In honor of Valentine’s Day and February being the month of love, here is a list of 6 date ideas for couples in Anderson County. These ideas range from tried and true classics, to the fun and slightly unconventional.

Take an art class together – you may not get the same experience as Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze had in the movie Ghost, but it will be fun all the same. The Appalachian Arts Craft Center in Clinton and the Oak Ridge Art Center offer multiple classes throughout the month. There is a wide variety of classes offered for both, the experienced artist and those just looking for some fun. Try your hand at pottery, oil painting or even weaving. Who knows, you may start a new hobby!

Go hiking together – Anderson County has over 400 miles of trails, so finding a place to hike is easy. If you’re looking for a place to get your heart pumping, check out some of the trails at Norris Dam State Park or Haw Ridge Park. If you want something relaxing and scenic, TVA’s Songbird Loop is a great option. It’s a flat 2 mile loop that runs along the beautiful Clinch River with views of Norris Dam. Check out this website to find out more info on all the trails in Anderson County.

Take a drive together- With a number of scenic driving trails, you can explore Anderson County from the comfort of your car. You will see important historical landmarks and admire stunning views of East Tennessee. A couple of recommended driving trails are the Devil’s Triangle that starts in Rocky Top and goes to Morgan County and the Southern Settlement Trail that takes you to the Cumberland Gap and back. Find out more here.

Go antiquing together – Did you know that Historic Downtown Clinton has been rated one of the top antiquing districts in the country? With over 20 antique and specialty shops, it’s a great place to browse and explore together. While you’re downtown, swing in Honey and Company and schedule yourself some pampering. We highly recommend the facial!

Craft Brew Tasting –Crafters Brew in Oak Ridge offers 24 craft beers on tap, so order a flight and see which one is your favorite. It’s a great way to sample a variety of styles and flavors. Pair that with something tasty from their menu, stick around for the live music and you have yourself a fun, relaxing Valentine’s date!

Fun day at the shooting range – It may be a bit unconventional, but an incredibly fun and exciting date! The Windrock Park Shooting Range offers targets and ranges for different experience levels and they also have rental firearms including full auto that even a seasoned shooter will enjoy! In addition, they offer professional firearms training, courses and seminars and private lessons.

Make it a Valentine’s weekend instead of just a date and stay in one of these cozy places in Anderson County!