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 and opt out of a prix fixe dinner menu, we have the 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, spanning from this weekend through February 14th.
At-Home Fondue from Butler + the Board | 103 Forest Street
If you’re craving a cozy night at home, then you need this cheese and chocolate fondue set from Butler and The Board. You can opt for the cheese only ($48) which comes with sausages, cornichon, apple, cauliflower florets, and bread, but we say to add the chocolate for $20 which includes chocolate ganache and donut bites from Rabble Rise. A fondue set isn’t required but is available for those who wish to purchase it. Pre-orders are required by February 12 for pickup on February 14 from 4PM-6PM.
Charcuterie + Candles at Alchemy Scent Bar | 30 Church Street
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Montclair’s favorite scent shop is hosting a special event for sweethearts (or besties) on February 9th. Guests will create a custom candle and charcuterie board over a glass or two of bubbly. Tickets are $100 per person and can be secured by calling the shop in advance.
Couples Massage at Woodhouse Spa | 56 S Park Street
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For ultimate rest and relaxation, head to Woodhouse Spa. The Couples Retreat package features the Body Balance Massage for two, which is their take on a Swedish massage. Kick things up a notch by adding the Hot Stone Enhancement.
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 gives couples the opportunity 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
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If you and your S.O. have a sweet tooth and are DIYers, look no further than Eclectic Chic Boutique. At the Valentine’s Day Cooking Decorating Workshop on February 11th, learn piping basics and make unique designs on Valentine’s sugar cookies. If chocolate-covered strawberries are more your jam, sign up for this workshop on February 12th to learn how to make your own. Both workshops are available in-person and virtually, and prices vary accordingly.
Jazz Night at Pineapple Express Barbecue | 1 Lackawanna Plaza
This local barbecue joint hosts a jazz night every other Tuesday, which happens to fall on Valentine’s Day. 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. You can even challenge your beau to a friendly game of foosball when the band goes on break.
Paint + Sip at Pinot’s Palette | 351 Bloomfield Avenue
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Pinot’s Palette is hosting special nights for couples painting, which include two corresponding canvases for one complete picture. While the first event on Saturday, February 11th is already sold out, you can still grab spots for the Van Gogh-inspired “Love is in the Horizon” on Valentine’s Day (priced at $38 per guest). Events are BYOB, so grab some wine to get your creative juices flowing.
Puff, Plant + Paint at Mind Your Beads + Seeds | 147 D, Valley Road
This plant shop offers a unique twist on the paint and sip. Here, you can either sip or puff depending on the day and your vice of choice, and paint + plant a pot. The shop is offering two Valentine’s Day-themed events — a BYOC for couples on February 11th ($45 per person) and a BYOB Galentines Edition on February 10th ($50 per person).
Staycation at The George | 37 N Mountain Avenue #2317
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The George offers a stunning backdrop for any staycation, and will be especially romantic this Valentine’s Day weekend (February 10th + 11th). The boutique hotel is partnering with La Rocca Osteria to bring guests an exclusive dinner menu right to their guest rooms, along with a complimentary bottle of wine. Couples can also order a breakfast-in-bed special complete with croissants, fresh berries, yogurt and granola, quiches, and more. Flowers and chocolate-covered strawberries are also available to order.