The tradition of sending “Valentines” is in fact a very old one. It seems to have arisen from the belief that birds begin to pair off on February 14th, which happens to be the feast day for St. Valentine.
The celebration of birds finding one another! That’s what it’s all about: the charged space between two creatures and what will come of that charge.
Perhaps the feeling of love and connection, of seeing and being seen by another person, is rarer than we would like it to be. But does this have to be true? No! We can embrace love and connection this year!
We at Minx want to challenge you to fill your heart with Valentines this year. Perhaps you are single or your significant other is just not the celebrating Valentines day type: fine, but that doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on the celebration of love birds this year! You can still find a connection. We have compiled our short list of romantic things to do in Asheville NC. We would like to expand the idea of a date to incorporate not only the traditional romantic date, but also to include treating yourself to some precious alone time, and to the elevation of the friend date! Our fun date ideas are versatile and inspiring. We suggest trying them all!
Our lovely Katherin’s favorite cocktail? The Cisco Pike from The Lazy Diamond!
Taking Yourself Out
If you enjoy making time for you and you alone, there is no better night out then the Fine Arts Theater/French Broad Chocolate Lounge solo date. The Fine Arts Theater, in downtown Asheville, is a beautiful and cozy theater that not only offers an ever changing list of exceptional films, but also offers up a great selection of upscale concessions. After your film is over, stroll up the street to the Chocolate Lounge’s new location on Pack Square. There you can choose from any number of chocolatey treats. We recommend the maple and sea salt hot chocolate. It tastes like you’re making out with Captain Ahab!
Delighting In The Romance of Friendship
Maybe this is the year of the friend’s Valentines. Perhaps Fifty Shades of Grey, in theaters next weeks, is really better suited to a night out with friends then a romantic date. We also love the Battery Park Book Exchange for an intimate and comfortable place to gather with friends. They have a long wine list, are dog friendly, and have created a very inviting space for conversation. But the shelves of books surrounding each sitting area is reason alone to make it one of our favorite meeting places.
The Best Bars in Asheville
Asheville boasts a wide variety of excellent bars. MG Road, Imperial Life and the Double Crown all make our short list. But, right now we have a new darling: The Lazy Diamond. There is nothing better in life then a good dive bar. The Double Crown, and now its’ new sister bar, The Lazy Diamond, are the dive bars of ours fantasies.
Very simply: they are bars where happy people go to have a good time. The interior of the Lazy Diamond balances a rich vibrancy with a dark and intriguing edge. The ceiling over the bar is covered in old band flyers which connects the new venue with the long history that the owners, bartenders and patrons have with Asheville’s music and cultural scene.
It affords all the desirable amenities that one would want from a bar: music, dancing space, booths for intimate conversations and a long solid bar that it is a pleasure to sit at! So come bathe in the glow of the sparkling Christmas lights, have a cocktail and open yourself to magical time of year when birds pair off!
The Lazy Diamond can be found at 98-A N. Lexington Ave/ Asheville/NC 28801. Check them out on Facebook!
Big thanks to Amelia Brommer for the post, Jameykay Huffman of Jameykay and Arlie Photography for the images, Chris Bower and Jamie Hepler for facilitating, and The Lazy Diamond for the gorgeous location!