Hudson Valley Great Dates

Tired of the bar scene? Make Valentine’s Day (or any day) a unique experience: Take your special someone on one of the Valley’s Great Dates

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Great Date #5: Fire and Ice

It’s a romance-movie cliché: Arm-in-arm, the two lovesick leads, scarves wrapped around their necks, trace figure-eights across the ice-skating rink (this usually appears as part of the “falling in love” montage). Why not do this for real? Head to the outdoor Bear Mountain Ice Rink or the partially enclosed Pavilion at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, strap on your skates, and make like Michelle Kwan. Afterward, warm up in front of the fireplace at Chef Peter X. Kelly’s renowned Restaurant X and Bully Boy Bar in Congers (Gourmet says the New American entrées served there elicit “infantile coos of bliss”), or at Chef John Novi’s romantic Depuy Canal House in High Falls (housed in a 1797 stone tavern, it’s the sort of place where you’d pop the question).

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