February 10, 2015

Valentine's Day Guide - 2015

Valentine's Day is quickly approaching, and love is in the air! Or is that the stress of planning the perfect Valentine's Day? Don't worry, we've got you covered. We compiled a list of some of our favorite gifts, dining options, and date night ideas in Bastrop County to make this Valentine's Day one to remember!


Valentine's Day gifts are a fun tradition to remind that special someone that you care. From flowers, candy, and teddy bears (especially the ones holding a big, red heart that says "Be Mine") to jewelry, perfume, and clothing, these heartfelt gifts are a way to express how you feel without having to say a word. And there are so many fabulous places to shop in Bastrop County! To help you narrow it down, here are a few recommendations...

1. Texas Boot Company

Texas Boot Company
733 Old Austin Hwy
Bastrop, TX 78602
(512) 332-0865
It's Valentines Day In Texas! Texas Boot Company has the perfect outfit to get your southern charm going. Romantic lace dress by RU Apparel for $69.99. Denim jacket with detailed embroidery on the sleeves by Cruel for $79.99. Turquoise and red Concho belt by 3D for $109.99. Turquoise earrings and necklace set by Silver Strike for $16.99. Layering necklace by Justin for $19.99. Buy any 3, and save 15% through Valentines Day! Use promo code: cupid at www.texasbootcompany.com.

2. Sugar Shack

Sugar Shack
114 Loop 150 West
Bastrop, TX 78602
(512) 321-3777

Sugar Shack is well-known for their sweet treats, and Valentine's Day is no exception! They've got hand-dipped chocolate covered strawberries, rich fudge in a variety of flavors, delicious truffles of all kinds, and rows upon rows of other sugary treats. Plus, they have balloons, stuffed animals, candles, picture frames, and one-of-a-kind gifts sure to delight your special Valentine.

3. Berdoll Pecan Candy & Gift Co.

Berdoll Pecan Candy & Gift Co.
2626 State Hwy 71 West
Cedar Creek, TX 78612

Berdoll Pecan Candy & Gift Co. has the perfect gift for any occasion! They grow the finest pecans and serve the tastiest milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and chocolate-caramel pecan clusters this side of the Colorado! Surprise your loved ones with chocolate-covered strawberries, roses, balloons, candles, crosses, and of course, pecans, pecan pralines, or pecan pie! Mmmm!

4. Ladd's Coins

Ladd's Coins
566 N State Highway 95
Bastrop, TX 78602
(512) 321-4937

Besides gold and silver coins, Ladd's Coins also has some of the finest jewelry you'll find in Bastrop County. Plus, for Valentine's Day, they're offering 50% off previously owned jewelry, including all silver, gold, and platinum pieces! Get that special someone a unique gift for a fantastic price!

5. EON Vintage

EON Vintage
705-C Pine Street
Bastrop, TX 78602
(512) 629-3998

And don't forget the gentlemen! EON Vintage has vintage clothing, hats, ties, scarves, razors, glasses and sunglasses, manly lotions, soaps, shower gel, cologne, and more. Like ZZ Top sings, "Every girl's crazy 'bout a sharp-dressed man," and after picking up a little something at EON Vintage for that special guy in your life, he'll be the sharpest-dressed man in the county. Believe me, you'll thank me later.


They say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. On Valentine's Day, I think the same holds true for both sexes. And since there are so many wonderful places to take your Valentines out to eat in Bastrop County, you're sure to find the right spot. There are fun, casual dining options, romantic, fine dining options, and everything in between. Here are a few places we recommend...

1. Piney Creek Chop House (fine dining)

Piney Creek Chophouse
703 Chestnut Street
Bastrop, TX 78602
(512) 321-2135

Valentine's Weekend Menu
Two Complimentary Glasses of Champagne. 1st Course, choice of: Classic Oyster Rockefeller with Gulf Oysters, Pernod Spinach, and Baked Hollandaise Sauce OR Warm Baked Brie Cheese with Mixed Grape Relish, Basil Puree, and Bagel Chips. 2nd Course, choice of: Gulf Coast Trout with Almondine Sauce, Potato Corn Cake, and Oven Roasted Vegetables OR Beef Medallions on Potato Corn Cake, Oven Roasted Vegetables, and Pommery Cognac Sauce OR Seared Chicken Breast with Chimmi Churri Sauce, Potato Corn Cake, Oven Roasted Butternut Squash, and Carrots. 3rd Course:
Too Sweet for One - A Perfect Indulgence for Two Dessert.

