7 Unusually Great Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Prix-fixe dinners are delicious and all, but for those looking to break out of the same-old Feb. 14 rut (or are still full from Long Island’s first Winter Restaurant Week) can wow their partner’s with these non-traditional Valentine’s Day date ideas.

Be groovy.

OK, so you and your partner are traditionalists who love the prix-fixe thing. Add a twist (or shake or tango) by combining it with a night of dancing. The Mansion, Lombardi’s on the Bay and the Coral House are decorating their finest ballrooms, allowing guests to get down after they dig in. For a bit more romance, the Sands Point dinner-dance will be accompanied by world-class jazz musicians.

Be artsy.

Paint Nite has been a thing for a while, but artsy types who have been too busy to try the trend should consider Valentine’s Day the perfect time to try it. Love themed partner paintings are being offered all over the Island. Those without artistic abilities shouldn’t be worried. Cocktails will be provided to help everyone get creative.

Have a little fun.

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There was something so innocent about grade-school ice skating parties. Perhaps it’s where you met your first beau. Get nostalgic with your current main squeeze in Nassau County. Cantiague Park in Hicksville, Christopher Morley Park in Roslyn-North Hills and Grant Park in Hewlett are offering free skate rentals, roses, hot chocolate and cookies on Valentine’s Day. Those scared of breaking a leg in the literal sense can indulge their inner foodie side at a cooking class at Sur La Table instead. Choose between a dessert or Italian themed class, get handsy with some chocolate or tomato sauce and maybe even have a little food fight (not recommended if your SO is wearing white).

Give back together.

Share the love with those in need. Island Harvest and Long Island Cares have volunteer opportunities daily. Islanders can volunteer at a local soup kitchen or make it part of their day to donate to a food pantry.

Escape.

All the travel stories in Pulse’s February issues may be giving you serious wanderlust, but if a great overseas escape isn’t in the cards on Valentine’s Day, opt for a staycation. The Inn at Great Neck, which boasts a Jazz Age mural that’s a nod to Long Island’s Gatsby past, is offering Valentine’s Day room packages that include champagne and roses upon arrival.

Relax together.

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Pampering may be reserved for the weekend and beach days for the summer, but Valentine’s Day is on a Tuesday in February, making it the perfect excuse to break the mold. The Village Spa in Roslyn has a host of options for spa packages for two, including massages, facials and even desserts. Continue the chill vibes by grabbing a bottle of local wine and heading to a favorite beach to watch a sunset.

Celebrate being single.

Counter-culture calls Valentine’s Day “Singles Awareness Day.” Instead of moping about that relationship status, raise a glass to it (hey, they say single people weigh less than those coupled up). Patchogue Village is hosting a Singles Bar Crawl at seven participating restaurants.