Thinking ahead to Valentines Day (which is coming up quickly, gentlemen!). I both love and dislike Valentines Day- love an excuse for a fancier dinner and time with the hubby, but dislike that it is so commercialized. But regardless, I'll stay focused on a fancy dinner! Where are your go-to spots for either Valentines Day or any other "special occasion" (not just your run-of-the-mill date night)? Check out this list of spots in & around Jackson County, and contribute YOUR FAVORITES in the comments!


Cotton Calf Kitchen– Arguably the #1 Special Occasion spot in Jackson County. Melt-in-your-mouth steaks are the highlight of the menu, along with yummy drinks and a cool atmosphere. It’s a bit pricey, but absolutely worth it for the quality of food and service! Make sure you have reservations, as it fills up quickly, ESPECIALLY on the weekends!

Latin Flavors Steakhouse- Did you know about this hidden gem in downtown Winder? Oh my! It is our go-to date night spot. Steaks are amazing, the empanadas are divine, and the desserts are superb! If you want a bit more casual, they have the rooftop for dining, and the Speakeasy in the lower level.

Antebellum- They classify themselves as "Contemporary Southern," and YUM! They put a fine dining spin on some amazing southern dishes. Drinks are delicious (there was a blueberry lemon one I tried last time that I have since tried to replicate but cannot get right!). It is a smaller, more limited menu that changes seasonally, so if you have a picky eater, it's worth checking the menu ahead of time. It's located in historic Flowery Branch in a charming old home. Space is very limited and reservations are required, so make sure to call ahead!