Spend Valentine's Day in Valentine, Nebraska

Indulge in a winter retreat this Valentine's by exploring the heart of Valentine, the town that shares the name with the day of love. Discover romantic getaways, scenic strolls, and welcoming businesses to create an unforgettable trip with your partner. 

1. smith falls

Smith Falls
Photo Credit: @walkinjack

Discover the beauty of Nebraska's highest waterfall, Smith Falls, for a scenic excursion.  Smith Falls is a staggering 70 feet and especially beautiful when the cascading water turns to ice.  Located east of Valentine, hike the bridge across the Niobrara, then follow the boardwalk for a safe and scenic path to the falls.

2. peppermill & E.K Valentine Lounge

Peppermill & E.K. Valentine Lounge
Peppermill & E.K Valentine Lounge

Indulge in a romantic dinner at Peppermill & E.K Valentine Lounge, known for its tasty food and welcoming environment. The Peppermill offers a wide variety of entrees, ensuring everyone's preferences are met. Enjoy your romantic dinner, savor the delicious food, and create lasting memories with your special someone at this hidden gem.

3. Cowboy Trail

Cowboy Trail
Photo Credit: @elliotgilfix

For an active day outdoors, explore the Cowboy Trail, which spans 195 miles from Norfolk to Valentine.  One highlight of the beautiful trail is the Rail Train Bridge that spans over the Niobrara River in Valentine. Create a plan to hike and enjoy the views over this beautiful lookout point with your partner.

4. Old Mill Bulk Foods

Old Mill Bulk Foods
Old Mill Bulk Foods

The Old Mill is a local favorite and the perfect spot to get lunch. The Old Mill offers a wide variety of options, including a bakery, a deli, and a pizzeria. After you dine, shop their bulk food section to take flavors of the Sandhills home!

5. Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area

Nebraska Star Party
Merritt Reservoir

Embark on a celestial experience at a designated International Dark Sky Place. The minimal light pollution in the area unveils millions of stars you can't see in the city. The enchanting night sky creates the perfect backdrop for a date night.

6. bolo beer co.

Bolo Beer Co.
Bolo Beer Co.

Spend quality time with your partner indoors at Bolo Beer Co., a cozy brewery that offers a large variety of craft beers. Order a flight to try the different styles of beer without committing to a full glass. Cheers to quality time, great conversations and finding the perfect brew for both of you!

7. lodging options 

Heartland Elk Guest Ranch
Heartland Elk Guest Ranch

Wherever you stay, the heartland's hospitality is unmatched. Valentine holds several guest ranches for travelers that want a private, picturesque setting. The Heartland Elk Guest Ranch is one of a few working ranches in Valentine, offering four private cabins on their ranch.  For those seeking a touch of luxury, The Niobrara Lodge is a premier facility catering to traveler's needs.