Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, have you thought about how you’re going to celebrate? There are so many great things to do, see, eat and buy for your loved one locally.
For the sweet tooth, you can buy DeGroot truffles from Nevada City Truffle Shop, chocolate covered strawberries from Nevada City Chocolate Shoppe, an ice cream sundae for two from Treats, a bar of Cello Chocolate, a cupcake from Emily’s Catering Pop Up Bakery (they’ll have 20 varieties of cupcakes), vegan chocolate from Lulu’s Chocolate or something sweet from Lazy Dog Chocolateria. BriarPatch bakery is doing house-made Chocolate Eclairs, Raspberry Cheesecake, and Vanilla Raspberry Cupcakes for Valentine’s Day this year.
Little Boy Flowers locally grown anemones and poppies will be at on sale at Three Forks Bakery from 10-2 on Valentine’s Day. HEX in downtown Grass Valley is having a floral pop up by Ash + Oak a new local florist from the Bay Area on the 13th and 14th of February. Foothill Flowers, in downtown Grass Valley, hand-picks flowers at the San Francisco Flower Mart for bouquets with gorgeous roses, tulips, orchids, lilies and much more. And don’t forget Foothill Flowers always sells wine by Dave the Wine Merchant.
There are some great local shopping options in Nevada City from My Favorite Things, Kitkitdizzi, Mama Madrone’s, Gray Goose, Abstrakt or Judi’s. Downtown Grass Valley offers gift options in Mint, Cult of Gemini, Element and Loft, His. A Gentleman’s Sundry and Yuba Blue. Gather & Mill has jewelry, caramels, floral smudges, goddess boxes, bath products, stained glass hearts, crystal gift boxes & cards. HEX encourages giving the gift of living plants, they are fully stocked with Valentine’s Day inspired indoor plants, plus a large selection of plant based wellness and body care gifts as well.
Or perhaps you want to get creative and make your sweetheart something special. The Artist Workshop has Valentine’s Day pottery pieces and a few holiday workshops and Lola and Jack has some fun crafty events.
If you’re thinking about food, there are options from savory treats, to eating out to foodie gifts. Grab a bag of the Valentine’s Day blend from Caroline’s Coffee or try the Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar from The Olive Groove. Or maybe buy a BriarPatch cooking class or gift certificate to Polly’s Paladar Supper Club.
There are lots of great options in downtown Nevada City or Grass Valley to grab a bite to eat. If you’re not interested in eating out, why not order a pre-made dinner to go, Backporch Market is offering a 4 course Valentine’s Dinner for Two, pre-order the meal by the 8th.
Or maybe you want to hear some live music, The Miners Foundry welcomes the Dead Beats to the stage on the 16th. Other places around town with live music on Valentine’s Day include: 1849 Brewing Co, The Stone House, Crazy Horse Saloon & Grill, Friar Tuck’s, to name a few.
The downtown Grass Valley wineries are hosting their Valentine’s Day Wine Walk on Saturday, February 9th from 4-7pm. Stroll to the tasting rooms and get two complementary tastings at Avanguardia Wines, Lucchesi Vineyards, Sierra Starr Vineyards and Cork 49.
Although I do love the gift that keeps on giving; whether it’s a local wine club membership, a CSA to a farm or gift certificate to local Polly’s Paladar Supper Club. Or maybe you want to give someone an experiential gift; a spot in either the upcoming a guided fishing lesson, an art class, yoga classes, a ticket to a local concert, Chef’s Dinner at Tess’ Kitchen. Or maybe you want to join me on the Folk Trails Hiking Club (join us on Valentine’s Day at 3pm at the Outside Inn to learn about local history). Maybe this Valentine’s Day you want to book a trip for a future adventure (like a room at the Outside Inn or a campsite at the Inn Town Campground). If this post doesn’t have enough ideas, check out the Pinterest board with more local suggestions.
And now the giveaways, why not share the love and have 10 different prizes? Post a comment for your to chance to a dozen cupcakes from Emily’s Catering, gift certificate to The Olive Groove, $20 gift certificate to Backporch Market, hydra aromatherapy shower burst from Yuba Blue, Treats “Bouquet” of our floral flavored ice creams, one small scoop each of Lavendar, Rose and Jasmine ice cream served with a topping in a waffle cup, $20 gift certificate to BriarPatch Co-op, a box of 6 long stem chocolate dipped strawberries from Nevada City Chocolate Shoppe, $20 gift certificate from Carolines Coffee or a Valentine’s Day Bouquet & Champagne from Foothill Flowers valued at $100 or 2 tickets to the Miners Foundry Mardi Gras performance, $50. The 10 winners will be announced Monday, February 11th. **Edited to say the winners are: Emily’s Catering: Kathy Hart, The Olive Groove: Jenn, Backporch Market: Kelly O’Neil, Yuba Blue: Judith, Treats: Geoff, BriarPatch: Michelle Noe, Nevada City Chocolate Shoppe: Kathleen Boyer, Carolines Coffee: Rashelle Griffin, Foothills Flowers: Ingrid Knox, Miners Foundry Tickets: Louise Bock, congrats!
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