Yeah, yeah, we know. Valentine’s Day is still a month away.
You’ll hit up the Hallmark store on your way home from work that day, grab a card and a box of chocolates, and she’ll be happy.
Trust us though, there are much better ways to impress the Mrs. on the North Fork this Valentine’s Day week. There’s also awesome packages to put a smile on the face of the man in your life — and the kiddies, too — this Feb. 10-17.
Here’s the northforker insider guide to an unexpected Valentine’s Day week you an your loved one won’t forget. Act fast, reservations can fill up.
• Taste with the fishes at …
Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center (visit site)
431 E Main St, Riverhead (map it)
Chocolate + Wine = one sensational tasting experience with that someone special.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend by sipping on wine, giving into sweets and enjoying a five-course dinner with your spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend or maybe even your best friend.
The cost is $160 per couple. Ages 21+ only
Reservations are required. Book now by calling 631-208-9200, ext. 426
Don’t forget to ask about our Sweetheart Sleepover hotel package at the adjacent Hyatt Place East End & Resort Marina.
• Do not disturb at …
Hilton Garden Inn (visit site)
2038 Old Country Road, Riverhead (map it)
The Hilton in Riverhead is offering up two special sweetheart packages for Valentine’s Day week.
Might we recommend the sweetheart package? It includes deluxe overnight accommodations and champagne and chocolate covered strawberries to be delivered to the room. The stay comes with a complimentary full cooked-to-order breakfast in bed delivered to room from its onsite restaurant.
Packages start at $179.
• My kid will be safe this Valentine’s Day at …
Long Island Science Center (visit site)
11 West Main Street, Riverhead (map it)
Looking for a romantic Valentine’s Day evening without the kids? Sign your child up for movie night at the Long Island Science Center in Riverhead. While you and your sweetheart have a night out on the town your kids will be safe, enjoying the movie “Flubber” and making their own science experiment.
Movie night is scheduled for Valentine’s Day, Friday, Feb. 14 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Popcorn and water will be served.
Registration forms required (available on the center’s website).
Admission is $25 per child; members $20
• I want to shake it at …
EastWind Caterers (visit site)
5720 New York 25A, Wading River (map it)
Kick up your heels during EastWind’s “Be My Valentine” dinner dance this Valentine’s Day.
The romantic event held in EastWind’s grand ballroom features a four-course dinner of fresh mozzarella and tomatoes, rigatoni, crab laced shrimp and a trio of decant desserts. There will also be live music by DJ Long Island Sound Entertainment and a premium selection open bar.
The all-inclusive price is $85.
If you want to take your evening to the next level, consider booking a room for the night. The overnight package includes two dance tickets and a room for $395 plus tax.
• Taste the bubbly at …
Sparkling Pointe Winery (visit site)
39750 County Road 48, Southold (map it)
What says romance more than sparkling wine? Perhaps, sparkling wine and cupcakes.
Join Sparkling Pointe Vineyard and Winery this Valentine’s Day weekend for a special pairing of wine and food to share with your sweetheart.
On Saturday, Feb. 15, Sunday, Feb. 16, and Monday, Feb. 17 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sparkling Pointe is featuring three of its award-winning sparkling wines thoughtfully paired with three cupcakes prepared by a local bakery.
This pairing is available by reservation only. Call the tasting room at 631-765-0200 or email [email protected] to secure your spot.
• Sleep and eat at …
Arbor View House Bed & Breakfast (visit site)
8900 Main Road, East Marion (map it)
Make Valentine’s Day weekend a memorable one with Arbor View House’s Lovers’ Magic package.
You and your sweetheart will enjoy an endless parade of special surprises, including award-winning North Fork champagne and chocolate truffles; a discount coupon with a $40 value for a wine tour and tasting at a local winery, a gift certificate for $100 to the Frisky Oyster or Noah’s in Greenport; and two half-hour massages — all for $199 plus the cost of accommodations.
Call 631-477-8440 to book the Lover’s Magic package; and a room to go with it.