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20 Great Date Ideas in the Hudson Valley

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Treat your special someone to a romantic night out with one of these unexpected, unforgettable dates along the Hudson River.

Dutch Ale House photo by Simply Steph Photography; cold spring apothecary photo by Chris Wesselman

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Explore shops and eateries on our many Main Streets, like those in Saugerties (above left), Cold Spring (above right), Nyack, and Peekskill.

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Sample cheeses, house-made chocolates, jams, and wine pairings of five different wines at Benmarl Winery on Valentine’s Day.

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Discover your inner artist at Eat. Paint. Love. in Beacon or the Wallkill River School of Art. Or have Grape Canvas Parties bring the paint and sip party to you.

photo by Paul Halayko

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Play trivia, hear live music, and of course, have some great beer (over 70 styles to choose from), wine and even cider at Newburgh Brewing Company.

photo by Al Nowak

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Celebrate historical power couples at the FDR Estate (above) and Val-Kill in Hyde Park, and Olana State Historic Site in Hudson.

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Take dance lessons at Fred Astaire Dance Studio to experience the world of ballroom dancing in Wappingers Falls, Dojo Dance Company in Kingston, or Hudson Valley Tango in Beacon.

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Hear and see established, emerging, and under-recognized artists at Jazz Forum Arts in Tarrytown, Westchester’s only dedicated jazz club.

photo courtesy of discover albany

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See a live show, concert, or film at a historic theater such as The Palace Theatre in Albany or the Historic Paramount Theatre in Middletown.

the falcon photo by Rafael Quirindongo

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Enjoy brunch and live music at in the “Falcon Underground” in The Falcon in Marlboro. Check out The Avalon Archives Museum of Roots, Rock & Roll while you’re there.

Photo courtesy of the Culinary Institute of America

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Take a class or a tour — or shop for a gift for a fellow food-lover — at The Culinary Institute of America. Of course, take time for a meal, too, at this world-class school with fabulous restaurants.

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Take an art day trip to Beacon on Second Saturdays, where you can do Saturday Studio at Dia: Beacon in the morning and stop by art gallery openings and artist receptions in the afternoon and evening.

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See a live show at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. This month’s events include classical, dance, and theater performances.

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Impress her or him with a date filled with art and athletics as you snowshoe or cross-country ski at Art Omi.

photo by Bob Cohen

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Get your toes tapping at The Flurry, one of the largest folk dance and music festivals in North America, for a weekend festival of traditional dancing and music in Saratoga Springs.

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Treat yourselves to dinner with a gorgeous view, then have fun dancing at The Rhinecliff in Rhinebeck.

Photo courtesy of Jacob Burns Film Center

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See a classic romantic comedy at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville. This Valentine’s Day it’s Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant in George Cukor’s 1938 film Holiday.

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Look for your favorite album from your teenage years or discover a vast selection of new vinyl at Darkside Records in Poughkeepsie.

Photo by Jeff Knapp

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See a play at Shadowland Stages in Ellenville (above), or County Players at the Falls in Wappingers Falls.

photo by Steven Michael King

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Join the Oz Farm Winter Riding Club in Saugerties for a private (or group) lesson.

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Take a winter walk at Minnewaska State Park Preserve or Poet’s Walk Park in Red Hook, named in honor of Washington Irving and other literati who once strolled here.

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