On Valentine’s Day, you need a getaway that puts you and your loved one right in the heart the most romantic settings. Look no further than Alabama, which features inviting ocean views and sandy beaches for a vacation anytime of the year. Enjoy a dinner cruise in Tuscaloosa or Montgomery before retreating back to your cozy Alabama vacation rental. Opt for an adventurous getaway in Fort Payne’s Lookout Mountain Territory to celebrate your relationship. Fine dining options in Alabama range from hearty farm-to-table meals to fresh seafood in an upscale Columbia restaurant. When planning your Valentine’s Day getaway, consider these destinations in Alabama.

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1. Columbia

Enjoy a romantic getaway in Columbia with hand-in-hand strolls along the West Bank Dam Site. A vacation rental in this charming city affords you with rest and relaxation on the front porch of your vacation rental and while dining at the Log Cabin Restaurant or the Columbia Cafe for some American cuisine. If you’re craving adventure with that special someone, opt for a tubing ride at Omussee Creek Park to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

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2. Birmingham

If you’re wondering where to go in Birmingham for Valentine’s Day, head to Railroad Park and the Rotary Trail for a day of strolling in the sun with your loved one. Rent a Zyp bike to ride the trails together or head to downtown Birmingham to window shop. Couples also enjoy dining together in style at Bellini’s Ristorante and Bar, a Tuscan-style bistro that serves steaks and seafood. On Valentine’s Day, dive into the chocolate mousse or chocolate covered strawberries available. If a more homestyle experience is what you’re looking for on this romantic holiday, then Cafe Dupont, a farm-to-table restaurant, is the place to celebrate, offering quaint quarters and a private table for two.

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3. Huntsville

Noted as one of the most romantic restaurants in Alabama, Cotton Row Restaurant draws coupled crowds every Valentine’s Day. Make your reservation early to dine with your sweetie at this charming eatery located in a 200-year-old building. Valentine’s Day is also the perfect time to stroll through the Hay’s Nature Preserve in Huntsville that features a flowing river and open field of flowers for romantic walks. If you plan to pop the question, the Monte Sano Overlook is the perfect hot spot with a breathtaking view. You can also surprise your mate with a picnic in the Grotto at Big Spring Park and snap a photo on the grotto before retreating back to your vacation rental for some rest and relaxation.

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4. Fairhope

A casual evening stroll on the 14th of February is only complete with white lights lining the streets, which is exactly what you get when strolling the downtown area of Fairhope. Fairhope Avenue features twinkling lights and local shops so you can pick up a souvenir to remind you of your romantic Alabama getaway. If you’re wondering where to go in Fairhope for a romantic dinner, consider Sunset Pointe at Fly Creek Marina for some cocktails and fresh seafood. Stop by R. Bistro and Pastry after your filling meal for some dessert to take back to your vacation rental.

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5. Montgomery

Imagine pulling your significant other close to you while floating down the Alabama River. A ride on the Harriott II Riverboat offers plenty of romance for couples to enjoy as well as scenic views of the Montgomery landscape. Reserve a spot for the Valentine’s Day dinner cruise so you can enjoy the live music, cocktails, and fresh seafood on board. Take in a show at the nearby Montgomery Performing Arts Centre while on your romantic getaway, or opt for an ice skating date at the Eastdale Mall Ice Palace. If you want to jazz up your trip, tap your toes to the smooth sounds coming from the 1048 Jazz and Blues club for the evening.

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6. Fort Payne

Indulge your history buff loved one with a trip to Fort Payne to see the Alabama Fan Club and Museum. This area, also known as Lookout Mountain territory is home to mountain-top romantic spots as well as dining establishments perfect for Valentine’s Day. Find a romantic Appalachian adventure when touring through the Little River Canyon nature preserve hand-in-hand. Desoto State Park is also a popular area for couples seeking to hike through the 3,500 acres of forest, waterfalls, and rivers. Treat your partner to a Mexican dinner at La Fonda or some old-fashioned barbecue at the Bar-B-Que Place before heading back to your vacation rental for a romantic evening.

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7. Tuscaloosa

A romantic evening in Tuscaloosa calls for an intimate dinner at Evangeline’s. This charming restaurant puts you and your significant other on the restaurant’s patio under the twinkling lights while you dine on fresh seafood and sip cocktails. Spend the day hearing the sound of the gushing water at the Tuscaloosa Spillway or get in some alone time taking a dip in the Sipsey River. Keep your holiday moving along with a couple’s skate at Superskate while admiring the disco ball hovering above, or opt for a scenic cruise on the Bama Belle while floating down the Black Warrior River.

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