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15 Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day

Try these local Valentine’s Day weekend events, whether you’re planning a romantic dinner for two or you’ve got the whole fam in tow


Gigi Trattoria’s octopus dish

Still not sure what to do on Valentine’s Day? Check out these list of events happening near you.

If it’s just the two of you...

Valentine’s Week at Gigi Trattoria​
Feb. 8-14: Valentine’s Day might be on the 14th, but the birthplace of Skizza is saying “That’s amore!” all week long. The menu includes “love laced” cocktails, sea-inspired appetizers, braised charred octopus and petite skizza, and something called Sicilian Love Cake. Gigi Trattoria. 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-1007;

Valentine’s Dinner and Dancing at The Rhinecliff
Feb. 13: Take your sweetie out for a night of dinner and dancing. Admission includes a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres, a four-course gourmet dinner, Champagne, wine, beer, live music by Blue Gardenia and late-night disco party with PJ the DJ. 6-9 p.m. $150 per couple; mention “the Facebook post” for an extra 10% off. The Rhinecliff. 4 Grinnell St., Rhinecliff. 845-876-0590;

Valentine’s Day Winter Ball at Villa Borghese
Feb. 13: Enjoy an open bar, three-course dinner, dessert, and complimentary photos and music by Music Speaks Volumes. 6:30-11:30 p.m. $137 per couple. 70 Widmer Rd., Wappingers Falls. 845-297-8207;

Valentine’s Day Dinner at Pier 701
Feb. 13-14: Enjoy a four-course meal and complimentary Champagne. $65 per person. Pier 701. 701 Piermont Ave., Piermont. 845-848-2550;

Valentine’s Day Dinner at Thyme Steak and Seafood
Feb. 13-14: Nosh on dishes like braised pork, shrimp cocktail, stuffed sole, and crème brûlée. All-inclusive admission includes a complimentary glass of Champagne and a chocolate rose. $90 per couple. Thyme Steak and Seafood. 3605 Crompond Rd., Yorktown Heights. 914-788-8700;

Valentine’s Brunch with Elaine Rachlin at The Rhinecliff
Feb. 14: Start your Day of Love on the right foot with a brunch set to the musical stylings of chanteuse Elaine Rachlin. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The Rhinecliff. 4 Grinnell St., Rhinecliff. 845-876-0590; or

Valentine’s Day Menu at Blue Mountain Bistro
Feb. 14: Treat yourself (and your honey) with entrées like seared Scottish salmon and braised duck and delectable desserts like chocolate-covered strawberries and truffles made by local chocolatiers. Blue Mountain Bistro. 948 Rte. 28, Kingston. 845-340-9800;

moxie cup terrapin dessert

Desserts at Moxie Cup in New Paltz (left) and Terrapin in Rhinebeck (right)

Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Dinner at Terrapin
Feb. 14: This prix fixe menu includes a full tapas platter (hello, foie gras!), entrées for all tastes, and dessert. $79 per person. Terrapin Restaurant. 6426 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-3330;

Valentine’s Day at Diamond Mills
Feb. 14: Cozy up with your love next to the fireplace and enjoy a three-course meal that includes lobster salad, bacon-wrapped prime filet, and dark chocolate ganache bar. Each couple receives a complimentary rose and box of housemade truffles. 5-10 p.m. $75 per person; add $18 per person for wine pairing. Tavern at Diamond Mills. 25 South Partition St., Saugerties. 845-247-0700;

GOGH Together Sip & Paint at Novella’s
Feb. 14: Lovers of art can indulge in an Italian buffet dinner, complete with their choice of beer, wine, or a mixed drink, and have fun posing in a photo booth; afterward, try your hand in a step-by-step painting lesson. Art supplies are included. Each guest receives a long-stem rose and box of Krause’s chocolates. 5:30 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. painting. $175 per couple. 2 Terwilliger Ln., New Paltz. 845-675-1217;

If you have kids...

Valentine’s Day Celebration at Jefferson Valley Mall
Feb. 12: Bring your family for a fun-filled Valentine’s Day party featuring a photo booth, games, giveaways, light bites, crafts and more. 4-5 p.m. Jefferson Valley Mall. 650 Lee Blvd., Yorktown Heights.

Valentine’s Day Eve at Poughkidsie
Feb. 13: Can’t find a babysitter? Drop off the kids for a pajama party, movies, crafts, and pizza while you enjoy a romantic evening — with special discounts — at participating restaurants. Space is limited; registration required. 6-9 p.m. $26-$49. Poughkidsie. 50 Springside Ave., Poughkeepsie.

terrapin dessert
Tea tasting at Nectar in Rhinebeck

If you’re celebrating Galentine’s Day...

Valentine’s Weekend Tea Tasting at Nectar
Feb. 13: Meet local tea connoisseur and storyteller, Nini Ordoubadi, as she leads you and your besties through the rich history and ceremony of tea. 3-5 p.m. Nectar. 47 E. Market St., Rhinebeck.

Valentine’s Day Flower Pop-Up at Moxie Cup
Feb. 13-14: Forgot to buy a gift for that special someone? Stop by this New Paltz cupcakery and coffee shop (and Editors’ Pick for “Best Cupcakes” in the Hudson Valley), where you can pick up delicious desserts and beautiful flowers, all in one spot. Moxie Cup. 184 Main St., New Paltz. 845-255-2253; or

If you’re a crazy cat lady...

T.M.I.dol Pet-Themed Post-Valentine’s Day Story Slam at BSP Kingston
Feb. 18: Emceed by comic, performer, and TMI Project co-founder Julie Novak, this competition features storytellers who celebrate their crazy relationships with cats, dogs, and other pets. 7:30-9 p.m. $15. BSP Kingston. 323 Wall St., Kingston.

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