Last-Minute Romance Ideas: Nassau County Makes Celebrating Valentine’s Day A Sure Success

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From Nautical Cruises to "Intimate Encounters," Nassau County, Long Island, offers a wide range of choices and deals when it comes to celebrating Valentine's Day this year.

With just a few more days until Valentine’s Day, it’s not too late to find the perfect way to express how much you love and care for your significant other. And there are plenty of choices when it comes to celebrating in Nassau County, Long Island, just minutes from New York’s Times Square.

Yes, it’s still a bit cold out, but you can warm your lover’s heart with a romantic cruise or let the music show your love by treating yourselves to a night of great jazz music.

Take advantage of a wide range of special romantic get-aways, such as two nights at the Glen Cove Mansion, or one of four options offering dining to massage services at the Inn at Fox Hollow. The Magic Moments at the Garden City Hotel package comes complete with a $100 dinner credit and chilled champagne. The Inn at Great Neck has a Valentine’s weekend event that even includes dinner and breakfast, and, over at The Andrew lovers can enjoy rose petal turn-down service and breakfast in bed.

Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to show your loved one how much they mean to you and there are plenty of choices in Nassau County when it comes to showing that love.

WHERE TO GO:

Valentine’s Day Cruise
All aboard the Nautical Empress for a romantic evening at sea with your sweetheart. This four-hour cruise along Long Island’s shores features a five-star dining experience, live music, dancing and, of course, delectable dessert.

Nautical Cruise Lines; 395 Woodcleft Ave., Freeport; Feb. 14; Boards at 7 p.m; Sails at 7:30 p.m; and Returns at 11:30 p.m; Price: $97.99 per person + tax. For reservations call 516.623.5712.

“Intimate Encounters”
Experience “Intimate Encounters” at the Nassau County Museum of Art this Valentine’s Day, where actress Shirley Romaine will share the personal stories of such female poets as Christina Rossetti, May Sarton and many more at this exclusive engagement.

Nassau County Museum of Art; One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor; Feb. 14; Non Museum Members $20, members $10. For more information and reservations, please visit http://www.nassaumuseum.com/events.php.

Outdoor Ice Skating
Lace up your skates and hit the ice this Valentine’s Day weekend at Christopher Morley Park. If you’re still feeling energized after the two-hour skating session, this 98-acre park also touts nature trails, tennis courts and much more.

Christopher Morley Park, Roslyn-North Hills, Searingtown Road, north of Long Island Expressway; Mon.–Thurs. and Sat.–Sun, 10:30 a.m., 1:15 and 4 p.m; $4–$14; 516.571.8113

Nature Walk
Escape to a wildlife refuge during the Sagamore Hill Nature Walk, where you’ll discover history and heritage as you trek along the very trail Theodore Roosevelt and his family traveled many years past. This one-hour walk led by a park ranger will begin at the Nature Trail and end at the Cold Spring Harbor Inlet.

Sagamore Hills Visitor Center; 12 Sagamore Hill Rd., Oyster Bay; Feb. 14; 2 p.m.; Free; 516.922.4788.

Salsa Lessons
Spice things up a bit this Sunday with salsa lessons at Rhythms & Soul Dance Studio. Who knows? After you learn the basic moves to this sensual dance, you may just feel inspired to show off your new footwork at the nearest dance floor near you.

Rhythms & Soul Dance Studio, 16 Wolcott Rd., Levittown, Feb. 14; 12:30 p.m. For reservations and prices call 516.520.2934.

Couple’s Cooking Class
Looking to make a memorable meal together this Valentine’s Day? The chefs at A la Carte Culinary Services will guide you the night before the big day with a special cooking class for couples.

A La Carte Culinary Services, 32 Atlantic Ave., Lynbrook; Feb. 13; 6–9 p.m.; $225 per couple. For reservations call 516.599.2922.

Speed Dating
Who says the couples get to have all the fun? Meet your special someone just in time for Valentine’s Day at RC Dugan’s Valentine’s Day 80s Party Mingle, where you’ll have plenty of time to have a few drinks and meet some new faces at this singles only event on February 13.

RC Dugans, 2314 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, Feb. 13; 8 p.m., $15.75–$20.75. For reservations and more information visit http://www.weekenddating.com or call 516.567.5555.

Monterey Jazz Festival
Romance and jazz are synonymous at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Let the smooth jazz rhythms from some of the most celebrated acts swoon you and your sweetie at this must-see event of the season.

Monterey Jazz Festival at the Tilles Center, Brookville, Feb. 13, 7 p.m., $30. For more information call (516) 299-3100 or visit Tilles Center.

New York Islanders
Diehard hockey fans are in for a treat this Valentine’s Day weekend. Catch the New York Islanders take on the Lightning on Saturday and the Senators on Sunday at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. After all, there’s nothing more romantic than sharing the game with someone who’s just as fanatic about sports as you are.

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale. For tickets and more information call 800.882.ISLES.

Valentine’s Day Funnies
Whether you’re a couple looking for a few laughs or someone looking to laugh at the other couples, you’ll find your place at the Valentine’s Day Funnies show at Governor’s Comedy Club.

Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown, 7 p.m. For prices and tickets call 516.731.3358 or visit Govenor's Comedy Club.

Seal Cruises
Get back to nature this Valentine’s Day with the Riverhead Foundation’s Seal Cruise. Explore the winter harbor seals as you set sail aboard Captain Lou Fleet along the Hempstead Bay while a naturalist discusses the behavior behind these sea loving creatures.

The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, 28 Woodcleft Ave., Freeport; Feb. 13 and 14, 12:30 p.m.; $28 per person; 631.369.9840.

