By Meghan E. Gattignolo
Valentine’s Day is this upcoming Wednesday, and the weather forecast is cool and partly cloudy. Regardless of what the weather does – which isn’t super predictable around here anyway – you can still have an amazing Valentine’s Day this year. No matter how you like to celebrate, you’ll find something enjoyable from this list. Pick one, or mix and match a few choices for an amazing day-long date.
- Blow Your Mind
Jeff and Kimberly Bornstein are an award-winning couple who excel in wow-ing crowds with their mentalist magic. They can often be found performing at Nashville’s House of Cards. Their show Romancing the Mind will feature illusions they performed on the television show Masters of Illusion. Make your Valentine’s Day magical at the Roxy Regional Theatre, 7pm on February 14.
- Self-Love Yoga
Be your own valentine when you check out the free yoga class offered by Serene Squirrel Massage and Wellness at 5:30pm on Valentine’s Day. Move through a flow of poses coupled with meditation that will surely make you feel better no matter what your mood.
- Destination Liberty Park
Have your Valentine’s Day meal at Liberty Park Grill, where you can take advantage of their half price deal on wine for their Wine Down Wednesdays promotion. Afterwards, take a light stroll hand-in-hand around the marina.
- Jog the Greenway
Start the day off right with some jogging on Clarksville’s longest walking path. Pick one of the five Clarksville Greenway trailheads and see how much of the Greenway you can explore together.
- Picnic at the Park
Clarksville and Montgomery County provide several parks and playgrounds to choose from. Rotary Park is a county offering with several prime spots to eat near nature. Or roll out the picnic blanket next to a bubbling creek at the city’s Billy Dunlop Park off Needmore Road.
- Couple’s Trivia Night
NerdyTalk Trivia hosts Ballad Bingo at the Old Chicago restaurant on Wilma Rudolph Boulevard on Wednesday nights. Find out whether you or your date are better at recognizing songs in a Bingo challenge, with over $50 in prizes on the table.
- Movie Night
What’s playing in theaters? A movie night always sounds good, but it’s even better on Valentine’s Day. In Clarksville, we have two theaters to choose from. The AMC at Governor’s Square Mall will feature the special live streamed Trey Songz Valentine’s Day concert, while at the Regal on Tiny Town Road, you can cuddle up in recliners to the classic When Harry Met Sally. At both theaters, you also have the choice between Madame Web and Bob Marley: One Love, both of which open on Valentine’s Day.
- Paint Date
The Customs House Museum’s couples-themed Sunday Studio is all sold out for February 18 (keep your eyes peeled for March!), but Swirlz Art Studio is hosting a couple’s painting class. Learn about each other’s artistic abilities, or lack thereof, with a fun hands-on activity. You can also buy art supplies from Michael’s or Joann Fabrics and have your own paint party at home!
- Selfie at the Cave
While you can’t go inside the cave until May, make a leisurely stroll around the lake and a couple’s selfie at the mouth of Dunbar Cave part of your Valentine’s Day. The timeless cave used to be the site for community dances. At one time, many Clarksville locals found their future spouses on the dance floor here.
- Shop for Sweets
Governor’s Square Mall has a fun promotion for Valentine’s Day. When you present $100 worth of same-day receipts at the Customer Service desk, you’ll get a free gift: a mall gift card and box of chocolates. February 14 is the last day this sweet deal is available. Make a date of it and shop with your significant other, or take yourself out for a well-deserved shopping spree.
- Get Your Game On
What’s more romantic than some light-hearted competition? Along with mini-golf and laser tag, The City Forum offers several fun attractions, and you can do them all for $35 each on Wednesdays.
- Dinner For Two Downtown
Everyone is familiar with the Blackhorse Pub and Brewery on Franklin Street for a good dinner, and in recent years, Clarksville has added to its growing menu of restaurants. The Mailroom with a view of the Downtown Commons is a delicious dinner choice, or go for romantic Italian at Trattoria Di Cat.
- Drinks with a View
At the top of Shelby’s Trio on Second Street and across from the new F&M Bank Arena is Skyline 500, a bar with a magnificent view. Complete with a tapas menu and signature cocktails, there are a few more romantic spots to end Valentine’s Day with your loved one.
- Peruse the Galleries
Of course, last but far from least, don’t forget to check out all thirteen exhibits you can enjoy right now at the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center. Peek at the understated majesty of figurative realism by women artists in the Bennett Prize exhibit or have fun building together at the LEGO wall in the Family Art Studio.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Featured Image: Valentine, ca. 1910 | Archives Collection, Customs House Museum & Cultural Center
Meghan E. Gattignolo is a freelance writer and longtime Clarksville, TN resident. She loves to obsess about historical subjects and annoy her family daily with unsolicited random facts. Meghan holds a History B.A. from Austin Peay State University and lives in town with her husband and two daughters.