It’s almost the day of love, Valentine’s Day! It’s time to grab a card, some flowers, chocolate or whatever your significant other, or friend, would like to feel loved. But Valentine’s Day, or the week of, also makes for a great time to spend with your favorite person.
Here are some date ideas within all different price ranges:
Valentine’s Day dinners and brunches:
Glen Cove Mansion: Enjoy a four course dinner, complete with a cocktail hour, open bar and entertainment for $110 a person. Dinner goes from 6 to 10 p.m. on Feb. 14. Buy tickets at themansionatglencove.com/.
The Milleridge Inn: Join the Milleridge Inn in Jericho for a romantic brunch. Enjoy all you can eat prime rib, crab legs, shrimp and more. This event is on Sunday, Feb. 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Brunch is $65.95 for adults ($75.95 for bottomless mimosas) and $39.95 for children. Visit the milleridgeinn.com for tickets.
The Red Salt Room: Enjoy a Prix-fixe menu by legendary chef David Burke at the Red Salt Room at the Garden City Hotel on Feb. 14 from 5 to 9 p.m. for $135. To see the menu and learn how to get tickets, visit gardencityhotel.com/red-salt-room. There will also be a brunch on Feb. 12.
Oheka Castle Hotel & Estate: Have dinner in a castle with this prix-fixe menu at Oheka Castle in Huntington. Seating is from 4 to 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 14, and is $175 a person. To see the menu and reserve a table, visit oheka.com/upcoming-events.htm. There will also be a brunch the prior weekend.
Valentine’s Day scares:
Bayville Scream Park: Go for a very untraditional Valentine’s Day date and head over to Bayville Scream Park, otherwise called Bayville Adventure Park, on Feb. 10, 11 and 14 for three Valentine’s-Day themed haunted houses and three themed bars, as well as a three-course dinner. Deals range from $29.75 to $79.75. Visit bayvillescreampark.com for tickets and more information.
Cooking and art classes:
What’s Cooking?: Book a private cooking class for $175 with What’s Cooking? in Oyster Bay. Learn how to make steak, shrimp, fish and vegetarian tacos as well as guacamole, vegetarian slaw and super festive toppings. Reserve on whatscookingny.com.
The Well Seasoned Chef: Learn how to make creamy organic tomato soup, pan seared steak with horseradish sauce, garlicky stir fried brussels sprouts, rosemary-Parmesan roasted potatoes and chocolate covered strawberries with homemade ice cream at The Well Seasoned Chef on Feb. 13. The class is $120 and it books fast, so reserve your spot at thewellseasonedchef.com.
ClayNation: Paint and sip in a tranquil, creative alternative to a bar scene at ClayNation in Glen Cove. There is a variety of art projects to choose from and you will never get bored. ClayNation provides everything needed to complete your art project, so feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks. There is an $8 studio fee, plus the cost of your project. This class is on Feb. 10 from 6 to 10 p.m. Sign up at claynationonline.com.
Pottery on Wheels: This studio in West Islip offers pottery wheel classes for adults. For an hour, adults, who are beginners at pottery, will have the opportunity to work on the pottery wheel or hand-building tables with close instruction. Participants will choose two of their pieces to be fired, glazed and ready to be picked up about 3 to 4 weeks later. The class is $65. Sign up at potteryonwheelsny.com.
The Art Guild: Learn from artist Steven Vando at the Art Guild in Manhasset from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 16 and create “Experimental Florals in Loose and Semi-Abstract Watercolors.” This class is $75 for non-members and $60 for members. Sign up at theartguild.org.
Pinot’s Palette: Get creative at Pinot’s Palette, a paint-and-sip studio, in East Meadow on any day, including Valentine’s Day. On Feb. 14, there will be classes “Love In The Horizon” and Blossoming Moonlight Love.” Sign up for these $46 classes at pinotspalette.com/eastmeadow.
Wine and beer tastings:
Garvies Point Brewery & Restaurant:
At this brewery in Glen Cove, enjoy one of Garvies Point Brewery’s flights right from the brewery with any appetizer for $20. For more information, visit garviespointbreweryandrestaurant.com.
Lithology Brewing Co.: At this brewery in Farmingdale, get your first flight for $13. For more information visit lithologybrewing.com.
W A Meadwerks: Taste various craft honey wines here in Lindenhurst. There are $12 flights, $3 samples and $8 glasses. Visit wameadwerks.com for more information.
Glen Cove Mansion: The newly opened MYW Studios Mansion Spa is designed for your enjoyment and relaxation. Services including massages, facials, body scrubs and wraps, treatments, and even a salt cave. Day passes for guests start at $20 and for non-guests $45 and include fitness center, indoor pool, hot tub, sauna and steam room. To reserve, visit themansionatglencove.com.
East Wind Long Island: Spa packages at this hotel in Wading River start at $569 per couple. The starting package includes luxury overnight accommodations, $70 voucher towards dinner, champagne and chocolate strawberries and a hot stone massage or hydro-lifting facial per person at The Spa & Salon.
The Rockaway Hotel and Spa: Enjoy the Winter Pool House at The Rockaway Hotel and Spa in Queens. Included in the day pass, which starts at $30, there is access to the pool house, the sauna, lounge space and outdoor heated pool as well as towels and robes to use. There are other spa services at the hotel as well. Book online at therockawayhotel.com.
Winter Hikes (Free!):
Garvies Point Preserve: Five miles of marked nature trails in Glen Cove.
Muttontown Preserve: Five hundred and fifty acres of fields, woodlands, ponds and estate grounds in East Norwich.
Cold Spring Harbor State Park: Forty acres of hilly terrain that offer scenic vistas of the Cold Spring Harbor.
Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve: The preserve’s highest point of 155-feet produces tremendous views of the Jones Beach Tower, the New York City skyline, and numerous coastal treasures. It’s located in Merrick.
Mill Pond Park: This long and narrow 54-acre preserve, located in Wantagh, includes a large pond that draws numerous native waterfowl, along with nature trails that wind through a wet woodland with red maple, coast pepperbush and skunk cabbage.
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve: Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve, situated on a scenic peninsula extending into Long Island Sound in Huntington, offers miles of bridle paths, walking, jogging, hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and nature trails over acres of woodland, meadows, rock shoreline and salt marsh.