According to WalletHub, shoppers shell out more than $19 billion in Cupid’s name each year. That makes Valentine’s Day the third-largest consumer holiday in the U.S. But love might not be the only motivator. Roughly 45% of people expect their Valentine to spend at least $50 on a gift, according to WalletHub’s 2018 Valentine’s Day Survey.
But if you are one of the 90 percent that will be purchasing a gift or planning an event for your significant other, then we have a few ideas that won’t put a deep dent in your wallet.
1. Roller Skating
Brentwood Skate Center was named as one of the top ten places in the US to skate. For some of you, this will be a throwback to your youth where you spent many a Friday night skating or playing video games at your local roller skating rink. See the complete schedule here.
2. Paint Pottery
Third Coast Clay is an independently owned pottery painting studio located in The Factory since 1999. Spend an evening painting a mug or plate or select among the 500 options they have available. It’s the perfect way to commemorate the special evening then each time you use your new pottery you’ll think back to that time. The studio is open weekly until 7 p and on weekends until 9 p. See more information here.
3. Ride a Bike
Grab your bike and visit one of the many parks throughout Williamson County for a bike ride. Use the Franklin Greenway along the Harpeth for a scenic route. If you don’t own a bike, Pedego Franklin offers bike rental by the hour starting at $14 or you can rent one for a day. Pedego also offers tours of downtown Franklin, or try the romantic adventure where you rent two bikes with a picnic lunch. Visit Pedego Franklin for more information.
4. Visit Rippavilla Plantation
Listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, Rippavilla Plantation is a must-see for everyone – tourists, Civil War history buffs, students and Tennessee residents alike. Hear the story of the property owner, Nathaniel F. Cheairs IV, and his wife, Susan. Plus, learn about the home’s construction in the 1850s and its full restoration over the years. Guided tours are available daily from 9:30 a – 4:30 p and Sunday 1 p – 4:30 p. Visit the Rippavilla Plantation website for more information.
5. Tour the Leiper’s Fork Distillery
Leiper’s Fork Distillery is partnering with the community to bring back the history and heritage of small-batch whiskey production to Williamson County. With an admission price of $10 you can take a 45-minute up-close look behind the scenes and end with a tasting. For more information, visit the Leiper’s Fork Distillery website.