Believe it or not, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. While the usual flowers and chocolates are always nice, why not treat your sweetheart to an extra special date night in Youngstown this year? Here are five creative date night ideas that you and your special someone can enjoy in the Mahoning County area!


Book a Night at the Historic Sebring Mansion   

This Valentine’s Day, surround yourself and your sweetheart with breathtaking architecture, great entertainment and delectable food at the Sebring Mansion Inn & Spa. The Mansion will be offering dinner and A Paul McCartney & Friends Tribute on February 14 for $75 per person. Starting at 6pm, guests can enjoy a champagne welcome, hors d’oeuvres, multi-course dinner and entertainment to follow. Romantic overnight packages are also available on February 14 and 15 – there are only two suites left for February 14, so be sure to book soon!


Experience a Youngstown Area Winery   

This Valentine’s Day, our area wineries are pulling out all the stops with a diverse selection of wines and plethora of entertaining events. For a romantic dinner, make reservations at L’uva Bella Winery. If brunch dates are more your love language, purchase tickets to Brunch and Bubbly at The Vineyards at Pine Lake on February 9 from 12pm–3pm.


At Halliday’s Winery, you’ll find an entire week of Valentine’s Day celebrations (we weren’t kidding about pulling out all the stops). Here’s their schedule of events:

  • Feb 12: Date Night Cookie Class from 6pm–8pm
  • Feb 13: Buy one meal, get one at equal or lesser price for FREE from 12pm–3pm
  • Feb 13: 99¢ Glass of Sangria from 5pm–7pm
  • Feb 14: Gourmet Dinner from 5pm–8pm
  • Feb 14: Live music by Mark Hoffman from 7pm–10pm
  • Feb 15: Live music by Bobby ‘Guitar’ Thomas from 7pm–10pm


Enjoy the YSU Valentine’s Day Cabaret  

Valentine's Day CabaretNothing says love like a performance filled with romantic ballads, right? Spend your February 14th downtown at the B&O Station for the Valentine’s Day Cabaret: A Kiss to Build a Dream On, presented by the Youngstown State University Department of Theatre and Dance. The performance will start at 7pm and feature a variety of jazz favorites from the American Song Book. Make it an evening with the special gourmet dinner option, prepared by the experts at the B&O! (Dinner reservations must be received by Thursday, February 6). A cash bar and a Youngstown Cookie Table will make your Valentine’s Day one of a kind.


Attend a Youngstown Symphony Orchestra Performance  

Plan your date night on February 15 and attend “Now That’s Italian” by the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra at DeYor Performing Arts Center. Expect a delightful evening of Italian Pop, Broadway and Grand Opera favorites – from Puccini to Sinatra. For tickets, call the DeYor box office at 330-744-0264 or visit Local tip: Reserve seats for dinner before the performance at Overture Restaurant, located inside DeYor by calling 330-744-9900.


Cheer on the Youngstown Phantoms

Youngstown PhantomsFor a family-friendly way to spend Valentine’s Day, cheer on the Youngstown Phantoms hockey team at the Covelli Centre. Friday, February 14 is their Teddy Bear Toss – bring a teddy bear to the game to toss on the ice when the Phantoms score their first goal. Proceeds go to Fostering Dreams. There will be free popcorn, Pepsi & cotton candy with a $5 ticket for ages 12 and under. Saturday, February 15 is “Drink in the Rink” night, which means visitors can enjoy $1 hotdogs until the end of 1st intermission and $1 12 oz. beer until the end of 2nd intermission. Tickets to Phantoms games can be purchased in advance by calling 330-747-7825 or by visiting their website.



This Valentine’s Day, spend time with your special someone at one of the many upcoming events happening in the Youngstown area! For more information, visit our Facebook page or our website.

The New Year is officially here and we are looking forward to a year of new experiences, memorable moments and, most importantly, plenty of self-love! From spa days and beautiful art, to good wine and indulgent desserts, here are six different ways you can treat yourself while in the Youngstown area.


