Couples who want to keep Valentine’s Day traditional have plenty of romantic Long Island restaurants to choose from. But prix menus aren’t the only way to celebrate with your significant other. Those who want to spice it up this year have several ways to get adventurous. Consider this your guide to non-traditional Valentine’s Day 2018 date ideas.
What’s more romantic than a cozy retreat? Pulse’s February Dapper issue features majestic international travel options—Innsbruck, anyone?—but there are also fabulous options much closer to home. Opt for a staycation at any of Long Island’s romantic hotels with off-season rates too good to pass up.
Take your love to the spa. Head over to The Village Spa in Roslyn for special packages for two including a 60-minute massage followed by a 30-minute private sauna. Or take it a step further with the Valentine’s package at Viana Hotel and Spa in Westbury (offered Feb. 9-Feb. 18). Each of the four options include a rose petal turndown with chocolate covered fruit and champagne. Does it get more romantic than that?
Have fun on ice
There’s no need to head into Manhattan to glide on the ice—hand in hand perhaps? Take advantage of Long Island’s skating rinks before they close for the season. There are several options throughout Nassau and Suffolk County, including Grant Park in Hewlett, Christopher Morley Park in Roslyn, Tanger Outlet Ice Rink at the Arches in Deer Park and The Rinx at Harborfront Park in Port Jefferson.
Dive into art
Get creative with your partner this year. Various venues across Long Island are hosting love-themed paint nights the week of Valentine’s Day. Paint two owls in love at Momo’s Sports Bar & Grill in Holbrook or two partners strolling together at Watami Restaurant in Moriches. Don’t worry: painting experience isn’t necessary. There’s an instructor and cocktails to help get you through it.
Take a hike
Long Island is filled with beauty all year round often making it hard to hibernate during the colder months. Embark on a winter hike with your significant to check out deer or rare nesting birds at Connetquot River State Park Preserve in Oakdale or enjoy picturesque pond views at Caleb Smith State Park Preserve in Smithtown. Either way, it’s a great opportunity to spend quality time with the one you adore.