Honor Your Gal Pals in Woodstock
While Galentine’s Day is a made-up holiday championed by a fictional character, Leslie Knope from NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” would find Woodstock the perfect place to celebrate female friendships. According to Knope, “Every Feb. 13, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.”
Woodstock, whose slogan is A City Unexpected, boasts plenty of top-notch restaurants serving breakfast and brunch from buttery biscuits to fluffy pancakes, all with perfectly roasted coffee or expertly crafted cocktails. Woodstock’s restaurants have made changes to keep patrons safe during the pandemic. If you’re opting for a virtual Galentine’s Day celebration, many eateries offer curbside carryout or delivery.
One of the hallmarks of Galentine’s Day is a heartfelt gift to show your best girls some love. Woodstock is home to the Atlanta area’s newest and best outlet shopping with about 100 luxury brand shops as well as a vibrant and authentic downtown district with more than two dozen unique shops and boutiques. You’re sure to find an inspired gift for your gals.
Another way to ensure Galentine’s Day is, as Knope asserts, “only the best day of the year,” is to book spa treatments. Woodstock’s salons offer a luxurious array of services. While you can indulge in classic facials and massages, you can also take advantage of trends such as body sculpting or microneedling.
And while you are celebrating, book a safe stay next to the outlets so you can shop until you drop right into a comfy bed in a well-appointed suite, or snag a room for you and your besties at one of the hotel properties that are walking distance from the Noonday Creek Trail.
“It’s wonderful, and it should be a national holiday,” according to Knope. And while the holiday won’t be closing banks and schools anytime soon, you should make a weekend of it, especially since it falls on Saturday. Your guide for all things Galentine-related can be found at visitwoodstockga.com.
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“Since 2018, I have been getting together with some of my closest college girlfriends for a proper Leslie Knope-style Galentine’s weekend. It’s something that we all look forward to each year. We retreat to a cabin in the North Georgia mountains where we eat and drink way too many carbs all while solving the world’s problems in our comfiest pjs.” – Nikki Estill, a Woodstock resident for 11 years
By Stacy Brown, the marketing and communications manager for the city of Woodstock. She can be reached at 770-592-6056 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Is LOVE?
Valentine’s Day Through The Eyes of a Child.
As we get older, we can find ourselves running out of ideas to celebrate those we love. To get a fresh perspective, we asked for advice from some well-known experts in our community – your kids!
If you’re struggling with what to buy that special person in your life, or you’re not even sure they feel the same way you do, we hope the answers to the following questions will be helpful.
1. What is Valentine’s Day?
2. How do you know if someone loves you?
3. What’s a good Valentine’s Day gift?
Peyton, age 8
1. Valentine’s Day is a day that you dance and give gifts.
2. You know someone loves you by hugs.
3. A good Valentine’s gift is candy and toys to give.
Parker, age 3
1. Heart. Two ones.
2. Mommy loves me. And, Daddy loves me.
3. Hearts and a bath bomb.
Brady, age 9
1. You get gifts for everyone you know and love.
2. They look out for me.
3. Heart shaped candies
Gwennie, age 6
1. Valentine’s Day is where you have love and family over for food.
2. You know someone loves you if they give you a heart sign.
3. The best Valentine present is shoes with hearts on them.
Kylie, age 6
2. They hug you.
3. A dog and a cat.
Michael Gage, age 7
1. A day to celebrate something … I don’t know. Oh yeah. To love each other.
2. You ask!
3. Candy?? And love.
M.J., age 9
1. Valentine’s Day is not a legal holiday where the government closes schools, but it’s where you give small gifts or letters or candy to give love to others.
2. I know someone loves me if they tell me and hug and kiss for no reason.
3. The best Valentine presents are cards and chocolate candy.
Sara, age 9
1. A day for loving your family and your friends.
2. If you’re nice to them and they’re nice to you.
3. Put a nice card with maybe some candy and say that you appreciate them.
Nathan, age 6
1. The day of love.
2. They say “I Love You” and give you a gift.
3. A Card and CANDY!
Amelia, age 7
1. A holiday to celebrate love and kindness.
2. They can give you a card.
Raleigh, age 6
1. To celebrate Valens…?
2. Because they say I love you and they share things.
Addison, age 6
2. Because they act nice.
3. A card or a fairy bookmark, but not a plain one − a fancy one.
Anslee, age 7
1. A day of being nice, giving cards, being kind, helping and giving hugs.
2. Hugs and kisses.
3. A card, stickers and healthy good treats.
Austin, age 11
1. It’s something for your mother.
2. Because they kiss you.
3. A heart and candy.
Inman, age 11
1. A day you get lots of chocolate!
2. When they think of you before themselves.
3. A dog!
Kate, age 4
1. That means when you get cards.
2. Because they love you forever.
3. Giving out cards.
Sienna H, age 11
1. A day that you show everyone that you love that you care about them.
2. They say I love you and if you’re sick, they give you medicine and take care of you.
3. Either a card or anything… anything is a really good present.
Palmer, age 8
1. A day to celebrate love.
2. They are always there for you.
3. Something that comes from the heart.