Over here at At the Shore, we’ve covered Valentine’s Day in every which way you can imagine — extravagant V-Day gifts, anti-Valentine’s Day events, Galentine’s Day ideas. You name it, we’ve written about it.
But, this year, we’re stepping back and taking a more traditional approach to the holiday of love. In today’s cynical world, just think of us as your local Paul McCartneys, filling the world with silly love songs — “and what’s wrong with that.”
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Whether you want to get dressed up and hit the town or snuggle down, you’ll definitely feel the love with these Valentine’s Day date ideas.
Stretch your love
This Valentine’s Day event will require the building blocks to any great relationship — teamwork, communication, support and a bit of flexibility. Itswell Yoga studio’s partner yoga class from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, will put these to the test, as you and your loved one work through a series of fun partner yoga poses. Cost is $40 per couple. Located at 20 S. Dennis Road, Cape May Court House. Go to ItsWellYogaAndPaddle.com.
Renew from on high
Married couples looking to reaffirm their love this Valentine’s Day should head to the Absecon Lighthouse, where a vow renewal ceremony will be held by a non-denominational minister in the Keeper’s Cottage. The 6 p.m. ceremony will be followed by a champagne toast and dancing, with live music by Lisa Camp. Extend the night with a $69 special room rate at the Golden Nugget, available to those at the ceremony. A $40 minimum donation is required from couples and includes the ceremony, tower climb, champagne toast and dancing. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the night concludes at 7 p.m. Located at 31 S. Rhode Island Ave., Atlantic City. For reservations call 609-449-1360.
The Robert J. Novins Planetarium is redefining the term “star-crossed lovers” this Valentine’s Day. On Wednesday, the Toms River planetarium will host a local astronomer, who will talk about the romance tales that are immortalized in astrology. The event will include refreshments and laser songs throughout the program. Tickets are $15. Located at Ocean County College, 1 College Drive, Toms River. Go to Ocean.edu.
Fire and ice
Ice queens and kings will delight in the always-frosty Congress Hall Ice Ball 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. The annual soiree is a winter wonderland of ice sculptures and twinkle lights, with hors d’oeuvres, specialty cocktails, dinner, dancing and live music to heat things up. Proceeds from the event benefit The Fund for Cape May, which raises money for public projects to support South Jersey’s Cape Island communities. Tickets are $200 per person.
If the Ice Ball isn’t your thing, Congress Hall also offers a great spot to snuggle down. The Brown Room, with its fireplace, specialty cocktails and live music, is an intimate place to relax with your loved one for a Valentine’s date. Live music takes place 6 to 10 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays; 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Fridays; and 3 to 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Saturdays.
Located at 200 Congress Place, Cape May. Go to CapeResorts.com.
Relax with a spa treatment
Does anything scream Valentine’s Day more than a couple’s massage? Over at the Golden Nugget Spa & Salon, lovers can enjoy couples spa packages throughout the month of February. They include a 50 minute aromatic relaxation massage for two and a couple’s manicure and pedicure. Golden Nugget will throw in a glass of champagne and a box of chocolates, as well, to amp up the romance. Spa packages are $315. Located at Huron Avenue and Brigantine Boulevard, Atlantic City. Go to GoldenNugget.com.
Raise a toast to love
Mix up your V-Day by mixing up some cocktails at Nauti Spirits Distillery’s craft cocktails class 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. The farm-to-bottle distillery will have experts on hand to teach you and your special someone bar gear basics, how to make cocktails for a group and tips on creating your own craft cocktails. Price is $50 per couple. Reservations are required and guests must be 21 or older to attend. Located at 916 Shunpike Road, Cape May. Go to FareHarbor.com/NautiSpirits.
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Indulge in the classics
Every year the Garden State Wine Growers Association hosts its Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend right around Valentine’s Day. This year it returns noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 10 and 11, and includes wineries throughout South Jersey offering special events that feature — you guessed it — wine and chocolate. Nearby, check out Valenzano Winery (1090 Route 206, Shamong) on Saturday and Sunday for music, food and vendors. The $10 admission includes a wine and private barrel tasting and an assortment of sweets. Hawk Haven Vineyard (600 S. Railroad Ave., Rio Grande) will also have events throughout the weekend. Stop by at 11 a.m. for a wine and gourmet chocolate tasting ($16), plus live music, a chocolate fountain, a selection of cheeses and more. Find more Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail events at NewJerseyWines.com.