Galentine's Day, the unofficial holiday celebrating female friendships, is just around the corner. If you're looking to celebrate with your closest gal pals, you're in luck, from charming cafes to outdoor activities, there's something for every group of friends to enjoy in WNY.
1. Brunch and Bottomless Mimosas
Start your Galentine's Day off right with a delightful brunch at one of our trendy cafes or restaurants. Indulge in classic brunch favorites like eggs Benedict, avocado toast, or fluffy pancakes. Don't forget to pair your meal with bottomless mimosas or a refreshing mimosa flight for an extra special treat.
2. DIY Spa Day
Treat yourselves to a day of relaxation and pampering with a DIY spa day. Gather your favorite face masks, bath bombs, and nail polishes, and spend the day lounging in cozy robes, indulging in self-care treatments, and catching up on the latest gossip. You can even hire a mobile spa service to bring the pampering to your doorstep for the ultimate in luxury.
3. Wine Tastings
Western New York is home to some fantastic wineries, making it the perfect destination for a Galentine's Day wine tasting tour. Hop in the car with your besties and spend the day sampling delicious wines, enjoying picturesque vineyard views, and learning about the winemaking process. Be sure to pack some gourmet snacks for the journey and don't forget to take plenty of selfies!
4. Outdoor Adventure
If you and your friends are the adventurous type, why not spend Galentine's Day exploring the great outdoors? Head to one of the beautiful parks or nature reserves for a hike or bike ride.
Letchworth State Park boasts breathtaking views of waterfalls, gorges, and lush forests. Spend the day hiking along the park's numerous trails, ranging from easy strolls to challenging treks.
With over 65,000 acres of pristine wilderness, Allegheny State Park is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Explore the park's extensive trail system on foot, mountain bike, or horseback, and keep an eye out for wildlife such as white-tailed deer and black bears. If there’s snow, you can even go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.
Western New York is, of course, known for the awe-inspiring beauty of Niagara Falls. Take a stroll along the park's scenic pathways to enjoy panoramic views of the falls from various vantage points.
Located within Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park, Eternal Flame Falls is a unique natural wonder that's sure to impress. Follow the moderate hiking trail to reach the picturesque waterfall, where a hidden gas vent ignites a small flame behind the cascading water. It's the perfect spot for a memorable Galentine's Day hike and photo op.
5. Crafting Party
Get your creative juices flowing with a Galentine's Day crafting party. Set up a crafting station with supplies for making friendship bracelets, DIY candles, or personalized photo frames, and spend the day getting crafty with your besties. Not only will you have a blast making memories together, but you'll also have some fabulous handmade keepsakes to cherish for years to come.
6. Girls' Night In
Sometimes the best way to celebrate Galentine's Day is with a cozy girls' night in. Host a movie marathon featuring all your favorite chick flicks, whip up some delicious snacks and cocktails, and spend the evening reminiscing, laughing, and bonding with your closest friends. Don't forget to break out the board games or karaoke machine for some extra entertainment! Want to make it extra memorable? Have a local permanent jewelry welder come put on some adorable bracelets!
No matter how you choose to celebrate Galentine's Day in Western New York, the most important thing is to spend quality time with the amazing women in your life. So gather your besties, make some memories, and celebrate the power of friendship this Galentine's Day!