Amore at the Shore Makes It Worth Winter Visit to LBI Region

Gotta Love the Choices
Feb 05, 2015

With Valentine’s Day falling on the Saturday of the extended Presidents’ Day weekend, the Long Beach Island region has a calendar of events that both vacationers and residents will love.

The choices range from exploring the art of chocolate-making with the family, a serenade during an elegant dinner for two, teeing up with your buttercup for winter golfing, and more.

The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce has gathered the list of events that its member businesses and attractions have planned. Go onto the individual websites or Facebook pages of each place for full details.

If you have a love of learning, here are several fun classes:

  • Valentine’s Day Chocolate Making class at the Tuckerton Seaport in Tuckerton, 2-3:30 p.m. Feb. 14. Cost of $15 per person includes all materials. RSVP is required, 609-296-8868.
  • Hand-sew a sweet Valentine penny rug with Lora Sparks of the Seaport Stitchers at the Tuckerton Seaport, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 14. Fee of $50 includes all materials. Preregistration is required by Feb. 7 by contacting Folk Life Center at Tuckerton Seaport.
  • Drop into the LBI Foundation of Arts and Sciences, Loveladies Feb 14 for Science Saturday.

“Tea for two” opportunities, or “tee” for everyone can be found on the mainland.

  • Call A Sweet Memory in Forked River to reserve your date and time for their Sweet Heart Tea experience, including a traditional three-course menu and a choice of teas. It’s all served on an array of vintage and new Valentine-themed china. Cost is $21.95 per adult and $10.95 per child under 10. Phone is 609-242-0153. Dress up and pose for photos with their variety of fancy hats, boas and beads.
  • Feb 14-16 – Victorian Tea at the Captain’s House at the Tuckerton Seaport features tea, treats and a talk on etiquette in this landmark home steeped in history. Tickets are $20 per person for the event running from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Seaport.
  • Tee off in the Cocoa Cup Open Feb. 13-16 at the Tuckerton Seaport. See if your aim is as good as Cupid’s as you take part in the winter mini-golf tournament from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. All putters win a chocolate prize. Participants’ names go into a drawing for the grand prize.

For sweet treats, drop in at Cake That in Manahawkin Mart on Bay Avenue for valentine cupcake gift packs and specialty cakes to celebrate the sweetheart in your life.

If a soulful spa at the shore is the perfect Valentine’s Day Saturday, then a massage, facial or makeover at Bella Donna Salon is available in three locations: Manahawkin, Beach Haven and Surf City. Appointments are necessary.

Embrace the Pines at Albert Music Hall in Waretown for a Valentine’s Night show of country, bluegrass and pinelands music. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the show that starts at 7:30 and goes on until 11 p.m. Cost at the door is $5 for adults and $1 for children under 11.

Seductive serenades will make memories at The Gables Historic Inn & Restaurant, Beach Haven, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Valentine’s Day weekend. The Gables presents a full weekend of exquisite a la carte and prix fixe menus from 5:30 p.m. On Saturday, award-winning Italian tenor Michael Castaldo will perform songs of love (see separate calendar listing, this issue). Overnight stays are also available.

Romantic retreats are cozy in the heart of Long Beach Island winter. Below are a few Southern Ocean chamber member businesses that worked with the chamber for promotion of their Valentine’s specials.

Warm up from a refreshing game of winter golf with a romantic dinner and an overnight stay at Sea Oaks Country Club and its Inn at Sea Oaks in Little Egg Harbor.

The JD Thompson Inn in historic downtown Tuckerton offers gourmet breakfasts, treats and well-appointed guest rooms for a lovely “Valentine Weekend Interlude.”

Daddy O Hotel in Brant Beach opens just for Valentine’s weekend starting Friday, Feb. 13 at noon through Sunday, Feb.15, with the last check-out on Monday morning. Relax in the intimacy of the beachside off-season.

Engleside Inn offers overnight accommodations, Valentine’s dinner and drink specials in Beach Haven.

Drifting Sands in Ship Bottom provides oceanfront rooms and suites for families and couples.

The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce has been serving the Long Beach Island region for 101 years. Connect with local businesses and events at, stop into the visitor center at 265 West Ninth St., Ship Bottom or call 609-494-7211. Follow on social media as LBI Region.  —M.S.

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