10 ideas to celebrate Valentine’s Day locally
By Rebecca Koblin | February 10, 2022
With the pandemic being what it is and the continued spread of the novel variant COVID-19, you might be wondering how to celebrate a holiday that typically involves crowded restaurants. Don’t worry, we’ve got 10 great ideas to help you observe the vacation safely and comfortably, all while staying within 10 miles of Montgomery.
View from the new walking path on Skillman Road. The path joins Skillman Park. (Photograph by Barbara A. Preston)
Stroll through one of Montgomery Township’s parks
I know what you’re thinking, “But it’s cold outside!” In Norway they have a saying “There is no bad weather, only bad clothes”. There’s something to be said for banding together and having a nice walk in the park, even if it’s cold outside. Each season in Montgomery offers new natural beauty and it can be romantic to admire the icicles, frozen ponds and clear winter skies. Grab a few cups of hot chocolate for you and your loved one for a little extra warmth before heading out.
Elizabeth Strong-Cuevas, ‘Arch II, Set II’, 1995, aluminum, 144 x 132 x 156 inches, Unique, Grounds For Sculpture, Gift of The Seward Johnson Atelier, © Artist or Artist’s Estate, photo: David Michael Howarth Photography.
Visit a sculpture garden
Immerse yourself in the Lands for the sculpture exhibition “Night Forms: Dreamloop” by KlipCollective.
The Grounds for Sculpture is an outdoor museum – a sculpture garden and arboretum where nature and art interact to create beautiful pieces. If you love gardens during the day, you’ll love them after dark. Discover the new Grounds for Sculpture exhibition “Night Forms: Dreamloop”. This interactive art exhibit combines light and sound to create a colorful experience that delights the senses. The exhibition is open Thursday to Sunday from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Make sure you book your tickets in advance.
Bistro Blawenburg at the corner of Route 518 and the main road. (Photograph by Barbara A. Preston)
Plan a lunch date
A lunch date is a great way to spend some quality time with our loved ones, without the crowds that a Valentine’s Day dinner usually attracts. Lunch dates are also more casual and can be as simple as grabbing a coffee and a snack at one of the many small businesses that Montgomery and Rocky Hill have to offer. If you need suggestions for places to go, try heading to the Bistro Blawenburgthe Rocky Hill Innthe The story of the tigerWhere Beniaminos Kitchen. For a date with coffee or ice cream, try CafeMerica, PlayaBowlsWhere Thomas Sweet’s Coffee.
Visit a vineyard
If you think wine and chocolate are the perfect pairing (much like you and your partner), then Verger de Terhune is hosting the perfect event for you. Discover their Wine and Chocolate Weekend on February 12 and 13, where you can learn all about pairing local chocolate and Terhune wine. If brunch is more your pace, head to Hopewell Valley Vineyards. They’re having a Valentine’s Day brunch on Feb. 13 at 11 a.m. As well, Unionville Vineyards will host an extended weekend of wine and chocolate, From February 11 to 14.
Going to a hockey game?
So it’s not for everyone, but the Princeton University men’s hockey team will take on Dartmouth College on Feb. 14 at 5 p.m. at Baker Rink. Why not attend a Princeton University Hockey Game! If dinner and a movie aren’t enough, don’t be afraid to try something new! It’s the perfect way to add some excitement to your date night. Cheering crowds, lots of action and the chance to snuggle close to the one you love. Sounds like a blast to me!
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Create a Valentine’s Day picnic at your home
It’s a great option for anyone who likes a quiet night’s sleep (or anyone who waited a little too long to book that dinner reservation). This idea is simple and can be a lot of fun. Buy takeout from your favorite restaurant, lay down blankets and pillows on the floor, grab your favorite desserts and drink of choice, and voila, you’ve got a nice picnic inside. Extra points for anyone decorating with a vase of flowers. Order takeout from New World Pizza, Mooyaor upgrade with Lucy’s Gourmet Kitchen.
Spend your date night at the Planetarium at Raritan Valley Community College
The RVCC Planetarium in Branchburg is hosting two Valentine’s Day shows this year. “Romancing the Stars” starts at 7 p.m. and includes a look at the universe, stars, constellations. The second show, “Laser Love,” begins at 8 p.m. and is a laser concert to the soundtrack of some of your favorite love songs. Both shows are for ages 16 and up and face masks are required.
Browse an art exhibition
Are you and your date art lovers? Then this is the perfect option for you! Although the main building of the Princeton Art Museum is currently closed, the museum has two different galleries based in Princeton with art exhibitions taking place throughout the month of February. the seashell art The gallery presents “Native America: In Translation”, a look at the works of Native artists exploring the history of colonialism. This gallery is open daily and admission is free. the Art@Bainbridge The gallery hosts “Between Heartlands” by Kelly Wang which explores American and Asian cultural identity and traditions. This gallery is closed on Mondays. Masks and proof of vaccination are required to enter both galleries.
Liven up your typical Zoom date
Spending time with your partner in person isn’t always an option. If this is the case for you, Zoom dates are a great way to connect online. Signing up for a zoom account is free and the app is easy to use. Simply download the service to your phone or computer, then start a video call with your loved one. If you want to add a little extra fun to the date, try having a game night! You can play an online game together like checkers, chess or connect 4. I-phones even have a feature called GamePigeon that lets you play games like pool, scrabble, mancala, etc.
Take an online cooking class
Whether you’re a master chef or just a beginner, a zoom cooking class is a great way to bond with your partner while learning how to cook a new meal. There are many options when it comes to online cooking classes, so all you have to do is do a simple Google search and choose what suits you. If you don’t want to spend the extra money, follow a youtube video or a cooking show host on TV. The best part about this option…you can eat what you make.
Valentine’s Day is a time to connect with your partner and spend time with those you love. We hope you enjoy this list of possible nighttime activities and that you stay safe and warm during this time.