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The Best Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in New Jersey

Valentine’s Day is always a big deal here at Best of NJ, and each year we put together a huge listing of events and attractions. Below, you’ll find a frequently updated list of themed content, followed by links to Valentine’s Day events across New Jersey broken down by region. If you see something we missed, just drop us a line about an event.

This is also where we’ll be curating all of our NJ Valentine’s Day content; in other words, be sure to bookmark this page and visit back each week; we’ll have brand new features as well as new event listings.

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Featured NJ Valentine’s Day Restaurants & Events


The Calandra Family Presents: Valentine’s Day with Team Calandra

Valentine's Day

Event Dates: Feb 8-9 & Feb 15-16
Where: Calandra’s Bakery | Calandra’s Mediterranean Grill | Cucina Calandra | il Vecchio Cafe
Details: The Calandra’s family of restaurants and services are all doing something special for the holiday this year. Whether you’re looking for baked treats, a buffet dinner, or a special menu and wine pairing, they do it all. In addition, there will be a special 4-course meal at il Vecchio Cafe. To learn more about each event, click any of the links you see in this listing.
More info: Click to see more from | Calandra’s Bakery | Calandra’s Mediterranean Grill | Cucina Calandra | il Vecchio Cafe |


Garden State Wine Growers Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend

GSWGA Chocolate Wine Trail

Event Dates: Feb 8-9 & Feb 15-16
Where: All across NJ. Click here to see wineries near you.
Details: Valentine’s Day is all about perfect pairings. But there’s only one match that goes better than you and your significant other: Wine and chocolate. With that in mind, Garden State Wine Growers is hosting their annual Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend; complete with tastings, new releases, live music and, of course, wine and chocolate pairings. Check online for weekend specials and offerings. This time around, there are events happening across two weekends.
More info: Click here or visit their website.


Valentine’s Day Dance at Piazza di Roma

Piazza Di Roma Valentine's Day DancingEvent Date: Friday, February 14 at 7:30 pm
Where: Piazza di Roma, Aberdeen
Details: Celebrate Valentine’s Day with dinner & dancing at Piazza di Roma. On Friday, 2/14, they’ll be hosting entertainment from Total Sound Entertainment as well as a dinner buffet. Bring your Valentine or Galentines to the Valentine’s Day Dance at Piazza Di Roma. The event includes a full buffet dinner with coffee, tea, and dessert. They will also have a cash bar with drink specials, plus butler style hors d’oeuvres.
More info: Click here or visit their website.


NJ Valentine’s Day Features


The Best Places for NJ Singles to Find Love

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Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts for Chocolate Lovers

Valentine's Day Chocolate LoversSearching for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the chocolate lover in your life? These chocolate-themed gifts will satisfy their sweet tooth and definitely earn you extra points. From delicious chocolate treats to chocolate-scented cosmetics, these unique items make awesome gifts for your Valentine. And don’t be surprised if you’re tempted to purchase some for yourself too…


Cute Valentine’s Day Gifts for Kids

Valentine's Day Gifts for KidsValentine’s Day gifts for kids don’t have to revolve solely around candy and chocolate. Instead, consider getting your little love bug an inedible present. It will last longer than the sweet stuff and won’t wreak as much havoc on the teeth. Consider giving your tyke a New Jersey-inspired present, or purchase something from a state-based shop. Here are twelve fun and creative ideas to help create a heartwarming holiday…


5 Jersey-themed Valentine’s Day Dates

Jersey-themed Valentine's Day DatesNew Jersey sometimes gets a bad reputation with outsiders. So when New Jerseyans find someone who understands the glory, beauty and wonder of this fine state, they know he or she is a keeper. Are you celebrating Valentine’s Day with a fellow Jersey lover (or someone you’d like to convert to Team Jersey)? If so, we’ve rounded up five great ideas for fun, romantic Jersey-themed Valentine’s Day dates…


Celebrate Valentine’s Day at these Local Wineries

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Valentine’s Day Survival Guide for Singles

SinglesGuideIt’s “almost” Valentine’s Day – that’s right, it’s less than a month until an entire weekend of candy hearts and kisses and (possibly overpriced) roses for those who are happily coupled. Unfortunately, that does not include you. Here’s how to get through the weekend without feeling jealous of other people’s gushy romantic behavior (and remember, those candy hearts taste awful anyway)…


5 Pro Tips for Throwing a Valentine’s Day Wedding

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Family-Friendly NJ Valentine’s Day Events