Friday and Saturday, 5-10pm
Reservations required, (512) 321-2135

2. Main Street Café (semi-casual)

Main Street Café
1006 Main St
Bastrop, TX 78602
(512) 985-5306

Valentine's Day Menu
Complimentary Glass of Wine. 1st course: Strawberry Spinach Salad. 2nd Course, choice of: Pork Tenderloin, Stuffed Chicken, or Salmon. 3rd Course: Dessert.

Saturday, 6-10pm
Reservations preferred, (512) 985-5306

3. Comfort Café (casual)

Comfort Café
111 NW 1st Street
Smithville, TX 78957
(512) 360- 2100

Valentine's Dinner Menu
1st Course, choice of: Mini Crab Cakes or Chopped Salad with Bleu Cheese, Walnuts, and Cran Raisins. 2nd Course, choice of: Roast Beef with Rosemary au Jus or Grilled Salmon with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce. 3rd Course, choice of: Creme Brûlée or Red Velvet Cake.

By donation; pay what you can afford
Saturday, 6-9pm
Plus, live music!

Date Ideas

Valentine's Day is a day to celebrate love and romance, but that doesn't mean you have to plan something over-the-top every year. Some people would even prefer to share a bag of popcorn and a glass of wine and simply cuddle on the couch. For those of you who want to get out on the town this Valentine's Day, here are some ideas...

1. Carriage Rides

Want to really sweep her off her feet on Valentine's Day? The Bastrop Downtown Business Alliance is hosting carriage rides on Valentine's Day from 7-9pm. Several time slots are available; reservations are required. Pick-up is in front of the Museum & Visitor Center of the Bastrop County Historical Society, located at 904 Main Street in downtown Bastrop.

Basic Package: $20; Carriage ride for 2-4* passengers.

Valentine's Package: $35; Carriage ride for 2-4* passengers, single rose from Brenda Abbott Floral Design, and a box of chocolates (includes 3 truffles and 2 creams) from the Sugar Shack.

To make a reservation, email Naseem Khonsari at DBAbastrop@gmail.com. Payment is required at the time of reservation to hold your spot. No refunds will be given. Please contact Naseem with any questions.

2. Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8

Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8
1600 Chestnut Street
Bastrop, TX 78602
(512) 321-2007

Make your Valentine's Day special with Dinner and a Movie at Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8! Get 2 movie tickets, 2 gourmet meals, 2 drinks, and 1 dessert to share, all for $50! See the Valentine's menu here.

*Please note that you must purchase your package by Feb. 13th at the Lost Pines 8 ticket booth. Promotion applies to movies on February 14th after 5pm.

3. Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A Bastrop
721 Highway 71 W
Bastrop, TX 78602
(512) 332-2000

Technically, this isn't a Valentine's Day date idea, because it's not on Valentine's Day, but I couldn't help but add it to the list anyway. Every little girl loves a date night with her Daddy, and what would make her feel more special than making it a special "Valentine's Day" date? Dads, enjoy an evening out with your special little girl on Tuesday, Feb. 10th from 6-8pm at the Chick-fil-A in Bastrop. Email cfabastrop@gmail.com to make your reservation.

Remember, the way you treat your little girl will be the way she expects men to treat her when she starts to date. Show her how a gentleman truly acts and make her feel special!

4. Night Hike

Photo by Ken Parmley, Parmazon

For the more adventurous of heart, take it up a notch and take your special someone on a Night Hike at Bastrop State Park on Valentine's Day from 7-8pm. Join a naturalist to call for owls, watch for bats, listen for toads, and experience the trails after dark on this 1-mile hike. You could even pack a picnic dinnerpick up some delicious food to-go from a local restaurant like Bastiano's Pizzeria & Creamery, grab a bottle of wine from the Colorado River Winery, and don't forget dessert from Simply Sweet!

5. Parent's Night Out

Bastrop ISD's new Beyond the Bell program is hosting a Parent's Night Out on Feb. 14th from 5-10pm at Mina Elementary School. The cost is $20 for the first child and $10 for each additional child. Pizza and a snack will be provided, and the children will enjoy a Valentine's Day themed craft as well as a variety of recreational and enrichment activities. Open to children ages 4 to 13. Operated by BISD staff. Call (512) 308-1601 to register.

For even more great ideas, visit A Little Birdie's "Valentine's Day Dinner Date Guide" here and the Bastrop Creative Agency's "Bastrop Adventure Book, Third Edition" here.

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