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Last-minute Valentine’s Day gift ideas in Charlotte, NC

Golden Cow Creamery is releasing a new Valentine’s Day-inspired ice cream flavor each Thursday in February.
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Golden Cow Creamery is releasing a new Valentine’s Day-inspired ice cream flavor each Thursday in February.

Golden Cow Creamery is releasing a new Valentine’s Day-inspired ice cream flavor each Thursday in February.

There’s a lot going on this month, so we get it. Between Black History Month celebrations, the Lunar New Year and getting ready for the Rams vs. the Bengals, it’s just possible you may have neglected to notice the day after your annual football party in your living room is a notable one.

Yes, Valentine’s Day is on a Monday — and the day after Super Bowl LVI — so the timing is a bit strange. (Pro tip: Drink a glass of water between every Roaring Riot, especially after halftime, if you want to avoid a Sweetheart’s Day hangover.)

In Charlotte, by the time you read this — the prime reservation spots for a bougie Valentine’s dinner have likely been taken. Flowers should have been ordered already, and let’s not even start on the nationwide supply chain issues and how that’s put a wrench in things.

Instead of going for the Amazon gift certificate (because nothing says “love” like this I bought it right before going to Harris Teeter), here’s a few local options:

Your artistic side will shine

  • Nothing says “I love” more than looking at love-themed art with you. Art Walks CLT created a self guided tour. Lovers Art Trail. Take selfies at your favorite murals in East Charlotte and South End.
  • Camp North End has more than 50 murals on its campus. Register for a Free 30-minute tourTake advantage of the adaptive reuse area on Wednesdays or Fridays. Or, you can just wander the 76-acre campus alone as a couple. We recommend HEX Coffee.
  • Become the artist: Get tickets to the Gantt Center’s upcoming Photography Masterclass with Jamel Shabazz, Featured Artist. The virtual event will be held from 2-3 p.m., February 19, and costs $10.
  • Plan ahead: Book tickets to the Monet & Friends – Light, Life & Color exhibit in Asheville — and make a weekend of it using our guide to the artsy mountain town.
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    CLT_Poetwastaken_mural-0472 (2)@Poet painted a mural at 3218 Benard Ave, NoDa. Alex Cason CharlotteFive

    Wine works best

    Put down the bottle of Yellow Tail — this is a special occasion, not a host gift. With the help of an expert, pick up a bottle from a local wine shop. Charlotte boasts several good wine retailers. Here are some:

  • Arthur’s, located in the basement of Belk at SouthPark
  • Assorted Table Wine Shop at 7th Street
  • Bond Street Wines on Providence Road
  • Vintner Wine Market at Arboretum
  • [Related: CharlotteFive’s full guide to Charlotte’s local wine retailers]

    EVEN BETTER: Make this gift idea interactive by buying tickets to Roots Catering and Cafe’s annual Wines Around The World event at The Collector’s Room in Charlotte. It’s not happening until Friday, Feb. 18, so you won’t even look like you forgot until the last minute. , you’ll get 20 wine tastings and 10 small plates from five regions of the world. Tickets include a bottle of wine of your choice as well as special pricing on additional wines. Rootscafesouthend.comClick on the events to purchase tickets. You’ll get your choice of 5 p.m., 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. arrival time.

    IMG_2058(1).JPG Bond Street Wines carries more than 550 bottles — and the staff can help you narrow down all those choices. Bond Street Wines

    Sweets for your South End sweet

    Rather than presenting the standard box of Russell Stovers in the red heart, let’s put a local twist on the old chocolates standby. Create a Sweets Walking Tour of South End, draw it on a map (even cuter if you can’t draw very well) and then hit the Rail Trail. Here are some places to stop:

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  • Start with Walking.3 milesBland Street Station to BW Sweets, and order a Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake.
  • Walk.2 miles to Golden Cow Creamery for its Valentine’s Day-inspired ice cream flavor (a new one is released each Thursday during February).
  • Then, walk.5 miles to Lincoln’s Haberdashery for a sour cream doughnut.
  • You’ll probably be full by then, but if you still have room (and want to walk more), you also have Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Krispy Kreme’s vending machine doughnuts or Sunflour Baking Co. all within walking distance. You could even finish your journey with a full meal at 300 East (followed by dessert, of course, created by the restaurant’s pastry chef, Laney Jahkel-Parrish).

    And if you need a coffee break, make sure to stop by Charlotte’s best coffee shop — as voted by you in our coffee shop bracket — Bitty & Beau’s.

    PRO TIP: The more places you go, the less you’ll want to order at each spot, so we recommend splitting one item per stop. You might also like our South End tour. Twenty Degrees Chocolate, just know that it’s closed on Mondays (and you needed to have your order in for shipping already). You can save that one for a birthday present!

    CLT_Frankie_White_BWSweets-(2) (2) BW Sweets’ Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake. Alex Cason CharlotteFive

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