Local venues allow residents to fully enjoy Valentine’s Day
February marks the winding down of winter and the upcoming approach of spring. The hallmark of February for most people is Valentine’s Day, the romantic holiday filled with flowers, jewelry, heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, and images of Cupid. 180 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged every year in the United States, and a staggering 224 million roses are grown for the holiday. It is interesting to note that women buy 85% of all Valentine’s Day cards while men buy 73% of all the flowers. (1) The residents of The Avenue at South Orange, New Jersey, are indeed fortunate that they have many nearby venues that are ready to make this year’s Valentine’s Day special.
Valentine’s Day is a special day for many of the 16,743 residents of South Orange, New Jersey. (2) One gift that men can give their special lady on this romantic holiday is a trip to the spa. Indulgence Day Spa features a 60-minute deep tissue massage for $110, as well as a 60-minute Gua Sha candle massage that features heated stones and warm oil from a Lime Bamboo Soy candle for $140. (3)
The Turtle Back Zoo is a popular destination for many of those living at The Avenue. The zoo will be holding its annual Valentine’s Day Date Night on February 22 from 6pm to 10pm. (4) The event is for adults aged 21 and over and features the zoo’s staff offering fun and cheeky discussion on the mating habits of the zoo’s animals. The event also has behind the scenes tours, a tasty dessert, a cash bar, and a buffet-style dinner with a complimentary alcoholic beverage.
Many couples living at The Avenue at South Orange plan on enjoying a romantic dinner at one of the fine restaurants located nearby. Bistro d’Azur, a French and Mediterranean restaurant, is having a Valentine’s Day special for $79 per person. (5) The first course features delicacies like lobster crepe and butternut squash risotto while the main course boasts delights like butter-poached Maine lobster and lamb rib chops. Restaurant Lorena’s is running a promotion, Galentine’s Day, from February 11 through February 14. (6) Groups of women who make a reservation for lunch will get a complimentary glass of champagne. Restaurant Lorena’s is also the perfect spot for a special dinner on Valentine’s Day. The menu includes treats like pistachio-crusted duck breast, Berkshire center-cut pork chops, and herb-roasted semi-boneless organic chicken.
Residents of The Avenue have several high-quality flower shops to choose from when picking up a bouquet for that special someone. Victor’s Florist offers a large selection of arrangements to choose from for Valentine’s Day, such as the Dance with Me Bouquet with Red Roses for $60 and the Love and Laughter bouquet for $60. (7) Gefken Flowers & Gift Baskets has a nice range of floral arrangements that will please one’s significant other on Valentine’s Day. The Colorful Affection arrangement costs $85 and comes with red roses, fuchsia alstroemeria, purple statice, purple stock, purple anemones, and green trick dianthus. Other beautiful arrangements include Lovely Pinks, Flirty Fondness, Sincere Stargazers, and Pretty with Pinks. (8)
Cynthia Hernandez of The Avenue at South Orange says, “I can’t wait for Valentine’s Day to get here. It’s such a fun and romantic holiday. Last year, I pampered myself with a trip to the Indulgence Day Spa, and I plan on doing so again this year. I know that a number of our single residents are planning on attending The Heart Party in nearby Morristown. It’s a great event for singles to meet and hopefully make a connection. Chocolate is always king on Valentine’s Day, and I heartily recommend Chocolate Works. They have an amazing array of chocolate goodies, but I do admit I adore their chocolate-covered strawberries the best. As for dinner on Valentine’s Day, I can’t wait to sink my teeth into the lamb rib chops at Bistro d’Azur. That restaurant is something special. I know a number of our female residents are taking advantage of the Galentine’s Day promotion by Restaurant Lorena’s where ladies get a free glass of champagne for lunch reservations. For those looking to add some sparkle to Valentine’s Day this year, there are several great jewelry shops close by, such as Ambiance and KayKay Jewels. With all the options located nearby The Avenue, there’s no excuse not to have a great and love-filled Valentine’s Day.” (9)
9) Quote from Cynthia Hernandez of The Avenue at South Orange