13Valentine’s Day is upon us, and Fayetteville and surrounding areas have some unique and fun options for everyone. Here is your list of family and date night ideas to celebrate love, for this weekend and on Valentine’s Day itself.

Valentine’s Carriage Rides
Surprise your special someone with an intimate carriage ride through the Cool Spring Downtown District. They will bring their
beautiful Queen Victoria Carriage to the district and provide private carriage rides on Feb. 11, from 1 to 9 p.m. at the Cool Spring Downtown District’s office (222 Hay Street, across from Pierro's Italian Bistro). Each private carriage ride will take you on a scenic 15-17 minute ride through the district in 20-minute intervals.
Private carriage ride tickets will be a flat fee of $75 per private carriage ride. Tickets can be bought online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/valentines-carriage-rides-tickets-525919608707?utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-medium=discovery&utm-term=listing&utm-source=cp&aff=escb. If you have any questions before you purchase your tickets, please call the Cool Spring Downtown District’s office at 910-223-1089.

Hearts and Hops: A Family Valentine’s Celebration
Dirtbag Ales Brewery and Taproom is hosting a family-friendly Heart Day celebration. Attendees can buy flowers and baked foods by Sugarfix, as well as paint several crafts with Paint & Create with Sarah.
The event will start at noon and end at 5 p.m. on Feb. 11. Dirtbag Ales is located at 5435 Corporation Drive. For additional information, call 910-426-2537.

13a Cookie Decorating Class
Join Pink Flower at Hugger Mugger Brewery for a special Valentine’s Day cookie decorating class. The class will be two hours long, and you will be decorating six sugar cookies.
The cost is $50 a person, or $90 for two people. A beverage of choice will be included for each ticket. All skill levels are welcome, however this class is geared towards beginners. This event will be on Feb. 12 from 3 to 5 p.m. For more information, go to forms.gle/yAjbn54FGx38yS5m8.

Valentine’s Day Grab Bag
If you have a service member or a spouse who would appreciate a Valentine’s Day treat, Fort Bragg USO is here to help celebrate that special person in your life! Cupid has dropped off bags filled with chocolates, date night cards and yummy treats for your favorite sweetheart!
Quantities are limited. Must be able to pick up on Feb.14. Limit one gift bag per household, it includes activities for couples. Pickup will be at the Fort Bragg USO office on Fort Bragg. If you have any questions, please email rtaylor@uso.org for more details.

Valentine’s Day Cookies and Crafts
Join the Chick-Fil-A crew at the Cross Creek Mall for a little Valentine’s Day fun. They will be decorating cookies and making heart-themed crafts. There may even be a special visit by their very own cow. The free event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 14.

Cocktails & Charcuterie13b
Enjoy a curated hands-on experience at Dirty Whiskey as they present a mixology class, Cupids’ Edition! During this experience, you will learn how to construct two specialty craft cocktails. Class includes all the ingredients to make two pre-determined drinks, one-on-one instruction, and a charcuterie plate, as well as a Dessert Charcuterie.
The drinks that will be made are a Valentine's Mule and a Berry Lovely. There will be the traditional Charcuterie Platter, and for the first time, the Dessert Platter will include desserts such as cheesecake, macaroons, fresh fruit and more. Tickets are available only to guests ages 21 and over. Gratuity is not included in the ticket price. Tickets can be bought at www.simpletix.com/e/cocktails-and-charcuterie-cupids-edition-t-tickets-122505. The event will take place on Feb. 13 at 6 p.m.

Valentine Cocktail Party
Enjoy a special night out at Roland’s Dance Studio for this special date. The evening includes cocktails for two, dessert and light hors d’oeuvres, a five-minute private lesson, a group class and social dancing until 10:30 p.m.
The event is $75 a couple, and you must reserve a spot ahead of time. For more information, call 910-423-2623. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and social dancing will end at 10:30 p.m.

13cArt of Love
Join Black Canvas on Valentine’s Day evening for the Art of Love, a couple’s art event. When you attend the Art of Love event, they will provide everything you need to have a memorable experience at the Black Canvas with your Valentine.
No art experience is necessary. They will provide everything you need, including all supplies for painting with acrylics, a positive art studio environment, the best vibes in Fayetteville with DJ Wolf spinning R & B blends, and food. E & Z Forrest Sweets will be catering with light bites, and as always, Black Canvas serves complimentary adult beverages of wine, cocktails and mimosas. You must be 18 years of age or older for the event.
Tickets are $50 and can be bought at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-of-love-tickets-519151956477?utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-medium=discovery&utm-term=listing&utm-source=cp&aff=escb. The event will take place on Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. and will be at 805 Elm Street.

Couples’ Valentine’s Dinner & Dancing
Abundant Life Ministries invites you to join them for an elegant night of romance, dinner, dancing and fun at the Iron Mike Conference Center on Fort Bragg. Dinner will be served beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 18.
Dinner will be a choice of New York strip steak grilled topped with French onion demi-glaze or oven roasted marinated half chicken. Each meal will be served with salad, roasted seasonal vegetable blend, herb roasted baby red potatoes and dessert. Enjoy entertainment during dinner and dance the night away with DJ Square Knot!
The dress code is semi-formal to formal. Dinner for two is $100, and tickets can be bought at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/couples-valentines-dinner-dancing-tickets-527895338167?utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-medium=discovery&utm-term=listing&utm-source=cp&aff=escb.

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