WHERE TO STAY:

Glen Cove Mansion
Enjoy two nights in one of Glen Clove’s guestrooms when you reserve their Love is in the Air! Package. This romantic getaway package also includes chocolate-covered strawberries and chilled champagne upon arrival, as well as a $50 certificate toward a romantic dining experience at one of the nearby restaurants.

Glen Cove Mansion, 200 Dosoris Lane, Glen Cove; $232.59–$485.09; 866.850.0521.

Inn at Fox Hollow
The Inn At Fox Hollow offers not just one, but four Valentine’s Day packages to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a romantic dinner experience or fancy a Swedish massage, the Inn at Fox Hollow has you covered this Valentine’s Day weekend.

The Inn at Fox Hollow, 7755 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury; $305.62–$455.62; 800.291.8090.

The Garden City Hotel
Memories will be made at The Garden City Hotel when you reserve the Magic Moments package, where you and your partner will be whisked away to a luxurious king-bedded room or personal suite where a bottle of chilled champagne and chocolate covered strawberries await your arrival. You’ll also receive a $100 dinner credit for two at the Zagat rated and New York Times recommended Rein restaurant.

The Garden City Hotel, 45 Seventh St., Garden City; $399–$689; 877.549.0400.

Inn at Great Neck
Celebrate your love all weekend with the Inn at Great Neck’s Valentine’s Day Package that won’t break the bank. This must-see package includes two nights in a deluxe room, champagne on arrival, dinner and breakfast for two at the Giraffe Room, and valet parking.

Inn at Great Neck, 30 Cutter Mill Rd., Great Neck, Two nights $255; 516.773.2000.    

The Andrew
After you spend the day perusing through the conveniently located boutiques and eateries, The Andrew invites you and your special someone to check in for an evening of romance this Valentine’s Day weekend. This unique package features rose petal turn down service, champagne, chocolate truffles, complimentary valet parking and breakfast in bed.

The Andrew Hotel, 75 N. Station Plaza, Great Neck; $279 a night; 866.843.2637.

WHERE TO EAT:

Burton and Doyle Steakhouse, 661 Northern Blvd. E., Great Neck, 516.487.9200
This ritzy steakhouse offers prime cuts, fresh seafood and an extensive wine list.

Bryant & Cooper Steak House, 2 Middle Neck Rd., Roslyn, 516.627.7270.
Voted the “Best Steakhouse in Long Island” by the New York Times, Bryant and Cooper serves up prime aged steaks in an inviting, warm atmosphere. Specialties include prime steaks and chops, lobster and mouthwatering crème brulée.

Soigné, 1066 Broadway, Woodmere, 516.569.2259
This romantic little gem located in the heart of Woodmere features a wide selection of traditional Continental cuisine with a French flair. Menu options include a fanciful selection of seafood, steak, poultry and pasta dishes at reasonable rates.

Barney’s, 315 Buckram Rd., Locust Valley, 516.671.6300.
This high-end restaurant features French-New American cuisine in a quaint, old country inn. Specialties include Barney’s Famous Crab cakes, Long Island Duckling and Foie Gras.

The Palm Court Restaurant at the Carltun, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, 516.542.0700.
If being heralded as the most beautiful and romantic restaurant on Long Island by Zagat was enough to impress restaurant-goers, The Palm Court has also been acclaimed by Wine Spectator magazine as having one of “the most outstanding restaurant wine lists in the world.” Enough said.

Limani, 1043 Northern Blvd., Roslyn, 516.869.8989
This upscale restaurant specializes in Greek-inspired seafood entrées such as Yellow Fin Tuna with Egyptian sesame crust and the charcoal-grilled whole royal dorado with a special ladolemono sauce.

Il Mulino, 1042 Northern Blvd, Roslyn, 516.621.1870.
Given the highest distinction by Zagat for more than 20 years, Il Mulino offers an impeccable dining experience from the moment you step foot into the high-end Italian eatery. Specialties include homemade pasta specialties, lamb and veal.

Trata, 1446 Old Northern Blvd., 516.625.2600
This high-end newcomer is sure to tantalize your senses with its dazzling décor, romantic music and delightful fish dishes from the Greek islands, as well as with its lively bar scene.

La P’tite Framboise, 294 Main St., Port Washington, 516.767.7164
This bustling bistro serves up French cuisine in a romantic setting. The restaurant’s daily specials are sure to please. Fan favorites include steak frites, pork tenderloin, lamb shank and the raspberry tart.

Café Toscano, 746 N. Broadway, Massapequa, 516.798.4500.
Experience the tastes of Italy at this romantic Italian eatery with a wide selection of delicious dishes at a reasonable price.

Seeda Thai Restaurant, 28 N. Central, Valley Stream, 516.561.2626.
A Long Island favorite, Seeda Thai Restaurant serves traditional Thai cuisine in a romantic yet exotic atmosphere at prices that won’t break the bank.

Jaiya, 46 West Old Country Rd., Hicksville, 516.651.1330
Since its opening in Elmhurst, Queens, more than 30 years ago, foodies can’t get enough of the spicy Thai cuisine Jaiya has to offer. Experience the Thai tradition at Jaiya’s Long Island home in Hicksville.

About Nassau County, Long Island
Nassau County, The Island Next Door, is home to world-class shopping, restaurants, and museums as well as top-notch hotels, Gold Coast mansions, quaint villages and spectacular surfing, fishing and boating. There are many hiking trails, public gardens, bike paths and plenty of free and near-free events and attractions all year long. Nassau County has something for everyone and whether you come for the day or stay overnight, you will find Nassau County wonderfully accessible and affordable. For more information about Nassau County, The Island Next Door, visit http://www.theislandnextdoor.com.

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