Romantic Dining

Treat someone special to a romantic dinner at these romantic hot spots in the tri state area.

  • The Chop House, Gibbsboro, NJ
  • Redstone, Marlton, NJ
  • Riverwinds, Deptford, NJ
  • Giumarellos, Westmont, NJ
  • Library II, Voorhees, NJ
  • Cafe Aldo Lamberti, Cherry Hill, NJ
  • Ristorante Tuscana, Cherry Hill, NJ
  • Filomena’s in Berlin or Deptford
  • Braddocks Tavern, Medford
  • Catelli Duo, Moorestown and Voorhees
  • Bistro Romano, Philadelphi
  • Talula’s Garden, Philadelphia
  • DelFrisco’s Philadelphia
  • Positano Coast, Philadelphia
  • Ebbit Room at the Virginia Hotel, Cape May
  • Merion Inn, Cape May, NJ
  • Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm, Holicong, PA
  • Cock and Bull at Peddler’s Village
  • Bistro DiMarino, Collingswood, NJ

Wine And Chocolate weekends

Saturday, February 10 – Sunday, February 11
Featured Wineries: Bellview Winery, Terhune Orchards, Laurita Winery

Details: Valentine’s Day is the one day of the year dedicated to perfect pairings, and there’s only one match that goes better than you and your significant other: Wine and chocolate. Garden State Wine Growers is hosting a Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend complete with tastings, new releases, live music and, of course, wine and chocolate pairings. Click hereto view the participating wineries across the state and their Valentine’s Day weekend specials and offerings.
More info:www.newjerseywines.com or call 609-588-0085

Renew your Vows

Renew Your Vows at Laurita Winery
Saturday, February 9, 2019; 1 PM – 3 PM
Laurita Winery
85 Archertown Rd,
New Egypt, NJ
Cost: Free, but must register in advance
A great pre-Valentines Day celebration. Show your happily-ever-after is still going strong! “Say: ‘I Do’, Again” is a non-denominational service performed by Wedding Officiant Dave Turner.
Arrive by 1pm to check in, receive your carnation for the ladies and shot of Chocolate Therapy for the gentlemen, and relax. Music begins at 1:30 pm, with the ceremony beginning promptly at 2pm.
Pre-registration is REQUIRED by Feb. 9th! www.lauritawinery.com

LBI Chocolate Week

Chocolate Week 2019

Taking place February 10 – 17, The week offers activities and events that include Valentine’s Day and President’s Day Weekend. Keeping the focus on simple pleasures that tie in with Valentine’s Day and mid winter escapes, the Southern Ocean County Chamber coordinates local businesses and organizations to extend special promotions, offers and classes that create a sweet vibe throughout the Long Beach Island Region of the Jersey Shore, including Long Beach Island and locations from Little Egg Harbor up through Lacey Township. A good place to start for all 21 and over is the Southern Ocean Made Surf and Sip Brew Trail featuring offerings and events from four local craft breweries as well as surf experience related galleries, shops and hands on exhibits to keep that summer feeling coming throughout the winter.

Delaware Avenue Oyster House – Wine Class scheduled for 2/14 – tickets will go on sale 2/1. Stop in to taste their specialty chocolate martini!

The Local Market & Kitchen – Enjoy sweets and treats the entire week!

Lighthouse International Film Festival -View Back to Burgundy on February 15 at 7:00 p.m. Enjoy the Screening/ Wine Tasting along with chocolates held at The Arlington, Ship Bottom. Cost: $40. per person. Reservations Strongly Encouraged. Purchase tickets

Long Beach Island Foundation – Free Hot Cocoa Bar; reception for our Wildlife Exhibit on Friday, February 15th. It will be a community potluck open to everyone and LBIF will include a chocolate treat for everyone in honor of Chocolate Week.

Oyster Creek Brewing Company – Chocolate stout for chocolate week.

Pinelands Brewing Company – Stop in and taste the Batona Trail Ale, Winter Warmer with Chocolate; Raspberry Jam, Cream Ale with Raspberry.

