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Date Night Ideas for Valentine's Day

Insider Tips & Inspiration
Shake up date night with these ideas for an extraordinary Valentine's Day.

Escape the ordinary and take your sweetie (or yourself!) on a cozy country retreat this Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re in the mood for a romantic hike or an intimate dinner for two, the Genesee Valley offers the ideal backdrop to make memories and reconnect.

1. A Sunset Hike

If you're a nature-loving couple, consider starting date night by hitting the trail.

Letchworth State Park

Letchworth's Upper Falls in Winter
Letchworth's Upper Falls in Winter

Bundle up and meander the trails near the middle falls with your special someone. The crown jewel of the region’s park offers several options for an easy winter hike with breathtaking views. Enjoy the snow-capped trees and the way the light darts through the canyon at sundown. Planning to ask a big question? The park’s several overlooks offer spectacular backdrops for that once-in-a-lifetime moment.


2. Dinner & an Overnight Getaway

Make a weekend of it at these romantic destinations.

Farmer's Creekside Tavern & Inn

Farmer's Creekside Tavern
Farmer's Creekside Tavern

Enjoy an elegant meal at this historic waterfront tavern in Leroy. The Valentine's Day four course prix fixe menu is served in its beautifully restored dining room featuring exposed brick, romantic lighting and an extensive beer, wine and cocktail list. Turn your dinner into a full weekend getaway by booking a room at the Farmer's Creekside Inn upstairs. You'll sleep peacefully in the quiet countryside rooms and wake to a complimentary continental breakfast.
Reservations required.

Big Tree Inn

Valentine's Day luxury at Geneseo's Big Treee Inn
Valentine's Day luxury at Geneseo's Big Treee Inn

One of the most familiar landmarks on Geneseo's Main Street, Big Tree Inn offers a locally-inspired menu and charming suites. Celebrate with cocktails at the bar, dinner in the historic dining room and retreat upstairs to curl up by the fireplace with a bottle of wine and the one you love.

3. Quaint and Cozy Dining in Mt. Morris

Downtown Mt. Morris offers an array of cozy dining options to suit every palate.

The Borikén Restaurant

Puerto Rican cuisine is the centerpiece at The Borikén Restaurant in Mount Morris
Puerto Rican cuisine is the centerpiece at The Borikén Restaurant in Mount Morris
At the The Borikén Restaurant, a special Valentine's Day menu showcases authentic Puerto Rican fare served in portions for two to share. Reservations are recommended.

Questa Lasagna

Questa Lasagna in Mount Morris, NY
Questa Lasagna in Mount Morris, NY
Down the street at Questa Lasagna, you'll find homecooked Italian dishes and desserts. This restaurant specializes in made-from-scratch lasagnas and uses locally sourced ingredients when possible. Order a few different kinds and enjoy sharing from each other's plates.
Reservations are recommended.


4. Dessert and Champagne

Ration Wine Bar in Perry provides a perfect spot to round out your romantic evening with wine served alongside chef-made desserts.

Homemade dessert at Ration Wine Bar in Perry.
Homemade dessert at Ration Wine Bar in Perry.

With a modern and elegant design and a Sommelier curated wine list, Ration Wine Bar is a sweet way to end your Valentine's Day. Order wines by the glass or bottle or opt for one of the bar's featured "flights', allowing you to sample several different varieties. Choose from a table for two in the corner for privacy or slide up to the bar for lively conversation.

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5. Anti-Valentine's Day

Not in a pink hearts and champagne kind of mood this year? Grab a group of friends or head out by yourself for a fun V-Day alternative, no date required.

Silver Lake Brewing Project

Craft beers in a welcoming atmosphere at Silver Lake Brewing Project
Craft beers in a welcoming atmosphere at Silver Lake Brewing Project

This Perry brewery's annual Anti-Valentine's Day Party draws everyone from couples to singles to friend groups in search of pressure-free night out--with a side of snark. Hang out here all evening enjoying music, snacks and craft beers on tap, or make it the launch point for a full night of merrymaking.