Rat’s Restaurant/Matt Yao Photography

Valentine’s Day is almost here and although a romantic celebration might not be on the top of your to-do list, devoting some time to your partner is more important than ever. You’ve weathered omicron, snow storms and freezing temps — now it’s time to reconnect, just the two of you.

Read on for some of our favorite ideas for celebrating Valentine’s Day with your sweetie. Staying home for a cozy celebration can be romantic, or if you’re up for it, a unique experience or adventure could be just the thing. Remember, whether you hit the town or just hit the same spots on the couch, what matters is that you do it together.

STAY IN FOR DINNER AND ROMANCE 

Goldbelly Valentine’s Day Dinner
For the ultimate cozy (and COVID safe) Valentine’s Day order in a meal kit from an incredible restaurant. All orders are shipped straight to your door so all you have to add is the vino (and the love!). Choose from Blue Ribbon Sushi, Gramercy Tavern, White Stone Oyster Company and many more. Delivery is said to be really fast but be sure to order ASAP.

David’s Culinary Delights
2520 Hooper Ave, Brick Township
Experience a Romantic Dinner in the comfort of your home. They will prepare and serve you a three-course meal. The package even includes an at-home couples’ massage done by massage therapists that arrive at the same time as the chef. Chef David serves the Central Jersey area.

TREAT YOUR SWEETIE TO A CULINARY ADVENTURE

Shelley’s Table
10 Bridge St., Lambertville
Learn to cook with Chef Shelley Wiseman! Valentine’s Day dinner is sold out, but you can join for the Brick Farm Cooking School Dinner for Two on Saturday February 12 or give your partner the ultimate gift with the Cook for Your Partner/Mardi Gras Dinner where one person cooks and the other relaxes on Sunday February 13.

It’s Greek to Me
21 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood
The restaurant’s eight individual greenhouses are well-equipped with electric wall heaters that are outfitted with stainless steel casings and mounted on the roofs of each greenhouse.

Rat’s Restaurant
16 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton
Rat’s is offering a Valentine’s Day menu during dinner service Saturday February 12- Monday February 14. Located inside Grounds for Sculpture the restaurant is “designed to give visitors the sense they have stepped into a village reminiscent of the impressionist painter Claude Monet’s beloved town of Giverny.”

Calandra’s
Locations in Newark, Fairfield and Caldwell
Enjoy a specially prepared menu Valentine’s Day Menu and a romantic night of Italian & American Love Songs by International Singing Star Francesca Cavaliere on Saturday February 12. On Sunday February 13 and Monday February 14 try the Valentine’s Day menu & martini special with your special someone.

HIT UP A VINEYARD FOR A TASTING AND QUALITY TIME

Unionville Vineyards
9 Rocktown Road, Ringoes
Indulge in a special treat with your special someone over Valentine’s Day Weekend, as the wine tasting here is paired with three chocolate truffles from the Blawenburg Bistro! All tastings from February 11th through the 14th will include a guided flight of 7 wines.

Tomasello Winery
See website for times in Cranford, Hammonton & Lambertville

February 11: Grab your best friends and come spend Galentine’s Day sipping and swirling at Tomasello.

February 12: Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance. It’s time for a special evening with your special someone! Join for a romantic night of “wine-ing,” dining, and dancing at Tomasello Winery! Treat your Valentine to an exquisite gourmet dinner prepared by our on-site executive chef and enjoy a love potion from our fully stocked cash bar.

February 13: Wine & Truffle Pairing. Spend the afternoon with your special someone enjoying 4 sweet truffle pairings, a scrumptious lunch menu, and our intoxicating Love Potion cocktail! Indulge in gourmet chocolate truffles and award-winning wines for just $20.

Brook Hollow Winery
594 New Jersey 94, Columbia
Join for a wine and Girl Scout Cookie pairing event Feb 12-13. Enjoy a unique flight board that takes 5 Fan Favorite Brook Hollow Wines and pairs them with 5 of the most popular Girl Scout Cookies (Tagalongs, Thin Mints, Do-Si-Dos, Samoas and Trefoils). On February 14, join for Valentine’s Day diner, a relaxed evening of soft music by Alex Kerssen, great wine, and a food menu that will span the whole evening at your own pace.

RELAX TOGETHER 

Alchemy Mind and Body
4451 State Highway 27, Princeton
Enjoy the Couples Escape package which includes a dip in a private saltwater hot tub located in the outdoor spa garden with access to a dry/steam barrel sauna, a side-by-side couples massage featuring a Valentine’s aromatherapy blend and finally a foot soak with Coconut milk, Valentine Aromatherapy blend and rose petals.

GET OLD-FASHIONED WITH YOUR VALENTINE

Howell Living History Farm
70 Woodens Lane, Hopewell
The air may be chilly, but the farm’s wintery landscape is the perfect setting for a heartwarming Valentine’s Day ride. On Saturday February 12, couples can take a romantic spin in a two-seater sleigh or carriage pulled by a team of light workhorses.

TRY A HIGH SEAS ADVENTURE 

Perth Amboy Dinner Cruise
From 401 Riverview Drive Perth Amboy – Raritan Bay
Cornucopia Cruise Line, Boarding 6:30 pm, Departing 7 pm
On Saturday, February 12 and Sunday February 13 enjoy exciting dinner selections consisting of savory chicken, fresh fish, perfectly prepared beef selections, pasta selection, rice, potato, vegetables, international desserts, coffee and tea. Cost range: $85.95 – $99.95 and there is also a cash bar. F

MAKE IT A WEEKEND GETAWAY

Crystal Springs Resort
3 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg
From a Suite Heart Escape to a Spa Daycation, Crystal Springs Resort has everything you need to make Valentine’s Day unforgettable for you and your partner. From romantic holiday-themed activities to chocolates and champagne, you’ll find something special to share at every turn and countless ways to connect and rekindle during a romantic holiday away.

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