Romance in the City – A guide to Lancaster gifts and experiences for those you cherish

Give unique, local gifts with meaning this Valentine's Day.

Cover Photo: Gifts and treats from Cork Collection and The Baker’s Table

This month is typically celebrated as the time for romance. With Valentine’s Day, it’s easy to see why.

But you don’t have to be in a relationship to connect with others around you. Whether you are celebrating with that special someone, going out with friends, being with family, or sharing some encouragement, choose gifts and experiences from Lancaster to make it extra unique.

Here is your guide to making the most of the season—from romantic dinners to friendly tokens of appreciation.

Sweet Legacy Gourmet

Share Something Sweet

Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. You can’t go wrong with sharing a little something sweet to show your appreciation!

Find assorted chocolates and gift-ready candies at Miesse Candies. Or check out Sweet Legacy Gourmet  for chocolates, cookies, popcorn, and brownies. We also love all the sweets to be found at The Baker’s Table—from premium candies to delicate desserts. Plus, check out The Spice & Tea Exchange of Lancaster for unique, flavored sugars (like Rosé!) that make for a perfect addition to cookies or the rim of a martini glass.

Annie Bailey's

LEFT: Commonwealth on Queen RIGHT: Iron Hill

Have a Dinner (or Brunch!) Date

Food is the way to the heart. Thankfully there are so many incredible restaurants and eateries right here in the City that will please any palate. 

You can’t go wrong with food. Choose a place prime for a romantic rendezvous, or for a place to celebrate friends. Cheers with your family, or share an appetizer with coworkers.

We love Altana Rooftop Lounge for a rooftop dinner experience or a night out with classy cocktails. Annie Bailey’s is great for brunch, and their signature platters are delicious (we’re looking at you, Shepard’s Pie). Toast to good times at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant  with one of their handcrafted beers, or get the official Lancaster cocktail at The Belvedere Inn.  Share a great breakfast spread at Commonwealth on Queen, or enjoy a sweet or savory crepe at Rachel’s Creperie. Explore the menu at The Pressroom Restaurant + Bar for whatever time of day, and make sure to try the lineup of fancy desserts. Check out The Log Cabin, outside the City, for a warm, cozy atmosphere (and incredible menu).

Fulton Theatre

Discover an Experience

Sharing an experience together can be the perfect night out. Create memories with these venues full of entertainment!

Browse the lineup at Allegro for experiences like the Allegretto Winter Concert in February, or the Magnificent Wine & Cheese Pairing in March. Discover local theatre at the Ephrata Performing Arts Center and see shows including Fun Home and West Side Story. Get tickets to the Fulton Theatre and see Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap or experience a fan favorite–Guys and Dolls. Explore Popovsky Performing Arts and The Trust Performing Arts Center for a mix of quality theatre, musical events, orchestral performances, and more.

Ellicott & Co. 

LEFT: Perfect Image RIGHT: Ream Jewelers

A Token of Your Affection

Discover a variety of shops that continue to add to Lancaster’s shopping destination status. From candles and jewelry, to artwork and accessories, find everything you need for that perfect gift. 

If jewelry is your thing, add some sparkle to your celebration with gorgeous jewelry from Ream Jewelers. Don’t miss other beautiful jewelry and unique accessories at Tiger’s Eye, right outside the City. Shop at Ten Thousand Villages and ensure artisans around the world are paid fairly and supported—beautiful handmade jewelry and global gifts await.

Give gifts that make the home shine. We love the Lancaster-inspired wall art from The Confetti Home to showcase your hometown with pride, or candles from Barrick Candles that add warmth to your space. Discover intricate and storied wall hangings from Ropes & Roses that make any wall come to life, and visit Cork Collection for home accents like bar accessories, blankets, pillows, and beautiful jewelry boxes. Check out Details for stylish greeting cards, personalized gifts, and chic home decor, then peruse Perfect Image and find the perfect gift for the photographer in your life. Support a great cause by shopping one-of-a-kind artwork that supports artists with intellectual disabilities at Friendship Heart Gallery.

Share fashion for your festivities. Give a gift of warmth with cozy hats, scarves, and other accessories at Sophie Stargazer. Shop candles, cologne, bar accessories, greeting cards, and winter wear at Ellicott & Co. Discover chic local fashion at Festoon then stop at Bellaboo for adorable gifts and clothes for the kids in your life. Explore Taupe and find an outfit for your celebration, then check out the Charlotte Shoppe for handbags, accessories, and more. Mix and match accessories for a unique gift at Pappagallo. Finally, don’t miss the Telltale Dress for vintage fashion that makes your gift truly stand out.

No matter the plans, you can find a great experience or gift right here in Lancaster City.

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