Valentine’s Day In NJ: 16 Ways To Share The Love

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day in NJ this year on a Monday and amid COVID (still) might not make it so exciting, but that doesn’t mean this romantic holiday has to be boring. Make this 2022 V-Day one to remember with a unique celebration—whether it’s going out and feasting on a gourmet meal in an igloo, spending time by a firepit sipping wine and chocolate, or staying in and creating a culinary masterpiece during a cooking class. Scroll down to find romantic things you can do to make Valentine’s Day in NJ special out and at home. (featured photo credit: @morristown.nj at @figandlilygarden)

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16 ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in NJ

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Soak away with the NYC skyline in the background for a relaxing Valentine’s Day escape. Photo Credit: @sojospaclub

Take a spa daycation

Unwind and unpack stress by taking a breather at a day spa (all are adhering to COVID-19 guidelines). Spend the day lounging at a steaming outdoor pool with heated tents at Sojo Spa Club in Edgewater. Or head to Montclair to experience Bangz Golden Ritual For Two—it includes a gold sugar scrub, scalp and foot massage, and Swedish massage. If you want to have beach views, head to Long Branch to The Spa at Ocean Place with a couple’s massage. And if you can’t do it for Valentine’s Day, make a plan to visit one of these 9 relaxing NJ spas in the coming months. 

Dine-in an igloo

One of the best (and most romantic) restaurant changes due to COVID are the mini igloo structures and framed tents at restaurants all over the state. For a special and private V-Day dinner, check out the igloos at Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten, Fig and Lily Garden in Morristown, and Marcus at NoHu Rooftop in Weehawken. For a fancier experience, toast each other in a champagne chalet at Crystal Springs Resort—they have everything from brunch to fondue to seafood on ice. 

Create a sweet memento

You know the saying—the couple that creates together stays together, so why not make a keepsake you’ll treasure for years to come. Re-enact your best Ghost scene at The Clay Pot’s Valentine’s Day Event in Spotswood, where you’ll each get a chance at the pottery wheel to create a special piece of pottery. Or head to AR Workshop in Turnersville, Westfield, or West Windsor for a variety of Valentine’s Day projects at different locations. Or have a Northern Lights Date Night at Pinots’ Palette in Cherry Hill.

Practice your poses together

Whether you regularly practice or have wanted to try it, a couples yoga class is a great way to mark the occasion. There are plenty of classes to take across the Garden State. Try Playful Partner Yoga at the Blue Rascal Distillery in Hammontown with yoga, drinks, and food. Or take a Reset and Refresh Retreat Day to rejuvenate at Pure Toms River Yoga for some self-love. Or how about engaging your senses with Peace, Love, and Chocolate: A Restorative & Aromatherapy Workshop at Indigo Yoga in Caldwell—you can’t go wrong with any of these yoga Valentine’s Day treats.

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Cozy up this Valentine’s Day in NJ at Crystal Springs Resort. Photo Credit: Crystal Springs Resort

Gather for a getaway

Valentine’s Day weekend is the perfect time to get away from it all. Find romance in Cape May at the luxury adults-only boutique hotel Virginia, get whisked away to a Victorian Castle in the woods at Mohonk Mountain House, or take in the views of the Kittatinny Mountains at Crystal Springs Resort. For more places to go, check out our guide to luxe hotels guide or places where you can get cozy in a cabin rental.

Get up and away from it all

Few things are more romantic than a hot air balloon ride—you’re floating high up in the air in a basket with your loved one while enjoying the beautiful sights down below. Reserve a private Dinner Flight for the two of you through In Flight Balloon Adventures, where you’ll soar high above the skies in a one-hour ride and then celebrate with an elegant dinner at the nearby restaurant.

Dance like no one is watching

Learning a few new dance steps is a perfect way to mark this V-Day. Sign up for a private lesson and practice your moves with classic dances like ballroom, swing, waltz, or tango either virtually or in person. Learn new moves at Starlight Dance Center in Nutley, Dance With Me in Fort Lee and Glen Rock, or Simply Social Dancing in Hackensack. Or check out at Ballroom Dream in South River or Dance A Lot Ballroom Studio in Fair Lawn for virtual private lessons if you’d prefer to learn from the comfort of your living room.

Volunteer together

Why not set aside some time on Valentine’s Day in NJ to give back to your community together? Help build homes with Gloucester County’s Habitat for Humanity, create displays and sort donations for a thrift shop through Hightstown’s Caring Closet, or sort and organize emergency boxes for Marketplace in Hillside. If you want to get out in nature, try a cleanup at Essex County’s Branch Brook Park. 

