Valentine's Day dates for Hudson Valley couples
If you really want to impress your loved one this Valentine's Day, we say ditch the drugstore-procured chocolates and plan a fun night out instead.
Below are seven options to impress any sweetheart, on and around Feb. 14. Note: Some of these events take place before the big day, so start planning now.
Dance the night away in Mount Kisco
Dust off those dancing shoes because on Friday, Feb. 15, the Westchester Ballroom Dance Studio will host a couple's night out, complete with Just Nuts, a live band playing swing/hustle music. The $25 cost per person pays for a buffet dinner and dancing; alcohol is not included, but guests can bring their own if they'd like. All proceeds go to One Billion Rising, an initiative aimed at ending violence against women.
If you can't make it to the event on the 15th, the studio, which recently moved into a new, 4,000-square-foot space in Mount Kisco, has parties and date nights every Friday, often with salsa, swing, hustle and disco themes.
Relax and unwind in Dobbs Ferry
For many, the best Valentine's Day is one spent completely pampered, and the Oasis Day Spa in Dobbs Ferry has lots of opportunities for that. Treatments include the side-by-side massage, a Swedish massage for two, available in 60- or 90-minute increments (for $240 and $310, respectively).
If your Valentine would prefer some alone time, there are plenty of gift options, too, including a 60-minute Grand Marnier Meltdown Massage with orange-scented body oil ($125); a 60-minute Red Red Wine Antioxidant Facial with a French red wine mask ($135); and a 30-minute Honey Bunny Body Scrub with pure honey, brown sugar and vanilla ($75). The Sweet Dreams Package offers all three of the above for $299.
If you don't just want to eat chocolate on the holiday, the Chocolate Truffle Manicure and Pedicure features organic cocoa and costs $35 for the manicure and $70 for the pedicure.
Info: 50 Livingstone Ave., Dobbs Ferry; 914-409-1900; www.oasisdayspanyc.com/westchester
Indulge your sweet tooth in Mamaroneck
Chocolations, a Mamaroneck mecca for all things sweet, is offering is keeping the sugar high going after Valentine's Day with a Sweetheart Tea on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The event -- $25 per person or $40 per couple -- will include tea, sweets, scones, sandwiches and Valentine's Day-themed treats.
Info: 607 E. Boston Post Rd., Mamaroneck; 914-777-3600; www.chocolations.com
Laugh it up with your loved one in Poughkeepsie
If you or your partner is in need of a good laugh, Bananas comedy club in Poughkeepsie has several options. From Feb. 14 to Feb. 16, a Champagne toast is provided with each show's admission fee. On Thursday the 14th, Stand-up comic Johnny Lampert will perform ($25); Steve Marshall will take the stage on Friday, Feb. 15 ($25); and Tom Cotter of "America's Got Talent" will perform two shows on Saturday, Feb. 16 ($30).
Take a romantic night away in Chappaqua
If a three-course dinner isn't luxurious enough, you can up the ante with a hotel-dinner combo at Crabtree's Kittle House, an 18th century inn in Chappaqua. The $75 prix-fixe Valentine's day dinner includes sparkling wine and ends with a long stem rose for the ladies. At all other times, there are a la carte and prix-fixe dinner options, a tasting menu offering and brunch options.
If you'd like to stay over (partly to take even more advantage of the restaurant's award-winning wine offerings), the inn features 12 en suite guest room, some with fireplaces. Double occupancy is $167 per night plus tax, with breakfast included.
You must reserve both in advance.
Info: 11 Kittle Rd., Chappaqua; 914-666-8044; www.kittlehouse.com
Watch love on the big screen in Pleasantville
If your significant other is a cinephile, you'll want to check out the Romance and Champagne event at Pleasantville's Jacob Burns Film Center Center. The classic (and intensely romantic) Audrey Hepburn/Gregory Peck film "Roman Holiday" will be screened at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, and each ticket holder will receive a complimentary glass of Champagne. Even if you don't fall for your date, you'll at the very least fall in love with the movie's gorgeous Italian scenery.
Info: 364 Manville Rd., Pleasantville; 914-747-5555; www.burnsfilmcenter.org
Get cookin' in Hartsdale
Chef Central in Hartsdale is offering two noncouple-focused Valentine's Day classes during the week. Cooking for Teens: Valentine's Treats teaches students to make all sorts of sweets, including red velvet cheesecake brownies (Monday, Feb. 11; $30 per student). Kids 6-12 can take a Cooking for Big Kids: Valentine Truffles class (Wednesday, Feb. 13; $20 per student; parental supervision required).
Info: 45 S. Central Park Ave., Hartsdale; 914-328-1376; www.cookingschoolsofamerica.com