For those living in and around the Shoals, there are plenty of places to enjoy a romantic getaway on Valentine’s Day ... or any other time of year.
From rustic, down-home cabins to sky-high, modern dining, there is something for everyone.
Ninon Parker, director of marketing at Colbert County Tourism, said there are plenty of romantic settings in Colbert County.
She mentioned The Riverside Cottage (riversidecottage1.com) in Barton as one.
“It has a beautiful view of Pickwick Lake on a bluff just west of Tuscumbia in Barton,” Parker said.
“It’s within easy driving distance of the Rattlesnake Saloon for a fun evening of dancing and dining with live music.”
Parker said Rattlesnake Saloon, which is closed during the months of December and January, will be open just in time for Valentine’s Day.
You also can spend the weekend in a revamped silver grain silo at Seven Springs Lodge (rattlesnakesaloon.net), next to Rattlesnake Saloon.
LaGrange College Site at Pioneer Park has a cabin called the Bonner House (recall-lagrange.00me.com), which is perfect for a rustic night away, Parker said.
And if you can’t get away for a whole night, there’s still romance to be found.
“George’s Steak Pit (georgessteakpit.com) in Sheffield is the premiere restaurant in our area for steak and seafood and upscale dining,” Parker said.
Parker also mentioned Frank’s Italian Restaurant (franksitalian.com) and Oh! Bryan’s, a steak house in Tuscumbia (ohbryans.com).
Of course, there are many things to do besides eating if you and your sweetheart want to stay in town.
“If you like to pursue special interests with your loved one, think about visiting one of our art museums,” Parker said. “The current exhibit at our Tennessee Valley Museum of Art by New York artist Nicola Ginzel is really appealing, and with the milder temperatures that come along in Feburary, consider a hike in Cane Creek Canyon.”
North of the river are more than enough romantic locations for a getaway or date.
Alison Stanfield, assistant director of Florence-Lauderdale Tourism, said Joe Wheeler State Park (alapark.com/ joewheeler) has a Valentine’s Day special for Feb. 14-16.
“You can get a room, dinner and breakfast for two for $125 per night,” Stanfield said. “That’s just a really good value. Joe Wheeler is such a beautiful location on the water.”
Stanfield also mentioned the Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa (marriott.com). With a full-service spa and two restaurants, there is plenty to do without ever leaving the property.
“You can pretty much spend an evening in downtown Florence and pick your favorite type of food,” Stanfield said. “You’ve got everything from barbecue, Mexican, Italian, seafood, sushi. And then with all the shops downtown, you can have a really good evening walking through downtown.”
There also are exhibits at the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts in downtown Florence.
Stanfield said, one of the unique things to do in Lauderdale County, is a haunted house just for Valentine’s Day.
“Arx Mortis, the haunted house in Killen, is having a special opening called My Bloody Valentine,” Stanfield said.
“If you like haunted houses, this is a special time to take your date to a haunted house.”
Arx Mortis opens at 7 p.m. Feb. 14-15. Tickets are $12.
For those looking to get out of the Shoals but want a getaway within a short driving distance, Melea Hames, public relations and social media manager at Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association, said there are many cabins for couples wanting something a little rustic.
Doublehead (doublehead.com) in Town Creek is a highlight for outdoors-oriented couples, Hames said.
She also mentioned Monte Santo, DeSoto and Lake Guntersville state parks as places with lodges and rustic cabins.
In Huntsville, for those looking for lush settings, the Westin at Bridge Street (westinhuntsville.com) provides just that.
“If you want to rough it, you can rough it romantically,” Hames said. “And if you want to be pampered, you can be pampered ... all in north Alabama.”
Bobby Bozeman can be reached at 256-740-5722 or bobby.bozeman@TimesDaily.com.