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Unique Valentine’s Day Date Ideas on Long Island

Valentine’s Day is a romantic day to spend with your significant other. Many people go to an overpriced dinner, crowded movie and buy red roses and a heart shaped box of candy, so cliché. This year surprise your Valentine with one of the unique date ideas below.

Be Mine Valentine’s Day Beer and Wine Couples Tour

Date: February 18-11am
Cost: $160 per couple
Website: LIBeerBus.com
Phone: (631) 913-3817

If you’re a craft beer-loving couple, join Tapped Enterprises for a Valentine’s Day Beer and Wine tour. This five hour tour includes round trip transportation, a wine tasting at Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard, a beer tasting at Jamesport Farm Brewery, gourmet fromage from American Cheese Shop, decadent chocolates, a couple photo and Valentine’s Day candy.

The Cast of Beatlemania – Beatles Love Songs

Date: February 14-8:00pm
Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
2 East Main Street
Smithtown, NY 11787
Phone: 631-724-3700
Cost: $50
Sing along to the most famous love songs written by The Beatles performed by the cast of Beatlemania. Hold your Valentine’s hand and let these Brit Rockers serenade you with their most iconic hits.

Shakespeare In Love

Date(s): February 3 – March 4
Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
2 East Main Street
Smithtown, NY 11787
Phone: 631-724-3700
Cost: $20 – $35
The highly acclaimed movie Shakespeare In Love (a film that won seven Academy Awards) has been adapted from screen to stage. Sweep your date off her feet with a Shakespeare’s sonnet and take her to see this timeless romantic tale.

View the Planets & Moon through a Telescope

Date(s): December 18, 2017 through May 3, 2018 7pm – 8:30pm
Northport Harbor Park
Bottom End of Main St. at Woodbine Ave.
Northport, NY 11731
Phone: 631-486-4818
Cost: Free Event Website: Visit telescope.hereweb.com for any last-minute cancellations
There’s nothing more romantic that gazing up at the stars. Northport Harbor Park offers free telescope gazing and lessons on how to navigate the night sky. Go to Staracle.com and you can even name a star after your date for free.

Cross-Country Skiing in the Parks

Date(s): December 15, 2017 – April 30, 2018 1pm – 5pm
Heckscher Park
Prime Ave
Huntington, NY 11746 (Map)
Phone: 631-486-4818 (Call first, they only do this is there is sufficient snow.)
Cost: Free event
Spend Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart on the slopes. Learn how to cross-country ski on Long Island from an experienced ski instructor. Avoid lift lines, long road trips and expensive tickets. Master the ski basics including walking and turning. Equipment will be provided.

Long Island 2018 Valentine’s ChocoVino Chocolate Wine Sensational Tasting Experience

Date: February 14-8pm
Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead
431 E Main Street
Riverhead, NY 11901
Phone: 631-208-9200 x 426
Cost: $195.00 plus tax per couple ages  21+ (reservations required)

Spend your Valentine’s Day enjoying a five-course dinner, sipping on wine and indulging in sweets at the Valentine’s ChocoVino Chocolate Wine Sensational Tasting Experience at the Long Island Aquarium. Satisfy your sweet tooth with decadent desserts while viewing soothing sea exhibits.

 

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Tips for Buying Jewelry for Valentine’s Day

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If you have a Valentine, you probably feel pressured to find the perfect gift. Jewelry is a sure way to make your sweetheart feel special. Here are some key tips to help you make this special purchase.

Know Your Valentine’s Style

Keep in mind your Valentine’s unique style, when shopping for jewelry.

  • Observe and know what he/she looks for in jewelry
  • Take note of what he/she currently wears
  • Listen for comments about pieces that he/she wants
  • Notice reactions to jewelry he/she sees on others and in advertisements
  • Talk to your significant other’s friends and family to see if he/she has mentioned anything

Learn the Latest Trends

Educate yourself on the hottest jewelry trends. Tune into commercials, flip through magazines, and scan ads on social media. Browse online, but make purchases in person so you know exactly what you are getting.

Do Your Research

Once you know your Valentine’s style and the current trends, it’s time to research individual pieces.

How to make the perfect purchase

  • Don’t buy the first thing you see
  • Ask questions about the source of the metal and stones
  • Be wary of vendors who try to pressure you into spontaneous purchases
  • Compare to see which retailers offer the same or similar products at better prices or higher quality
  • Read customer reviews about the product, the store, and the designer

Stick to Your Budget and Negotiate
Don’t break the bank finding jewelry for your Valentine. Jewelers have a large supply in preparation for the holiday demand, which means they are focused on sealing a deal.

How to avoid overspending and falling in a sales trap

  • Decide on your budget and stick to it.
  • Avoid sale items; this is a way of getting rid of low quality and outdated merchandise.
  • Negotiate. When you find a piece you want to buy, find an imperfection so you can bargain. Say that there are other pieces at other stores that you are interested in at lower prices. Utilize this technique: offer a price lower than you are actually willing to pay. Then, offer a price you are actually willing to pay. This will seem like a much better sell compared to your initial offer.

Know the Return and Refund Policy
No matter how much research you do, or how great of a selection, there is always a chance that your gift might not be the right fit for your Valentine. Sometimes it’s because of style or it might break immediately. Know the vender’s return and refund policy before purchasing. Avoid sale-priced items since they are often final sale. With jewelry, you might be offered store credit rather than cash refund. Make sure there are other things at that store your Valentine would enjoy. Know the time frame for refunds or returns and the reasons you are permitted to return an item. Sometimes, stores will only honor returns for damages, not for dissatisfaction.