If you’re looking for the best ways to celebrate Valentine's Day or need fun date night ideas, look no further. Just south of Indy is where you’ll find everything you need. After all, everything is more festive here.
Visit the Johnson County Museum to learn a little bit of history about Valentine’s Day and create a one-of-a-kind Valentine on February 12.
Also on February 12, enjoy dinner and live music featuring Scott Coner at the Johnson County Shrine Club.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Elks on February 12 with dinner and music. Learn more and purchase tickets here.
Or, if you’re looking to celebrate with your gal pals, head to Vino Villa for great wine, food and entertainment on February 10. Then, on February 12, Farm Girl Mercantile and Mallow Run Winery are teaming up for a Galentine’s shopping event with wine, a fashion sale and giveaways from noon to 4 p.m.
Authentic Italian cuisine is what you’ll find at La Trattoria. This Greenwood staple serves up specialties like Alfredo Con Scampi and Chicken Parmesan. Don’t miss their steaks, though. Guests say they’re some of the best around.
This brand new restaurant offers the rustic elegance where Bargersville farmhouse comforts meet the ease of wine country. They are known for sourcing the best ingrediences and making all their offerings from scratch. Enjoy hand-made artisan flatbreads, fresh seafood flown in daily, or a sizzling steak.
The chef at Revery elevates American favorites, adding a unique, delicious spin on classic dishes. You’ll find artfully crafted steaks and seafood in a relaxing environment.
RFD, short for Real Food, Fresh Dining, offers a rotating menu of gourmet dishes. Guests rave about their seafood selection, like the maple pecan salmon. They also offer take-and-bake meals if you’d rather bring date night home. Check their Facebook page for an upcoming Valentine’s Day menu.
You’ll find upscale dishes like blackened mahi-mahi, lobster mac and cheese and filet mignon here.
On Tuesdays, Thursdays and select Fridays, The Garment Factory serves gourmet dishes and small plates in their upscale lounge space. Check their Facebook page for upcoming Valentine’s specials.
When you enter Vino Villa, you’ll find a wide selection of fine wines and gourmet cheeses. Head upstairs for a historic wine bar, a bistro style restaurant and live music on select evenings.
This is a meal and experience wrapped up into one. At Yokohama, you can schedule a private sushi making class where you’ll create three of your own sushi rolls that you can enjoy when you’re done.
Head to Mallow Run Winery to enjoy wine tasting, appetizers and beautiful vineyard views.
Here you can use the iPourIt system to sample 40 beers from around the world as well as 10 cocktails and five wines.
After dinner, unwind with drinks at The Mint, Franklin's own Kentucky bourbon and cocktail bar.
Gifts and sweet treats
You can’t have Valentine’s Day without the perfect gift or two. Find yours at these local spots:
JP Parker Flowers, Bud and Bloom Florist and Home Again Flowers & Gifts are great places to go for Valentine’s Day flowers. They offer everything from classic long-stem roses to unique succulent gardens and can even provide delivery.
Visit local jewelers like Franklin Jewelers, J.L. Johnson Fine Jeweler, Hoosier Jewelry, Reis-Nichols Jewelers and McGee & Company for foolproof gifts. They stock designer brands and create custom pieces to fit your needs and price range.
Hoosier Cupboard Candy, Snacks and Ice Cream makes mouth-watering chocolate truffles, perfect for your Valentine. Check out other shops like The Flying Cupcake (pictured), A Piece of Cake, Geri Girl Bakery, Coffeehouse Five, The Local Grind and 1823 Bakehouse (which is gluten free) for treats like hot chocolate bombs, cake balls, heart shaped cookies and more.
Grab a decorate-your-own cookie kit from Main & Madison Market Café, complete with dough, icing and instructions.
Or, find a unique treat in Edinburgh at Not Just Popcorn. It's locally grown and always delicious.
Click here to see a complete list of local dessert shops just south of Indy.