Valentine’s Day is around the corner and if you are in need of a gift idea, we have prepared 5 local ideas for you! (And they aren’t candy and flowers!)


For the history buffs, the First Lady can deliver.  Make an appointment for an insider’s tour of the Old Governor’s Mansion! The Collections Tour gives visitors an opportunity to hear an in-depth discussion of the Mansion’s varied material and textile collections, the process of building the collection following the recent $9.5 million dollar restoration of the structure, and culminating in the methodologies employed in locating both original and period appropriate pieces and materials for display within the museum. If your loved one has ever been interested in learning about antiques and the tenants of historic preservation, then this is a program that you don’t want to miss! The Curator’s Tours is an in-depth look and focuses on the recent restoration. One will see additional areas of the Mansion that are not usually part of the regular tours. A historically documented tour, Labor Behind the Veil: The History of Slaves and Free Persons at Georgia’s Old Governor’s Mansion 1839-1868, gives mansion visitors a glimpse of the working lives of the men and women who lived and worked on the mansion grounds. By the end of the tour, visitors should understand issues of race and sex in the Antebellum South and the governors’ political views about slavery. Reservations are required to participate and can be made by calling the Mansion offices at 478-445-4545.

For the man in your life, you cannot go wrong with BEER! Top Dawg Growler shop offers craft beer to go! Offering over 25 taps of craft beer, you can choose your loved one’s favorite or try something new! Take it home and enjoy together! He can bring the growler back to fill again, it is the gift that keeps on giving. As they say at Top Dawg, “Be a Hero” and grab a growler. (And if BBQ is the path to his heart, check out theBrew’s & Q’s Trail!)

For the one who love some bling, downtown merchant J.C. Grant Jewelers has been in business 130 years this year! Not only does it mean they know jewelry and diamonds, but they are offering sales, contests and giveaways now and throughout the year. Grant’s is offering a free double heart charm (limited edition) free with a bracelet purchase, starting at $39. One cannot go wrong with diamonds, after all they are a girl’s best friend.  And a chocolate diamond, well that is a zero calorie win!


For those who need to relax or have a moment to themselves, treat them to a massage service from one of two local spas. Serenity Wellness Spa a full service day spa, salon, and gift boutique. Serenity’s Signature Experience includes a 60 minutes massage, Serenity’s Signature Facial, Classic Spa Manicure / Pedicure, Neem Healing body wrap, Hydrotherapy Treatment, complementary beverages and spa cuisine.  The absolute ultimate in pampering and rejuvenation. They even offer couple’s packages, so step out of reality and into Serenity.   Charmed is a full service salon and spa located in downtown Milledgeville.  Offering illumination facials, massages, hair services and more, your loved one will leave relaxed, rejuvenated and feeling like royalty.

For us all, a little quality time never hurts. The Greenway (weather dependent) makes a great destination for a picnic. Stroll the boardwalk hand in hand to the gentle sounds of rushing water and a light cool breeze (sounds like a Nicholas Sparks novel to us!)  And if nature isn’t your or your partner’s enjoyment, stroll through downtown, grab a cup of something warm at Blackbird and dine in our restaurants, offering special menu’s, wine pairings and romantic ambiance.

Whatever gift, idea or time you decide on, what matters is showing your loved one you care. Whether it be Valentine’s Day, a birthday or a just because day these ideas are here to inspire you to share love.