5 things to do in NJ if you blew Valentine’s Day

Written for MyCentralJersey.com on 2/15/18

Uh-oh. Did you forget Valentine’s Day? Did your bouquet delivery get lost in the mail? Did you mistake that box of chocolates for a midnight snack?

Even if your Valentine’s Day didn’t exactly go as planned, there are still lots of things you can do throughout Central Jersey to redeem yourself from this year’s holiday flop. Until next year, that is.

Courtesy of Island Spa

1. Relax at Island Spa

Luckily for your guilty conscience, you and your valentine can spend a whole day at Island Spa in Edison — with six dry saunas, massages, facials, body scrubs, hot tubs, Korean restaurant, juice bar and group sleeping rooms, this hidden getaway makes for a great day trip any time of the year.

When guests walk in, they will be given an Island Spa robe, sandals and a virtual wallet bracelet — similar to an inclusive resort — that makes it feel like a real escape to a tropical paradise where you can spend as little as $29 for sauna and hot tub access.

If you go: 1769 E. Lincoln Highway, Edison; $29 to $35 for a day pass; islandspasauna.com, 732-253-7379

Courtesy of the Grape Escape

2. Make your own at Grape Escape

Make up for your foiled Valentine’s Day plans and make some homemade mozzarella, olive oil, chocolate, Sunday gravy and pasta or balsamic vinegar to take home at the Grape Escape in the Dayton section of South Brunswick, which operates regular classes as well as yearlong winemaking classes.

The next mozzarella-making class will be hosted on Friday, Feb. 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. for $85 per person and the Grape Escape will also be hosting “sip and sample” events on Feb. 23 and 24, in which visitors can sample wines that they can make in the upcoming season (no purchase necessary).

If you go: 12 Stults Road, Suite 101, Dayton; 609-409-9463, thegrapeescape.net

Courtesy of Cornucopia Cruise Line

3. Dinner cruise with Cornucopia

Want to dance the night away, enjoy a gourmet meal and gaze at beautiful views around the Statue of Liberty and Verrazano-Narrows Bridge (like you should have done on Valentine’s Day?) It’s not too late to book a ticket with Cornucopia Cruise Line from Perth Amboy.

Cornucopia ships have various dining rooms, dance floors with live music or a DJ and observation decks and have seats that can be reserved at any time of year and for any occasion, even just for Sunday brunch.

If you go: 401 Riverview Drive, Perth Amboy; $40 to $75; 732-697-9500, cornucopiacruise.com

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4. Learn to dance at Fred Astaire’s

It doesn’t matter if you have two left feet — anyone (especially someone recovering from a rough Valentine’s Day) can learn to dance at Fred Astaire’s Dance Studio of Princeton in styles such as the foxtrot, waltz, tango, swing, salsa, cha-cha and more.

Lessons are made for all ages and skill levels and are taught by certified dance instructors who undergo rigorous and continuous dance training. Plus, if you end up solo after Valentine’s Day, you can also take these classes without a partner.

If you go: 301 N. Harrison St., Princeton; 609-917-7048, fredastaire.com/princeton

Courtesy of Beneduce Vineyards

5. Sample wine at Beneduce Vineyards

What better way to fog away bad Valentine’s Day memories than with a few glasses of wine? At Beneduce Vineyards in the Pittstown section of Alexandria Township, visitors can taste five current wines and take home a wine glass for $5 or they can add a meat and cheese pairing for a $10 tasting, no reservations needed.

On-site wine experts talk visitors through each wine, and at the end of the tasting, the winery hands over keys to a golf cart so they can cruise the vineyards either with a wine expert or by themselves.

If you go: 1 Jeremiah Lane, Pittstown; $5 for a tasting of five wines; 908-996-3823, beneducevineyards.com

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