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6 covid-safe ideas for how to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Austin, TX

The typical date-night-out just isn't going to fly this year. Here are my ideas for how to make another night at home during a pandemic a little more fun for Austinites.

1. Pick up a curated cheese board

Cheese IS a love language! Antonelli’s, an Austin classic, is offering Valentine’s Cheese Spread for 2 and Valentine’s gift boxes for pick up at their Hyde Park store. Both come with everything you need for a perfect night at home… if your valentine is a little cheesy.

2. Support local small businesses and get a sugar high

Austin Food & Wine Alliance has brought back their Citywide Sugar High online bake sale for Valentine’s Day. They’ll be selling boxes of sweet and savory goodies (plus cocktails!) crafted by Austin’s best bakers and pastry chefs that can be picked up or delivered. With options like cookies from Sugar Mama’s and palomas from Odd Duck, this is a can’t-go-wrong option.

3. Have a fancy dinner date

If going all out is your tradition, keep it alive with Emmer & Rye’s take-home kit. The $150 kit for 2 comes with a four course meal and even a fondue pot so you can still indulge at home. If you’re looking for some other options, Eater has compiled a great list of restaurants with special V-Day menus for takeout here.

4. Go to a drive-in movie

The Blue Starlight Drive-In seems as though it was made for pandemic-living. With only about 15-20 car spots, you’ll get an intimate movie-watching experience that’s way more unique than going to a theatre. Their Valentine movies are perfect, too. They’ve got everything from The Notebook to Casablanca playing, so you can feel all the feels.

5. Take a virtual cooking class from an Austin favorite

Thai Fresh is not only going to show you how to cook your Valentine’s dinner, but also provide the ingredients for pick-up. Sign up for their Valentine’s class to learn how to cook up a little romance! Fun fact: Brian and I went to Thai Fresh for one of our first dates, so we might HAVE to do this!

6. Go on a staycation

This is steep but cool: Austin Proper Hotel is offering contactless in-room three-course pre-fixe dinner featuring a meal from their restaurant, The Peacock. The meal also comes complete with access to a self-service bar stocked with Louis Roederer Brut Champagne, Recanti Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and cocktail fixings like Letherbee Gin, Casamigos Tequila and Maker’s Mark Bourbon. For the meal and an overnight stay, it’s $200 per person, which could be worth it if you’re itching to get out of the house. Bonus: for an extra $100 you can have a custom flower arrangement to take home in your room, too!

Hero image via Proper Hotel | Cheese board image via Antonelli’s | Macaron image via Bakery Lorraine | Chef Jam image via Thai Fresh | Fondue image via Emmer & Rye | Hotel image via Proper Hotel

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