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Charming South Lyon and exciting Novi. The perfect towns to woo and impress your date this Valentine’s Day and during all of February, the month of love.

Whether it’s a night out with our loves, or loved ones, Americans spent $21.8 million on Valentine’s gifts and dates last year. Spending your money locally shows support for small businesses and there’s no shortage of lovely places to take your date!

Here are some Valentine’s Day ideas to keep it local and keep your honey happy in South Lyon and Novi – some of Oakland County’s best places to live:


Country Acres Market, 12596 10 Mile Rd,  (248) 437-4910, Maybe you want to make your love a home-cooked meal and purchase the perfect bottle of wine. Country Acres Market is worth the trip. What’s special here is that the staff is happy to provide tips for dinners that you are making such as the Savory Beef Short Ribs and will walk you through how to accompany the entrees, too.

South Lyon Hotel, 201 N. Lafayette St., (248) 437-6440 

This unique eatery originally was built in 1867, making it 155 years young. When the train pulled into town, people from the local hotels would flock down to the train station to encourage passengers to book into their lodging. It eventually was turned into a restaurant that sadly was damaged in a 2016 fire. After the hotel re-opened in 2017, Co-owner Corry Bala said they worked hard to incorporate as much of the building’s history as they could.

The South Lyon Hotel has tantalizing mouth-watering entrees ranging from Filet Oscar to pasta and shrimp – imagine slurping it like the pups in love in Disney’s Lady & The Tramp! 

Mancini’s Pizza, South Lyon  –  304 N Lafayette St, South Lyon, (248) 573-7779. Love, Italian style! Here you can order a takeaway heart-shaped pizza and eat at home or take it with you and head on a crisp romantic walk!  Showing love doesn’t have to be expensive, but should always be delicious! That’s Amore! 

Huron Valley Trail

Bakman Floral Design, 22880 Pontiac Trail, (248) 437-4168 

With the slogan “Make the Heart Smile,” this family-owned and operated South Lyon florist has been brightening days and spaces for years. Bakman prides itself on giving every customer creative VIP treatment. The florist released a slate of gorgeous Valentine’s Day arrangements that fit most budgets. 

Sometimes, a hand-in-hand walk in nature can revitalize as much as a box of chocolates — even in winter. The Huron Valley Trail is a 12.5-mile walk/bike ride affording views of Michigan’s stunning beauty, regardless of the season. Visitors can start the trail in McHattie Park, hang a left on Park Place and follow the trail to Kent Lake which will lead you to the Huron River that offers views of the deep ridge. It’s a perfect excuse to get outside, breathe in some fresh air, and appreciate nature with someone you love.  Bring a hot cup of S’more Hot Cocoa, or the Java Kissed Smoothie from Java House, 25840 Pontiac Trail, South Lyon to keep warm!


Novi Ice Arena, 42400 Nick Lidstrom Drive, (248) 347-1010

A perfect Valentine’s Day lunch date: You pack a lunch, grab your skates, head over to the Novi Ice Arena, lace ‘em up, and pretend you’re in the 2022 Winter Olympics as you and your partner glide across the ice. The arena offers open skating Monday through Friday, from noon to 1:50 p.m. Either enjoy your lunch before or after your routine.  Or head over to Maisano’s Italian of Novi, for it’s Chef’s Special: Sausage Baci Al Forno –  Spicy ‘kisses’ filled with Italian sausage, romano, parmigiana, baked with meat sauce, and mozzarella. Romance is always in the air at this Italian spot!

Single Valentine’s Day Party, (online)

Maybe this is the year where you’re ready to do away with being single on the day of love. This unique online Novi event enables singles to mix and mingle in a virtual Valentine’s Day party. For $10, you can hop online and meet new people, play games and, who knows, maybe meet that somebody special. 

The Flower Alley, 25914 Novi Road, (248) 305-9190 

They also celebrate “Galentine’s Day” all month! Valentine’s for friends with special flowers. Family-owned and operated, the Flower Valley prides itself on creating beautiful floral arrangements and hand-delivering them in the Novi area. The Flower Alley isn’t just about flowers, either. The business also offers a wide array of candy, chocolates and, gifts. The Flower Alley is guaranteeing delivery by Valentine’s Day. However, they advise ordering early.

No. Six Prime, 27000 S Karevich Drive at Four Points by Sheraton, (248) 308-5100 

Metro Detroit’s newest chophouse! Under the masterful guidance of Executive Chef Colin Moreau, No. Six Prime has become one of Novi’s premier chophouses. This restaurant celebrates indulgence with a top-quality menu paired with top-shelf service. No. Six Prime has a six-course Valentine’s special menu with seating times at 5, 7 and, 9 p.m. However, its everyday menu has all the trappings of a classic, old-world chophouse with a fresh new face. 

If you aren’t celebrating Valentine’s on actual Valentine’s Day, no worries. South Lyon and Novi are always vivacious for date night, any night! Cheers to Love!

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