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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, have you thought about how you’re going to celebrate?  There are so many great things to do, see, eat and buy for your loved one locally.  From all your friends in Nevada City & Grass Valley, we’ve got a few ideas.

Lazy Dog Chocolate

For the sweet tooth, you can buy truffles from Nevada City Truffle Shop, chocolate covered strawberries (milk, dark or white chocolate) from Nevada City Chocolate Shoppe or one of their locally made artisans chocolate.  Maybe you want an ice cream sundae for two from Treats, a cupcake from Emily’s Catering Pop Up Bakery (they’ll have a dozen varieties of cupcakes on February 11th), decadent dessert from Cake Bakery, organic chocolate from Choquiero Chocolate or something sweet from Lazy Dog ChocolateriaThree Forks Bakery and Brewery promises to have some special chocolate goodies for sale.

Dried Flowers

Soil Sisters Farm is selling locally grown dried flower bouquets, you can order directly for doorstep delivery or they’ll have bouquets for sale, first come first serve, at Three Forks Bakery February 10th-14th!  HEX in downtown Grass Valley has a lot of options for your plant lover.  Give the gift of a living plant, something that will last long after Valentine’s Day.  HEX offers pre-made air plant terrariums or build your own with their air plant bar and potted plants for easy grabs.  Foothill Flowers, in downtown Grass Valley, has Valentine’s Day bouquets with roses, tulips, orchids, lilies and much more.  And don’t forget Foothill Flowers always sells wine by Dave the Wine Merchant.  For additional Valentine’s Day local options check out Grass Valley Florist.  Another great suggestion is to sign up for the Little Boy Flowers CSA for either the early spring or summer series of locally grown flowers.

Yuba Blue


Gray Goose

There are some great local shopping options in Nevada City from Kitkitdizzi, The Sunroom, Two Little Birds, Kiya’s Natural, The Earth CentralJ.J. Jackson’s, Mama Madrone’s, TYSA, Gray Goose, Good Morning Supply or Abstrakt.  Downtown Grass Valley offers gift options in Mint, Loot & LoreGather & Mill, Element and Loft, His. A Gentleman’s Sundry, The Book Seller and Yuba Blue.

Olive Oil

Fable Coffee

If you’re thinking about food, there are options from savory treats, to eating out to foodie gifts.  Grab a bag of the Valentine’s Day blend from Carolines Coffee or try the Rose Mocha from Fable Coffee or try the Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar or variety pack from The Olive Groove.  Whether you’re in love with pizza or looking for a fine dining option, you’re certainly not going to go hungry in Nevada City or Grass Valley.  There are lots of great options in downtown Nevada City or Grass Valley to grab a bite to eat.  If you’re not interested in eating out, why not order a pre-made dinner to go, Backporch Market is offering a 4 course Valentine’s Dinner for Two, pre-order the meal by the 9th.

Or maybe you want to hear some live music?  Check out Love is In the Air at The Center for the Arts or one of the Nevada City Live shows at the historic Nevada Theatre.  Crazy Horse Saloon & Grill has a great line up of shows all month long.

In downtown Nevada City you can taste local wines at Szabo Vineyards or Nevada City Winery, check out their February specials.  Another great way to try wines from around the world is Carrington’s Fine Wines or New West Wines in downtown Grass Valley.  Nevada County Grown wineries in downtown Grass Valley include Avanguardia WinesLucchesi Vineyards or Sierra Starr Vineyards.  Or stop by the wine bar Cork 49 and sample wines from around the world, either with a flight or wine by the glass. 

Although I do love the gift that keeps on giving; whether it’s a local wine club membership, a CSA to a farm or gift certificate .  Or maybe you want to give someone an experiential gift; a spot in either the upcoming a guided fishing lesson, an art class (check out both ASiF and The Curious Forge), yoga classes, a ticket to a local concert or indoor rock climbing sessions.

Lola and Jack Classes

Or perhaps you want to get creative and make your sweetheart something special.  The Artist Workshop & Lola and Jack have some fun crafty events if you want make a homemade gift.  Or stop by Ben Franklin Crafts and load up on your DIY projects.

Maybe this Valentine’s Day you want to book a trip for a future adventure (like a room at the Outside Inn or a campsite at the Inn Town Campground).  If this post doesn’t have enough ideas, check out the Pinterest board with more local suggestions.

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