Valentine’s Day is coming up next month, but roses, chocolate, and Hallmark cards aren’t for everyone. If you’d rather round up your best gal pals and celebrate the joys of female friendship on Galentine’s Day, read on, because we’ve rounded up five fun ways to celebrate with your girls this year in Raleigh!
If you and your gals want to be fancy, a classic way to spend the evening is dinner and drinks at a renowned restaurant. For one of the most accoladed restaurants in Raleigh, you’ll want to head to Garland, whose chef just earned her 4th consecutive James Beard Award nomination. Eating at this high-end Pan Asian restaurant is a great way to spice up your Valentine’s Day (literally!).
Pam’s Farmhouse Restaurant
If you’re looking for a more mom-and-pop type restaurant, Pam’s Farmhouse Restaurant is the place to go. This is a great spot for a casual breakfast or brunch with your best girlfriends (it closes at 2 pm). The restaurant is known for serving up hearty and delicious Southern comfort food. Your meal here will be very affordable, so you could always make this the start of your Galentine’s Day and pair it with an activity!
Lake Johnson Park
If you’re trying to be safe due to COVID-19, an outdoor celebration is the way to go. And even in February, a picnic is a fun way to connect with your gals. Just bring a waterproof tarp for under your picnic blanket, some cozy blankets to snuggle in, and a thermos of hot cocoa! For the best location, have your gal pals meet you at Lake Johnson Park. The park is a lovely spot to relax beside the lake and comes equipped with picnic tables and shelters. After you eat, you can take a stroll along the 5.4 miles of trails that go through the park.
Jellybeans Super Skate Center
If your friends aren’t content to just sit around and chat, you’re going to want an activity to get everyone moving. Why not go retro and visit a roller-skating rink? Jellybeans Super Skate Center of Cary is a fun way to celebrate with your friends. You can either attend a public skate time (masks required) or, due to COVID, they’re offering an affordable “rent the rink” option on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. You’ll get 90 minutes of private skate time for your party!
Take a Cooking Class
If you want something unique to do -and you have gal pals who are foodies- sign up for a group cooking class through Catering Works! They’re offering virtual classes of 1.5-3 hours taught by their CEO & Culinary Director, Jill Santa Lucia and Executive Chef, Rich Carter. You can choose either a single meal or a three-course affair, and add-ons include dessert and wine. They’ll provide an ingredient kit and instructions. What you make will yield 4-6 servings, so you and your friends can enjoy your creation in the form of a nice dinner after the class!
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