Valentine’s Day inspires unique gift ideas, and Asheville is full of one-of-a-kind options for that perfect home-grown gift. Here are a few ways to make your honey happy and spread the (local) love.
Chocolate is the quintessential go-to for that special someone, and Asheville’s chocolatiers offer some of the most delectable delights. Check out French Broad Chocolate Factory for a variety of gift sets that include items like bonbons, specialty chocolate bars, and chocolate-covered cherries. https://www.frenchbroadchocolates.com. Asheville Chocolate is big on truffles, made from farm-fresh local dairy cream and pure Belgian chocolate and involving a six-step process to combine creamy and crisp into one exquisite creation. Mix and match for the perfect variety box. www.avlchocolate.com.
For something uniquely sweet, try a heart-shaped ice cream cake. The Hop Ice Cream Café offers curbside pickup at The Creamery of heart-shaped creations. https://thehopicecreamcafe.com.
Looking for lingerie? Try VaVaVooom, a downtown Asheville boutique sure to spice the holiday with sexy lingerie and intimate wellness items www.vavavooom.com; or visit On the Inside Lingerie in West Asheville, which offers unique pieces, each individually designed, cut and sewn per order, including custom-made items. www.ontheinsidelingerie.com.
Local Asheville Gift-box bounty
Asheville Goods puts a modern spin on traditional gift baskets with its eco-friendly Valentine’s boxes, brimming with local small-batch products and simply tied together with red and white bakers twine. Contributing crafters include Hickory Nut Gap Farm, Celtic Sea Salt, Asheville Almond Company, Dobra Tea and many others. www.ashevillegoods.com/product-category/gift-boxes/
Sumptuous take-out specials
Dining restrictions don’t have to dampen your Valentine’s Day dinner: Many Asheville restaurants are offering take-out specials for two to enjoy in the comfort of your home. Vivian in the River Arts District has dessert/bubbly packages as well as a meal-for-two deal. www.vivianavl.com. Baba Nahm’s Valentine’s dinner for two features sumac-crusted beef tenderloin, shrimp scampi appetizer, sides, bread and dessert, or an equally inspired vegan feast (available to order and pick up Friday-Sunday Valentine’s Day weekend from 4-7 p.m.) www.babanahm.com. A prix fixe takeout menu tops RosaBees offerings, with its Hawaiian-inspired entrees spotlighting sea scallops, grilled pork chops or crispy-fried tofu. www.rosabees.com.
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