There is no shortage of romantic restaurants in the Montclair area that are perfect for a special occasion — like Valentine’s Day. But in case you’re hoping to skip the crowds, we have a list of date ideas for you. From special events at our favorite shops to year-round activities that make for a great date, there are so many ways to celebrate love right here in Montclair. Read on for a roundup of Valentine’s Day date ideas in Montclair, New Jersey.
Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Board from Butler + the Board | 103 Forest Street
For a cozy night at home, just add this Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Board from Butler and The Board. It starts at $45 which includes seasonal fruit, vegetables, marinated olives, and a baguette. There is also a meat or vegetarian option depending on everyone’s dietary restrictions.
Create Candles at Alchemy Scent Bar | 30 Church Street
Montclair’s favorite scent shop is home to custom-fragranced candles, home, and body products. If feeling crafty, couples can go out for a candle-making night. More details can be found here.
Couples Massage at Hand + Stone Montclair | 648 Bloomfield Avenue
For ultimate relaxation, head to Hand + Stone in Montclair. A 1-hour couples massage is $89.95 per person, and there are a variety of enhancements to choose from on the spa menu like aromatherapy, a nourishing scalp massage, hot stone, and more.
Dance Class at Arthur Murray | 365 Bloomfield Avenue
Arthur Murray offers personalized dance lessons for couples, spanning all different styles from salsa and samba to foxtrot and waltz. An introductory lesson is $39, which allows couples to check out the studio, meet with an instructor, and learn some initial moves. For those who are really into it, consider picking up a recurring course for a regular date night activity.
DIY Sweets at The Eclectic Chic Boutique | 547 Bloomfield Avenue
If you and your S.O. have a sweet tooth and are DIYers, look no further than Eclectic Chic Boutique. At the Chocolate Covered Strawberry Making Workshop on February 11th, learn how to make chocolate-covered strawberries. Sign up for this workshop to learn how to make your own. This workshop is available in-person and virtually, and prices vary accordingly.
Open Mic Night at Pineapple Express Barbecue | 1 Lackawanna Plaza
This local barbecue joint hosts an open mic night every other Wednesday. Pineapple Express is a great place to kick back for a casual dinner (we love the smoked brisket and buffalo cauliflower) and listen to some live music.
Painting Classes at Pinot’s Palette | 351 Bloomfield Avenue
Pinot’s Palette is hosting special nights with themed Valentine’s Day painting sessions. Each class varies in pricing but some classes are currently open such as “The Bridge to Love” class or “Starry Valentine Kiss” class. Events are BYOB, so grab some wine to get your creative juices flowing.
Painting Class at Wine + Design | 1 Greenwood Avenue
Wine + Design is also hosting various Valentine’s Day-themed classes at its Greenwood Avenue location. Upcoming events include a BYOB “Opposites Attract” Date Night class, a DIY resin is trays class, and more.
Permanent Jewelry at Forever Welded | 314 Bloomfield Avenue
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Forever Welded is New Jersey’s first-ever permanent jewelry store and sells various bracelets, necklaces, and rings in 14k Solid Gold, Gold Fill, and Sterling Silver. Couples can get matching engraved tag necklaces, engraved rings, and more.
Play a Round at Montclair Indoor Golf Club | 369 Bloomfield Avenue
For the sporty couple, this indoor golf simulator has 24/7 access every day of the year and features two simulator bays with both TrackMan4 and Trackman iO launch monitors.
Pottery Class at Mud Clay Studio | 370 Bloomfield Avenue
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For the crafty couple, this pottery studio has comprehensive courses and BYOB pottery wheel events. Upcoming events include a BYOB Couples Night on February 10th, a Heart-Shaped Box Weekend Workshop on February 11th, and make-your-own hand-building classes all month long.
Stroll the Galleries of the Montclair Art Museum I 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair
For the artsy couple, a walk around the Montclair Art Museum is the perfect date. In addition to exhibitions like Joel Meyerowitz: Photographs from Cape Cod and Siona Benjamin: Lilith in the New World, there are also various classes to try — upcoming events include Studio Art Sampler: Soft Pastels on February 11th, Wine + Wheel on February 16th, and more.
Tattoos + Shopping at Unlucky Rabbit | 123 Walnut Street
Unlucky Rabbit is a tattoo parlor and shop that carries a curated collection of oddities, art, prints, paintings, and taxidermy. If you’re looking for a unique date night option, this is the spot to go to.