Valentines Day is a holiday that is loved by some and loathed by others. In any case, I'd like to think that most people don't like the idea of spending hundreds of dollars on chocolates or a giant teddy bear one day a year to tell the person they love, well, that they love them. So whether you're a fan of the holiday or not, these gift ideas for the special person in your life can turn the holiday's greatest skeptic into a V-day celebrator.
Booze Bouquet. Do I have your attention? Make spending money on stuffed animals and basic chocolates a thing of Valentine's Day past. The real way to warm your Valentine's heart begins with alcohol; and there's a lot of options in Gardiner. Chocolate lover? Give your Valentine the gift of Tuthilltown Cacao. Adventurer? Give the gift of a trek to Yard Owl Craft Brewery (romantic rail trail stroll included). Want to impress your Valentine? Add a tour and tasting at the home of Hudson Whiskeys, Tuthilltown distillery to your love's bouquet. How about an all day wine tasting extravaganza? Slowly make your way through the Shawangunk Wine Trail including one of your favorite wineries, Whitecliff Vineyards. Plus, a cupcake and wine pairing at Robibero Winery will satisfy your loved one's sweet tooth. Yes, the list of possibilities in a booze bouquet make it a very appealing option.
Plan a Stay-cation at a local B & B. Who doesn't need a mini vacation to get away from the everyday norm? The Hudson Valley is home to some of the most extraordinary views in New York State. Treat yourself to a weekend getaway in the area. Take advantage of the mountainous ranges, snowy weather and breathtaking scenery, behind the windows of a beautiful B & B. Our local B & B's claim incredible views, cozy fireplaces and excellent hosts. Taking the time you need to catch up, unwind and focus on yourself according to your schedule gives you that little boost that you'll need to make it through this winter. Plus, enjoy top-notch arrangements at a reasonable price. I give you the likes of Kettleboro Inn, Audrey's Farmhouse and Minnewaska Lodge.
Visit Your Local Gift Shop. Looking for a fun, eclectic Valentines Day gift is made easy with your local gift shop. Don't know what to get your love this season? Take a ride to Meadowscent and talk to the lady behind the counter; she'll be able to help. Plus, that little business that brings charm and character to your neighborhood adds more than just personality and pizzazz. When you shop small you support local artisans, retailers and owners that provide handmade, one-of-a-kind offerings and the kind of customer service that makes your time with the business special. Studies even show that casual face-to-face interactions at neighborhood businesses help build personal relationships. Hello shopping perks.
Skeptics, Take a Hike. No, really. Have you seen where we live? Gardiner, NY claims some of the most breathtaking views of the Hudson Valley. And what better way to spend a day that you love (or love to hate) than surrounded by the great outdoors? Minnewaska and Mohonk's mountainous ranges have trails for the seasoned hiker or walkers new to the trails. Plus, after you've frozen all of your limbs on a gratifying hike through Minnewaska, be sure to stop by the Mountain Brauhaus for the best German comfort food you've ever laid eyes on; you'll be happy you did.
I think we've given you enough ideas to shower your Valentine, your friends, or yourself for a whole week. Whatever way you spend your Valentines Day, we hope you enjoy it.
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