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Valentine’s Day weekend features wide array of heart-warming events

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Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 12:14 pm

Love is definitely in the air in South Jersey. From wine and chocolate tours to intimate dinners to a group vow renewal in a historic cottage, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the romance.

Below are some Valentine’s Day-themed events taking place in the region.

Group Vow Renewal at Absecon Lighthouse

Absecon Lighthouse in Atlantic City will host “An Evening of Romance & Renewal” on Valentine’s Day, Friday, Feb. 14.

Couples are invited to take part in a group vow renewal ceremony by a non-denominational minister in the Keeper’s Cottage at 7 p.m., followed by a champagne toast of congratulations. A donation of $25 per couple includes the ceremony, tower climb and champagne toast.

Lighthouse hours of operation will be extended and the lighthouse will be open for climbing 11 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Valentine’s Day. Climb the lighthouse tower with the one you love before heading out to a romantic dinner. Absecon Lighthouse is a member of the Atlantic City GLBT Alliance, and invites all couples to this romantic evening.

Absecon Lighthouse is located at 31 S. Rhode Island Ave., Atlantic City, and is open to visitors 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays.

For reservations, call the lighthouse at 609-449-1360 or go to

Chocolate and Wine Trail Weekend

Leading wineries throughout New Jersey will provide the setting for a romantic Valentine’s Day weekend, when the Garden State Wine Growers Association presents its annual Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend, taking place Saturday, Feb. 15, and Sunday, Feb. 16, at participating wineries throughout New Jersey.

The six trails feature wine tastings and chocolate samplings noon to 5 p.m. at participating wineries, showcasing the award-winning New Jersey wines being produced by the more than 40 wineries now operating throughout the state. Each winery along the way will offer wine tastings, tours, live music and other entertainment, special food preparation or dinners.

To access maps to the six trails and to learn what special event each winery has to offer, go to

Broadway Love Songs and Desserts in O.C.

Select performers from the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company’s Professional Broadway Series will return to the Ocean City Music Pier stage on Saturday, Feb. 15, for an evening of performances featuring classic — and romantic — Broadway hits.

This year’s 2014 production features new songs, new talent and more staging and choreography, and includes a pre-show dessert reception. The evening will begin with a reception at 7:15 p.m.; followed by the performance at 8 p.m. Cousin’s Restaurant and Nobil Food Services will provide desserts for the reception.

Tickets are $25 per person. All tickets include the dessert reception and performance. All proceeds benefit the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company. Advanced reservations are strongly suggested. Call 609-525-9300 or go to

Ebbitt Room features Valentine’s Tasting

The Ebbitt Room at The Virginia Hotel in Cape May will feature a special, four-course Valentine’s Day tasting menu, prepared by Chef Anthony Micari, complete with a complimentary champagne toast.

Main-course options include miso-cured duck breast, 24-hour-braised short rib, pork tenderloin and day boat swordfish. A chocolate mocha and bourbon ice cream rounds out the meal for dessert.

The tasting menu is $75 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. A la carte options are also available. Special hotel weekend packages are also available and include a dining credit to the Ebbitt Room, chocolate-covered strawberries and a split of champagne, among other extras.

For reservations for the Valentine’s Day dinner or hotel package, call 609-884-5700. Seating for dinner is limited and reservations are required.

‘Concert for the Sweethearts’ at Main St. American Cafe

Chef Richard Spurlock will celebrate an intimate “Concert for the Sweethearts,” featuring live music from Billy Walton and Richie Taz, on Friday, Feb. 14.

The evening will feature a four-course menu with several specialties. Main course options will include crab cakes and chicken franchaise.

Main Street American Café is located at 6002 Main St., Mays Landing. Call 609-625-5500.

O.C. Repertory Theatre presents ‘Love Letters’

Head to the Ocean City Free Public Library this Valentine’s Day weekend to catch a free performance about the beauty of romance, when the Ocean City Repertory Theatre presents A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters” on Friday, Feb. 14, and Saturday, Feb. 15.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday.

A heartfelt look at love, life and friendship, Gurney’s stage hit is about two people, Andy Ladd III and Melissa Gardner, who write letters to each other over a period of 50 years spanning marriage, children, divorce and missed opportunities.

Coffee, show and chocolate dessert are all a part of the evening.

The Ocean City Free Public Library is located at 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City. Admission is free. For reservations, call 609-457-6686.

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