Make It a Date

By Jesse Campbell (

Article Published: Feb. 6 | Modified: Feb. 6
Make It a Date

Romantic dinners are just the tip of the iceberg (lettuce) for Valentine’s Day in the High Country.

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Roses are red, violets are blue, this list is laden with things you can do.

Valentine’s Day — and bad poetry — has returned to the High Country.

The Mountain Times has compiled a list of area happenings and attractions to make Feb. 14 the perfect day for that special someone.

‘Sweet & Spicy’

The Boone Healing Arts Center (838 State Farm Road, Boone) presents “Sweet and Spicy: Valentine’s Patner Yoga and Tango Workshop” Friday, Feb. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The center will be celebrating Valentine’s Day through dance, yoga and play.

According to Boone Healting Arts, “This fun and active workshop will allow you to connect to yourself and your partner through breath and body.”

For those flying solo, no partner is necessary. And neither is experience. The workshop will consist of basic poses and simple dance steps.

The cost of registration is $35 per person and $65 per couple. For more information, call (828) 386-1172.

Hit the Slopes

Join Appalachian Ski Mountain (940 Ski Mountain Road, Blowing Rock) for four days of Valentine’s fun.

It’s the Valentine’s Family Weekend, featuring four days of fireworks, special hours, two-for-one ticket deals, fun food, free family digital ski portraits and more.

On Friday, the Midnight Blast Ski Session will be held from 5 p.m. to midnight.

Moonlight Ice Skating will host two sessions — 7 to 9 p.m. and 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. — and will be followed by a fireworks show at midnight.

On Saturday, the Grill on the Hill event features burgers, dogs and more, all cooked and served slopeside from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Midnight Blast session continues from 5 p.m. to midnight.

On Sunday, Grill on the Hill returns with the same hours as Saturday and will be followed by a S’mores Bonfire Party. Another Midnight Blast will be held from 5 p.m. till midnight.

On Monday, Feb. 17, a two-for-one tickets special allows patrons to buy one ticket and get one free for the month of March, valid day or night. There will also be free junior ice skating on Monday and a free family ski portrait session from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dinner for Two

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s J.E. Broyhill Civic Center (1913 Hickory Blvd. SE, Lenoir) will present “Dinner, Dance and Romance with the Hickory Jazz Orchestra” on Saturday, Feb. 15. Dinner is at 6 p.m., and the show is set for 7:30 p.m.

Attendees can treat their sweetheart to dinner, a show and dancing on the civic center stage, as the Hickory Jazz Orchestra — an 18-piece group that performs swing and big band standards — provides the music.

The dinner menu includes: hearts of romaine with cherry tomatoes, cucumber and red pepper julienne with pink balsamic vinaigrette and rose petal chiffonade;herb grilled chicken breast and beef tenderloin medallion with pink peppercorn beurre rouge;scalloped purple potatoes,herb buttered asparagus spears; andraspberry mousse in chocolate heart shaped box with crème Chantilly and edible orchid.

Tickets for the dinner are $20. Tickets for the show are $15 for adults and $8 for children.
For more information or for tickets, call the civic center box office at (828) 726-2407, or visit

Casa Rustica (1348 N.C. 105, Boone) will be offering a list of fresh specials, along with its daily menu. Reservations are recommended. Call (828) 262-5128 for reservations.

Char (179 Howard St., Boone) is serving its regular menu, but with two or three Valentine’s Day specials. The meal will run from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended. For more information, call (828) 266-2179.

Foggy Rock Eatery & Pub (8180 Valley Blvd., Blowing Rock) will offer a special Valentine’s Day menu that includes soup, salad, eggplant Parmesan, grilled salmon, cranberry chicken breast and peppercorn sirloin. Call (828) 295-7262 for reservations.

The Green Park Inn (9239 Valley Blvd., Blowing Rock) will offer a Valentine’s Day package and dinner, featuring a three-course meal. The menu will include chocolate salad, New York strip steak or cashew crusted chicken, along with a chocolate decadence cake and half bottle of champagne. The cost is $75 for two people, and tax and gratuity are not included. For more information, call (828) 414-9230.

The Mast Farm Inn (2543 Broadstone Road, Valle Crucis) will have its regular menu and the chef specialty menu, with optional drink pairings. Reservations are strongly suggested. For more information, call (828) 963-5857.

Vidalia, (831 W. King St., Boone) will offer a prix fixe menu that includes smoked salmon bline, sliced smoked salmon, crème fraiche, citrus faux caviar, cornbread blini and more The extensive menu includes options for sweet potato bisque, truffled gnocchi or shrimp Ceviche, three short ribs or pan seared salmon and dessert. Reservations are strongly suggested. The cost is $55. For more information, call (828) 263-9176.

On Feb. 14, Yosefa AntiquiTEA (161-C Howard St., Boone) invites sweethearts to enjoy a celebration of love, complete with sweet and savory plates, pots of tea, live music and a live belly dancing performance by Lisa Newton Zahiya. Cost is $20 per person, and wine is available for an additional charge.

The evening starts at 8:30 p.m., and the show starts at 9 p.m. Reservations will be accepted with a $10 per person non-refundable deposit. For more information, call (828) 264-0068.


Come sip, eat, shop and gather with friends and neighbors, as Blowing Rock businesses celebrate Valentine’s Day. Customers can enjoy special offers, one-day sales and giveaways to kick off the spring season. The stores open at 10 a.m. Saturday, and the party lasts all day.

Participating shops include: Monkees, Bolick & Traditions Pottery, Cabin Fever, Unwound, Art of Oil, Taz Maraz, Sister Act, Gregory Alan’s Unique Gifts & Home Furnishing, Carriage Trade Antiques, Art & Artifacts, Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, Rustic, Finley House, Doncaster, Gaines Kiker Silversmith & Goldsmith, Serves You Right, The Gilded Lily, Almost Rodeo Drive, Neaco, Bald Guy Brew of Blowing Rock, J.W. Tweed’s, Blowing Rock Gallery of Homes and Land and Handtiques.

Music and Movies

If you are looking for something a little more up-tempo this Valentine’s Day, check out Grammy Award-winning Snarky Puppy at Boone Saloon (489 W. King St.) on Feb. 14. Cover costs $18, and all shows after 10 p.m. are 21 and older.

A Valentine’s Day Dinner Theater, featuring the Appalachian Musical Theater Society, will be served Feb. 14 in the Blue Ridge Ballroom of the Appalachian State University’s Plemmons Student Union. This, however, is not your average dinner theater. Sweethearts are invited to come hear performers sing songs they would never be cast for in this “miscast” production.

There will be two showings. The first starts at 6 p.m. with a reception, followed by dinner and the show. The second reception starts at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets are only available in advance and must be purchased by 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10. Tickets are available at the Plemmons Student Union Information Center or by calling (828) 262-3032.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” will be shown at Appalachian State’s I.G. Greer Auditorium at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 through 15. For more information, call (828) 262-3032.

Conspirator will hit the stage at Legends on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 for students in advance and $15 at the door. Legends, located on Hardin Street on the ASU campus, has a BYOB six-pack limit for those 21 and older.

On Valentine's Day, guitarist Welson Tremura joins Todd Wright and Friends for "Brazilian Romance: An Evening of Valentine Jazz" at Appalachian State University. The performance starts at 8 p.m. in the Broyhill Music Center's Rosen Concert Hall on campus.

For more Valentine’s Day happenings, see next week’s issue of The Mountain Times.

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