  1. Tour Our Local Wineries

Gather some of your closest friends and visit our local wineries on the Wines of the Valley Wine Trail. Try a wood-fired oven pizza with your glass of wine at L’uva Bella Winery or take in glistening lake views at The Vineyards at Pine Lake. At Mastropietro Winery, take a seat at their new Sports Bar or visit Halliday’s Winery for live music every Friday and Saturday night. Love both beer and wine? Take a trip to Lil Paws Winery & Brewery where they serve both handcrafted wines and craft beers. To sample wines from a variety of Ohio regions (including Mahoning County), purchase tickets to the Winter Wine Affair, happening on Saturday, January 18 inside Stambaugh Auditorium. Choose between an afternoon or evening session filled with live music, cheese plates, vendors and lots of delicious wine.


  1. Enjoy a Massage

Let the stress and worries of 2019 drift away with a relaxing massage in the Youngstown area. For an affordable massage session, visit BodyWorks Massage Therapy in Poland. Rates are $1/minute and massage services include everything from Hot Stone and Prenatal sessions to Deep Tissue and Trigger Point Therapy. In Canfield, you’ll find Massage Café with sessions that feature a variety of techniques, customized to fit your needs. Allure Spa & Salon, located in Boardman, offers several spa packages that include facials, massages and nail treatments for both men and women.


  1. Immerse Yourself in World Class Art

Robert Spencer (American, 1879–1931) Afternoon Bathers, c. 1920 (Oil on linen), Bank of America Collection

You don’t want to miss In a New Light: American Impressionism 1870-1940 on exhibit at The Butler Institute of American Art January 19 through April 12. These stunning works from the Bank of America Collection demonstrate how American artists incorporated Impressionist techniques with their own artistic style to interpret and renovate French Impressionism. Spend the day viewing these captivating American landscapes and scenes of American life, painted by more than 75 artists.

Photo: Robert Spencer (American, 1879–1931) Afternoon Bathers, c. 1920 (Oil on linen), Bank of America Collection


  1. Enjoy Fellows Riverside Gardens – Even in Winter

Jewels of WinterDuring the heart of winter, find the spirit of the tropics inside the Davis Visitors Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens as you observe orchids on display as part of the Jewels of Winter exhibit, open January 28-March 1. Visit on select days for Yoga in the Gardens. Led by Marina Perdos, these yoga sessions are $12 and open to all levels. Throughout the month of January, kids and young adults can also take the Cardinal Challenge. Simply stop by Fellows Riverside Gardens, observe and learn about cardinals, then record and turn in your observations for a prize.


  1. Indulge in Something Sweet

One Hot CookieFor cookies like you’ve never seen before, stop by One Hot Cookie where they specialize in cookies topped with decadent treats like fruity pebbles and cinnamon bun icing. At Butter Maid Bakery in Boardman, try their widely popular walnut-filled kolachi, curated using a 150+ year-old family recipe. Or, indulge in some delicious French macarons at Bake Me Treats. For an entirely unique dessert experience, visit N2 by DaVill and watch as they make ice cream using liquid nitrogen. Also make sure to try one of their cakes, baked by Cake Wars winners, Devin and Ellen Harvischak. You can never go wrong with a trip to one of our six Handel’s Ice Cream locations and (try to) choose from over 100 homemade flavors of ice cream and yogurt.


  1. Take a Shopping Trip

Explore a few shops unique to the Youngstown area like Spruce Home Décor & Gift Store, a hidden gem for home furnishings, decor, accessories and unique gifts. Hunt for antiques at Mr. Darby’s Antique and Collectible Emporium featuring over 100 vendors with ever-changing inventory all in one store. The Joshua Tree features silver, china, artwork, vintage jewelry and eclectic collectibles – you never know what you might find!



Make 2020 the year of self-love and treat yourself with a trip to Youngstown! For more information about all of the attractions, parks, restaurants, you-name-it in the Youngstown area, visit our Facebook page or our website.