NEWBERRY — With only four days left until Valentine’s Day, the process of making plans or finding gifts might seem a bit overwhelming.
Whether you’re single, married or in a relationship, Newberry County has plenty of options for gifts for that special someone, or places for a fun night out with those you love.
Mary Alex Kopp, tourism and events coordinator for the City of Newberry, suggests Cabana Café and Steve W’s downtown for a romantic dinner out. “They will most likely run a Valentine special,” Kopp said.
Steven W’s has a full menu and regular dinner specials, but recommends interested parties make reservations beforehand, although they will be open slightly longer than usual.
For a unique dining experience, Figaro’s in downtown Newberry will be offering a Valentine’s dinner menu from Feb. 10-16.
“Sometimes people can’t celebrate on Valentine’s Day and we didn’t want people to miss out on their special day,” said Carrie Elsasser, dining room manager.
Because the restaurant only has 55 seats for dining, Elsasser said they prefer customers make reservations beforehand.
Gasthaus Zur Elli, located on Main Street in Prosperity, provides German cuisine. Although they did not currently have a special Valentine’s menu completed, owner Wendy Steiner said for $65, a couple will receive two entrees, a carnation and glass of wine for women and a beer for men.
For American dining or a family night affair, Chase’s on Grace in Prosperity will have its regular menu in addition to a special Valentine’s dinner special of prime rib with lobster tails, garlic mashed potatoes and fresh asparagus.
Nick Stocker, with the Mid-Carolina Club in Prosperity invites couples to join them for their Valentine’s Day Social beginning at 6 p.m. Feb. 14. The cost is $65 per couple, by reservation only and will include heavy hors d’oeuvres, a select open bar, and entertainment provided by DJ Billy Fanning.
For singles and group parties, Kopp says, “Have a girls or guys night out. There’s lots of great casual local restaurants to choose from, like Fusion for Sushi, or San Jose for Mexican.”
Kopp recommends Half Full on Main Street in Newberry for after dinner drinks, in a relaxed, low key setting.
“Instead of buying a sampler box of chocolates, get homemade candy and sweets from Main St. Bakery or NaWilSte,” Kopp said.
Local florists such as Woolbrights, B&B and Flowers from the Heart are located in Newberry, while Thelma’s Flowers can be found on Main Street in Prosperity.
For unique and creative gifts, community members could visit local antique stores in Newberry, Prosperity, and Little Mountain.
“Inexpensive ideas would be going for a romantic stroll and window shopping downtown, or having a romantic picnic in the Japanese Garden,” Kopp said. “Maybe try your hand at homemade sushi!”
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a day reserved for couples. Newberry County offers a variety of outlets for the community to enjoy the day with those they care about.