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Celebrating Valentine's Day in Austin

January 29, 2018 | By Schuyler Williamson

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and there is no shortage of uniquely Austin opportunities for impressing your love ones. Here are a selection of our top picks so you can start your planning early!

The Foodie Option(s) 

Eden East 

Located on a five-acre farm found in the heart of east Austin, Eden East is farm-to-table without every leaving the farm. Arrive early to explore the grounds of Springdale Farm and take a closer look at the current crop that makes up the menu. Once you have explored, sit back and enjoy a multi-course menu at beautiful pine communal tables under canopy tents with low intimate lighting. To make reservations for a special Valentine’s prix fixe menu with award-winning chef Sonya Coté, visit their website here

*Eden Easy is BYOB so make sure to enlist your favorite wine merchant for innovative pairings. 

We couldn't pick just one restaurant so here are a few Williamson Group favorites:

  • Olamaie (special 4 course menu for $100/person) 
  • III Forks (3 course Sweetheart menu available 2/9-2/14) 
  • Juniper (Valentine's Day preset for $65/person) 
  • Visconti Ristorante (5 course menu for $85/person and $120/person with wine pairings)
  • Grizzelda's (Chef's 4 course tasting menu) 

The Quick Getaway Option

Gruene Mansion Inn 

Beautifully preserved and decorated, this Eastlake Victorian home and Texas Historic Landmark is a quick drive from Austin and located in the perfect spot for you to experience all of Gruene, TX. Spend time on your private patio overlooking the banks of the Guadalupe River or take a walk around downtown Gruene to shop or enjoy New Braunfels’ finest dining and nightlife. Steps away you will also find Gruene Hall, the oldest dance hall in Texas, and for those of you who are music fans, Dale Watson will be making a special Valentine’s Day appearance

*Use the code “LOVE” for 14% off your Valentine’s Day visit. 

The Nature Option 

McKinney Falls

Located in the city limits, McKinney Falls serene landscape makes it the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of our growing state capital. Plus you can truly do it all in this 641-acre park - camp, hike, mountain bike, bouldering, or picnic! Most visitors visit to see the beautiful upper and lower falls along Onion Creek but the park attracts just as many cyclists and hikers. 

Bonus Picks

For the Galentines - For those of you who are Parks and Recreation fans, you know exactly what Galentine’s Day is and why you should celebrate! Alamo Drafthouse will be screening the episodes featuring the Galentine’s phenomenon with a special happy hour at The Highball before hand. 

For the Kids - Need something for the kids to do? Drop your kids off at The Thinkery for their Parents’ Night Out series. During Parents’ Night Out, kids will have the museum to themselves and live it up with pizza, hands-on STEM activities, exhibit exploration and more.