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Cozy around the firepit at Renault. Photo Credit: Renault Winery

Explore wineries, breweries, with a twist of chocolate

Who says you can’t travel? Take a trip to wine country in the Garden State, try a new brewery, or make it a cozy night by adding a fire pit. Visit Vintner Wonderland at Renault and enjoy an evening of dinner, dancing, and romance with your loved one. Or stop by for a tasting at White Horse Winery complete with food trucks or indulge in a Wine and Chocolate Pairing event at Jessie Creek Winery. For something decadent, head to Tomasello Winery’s Wine and Truffle Pairing and Valentine’s Dinner Dance. Wine not your thing? Sip on brews at the 4th Annual Flight of Chocolates at Beach Haus Brewery with treats like Strawberry Chocolate Kiss and Chocolate Peanut Butter Lager. Check out our full list of NJ wineries here and if you are looking for breweries click here.

Indulge in chocolate

Instead of giving each other the usual box of chocolates, sample the sweet stuff at this annual Chocolate Walk sponsored by Mullica Hill’s Historic District on February 12. After you check-in and get your passports, take a walk through town and stop at the different shops offering sales—and a sweet treat. Or snuggle up with your sweetie for this Wine and Chocolate Weekend from Terhune Orchards where you can enjoy 16 varieties of wines with chocolate pairings of locally made chocolates.  If you are looking for more sweet treats, check out Chocolate Shops in NJ.

Cook together with a chef virtually

Even if your S.O. doesn’t know a whisk from a whip, it can still be fun to cook together with one of these virtual classes or DIY kits. Tony Boloney offers kits with all the ingredients to make beloved Italian comfort foods like meatballs, mutz (mozzarella), and pizza, along with virtual class links to follow along. Hudson Table offers sugar cookie decorating, or you can learn how to make an elegant beef Wellington in Little Fox Kitchen’s Virtual Valentine’s Couples class. Taste & Technique Cooking Studio also offers a Couples Be My Valentine class, full of showstopper treats.

Bring out your inner artist

If you’ve never done a sip and paint class together, why not try it this Valentine’s Day in NJ? Now all you need to do is pick your subject matter: Pinot’s Palette is offering a sunset beach (East Brunswick and Montclair locations), an Ultimate date Night package in Brick, or paint a romantic scene in Cherry Hill. Or create a Flower Power painting at the Roxbury Public Library’s Paint and Sip. After, hang your masterpieces side by side. 

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Skate together and then sip some hot cocoa to warm up for Valentine’s Day in NJ. Photo Taken at Pier Village Flight on Ice Skating Rink

Glide into a good time

Heading to a skating rink is a wintertime classic couple’s activity you can’t go wrong with especially on a seasonal outdoor rink pop-up. Whether it’s skating beneath the twinkling lights at Palmer Square in Princeton, sipping hot cocoa after a glide around the Bergen County Winter Wonderland in Paramus, or sliding to tunes at the Hollydell Ice Arena in Sewell, get on those skates and glide into an exhilarating day or night date.

Watch an in-person performance

Valentine’s Day entertainment is finally back in-person this year with COVID policies in place. Cozy up with your loved one and watch Casablanca in Concert with the New Jersey Symphony at the Mayo Performing Arts Center or at the State Theater of New Jersey. Or laugh it up with Valentine’s All-Star Comedy Show at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. After the show enjoy dinner for two at a nearby restaurant. 

Have a Tubular-time

Snow tubing is an exhilarating activity to do with your loved one (shh, don’t tell the kids) where you can slide down on comfy inner tubes for a cushy ride and warm up in the lodge with a hot toddy after. Campgaw in Mahwah has day and night snow tubing sessions or make a day and night of it at Mountain Creek in Vernon.

Ski or snowboard as a couple

Zooming down a snowy mountain on skis or a snowboard is one experience, but have you ever tried going downhill once the sun goes down? It’s even more exhilarating and romantic. Try some twilight skiing at Camelback Resort in Tannersville, PA. Or spend some time at the Midland at Montage Mountain where you can relax with firepits and covered seating apres-ski. Check out our guide to ski resorts in or near NJ for more places you can go downhill.

Valentine’s Day in NJ—how will you celebrate this year?

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About Author

Melanie Bodner has always had a love for writing, but now she has a new love…being a mom. Before having her kids, Melanie was no stranger to writing or working with children. She wrote for a local newspaper as a reporter and taught English and Dance in a public school. Now Melanie enjoys spending time with her kids, doing yoga, writing and decorating her home. Check out her Instagram @burlapbythebeach.

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