May 27, 2024

Five date ideas to win over your valentine

Plan a special night for your valentine in Knoxville. Here is a list of five romantic ideas that will be sure to swoon your sweetheart.

"Carmen" is playing at the Tennessee Theatre Feb. 13 and Feb. 15.
“Carmen” is playing at the Tennessee Theatre Feb. 13 and Feb. 15.

As Valentine’s Day quickly approaches, you may find yourself scrambling for unique date ideas that will convince your valentine that they should “be yours.”

Whether you are trying to plan a simple night in or are looking for something romantic and fun to do, look no further. Here is a list of five romantic ideas that will be sure to swoon your sweetheart.

1. Valentine’s Day Cruise

Do you want to take your valentine on a romantic excursion on the open water? Blow your date away by taking them on a cruise down the Tennessee River aboard the Volunteer Princess yacht.

Enjoy a night of great food, drinks, dancing and intimacy as you spend time with your loved one. This beautiful atmosphere feels far removed from Knoxville and the university campus, leaving your date feeling as if they are on a spontaneous vacation.

The cruise costs about $40 per person and boards at 10:15 p.m. on Valentine’s Day. The cruise last about an hour and 15 minutes so, you and your date can relax and enjoy the luxurious atmosphere together.

Also, check out other cruise times, including a brunch cruise at 12:30 p.m. and a dinner cruise at 6 p.m.

For more information about the cruise and to make a reservation, visit their website or call them at (865) 541-4556.

2. “Carmen” Opera at Tennessee Theatre

If you wish to dazzle your date with a seductive and passionate opera, going to see Carmen at the historic Tennessee Theatre is a must.

See the story of Carmen, a gypsy seductress, unfold as she lures a Spanish soldier into a criminal’s lifestyle. His love for Carmen and her unsteady, flirtatious act prove to be a hot and captivating way to celebrate Valentine’s weekend.

For an added flair of romanticism, the play is performed in French with English translations provided.

The doors open at 7 p.m. on Friday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are on sale now at the Knoxville Opera Box Office. To purchase tickets, visit the Tennessee Theatre’s website.

 3. Icon Ultra Lounge Valentine’s Dinner

Impress your date with bit of a fancier atmosphere, the Icon Ultra Lounge located on the fifth floor of the Sunsphere would be a great place to enjoy Valentine’s dinner with your special someone.

Chef Bruce Bogartz provides an array of entrees and desserts that combine southern comfort and casual gourmet for a perfectly romantic evening. The lounge and beautiful décor provide for an energetic, yet relaxing night of food and fantasy. Look out onto scenic Knoxville from the fifth floor and take in the view with your valentine.

Maybe you are a good chef- but by dining at the Lounge you can ensure that your date will eat a fabulous meal served by a lively staff in an electric atmosphere.

For further inquires or to make a reservation please call (865) 249-7321 or visit their website.

 4. Zen Evo Chocolate Lover’s Valentine 5k

For the athletic couples looking to burn some calories while supporting a great cause with your valentine, this 5k is for you!

Enjoy a beautiful run, chocolate strawberries, hot chocolate and graham crackers on a brisk Valentine’s morning. The goal is to get as much chocolate as possible and to run as fast as you can, while enjoying the day with your sweetie.

The 11 a.m. run time still has over 130 spots open, so grab your sneakers, your Valentine’s date and come run for a good cause. The race supports the Lymphoma Society, and is non-competitive.

Awards will include t-shirts for couples and of course, chocolate.

The 5k will take place in Victor Ashe Park, and both runners and walkers are welcome.

For registration information and directions, visit their site. If you have any further questions you can call (865) 988-3906 or you can email

 5. Fifty Shades of Grey

Chances are your date has heard the hype about the new Fifty Shades of Grey movie premiering Valentine’s weekend. Take your special someone to a local Knoxville movie theater to experience the drama and romance of the new film as it debuts.

Fifty Shades is Valentine’s Day appropriate as it tests the boundaries of love, fantasy and courtship.

There’s not a much more romantic way to kick off your Valentine’s celebration than with a steamy, sultry film that men and women have been itching to see since the trailer first came out.

The Regal Riviera Theater has tickets available for a showing of the film at 7:10 p.m. and 10:40 p.m.

For information on theaters and show times visit their website.

Watch the Fifty Shades of Grey official trailer here.

Edited by Jessica Carr


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