• In the late afternoon, enjoy a walk along Broadway in uptown Columbus.  Take some time to window shop and enjoy the various outdoor sculptures dotting the street.  Before you leave, grab some hot chocolate at Brother's General Store or a latte at Fountain City Coffee, so you'll have more than your love to keep you warm outside.  www.uptowncolumbusga.com

    Uptown Columbus

    In the late afternoon, enjoy a walk along Broadway in uptown Columbus. Take some time to window shop and enjoy the various outdoor sculptures dotting the street. Before you leave, grab some hot chocolate at Brother's General Store or a latte at...

  • Head to the Riverwalk for a romantic stroll, but make sure you arrive at the river by 6 p.m.  The sun will set at 6:24 p.m. Feb. 13 and at 6:25 p.m. on the big day, and you'll have a front row seat if you look southwest over the water from Bay Avenue.  Bring a camera to preserve your memories and catch the expression on your sweetheart's face.  www.columbusga.org/parks/park_sites/riverwalk.htm

    The Riverwalk

    Head to the Riverwalk for a romantic stroll, but make sure you arrive at the river by 6 p.m. The sun will set at 6:24 p.m. Feb. 13 and at 6:25 p.m. on the big day, and you'll have a front row seat if you look southwest over the water from Bay Avenue...

  • Stop by the Columbus Botanical Garden.  You can have fun seeing the garden's new well and identifying the different plants in season.  As always, bring a picnic and blanket if you'd like to dine there.  www.columbusbotanicalgarden.com

    Columbus Botanical Garden

    Stop by the Columbus Botanical Garden. You can have fun seeing the garden's new well and identifying the different plants in season. As always, bring a picnic and blanket if you'd like to dine there. www.columbusbotanicalgarden.com

  • Hit the historic district to show your Valentine your cultured side.  See seven historic buildings, including the interior of four, for only $5 a person.  Heritage Corner Tours are available at 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, starting at 708 Broadway, no reservations needed.  Or schedule your own at a different time.  Be sure to ask your guide for some romantic lore related to the homes you visit.

    The historic district

    Hit the historic district to show your Valentine your cultured side. See seven historic buildings, including the interior of four, for only $5 a person. Heritage Corner Tours are available at 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, starting at 708...

  • Callaway Gardens is waiving admission costs through the end of the month.  Use the opportunity to drive up and visit the 55-year-old resort.  Bring your bike and enjoy miles of trails in brisk late winter weather.  A picnic completes a day of beautiful scenery and heart-healthy exercise.  www.callawaygardens.com

    Callaway Gardens

    Callaway Gardens is waiving admission costs through the end of the month. Use the opportunity to drive up and visit the 55-year-old resort. Bring your bike and enjoy miles of trails in brisk late winter weather. A picnic completes a day of beautiful...

  • Caroline Garcia sings an original love song Friday at No Shame Theater.

    No Shame Theater

    Caroline Garcia sings an original love song Friday at No Shame Theater.

  • Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are among many bird species that sometimes visit Oxbow Meadows.

    Oxbow Meadows

    Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are among many bird species that sometimes visit Oxbow Meadows.

FORT BENNING, Ga. - "How do I love thee' Let me count the ways."

In those immortal words, Elizabeth Barrett Browning wasn\'t referring to tens and twenties, but the average Valentine's Day bill seems to suggest the contrary. A box of chocolates: $10. A dozen roses: $50. A bottle of champagne: $100. And all that's before the obligatory three-course dinner and Broadway show.

This year, aim for quality instead of quantity - and I'm not talking cashmere or diamonds. Treat your sweeetheart to a date that's both romantic and memorable, without breaking the bank. Whether you want something for nothing or next to nothing, you won't have to break a 20-dollar bill with any of the options below.

Thursday - Enjoy the sweet sounds of flutes and clarinets with the Schwob School of Music Wind Ensemble. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at the RiverCenter's Legacy Hall.

Friday - Check out the area's newest site for nightlife: No Shame Theater. Spend $5 each for you and your date and see 15 original works - everything from drama to dance. Surprise your loved one by signing up at 10 p.m. to perform a special poem or song written especially for him or her. Guys, this is worth beaucoup brownie points. www.noshame.org/columbus.

Feb. 13 - Start the day early with a nature walk at 8 a.m. at Oxbow Meadows. They'll provide field guides, binoculars and a guide to show you some of the native flora and fauna of the wetlands. Make it special by whispering the occasional sweet nothing in your partner's ear as you walk. http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

Feb. 14 - Make your Valentine's Day a family affair. Grab the kids and head to the Columbus Public Library. From 2 to 3 p.m., you can enjoy a special card-making party, complete with music, story and refreshments. www.thecolumbuslibrary.org.

Feb. 14 - Take the traditional love-note to the next level. At the Columbus Museum's Afternoon with the Artist, you can meet artist Allyson Comstock and create your own paper art. Make a handmade treasure with your partner in mind, then exchange your artwork. www.columbusmuseum.com.


Anti-Valentine's Day'

If you're not into the sentimental side of the holiday, join the Rivertown Adventure Club for its Anti-Valentine's Day Party at 6 p.m. Feb. 14 at the River City Grill in Columbus. Bring a date, a friend or just go solo. Free admission to the event includes meet-and-greet games. Monthly club membership of $5 includes discounted food. www.funincolumbus.com.

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