With Valentine’s Day festivities in full swing, today is the perfect day to map out a special moment that will turn into a lovely memory. It doesn’t matter if your preference is a traditional date night, a unique activity, or just keeping it simple; there are endless options just around the corner from Ryan’s Crossing.
For the traditionalist? An unforgettable dinner for two:
● Whether you grab a spot at the bar, relax in the lounge, or find the perfect table, The Sycamore at Chatham Mills will serve a delicious meal with a twist. From pumpkin risotto to grilled venison to sheep’s milk ricotta cheesecake, it will be a distinctive dining experience.
● The Postal Fish Company is a favorite for both its interesting location and amazing seafood selection. This converted post office has been a hot spot in Pittsboro since 2015 and prides itself on treating every patron as a life-long friend.
● Book your table at Chapel Hill’s Market and Moss quickly as their Valentine’s Day menu only runs from February 10th to 14th. The meal for two will include a small plate, a large plate, and a delectable chocolate dessert. Don’t forget to try a signature Valentine’s cocktail! If you miss the special menu, your taste buds can still be tempted by Market and Moss’ everyday options.
For something outside of the box? Pair a casual meal with an activity:
● Stop by Fearrington Village for breakfast or lunch at The Belted Goat and share a delicious, locally-sourced, meal. Follow your meal with a visit to the Spa at Fearrington or take a walk through one of the many gardens within the village. On a chilly day, spend an hour or so browsing at McIntyre’s Bookstore and take home some future favorites!
● Pizza lovers rejoice! The Mod was voted Best Place to eat Pizza in Chatham Magazine’s “Best of 2022” edition (also Best Place to have Cocktail). It may not be a traditional Valentine’s Day meal, but it will be one to remember with over a dozen unique wood-fired pizza options. After dinner, enjoy a round of pool or try out your corn hole skills.
● CineBistro, in Cary, is a one-stop shop for dinner and a movie. With recliner seating, an extensive wine & beer list, and a terrific menu, CineBistro is a great choice for a unique evening. Guests can opt to dine at the CineBistro restaurant and skip the movie, go with traditional theater snacks while enjoying the iMax experience, or enjoy dinner and a movie together!
Want something simple? Keep it lowkey!
● Spend your date at Davenport’s Cafe Diem and try a signature coffee or tea. While there, browse the Little Library for a new book. Or, better yet, turn your date into a service activity by bringing your own gently used books to donate to this reading nook. Cafe Diem is the perfect spot to meet new people and form lasting relationships.
● The S & T Soda Shop is housed in a building with Pittsboro roots going back a century when it was first home to the local drugstore. With 32 flavors of ice cream, you will want to save room for dessert following lunch or dinner. And, if you were a fan of Chapel Hill’s Rathskeller, you will be excited to find some old favorites at S&T! Come enjoy The Gambler or the iconic Bowl of Cheese lasagna, now served at the soda shop!
Perhaps Valentine’s Day snuck up on you? No worries!
● Fearrington House Restaurant still has reservations available for the end of February. Grab a table quickly and all will be forgiven as you enjoy exceptional service and an inspired, seasonal menu.
● Oakleaf in Chapel Hill also has availability on the days before and after Valentine’s Day which may save you the worry of a late weeknight out. Oakleaf’s kitchen prides itself on “immediate” cuisine by sourcing from local farmers and bringing their products straight from the farm to its diners’ tables.
If a night-in works best in your home, order take-out from any of the area’s local restaurants. Have an early dinner and follow it with a sunset walk on one of Ryan’s Crossings hiking trails or enjoy the sights around the neighborhood. Spending time with someone you adore is always time well spent, whether a night enjoyed on the town or a simple, quiet night at home.