By Kristen Warfield
From floating in a salty bath to hitting the beer trail, these ideas are anything but ordinary.
Comparable to cashmere, warmer than sheep’s wool and naturally hypoallergenic, this 100 percent baby alpaca wool wrap will keep your sweetheart cozy when the weather is at its coldest. Designer Alicia Adams uses wool sourced from her own Hudson Valley alpaca farm to make her collections.
Available in more than 80 color varieties. $500, Alicia Adams Alpaca, Millbrook. 845.868.3366, www.aliciaadamsalpaca.com
Satisfy your love’s sweet tooth with a luxurious, fair-trade twist on a Valentine’s Day classic. Each chocolate is crafted with artisanal ingredients ranging from gooey soft caramel to a wide array of berries, nuts, herbs, and exotic other fruits.
$42, Oliver Kita Chocolates, Rhinebeck. 845.876.2665, www.oliverkita.com
Centering themselves in a soundproof cabin, where they can dip into 1,000 pounds of dissolved Epsom salts, your Valentine’s float therapy session will be a full-body relaxation experience. Combine a float with a Swedish, deep tissue, or hot stone massage for extra attention to tense muscles and a busy mind.
$65 for a single session-$165 for a three-session package, Mountain Float Spa, New Paltz. 845.256.9800, www.mountainfloatspa.com
These delicate, airy treats come in classic flavors like strawberry and chocolate hazelnut, and more daring delights like cookies and cream, blueberry cheesecake, and dark chocolate orange.
Crafted by local baker Roy Cohen, Macaroy’s macarons are sold at Moxie Cup in New Paltz (845.255.2253) and may also be ordered via email inquiry: firstname.lastname@example.org
Preserve fond memories shared together for a lifetime with a personalized photo book. After downloading free book design software, upload photos from a smartphone or camera to craft it straight from your own computer. Choose from a variety of book sizes and styles to fully customize this gift, right down to the last page.
$11.95 and up, ArtCraft Photoworks, Poughkeepsie and Kingston. www.artcraftphotoworks.com.
Select a dazzling piece from the vintage and antique collections at Bavier Brook for something you won’t find anywhere else. Gemological Institute of America-trained gemologist Jessica Bavier offers a broad curation of rings, bracelets, necklaces, cufflinks and more dated throughout the centuries.
Bavier Brook, Hudson. 518.828.6424, www.bavier-brook.com
Crafted with premium brown leather, these unisex boots can be dressed up or down to fit any style. Sized in Australian sizes — refer to sizing chart before buying.
$150, Kenco Outfitters, Kingston. 845.340.0552, www.atkenco.com
Warm up your night with this smooth and spicy red wine from Whitecliff Vineyard. A blend of local grape varieties make this easy drinking (vegan!) wine burst with fresh strawberry and red cherry fruit aromas. Pairs well with a wide array of foods.
$14.95, Whitecliff Vineyard and Winery, Gardiner. 845.255.4613, www.whitecliffwine.com
Plan a trip for two with a chauffeured day or weekend out to the area’s most distinguished craft breweries. Choose from a multitude of packages to include lunch or dinner, visits to local landmarks, or even a private history lesson on beer making in the Hudson Valley from the brewmasters themselves.
Prices vary. Hudson Valley Beer Trail, New Windsor. 917.414.7947, www.hudsonvalleybeertrail.com
This collection of five annual, pollinator-attracting flower varieties makes for a sweet couple’s activity once the weather warms up. The set contains one pack each of Gift Zinnia, Good Bug Blooms, Midnight Garden Flower Mix, Lacy Phacelia, and Teddy Bear Sunflower. Planting tips included.
$21.95, Hudson Valley Seed Co., Accord. www.hudsonvalleyseed.com