Love is in the air! Although Valentine's Day is still altered by the pandemic, don't worry, Lake Norman is filled with plenty fun and romantic things to do. We got you covered from the most romantic activities to some delicious foodie favorites to enjoy with your significant other.
Valentine's Day falls on a Monday this year so what better way to start the day than a delicious, morning breakfast before starting your day? Try The Fresh Egg in Cornelius or Famous Toastery, which has a location in Davidson and Huntersville. Both breakfast spots provide a cozy atmosphere and serve a great eggs benedict. If you’re not a breakfast person, Summit Coffee offers various aromatic beverages and delicious pastries to help kick start your day. After you've fueled up, stroll down the block towards one of the several local boutiques in Davidson.
Fun for Two
Get active with your partner! Go hiking at the Latta Nature Preserve and take one of the many trails that lead you to the shimmering waters of Lake Norman. If you're in Cornelius, take a stroll on Jetton Park's 1.5 mile loop trail that comes with beautiful lake views. You can find picnic tables and benches throughout the trail and by the water, so you can really take in the scenery.
Frankie's of Charlotte
Are you and your partner pretty competitive? If so, see who comes out on top in a round of mini golf. LKN Mini Golf offers not only putt-putt, but axe throwing as well! You'll both have to be at least 18 to do this activity and come with closed-toe shoes. They have social distancing stickers and hand sanitizer dispensers by the entrance in place to make sure everyone feels safe. They're currently open Thursdays & Fridays, so we suggest to contact them for seasonal hours.
We also recommend checking out the massive Pirate Island Mini Golf course at Frankie’s of Charlotte. Will you succeed in this quest or shipwreck? It's made up of three 18-hole courses all which provide a unique challenge. Frankie's of Charlotte, which is the largest Frankie's location, also features laser tag, bowling, and three tracks of go-kart racing. It's popular for families during the day and older, youthful adults as the day goes on.
If you're lucky enough to have some time for your special person on your lunch break, satisfy your hunger at Boatyard Lake Norman in Cornelius or Lancaster's BBQ which is just a short drive from Frankie's. Kindred Restaurant is another wonderful place to celebrate love and life. With a James Beard semifinalist as the head chef, you'll enjoy the freshest and most unique dishes in Davidson.
Visit a local wine shop or brewery to rest from a busy day. Popular spots to beer hop in Lake Norman are D9 Brewing Company, Lost Worlds, Eleven Lakes Brewing, Primal, and Ass Clown Brewing. If you’re looking to cultivate your wine palate, visit the Davidson Wine Company. They have nice patio Igloos for increased safety measures and they actually make for quite a unique experience! You'll want to make a reservation ahead of time because slots are limited and sell out rather quickly. You can order the perfect Valentine's gift box from them too, in partnership with Blumengärten. Each box comes with a beautiful arrangement of assorted flowers paired with two of their wines.
If you’re craving something sweet, you're in the perfect spot because Lake Norman excels in providing the freshest, tastiest desserts for your sweet tooth. Drive over to Huntersville to Duck Donuts for warm, fresh baked donuts custom made just for you. If you're hanging around in Davidson, you can stop by Whit's Frozen Custard or Bakery 28 if you're in Cornelius. Tip: Be sure to enjoy the evening by going to Jetton Park to catch the sunset at 6:05pm that day!
Port City Club
Impress your date with dinner by the beautiful lake at any of the three waterfront restaurants, all of which have indoor/outdoor heated patios! Since they're taking proper COVID-19 measures, it's recommended to make a reservation ahead of time so you can secure seating on this special day. Be on the lookout for deals on their social media pages since they've offered special dinner packages in previous years.
Birkdale Village makes for another great central point for dinner plans. This outdoor shopping mall provides a safe environment to treat yourselves to a nice gift and to enjoy a meal. You'll get to choose from upscale dining like Red Rocks and Dressler's to casual places like Midwood Smokehouse and Bad Daddy's among several others. eeZ Fusion will be offering "The Great Valentine’s Day Pick Up" which comes with a sushi platter and a bottle of cabernet or chardonnay for $125. Whatever you and your partner are feeling, you're sure to find it here.
All good things must come to an end, but don't worry the fun doesn’t have to stop here. Lake Norman has plenty of date-worthy activities that you and your date can enjoy year-round. Comment your favorite Lake Norman date spot below and tag us @VisitLakeNorman on social media on your fun date activities!