Family ValentinesLove is in the air! Valentine’s Day may be known for romance between couples, but New Jersey has some fun and festive events geared toward families too. If you’re making plans for more than just a party of two, celebrate together this February with one of the family-friendly New Jersey events listed below. You’ll find unique crafts, horse-drawn wagon rides, a chocolate festival, cookie baking for the whole gang and more…


Valentine’s Wine and Chocolate Pairing Guide

Wine and Chocolate Pairing GuideFew things conjure the idea of romance as vividly as wine and chocolate. Both are absolutely decadent, sinfully delicious, and — depending on whom you ask — can lead to relaxed, um, inhibitions (bow-chicka-wow-wow). In fact, chocolate has been linked to sexy times since the days of the Aztecs. As for wine, well, the ancient Greeks didn’t call Dionysus the god of wine and ecstasy for no reason…


Romantic Restaurants with the Best Views in NJ

There’s no better time of year to show your appreciation for the one you love than on Valentine’s Day. February 14 is just around the corner and, with it, the pressure of planning the perfect night. This year, do something special and make a reservation that is sure to take your significant other’s breath away in the best way possible. Below, you’ll find our list of the best spots to do so during that special night…


Top 10 Best Places to Propose in New Jersey

It is that time of year when love is in the air. Valentine’s Day is upon us, and nervous gents all across NJ will be bending down on one knee to propose marriage to their lovely ladies. (Or, for the non-traditional crowds, any combination in between. Oh, and ladies, you can propose too these days.) Best of NJ spoke to Julianne Cantarella for some insight into the best spots in New Jersey to pop the question…


N.J. Valentine’s Day by Region:

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New Jersey Regions Map © 2012 Best of NJ

North Jersey Valentine’s Day

Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Sussex & Warren County

Central Jersey Valentine’s Day

Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset & Union County

South Jersey Valentine’s Day

Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester & Salem County

Jersey Shore Valentine’s Day

Atlantic, Cape May, Ocean & Monmouth County


North Jersey


2020 Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend

GSWGA Chocolate Wine Trail

Where: Garden State Wine Growers Association – 163 Burlington Path Rd, Cream Ridge 08514
When: 02/08/2020 - 02/16/2020
Details: Treat your sweetheart to the perfect treat for Valentine’s Day. Visit NJ Wine Country for their annual Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend.


A Taste of Romance at Cucina Calandra

Cucina Calandra Valentine's Day

Where: Cucina Calandra – 216 US-46, Fairfield 07004
When: 02/14/2020
Details: A Taste of Romance at Cucina Calandra. The Calandra Family invites you and the special people in your life to an eveningof fine dining at Cucina Calandra.


Calandra's Mediterranean Grill Sweetheart Specials

Sweetheart Specials at Calandra’s Mediterranean Grill

Where: Calandra’s Mediterranean Grill – 118 US-46, Fairfield 07004
When: 02/14/2020
Details: Calandra’s Mediterranean Grill's Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Specials. Enjoy selections from their regular dining room menu and Valentine’s Day Specials.


Cupid’s Kitchen at il Vecchio Café

Cupid’s Kitchen at il Vecchio Café

Where: Il Vecchio Cafe – 234 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell 07006
When: 02/14/2020
Details: Take your special someone to Valentine's Day Cupid’s Kitchen at il Vecchio Café. Come enjoy Chef Francesco’s four course Valentine’s day menu.


Central Jersey


2020 Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend

GSWGA Chocolate Wine Trail

Where: Garden State Wine Growers Association – 163 Burlington Path Rd, Cream Ridge 08514
When: 02/08/2020 - 02/16/2020
Details: Treat your sweetheart to the perfect treat for Valentine’s Day. Visit NJ Wine Country for their annual Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend.


Jersey Shore


2020 Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend

GSWGA Chocolate Wine Trail

Where: Garden State Wine Growers Association – 163 Burlington Path Rd, Cream Ridge 08514
When: 02/08/2020 - 02/16/2020
Details: Treat your sweetheart to the perfect treat for Valentine’s Day. Visit NJ Wine Country for their annual Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend.


Valentine's Day Dance at Piazza Di Roma

Valentines Day Dance at Piazza Di Roma

Where: Piazza di Roma – 1178 NJ-34, Aberdeen 07747
When: 02/14/2020
Details: Valentine's Day Dance at Piazza Di Roma! Celebrate Valentine's Day with dinner & dancing at Piazza di Roma. Includes a full buffet dinner.


South Jersey


2020 Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend

GSWGA Chocolate Wine Trail

Where: Garden State Wine Growers Association – 163 Burlington Path Rd, Cream Ridge 08514
When: 02/08/2020 - 02/16/2020
Details: Treat your sweetheart to the perfect treat for Valentine’s Day. Visit NJ Wine Country for their annual Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend.