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Last-minute ideas for a romantic Valentine's Day

"Casablanca" plays at Bay Street Theatre for a romantic Valentine's Day evening. Credit: AP Photo

It's Valentine's Day weekend - do you know what your plans are?

Procrastinators across Long Island are scrambling to lock down romantic interludes with their significant others. If you forgot to get dinner reservations or order show tickets, consider yourself rescued.

Here are a handful of sure-to-please ways to celebrate your love for your sweetie.


OHEKA CASTLE: 135 West Gate Dr., Huntington, 631-659-1400,

When: 6-11 p.m. Sunday,  (6-7 p.m. cocktails and open bar, 7-11 p.m. three-course dinner and dancing to live music)

Cost: $225 per person all-inclusive, doesn't include overnight stay; 50 percent off room rate for dinner guests (rooms regularly $395-$1,095)

If it's good enough for a Jonas brother's wedding, it has to be OK for the rest of us. Oheka's formal dinner and dancing affair includes treats like heart-shaped ravioli and a flight of decadent chocolate desserts. A live band will play romantic tunes spanning the big band swing era to current Top 40. In the mood to splurge? Guests can stay overnight at the castle for 50 percent off the regular rate.

VANDERBILT MANSION:180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport, 631-854-5550,

When: 5:30 p.m. Sunday

Cost: $100 per person

The Vanderbilt's special Valentine's Day dinner starts with appetizers and wine in the restored Gold Coast mansion in Centerport. After dinner and dessert, guests can roam over to the planetarium for an 8 p.m. showing of its "Laser Beatles" show - complete with a personal message to your sweetie being projected into the dome, says director Carol Hart. Reservations required.


LIEB FAMILY CELLARS: 35 Cox Neck Rd., Mattituck, 631-734-1100,

When: 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Cost: $18 a couple

Could there be a more romantic pairing than wine and chocolate? Lieb's tasting flight introduces patrons to five wines, each accompanied by a variety of artisanal chocolate from Bon Bons Chocolatier in Huntington. Extra credit for sweetness: "Lieb in German means love," says John Morales, vice president of sales.

DUCK WALK NORTH: 44535 Main Rd., Southold, 631-765-3500,

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

Cost: $6

Five-wine pairing.

MARTHA CLARA VINEYARDS: 6025 Sound Ave., Riverhead, 631-298-0075,

When: 1-4 p.m. Sunday

Cost: $20

A chocolatier will teach you how to pair milk and dark chocolate with various wines.


MELVILLE MARRIOTT: 1350 Old Walt Whitman Rd., Melville, 631-673-4324,

When: 7p.m. Saturday

Cost: $49

"A Family to Die For" is a family-friendly interactive murder mystery dinner that includes a three-course meal and prizes for the best and funniest detectives in the audience. It's a three-hour affair, with breaks in the action so patrons can enjoy their dinner.

BAY STREET THEATRE: Sag Harbor, 631-725-0818,

When: 8 p.m. Sunday

Cost: $5

Romance on the big screen gets a nostalgic nod in Sag Harbor at the screening of "Casablanca." The cheap price will free you up to splurge for an early dinner at say, the American Hotel just down the street (reservations recommended, 631-725-3535,

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