The holiday of love is just around the corner and if you are looking for the perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day, we have some ideas to help you celebrate.

Americans spend an average of $196.31 on Valentine’s Day, according to the National Retail Federation, which says that 2020 is expected to be a record-breaking year.

“Spending is expected to total $27.4 billion, up 32 percent from last year’s record $20.7 billion,” the NRF’s website states.

Several local businesses are getting into the Valentine’s Day spirit, offering the perfect gifts and ways to celebrate.

Here are a few of our favorites:



Wiley Flowers and Gifts – Your sweetie needs flowers for Valentine’s Day and what better place to stop by than Wiley Flowers & Gifts? Pick out a lovely bouquet of lilies or stay traditional and get your loved one some crimson ivy roses. Wiley also offers gourmet fruit baskets, scented candles, plush stuffed animals and balloons. Call Wiley at 254-897-2400.


Sweetheart Safari Dinner and Tour at Fossil Rim – This one definitely sounds like fun! On Feb. 9 and Feb. 16, visit Fossil Rim from 4-8 p.m. to take part in a romantic dinner and evening wildlife tour. Arrive with your sweetheart at the Foothills Safari Camp at 4 p.m. for a complimentary glass of wine or champagne. You will leave on the sunset safari tour at 4:30 p.m. in one of Fossil Rim’s open-air vehicles. After the tour, you and your date will return to camp and head into a glass-walled pavilion for a candlelight dinner including tea, coffee and dessert. The pavilion also overlooks one of the primary watering holes in Fossil Rim’s main pasture. A gift is included for your special guest. This event is $95 per person. For reservations, call 254-897-2960.

Where to stay

Inn on the River – If you are looking to stay at a romantic inn for the weekend, then Inn on the River is the perfect place for you and your significant other. The atmosphere and serenity of the inn coupled with the lack of telephones, televisions and clocks will allow you to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and spend quality time with your loved one.

The Inn on the River is also hosting a Valentine’s dinner on Feb. 15 for guests. Dinner choices includes a bacon-wrapped filet with mushroom risotto, salmon with creamy dill sauce or pork tenderloin with blackberry balsamic glaze. Prices range between $20 and $30 and includes salad and dessert. For more information, call Inn on the River at (254) 897-2929.




Wine & Shine at Hearsay Wine Bar – Stillneed to do a little shopping for your Valentine or maybe you just want to relax and browse? Hearsay has you covered. The wine bar is hosting a special event beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, that will include shopping with Silver Wings Boutique, Hot Tempered Chocolates, Wild and Lovely Designs and Lucky Vines Winery. Guests can even get a good deal on Botox with Pure Image. There will also be specials on select wine and beer.


LJT’s Weekend Celebration - Larry Joe Taylor will celebrate Valentine’s weekend with two events - an acoustic show beginning at 7:30 p.m. followed by an acoustic song-swap at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14, at T-Birds Garage Pub at Melody Mountain Ranch. Larry Joe Taylor and Davin James will perform. Tickets are $20. The fun will continue Saturday, Feb. 15, with a Valentine’s Dinner Theatre and songwriter show featuring LJT, Deryl Dodd and Richard Leigh at T-Birds. Doors open at 5 p.m. followed by a welcoming act at 6 and dinner at 7.  Tickets are $37.50 and includes dinner and show.