Smallcakes LBI – They will have a table at Southern Ocean Medical Center, Rt 72 West, Manahawkin on 2/14 between 10am – 3pm with their Smallcakes available for sale. They are also offering free delivery in Ocean County. Call to place your order 609.342.0412. Options are: Pull apart heart design, Giant Cupcake- red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting garnished with hearts, our Signature Smallcakes will all be decorated for the day, special flavors will be Chocolate Covered cherry, chocolate covered Strawberry, Wedding Cake, Strawberries-n-cream, brownie red velvet Cherry Cheese cake and brownie red velvet

Stafford Township Arts Center – Cupid Cabaret 2/9

Surflight Theatre – 2/16 & 2/17 Night The Music Lived: A Tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens & The Big BopperNight The Music Lived: A Tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens & The Big Bopper

Tuckerton Seaport – Cocoa Cup Mini Golf Challenge

Van Dyk Agency – Feb 10 – Feb 17 – Stop in to say hello and enjoy FREE hugs and kisses of the chocolate kind to celebrate Chocolate Week. All locations (Barnegat, Manahawkin, LBI)

The Union Market – The Union Market will be offering a free chocolate macaron with any House Blend Hot Cocoa purchase. Two free if you order a Dreamy Cocoa (house blend cocoa, whipped cream, marshmallows & a chocolate drizzle) to benefit David’s Dream & Believe Canc

Haddonfield Uncorked

Enjoy the perfect pairing of wonderful wines and a day of great shopping amid the unique setting of Haddonfield’s boutiques and dining spots. You’ll find special offers town wide as ‘Haddonfield Uncorked’ takes place once again throughout Downtown Haddonfield on Saturday, February 23, from 1 – 4 p.m. 

Philadelphia Flower show

The Philadelphia Flower show will be hosting their 187th event from March 2 to March 10. with a theme “Flower Power”. The flower show is the oldest and largest flower show in the world and has won the 2014 Grand Pinnacle Gold Award from the International Festival and Events Association, as the world’s top event. Visitors will enjoy over the top floral arrangements, live entertainment, culinary demonstrations, lectures, workshops and special events all week.

Designers Studio  Each year the Designer’s Studio invites the nation’s best floral designers to show to use assorted materials that are provided to create floral designs right before your eyes. The Designer’s Studio also hosts head-to-head competitions among design professionals and amateur contestants throughout the week providing a reality tv atmosphere. Visitors vote to determine the winner.

Gardeners Studio  The Gardener’s Studio, presented by Subaru, allows gardening and greening experts to share their passion with the public. Don’t miss the exciting Container Garden Challenge at 12:00 noon each day hosted by Sam Harris of Sam Harris Designs. Guests will vote for their favorite design.

Make and Take Room:  Take home a piece of the 2015 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show from the Make and Take Room (located along the Grand Concourse at the Pennsylvania Convention Center). Using materials and guidance from DIY experts, let your imagination bloom.

Wine and Spirits tastings

The Fine Wine & Good Spirits store offers free Samples of wines and liquors from the world’s finest spirit makers . It is the perfect way to begin or end your visit.

The Butterfly Experience

“The Butterfly Experience” is an interactive and educational exhibit created by California’s Sky River Butterflies bringing 30 species of butterflies – 10 domestic and 10 exotic varieties – to the Grand Concourse of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. You will see some of the most exotic, rare, and beautiful butterflies here. You will have a chance to roam among and feed the butterflies. The exhibition space will be filled with a vast selection of plants and will be heated to the right temperature to simulate the butterflies’ natural habitat. Artists will create painted environments to give a feeling of walking into the clouds with the butterflies. The Butterfly Experience is $3

Garden Tea :  Step into serene and elegant surroundings with soothing music and elegant flowers. A light and delicious menu of petit sandwiches, pastries, fruit and an assortment of fine teas will enhance your Flower Show experience Two seatings daily, 12:30pm and 3:45pm (with the exception of closing day)  Limited availability. Seating is pre-assigned. Four or five people will be seated at each table. Same day Flower Show admission is required to attend a Garden Tea. The cost is $29

Pop Up Beer Garden:  The Grand Hall of the Pennsylvania Convention Center will be transformed into the “Backlot,” of a movie production complimenting the this year’s theme “Celebrate the Movies.” A palm tree-lined red carpet will lead guests to the Pop Up Garden, offering light fare, the new PHS Hard Cider, and beer, while movies play on a large screen. The Fine Wine & Good Spirits Store will return to the Grand Hall with free tastings and a shop to purchase new discoveries. Among the special guests at the 2015 Flower Show will be film and television star Dan Aykroyd, who will sign bottles of his additive-free Crystal Head Vodka on Friday, March 6. Ethan Wayne, son of John Wayne, will sign bottles of Duke Bourbon on Saturday, February 28 and present a display of memorabilia of the Academy Award-winning actor. Christina Milian will also be signing bottles of her Viva Diva wines on Saturday, March 7.

Guests are invited to try light bites from prestigious venues and caterers such as The Rittenhouse Hotel, Franklin Institute, Jaime Hollander Catering, Reading Terminal Market and DiBruno Bros., while sipping cocktails from vendors including Chandon, Frances Ford Coppola Wine, Diageo Wines, and Cupcake Vineyards. Event attendees should expect to get the Hollywood treatment with hair and makeup trials, snap photos in a glitzy photo booth from Shutter Booth, sample sweets from Velvet Sky Bakery, The Master’s Baker, and Bredenbeck’s – and even get tips for how to work it all off from Plank Studio.

For all the details and tickets go to www.theflowershow.com

Philadelphia Auto Show

From Feb 2 to Feb 10 the Philadelphia Convention Center hosts the Auto Show. On Feb 1 you can attend the Black Tie Tailgate event that is a fundraiser for Children’s Hospital.
The Auto show is an event that highlights new cars, cars parts, vintage cars, cars accessories and car related services. You will see vintage cars, custom cars and motorcycles. There’s sure to be something for everyone, especially for automobiles lovers. www.phillyautoshow.com

Braddock’s Tavern Christmas Dining, Medford, NJ

Braddocks Tavern:  39 S. Main Street, Medford, NJ 609-654-1604   Step back in time while dining at the historic Braddock’s Tavern during the holidays.  On selected evenings and weekends enjoy your holiday favorites song by costumed Dickens Characters (The  Ridgeway Singers) strolling throughout the restaurant from 6:30 to 9:30.  Also on select dates in December enjoy the Dickens Dinner Theatre with a five course dinner and The Christmas Carol complete with Wassail and warm spiced apple cider.  Braddocks Tavern has been operating as an inn since the 1800’s and today, the historic charm remains.  The food is excellent and the atmosphere is both historic and romantic.  On December 1 the town of Medford celebrates the annual Dickens Festival where the Main Street in Medford is transformed into a Victorian Winter Wonderland.  www.braddockstavern.com

Christmas in Cape May, NJ

Cape May is America’s Oldest seaside resort and the best example or Victorian architecture in the nation.  Step back in time while visiting Cape May’s historic home interiors and exteriors and gas lit streets as they sparkle and shine during the annual Christmas Candlelight House Tours, presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC).  This self guided walking tour takes you along Cape May’s historic streets and invites you inside of homes, inns, hotels and churches beautifully decorated for the holiday season. Along the streets enjoy the holiday sounds of carolers and strolling musicians.  Hospitality centers offer warm beverages and traditional holiday treats. The  Christmas Candlelight House Tours are Saturdays, Dec 1, 8 and 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $35 for adults and $20 for children (ages 3-12) and also includes entry to the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, Cape May’s only Victorian House Museum, authentically decorated for a Victorian Christmas, and to “An Old-fashioned Christmas” exhibit in the Carriage House Gallery on the grounds of the Estate. Limited shuttle service on heated trolleys is available. Christmas Candlelight House Tours are limited; advance reservations are strongly recommended. MAC sponsors six weeks of special holiday tours, ghost of Christmas tours and holiday light tours and events from Nov. 17 through Jan. 1, 2018.  www.capemaymac.org

 

Longwood Gardens Fall Festivals

Longwood Gardens start their Fall extravaganza Starting on October 4 with Autumn Colors but their biggest Fall event is the Chrysanthemum Festival.

Experience the largest display of exhibition chrysanthemums in the United States. Their horticulture experts work daily throughout the seasons to meticulously nurture and train more than 17,000 chrysanthemums into giant orbs, spirals, pagodas, columns, and even more unique forms—including a traditional fan shape making its debut this year.

In late October, the unveiling of the Thousand Bloom Mum—a single plant bearing more than 1,500 perfect blooms on one stem—takes our display to a whole new level. The result is simply astounding.