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Valentine’s Weekend in the Hudson Valley

  |   January 31, 2011  |  Comment

There are so many ways to celebrate Valentine’s day here in the Hudson Valley.  You may want to start with a signature bottle  of  “TRIBUTE” the  Seyval Blanc 2009 wine that was chosen for Chelsea Clinton’s Wedding last year from the Hudson Valley’s own Clinton Vineyards in Dutchess County.  “Tribute” is a signature white table wine that is crisp, light and balanced with purity of fruit and underlying accents of citrus and apple.  Other selections for a romantic evening include Embrace – A delicious wine made exclusively from red raspberries.  Smooth and polished with a generous berry flavor which explodes on the palate.  This wine is the perfect choice with EVERYTHING chocolate.  RomanceA Fresh and focused, late harvest Seyval, with overtones of peach and a hint of dark chocolate.  Truly delicious dessert wine equally at home served as a first course with appetizers.  Desire Silver Medal Winner, New York Wine & Food Classic – An intense and lusty wine made from 100% blackberries characterized by a velvety finish and exceptional long lasting rich taste. Pairs well with all types of cheese and fruit based desserts. You may visit Clinton Vineyards for your own wine tasting experience.  They are now open Friday thru Sunday Call or check their website for hours and visit them online at  www.clintonvineyards.com.

What would Valentine’s Day be without Chocolates?  Alps Sweet Shop has been making handmade chocolates for 3 generations and almost 90 years!  Why not pamper that someone special with  Chocolate covered Strawberries or a sampling from the over 100+ confections.  You’ll be her sweetie forever if you remember her with chocolates!  Alps Sweet Shop serving the area with locations in Beacon and Fishkill or you can visit them online at www.hudsonvalleychocolatier.com.

If you are thinking of a romantic getaway The Pig Hill Inn at Cold Spring offers  romantic quiet retreats in an Historic B&B.  They feature 8 different rooms including their Tranquility Room which is made for pure romance!  A king size four poster canopy bed with private two person jacuzzi tub is a favorite among their guests. Tie that in with a scrumptious breakfast in a charming town on the Hudson River with dining, shopping and historic sites nearby for a perfect weekend getaway!  www.pighillinn.com

If an evening out is your ticket to romance.  Get your tickets now to Jim Brickman’s performance of “An Evening of Romance” at  Eisenhower Hall Theater at West Point.  Jim Brickman has revolutionized the sound of solo piano with his pop-style and star studded vocal collaboration.  This two-time Grammy nominated, platinum selling pianist and composer plays the hits “Valentine”, “Love of MY Life”, “If You Believe” and more.  This show date is Saturday, February 5th at 8pm.  To find out more visit www.ikehall.com.

There are plenty of options for fine dining for Valentine’s Day. The Poughkeepsie Grand offers their  Annual Valentine’s Dinner Dance on Valentine’s Day, Monday, February 14th from 6-10pm. This is an evening of Romance and dining $99 per couple.  Dance to the sounds of MC Fish Entertainment and Photography by Elegant Images. This is a 4 course meal, music, and dancing  with a complimentary dozen long stemmed boxed roses.  Overnight Accommodation packages are also available.  for more info visit the special events at   www.pokgrand.com and click on the The Grand Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance link.

Other fine restaurants that offer romantic waterfront dining are River Station in Poughkeepsie that offer their regular menu with specials and a long stem rose and a free glass of wine to the ladies with dinner.  For more info visit www.riverstationrest.com.

Shadows on the Hudson in Poughkeepsie will offer Valentine Dinner specials on Saturday, February 12th starting at 4pm, Sunday, February 13th starting at 3pm and Monday, February 14th starting at 4pm.  A 4 course meal with choices from Prime Rib, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Broiled Lobster and more. For more info visit  www.shadowsonthehudson.com.

Torches on the Hudson on the historic waterfront in Newburgh will offer a lunch and dinner menu for Valentine’s day as well.  Visit www.torchesonthehudson.com for more information.

By Melissa Tyler

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