Celebrate Valentine’s Day in the Hudson Valley


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  • Learn how to tango at the Seligmann Homesteadin Sugar Loaf on Feb. 11. Pictured: Andres Bravo and Carolina Jaurena (Photo provided)




  • The polar plunge is part of the Breezy Point's annual winter carnival. This scene was from last year's carnival. (Facebook photo)



Sharing an exciting experience in a fresh environment is as romantic as it gets. This February, couples can satisfy their desire for quality time together with a trip to Orange County. A variety of planned events provide unique ways for couples to spark or rekindle the flame while exploring new activities and places.

“Flowers and candy are nice, but romantic experiences are unforgettable,” said Orange County Tourism Director Susan Hawvermale. “Make your visit truly memorable by staying at a charming BandB or comfortable hotel.”

Some romantic places to take a date in Orange County include:

Breezy Point Winter Carnival, Breezy Point Inn, Greenwood Lake, Feb. 17-19: Enjoy wine and beer tastings, a Polar Bear Plunge, a torch lighting ceremony, the Miss Winter Carnival Contest, a chili cook off, bonfire, live Rock and Roll music, and more. For more information, call 845-477-8100 or visit www.breezypointinn.com.

Tango Under the Tent, Seligmann Homestead, Sugar Loaf, Feb. 11, 25: Learn this romantic dance in a scenic setting. Warm-up exercises and instruction begin at 7 p.m. Milongas take place from 8 to 11:30 p.m. A contribution to the refreshment table is always appreciated. B.Y.O.B. Visit www.tangounderthetent.com or email jerryandadele3@gmail.com.

Tour of Brotherhood Winery, Washingtonville, Fridays through Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stroll through a vast network of underground cellars which house more than 200 oak barrels with some of the oldest vintages in America. Enjoy the many flavors and textures with a wine tasting followed by a gourmet meal at Vinum Café. Visit www.brotherhood-winery.com.

Indian Cooking Lesson and Dinner, Bliss Kitchen, Newburgh, Thursday nights at 6 p.m.: Enjoy a romantic evening learning how to prepare Indian cuisine. Following your lesson, enjoy the delicious vegetarian dish you prepared. Suggested donation of $20. Call 845-245-6048 or visit www.nimaisbliss.kitchen.

Visit Orange County Tourism’s Facebook page, Orange County Tourism NY. It contains up-to-the-minute postings of area events and activities, great times, and memorable experiences for visitors.

Also visit Orange County Tourism’s website: www.orangetourism.org.

For a free copy of the Orange County Travel Guide, e-mail tourism@orangecountygov.com or call 845-615-3860.

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