Street in Asheville. Bring your sweetie or come by yourself and pick up some sweets at French Broad Chocolates. The French Broad Chocolate Lounge is the perfect place to enjoy handcrafted artisan chocolates and pastries made with only the freshest local and organic ingredients. Find a spot on a  leather couch, take in the scenery and find the perfect beverage to complement your sweet treat, whether it's a glass of Pinot Noir or a creamy stout.

In addition to the lounge, make time for a tour of the French Broad Chocolate Factory and Tasting Room located on Buxton Avenue in downtown Asheville. This bean-to-bar chocolate factory houses imported cacao from Central and South America as well as all of the necessary tools that make their chocolates a success. Enjoy the tasting area and retail sections while nibbling on a chocolate bar or two. Tours are offered on Saturdays at 2p.m. and can be booked here.

2. Sign-up for the Valentine's Day Couples Fly Casting Clinic on the French Broad River. Are you looking to spend some time in the great outdoors? Want to do something different with your special someone this year for Valentine's Day? Try out the fly casting clinic held on Saturday, February 16 under the guidance of a Headwaters Outfitters fly-fishing guide.

Couples learn to roll cast, overhead cast, and bow-and-arrow cast on the banks of the French Broad River. This two-hour casting clinic costs $60 per couple and includes rods, reels, waders and boots. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 828-877-3106 or by clicking here.

3. Enjoy a Single's Soiree at the Hotel Indigo in downtown Asheville. Valentine's Day is not just for couples. Take advantage of the opportunity to meet and mingle with some new friends at the Single's Soiree. The night is filled with fabulous food, live music and great company. The soiree is held on Thursday, February 14 at the Hotel Indigo on Haywood Street in Asheville. Festivities run from 5-10:30p.m. with live music by Flamenco guitarist Juan Buenavitas beginning at 7p.m.

The Valentine's Day featured menu includes scrumptious selections, featured wine pairings and a full bar. The menu includes roasted tomato bisque, pistachio-crusted halibut, citrus beurre blanc, steamed jasmine rice, sauteed asparagus, filet aux poivre, mushroom Madeira demi-glace, potatoes au gratin, and sauteed spinach. Call 828-239-0239 for reservations.

We hope we've given you some great ideas for the week. We also hope you make the most of your time here in Asheville by extending your stay. Choose a nice downtown Asheville vacation rental and be close and conveniently located to all of the things you want to do.

Are you celebrating Valentine's Day in Asheville or Western North Carolina this year? If so, tell us about it in our comment section. We'd love to hear about it!

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