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What Do You Plan to Do on Valentine's Day?

The average person will spend about $131 to show their love. What about you?


The National Retail Federation says Valentine's Day is one of the nation's biggest commercial shopping days, with the average American expected to spend close to $131 this year to woo that someone special.

“Valentine’s Day remains one of the biggest gift-giving holidays of the year, and although consumers will be conscientious with their spending, it’s great to see that millions of Americans are still looking forward to celebrating with their loved ones,” said Matthew Shay, president and CEO of the Federation.

According to the NACS website, Americans are willing to spend a wee bit more on romance compared to last year. The average person is expected to spend $130.97 on candy, cards, gifts and more, up from $126.03 last year. Total spending is projected to reach $18.6 billion.

For those looking to wine and dine that special someone, you may want to consider some of these restaurants in Cumming.

  • Normans Landing, 365 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming. Try a variety of specials including, 6 oz. filet combo with your choice of shrimp or scallops, prime rib, crab cakes, fresh oysters, crab and lobster bisque, fresh sea bass, an assortment of vegetables, strawberry cobbler, red velvet cake
  • Buckhead Pizza Company, 415 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming. Valentine’s Special includes two entrees, one appetizer, one dessert plate and two glasses of champagne.
  • Austin’s Steakhouse, 506 Lakeland Plaza, Cumming. Sizzling Sirloin for two, the meal includes 26 oz. of top sirloin served with garlic-seasoned butter on sizzling skillet. Served with two salads and two sides.
  • Ted’s Montana Grill, 410 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming. Daily Specials. Call for reservations. 
  • The Ridge, 1035 Turner Rd, Cumming. Live piano music throughout the evening. Filet medallions, prime rib, fried shrimp, shrimp Lanier or shish kabob (all entrees include one side).
  • Tams Backstage, 251 Ingram Avenue, Cumming, GA.  Choose from scrumptious favorites on Valentine’s evening.

For folks looking to get out of town, destinations such as Chateau Élan offer unique experiences.

What does Valentine's Day mean to you? Do you have any plans for the holiday? And how much do you plan to spend? Tell us what you think in the comments.

Liz Kennedy contributed to this article.

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