February is a month for making memories with those you love and we rounded up some of our favorite local spots for dates!
For the sweetest date in town, take a candy making class at Behind the Sweets. From making truffles to decorating cupcakes, a variety of interactive classes are offered. Check the website for the schedule.
Dine at Tam’s Backstage, located in the lower level of the historic 1927 Cumming Schoolhouse, and then head upstairs to the Cumming Playhouse to see the show Southern Sirens. This Southern comedy runs Feb. 8-25.
Fondu for two, please! Dip fruit, pound cake and marshmallows in melted chocolate while sipping Spanish wine at the cozy, expertly decorated Nido Café in Vickery Village. Take the steps down to Pinspiration for an artsy evening making the project of your choice while enjoying libations from the wine bar. Other date night favorites in the Village include dining on the heated patios of Cinco and Branchwater or sipping local brews from Cherry Street Brewery.
Dinner and a movie never goes out of style. Or reverse it up a bit with a movie at Movies 400 followed by drinks and live music at Good Ol’ Days Bar and Grill. They are both located in the same parking lot so you can park once! The Ridge is another great local spot for live music and great food. Visit Good Ol’ Days and The Ridge’s Facebook pages for entertainment schedules.
Looking to splurge a little? Take an unforgettable hot air balloon ride through Balloons Over Georgia and soar above Forsyth with views that may include the Atlanta Skyline, Stone Mountain, Kennesaw Mountain and even the beginnings of the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountain ranges.
Dates with Mom
Several local nail salons feature special seats for little ones making a mani/pedi date the perfect option for mothers and daughters. A few of our local favorites include Sweet & Sassy in The Collection at Forsyth, Tila’s Nail Salon in Vickery Village and La Belle Nails next to the Publix off Castleberry and Bethelview Roads.
From 2-3 p.m. on Feb. 11, bring your daughter to American Girl Boutique & Bistro at North Point Mall for a delicious meal in the bistro! The date will include a fresh-cut flower for your special girl, a fun dice game, a make-your-own “memory board” craft, a spiral book to record the best moments of your day and a picture frame. This is for girls ages 8 and up and reservations are required. To reserve your spot, call 877-247-5223.
Dates with Dad
Chick-fil-A Daddy Daughter Date Night
On Saturday, Feb. 3, Dads and daughters all over town can enjoy a special date at Chick-fil-A. Reservations are required so if spots are full, consider checking Chick-fil-A restaurants outside of Cumming. Dine over a buffet style dinner with music and get a complimentary photograph of your date to cherish the memory for years to come.
Buford Trout Hatchery is the perfect spot for fishing along the Chattahoochee River. Or book a fishing trip with Bowman Fly Fishing. The owner is a Cumming native and a former Alaskan fishing guide. He will take you to the best trout spots, including along the Tuckasagee River in North Carolina.
For an outdoor adventure, hike to the Indian Seats atop Sawnee Mountain followed by a picnic lunch in one of the four picnic pavilions. Make sure to stop inside the interactive Visitor Center and take a stroll through the magical Fairy Trail! Or grab all the family’s bikes and spend the day biking along the Big Creek Greenway. Fuel up on tasty treats from Dutch Monkey Doughnuts beforehand, where daily specials are posted on their Instagram page. and
Indoor dates are fun too! For the family that enjoys some friendly competition, head to Stars and Strikes for cosmic bowling followed by arcade games and a family round of 2-story laser tag.
From the seven-person pyramid on the high wire to entertainment from acrobats, a master juggler and trapeze artists, the Big Apple Circus is sure to win over hearts of all ages! Set within Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park in Alpharetta, no seat is more than 50 feet from the performers so everyone will feel a part of the action! Shows run through Feb. 25.