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Valentines Day Escapes on Long Island

February 9, 2015

The winter’s really begun to show itself in the past couple of weeks here on Long Island, with snow piling up that cancels flights, closes schools and sends residents scrambling for their shovels.  While some of us may appreciate the white wonderland that’s been draped over local parks and yards, there’s a looming desire to escape the monotony of maintaining it all.

With Valentines Day approaching -timed conveniently this year on a Saturday-  I can’t think of a better time to hide away from those responsibilities with a romantic getaway.  This holiday weekend alone entertains over two dozen unique packages offered on alongside an array of events and attractions to build the perfect Valentines experience. We’d love to help you piece together an ideal romantic escape.

Not everybody is a Long Beach Polar Bear, ready to dive into the frigid sea for a rush, but there is no doubt that even in the winter our beaches retain their draw and beauty.  Do you have a romantic memory down by the shore?  The Allegria Hotel is just about as close to the beach as it gets, and from Friday through Sunday is offering packages with a number of rates to meet your price range, providing a chance to take a stroll on the sand and return to all of the amenities. Many of Long Island’s hotels and inns are pulling out all the stops with the services they offer, and the Allegria is no exception with rose petals, champagne, and chocolate covered strawberries.

The Three Village Inn in Stony Brook,  on the opposite shore, is also offering up their take on a true Valentines experience.  Cutting in to the work week won’t be enough to keep their four day package from filling up the Inn, providing tickets to a local performance, price fixed meals at the Mirabelle, spa time and more.  For those without the extra time to spare they offer single day packages to accommodate.  These particular escapes are only valid on Valentines Day and the remainder of that weekend, but beyond that there are plenty of others to choose from and even more that pop up on holidays.

If you’re looking to fill a shorter stretch of time, there are a number of events surrounding the day to take advantage of.  On Friday the 13th you can test your luck with a live performance at one of our many theaters on the island, with Laughter in the Lobby playing at the Patchogue Theater, a Valentines Day Ball at NYCB Theater and a unique Valentines Burlesque at the Suffolk Theater.   On Saturday you can take a couple of hours in the morning to explore the Richard Fowler Preserve with the Southampton Trails Preservation Society, or watch the sun go down atop the Fire Island Lighthouse with their Lighthouses are for Lovers event.  Sunday in Suffolk you can take Afternoon Tea in the Gallery with the Art League of Long Island, or take a house tour of the Scully Mansion thanks to the Seatuck Environmental Association.

Even after the holiday has passed and the love in the air begins to dissipate, there will still be plenty of opportunities to escape the grind.  There are getaway packages, coupons, and calendar of events updates frequently, and they’re always a reasonable means to take that step away.  No matter what you end up doing we hope that your Valentines Day this year is a memorable one!


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