It’s February, the month of love! While this year may be a little bit more, you know, subdued, that doesn’t mean we still can’t treat the ones we love! Whether you’re looking to celebrate with a traditional date night or a local adventure, we have some great ideas for your perfect Valentine's Day.


The Traditional Date Night

Ah, the classic date night dinner and drinks. You really can’t go wrong with treating yourself and your date to good food and a couple of yummy beverages. Lucky for you, San Marcos has great options for social distancing, outdoor dining and whatever vibe you’re going for! Want to make the date run a little longer? Make your way to Kissing Alley for a romantic nighttime stroll. Did you know San Marcos was named one of the most romantic main streets in America?

Our favorite romantic spots:

Denise: Palmer’s and Shade

Sarah: North Street and Louie’s

Charlotte: Umami Sushi and Black Rabbit

Steve: Industry and The Davenport

Clancy: Root Cellar and Zelicks

Trey: Cody’s and EVO - Springtown

Rebecca: Blue Dahlia and Patio Dolcetto  



For the Nature Lovers

Get your heart pumping and endorphins flowing with a romantic hike, paddle or bike session. The quality time together exploring all the beauty that natural San Marcos has to offer makes for a really special Valentine's Day. You can also bring your four-legged loves as well! Really, what more can you ask for? Once you’ve worked up a thirst, it’s time to hit some of the local breweries! Go for Texas Hill Country views and laid-back vibes at Roughhouse or Middleton. Or, head downtown for a lively nightlife scene at AquaBrew or Sean Patrick’s!

Couple takes a selfie in front of the Greetings from 78666 mural in Kissing Alley in downtown San Marcos.

Eye Candy and Sweet Treats

San Marcos is a pretty laid back and colorful place to be and Downtown is the best place to experience it for yourself. We recommend getting yourself a sugary-something to start off this date. Whether you go for a coffee concoctionuniquely flavored ice cream (Goat Cheese and Raspberry Jam, anyone?), rolled ice cream creations or even alcoholic ice cream (yes, we have that and it’s amazing) you’re in for a real treat! Once you’ve obtained the dessert of your choosing, it’s time to mosey. Wander down alleys and peruse behind buildings as you explore Downtown – you never know what you’ll find. Take photos in front of murals, shop the boutiques and Art Center, and maybe even find a mermaid or two…


A Date You’ll Never FOREget

Disc, mini or, you know, the normal kind – golfing makes for a very playful date. Schedule a tee time at the truly spectacular Kissing Tree Golf Course where golfers of any skill level will enjoy a round and feel challenged. Trade in the clubs for discs at Flying Armadillo Disc Golf Club. You’ll have a blast throwing your way through either the mini-course or the big course with fun sculptural challenges like dinosaurs, the Alamo and more. And last, but certainly not least, is the Putt Pub. Part bar, part mini-golf and a whole lot of fun – Putt Pub has two full bars, indoor and outdoor seating and food trucks to round out your playful date.