5 Creative Couples’ Classes for Valentine’s Day in the Hudson Valley

Are you sick of prix-fixe menus and late-night dinners for Valentine’s Day? Try these couples’ classes to keep your partner on their toes.

When dining out becomes boring on February 14, it’s time to take a new approach to the love-centric holiday. From dancing to painting to cooking, these couples’ classes around the Hudson Valley offer creative activities to enjoy with your special someone. Learn a new skill, share a passion with your partner, or just have fun in the presence of others as you celebrate love this February – no experience necessary.


Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston

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If you and your partner are maritime enthusiasts, this couples’ class is for you. At the Hudson River Maritime Museum, this special Valentine’s Day edition of the monthly class is led by veteran sailor Dan Nelson. Follow along in Nelson’s instruction to make a Turk’s Head bracelet to tie on your partner’s wrist. The versatile but simple knot can be made with multiple or few strands depending on personal preference, and no prior knot-tying experience is needed to take part in the event. Each ticket is priced at $87 and admits two people to enjoy the experience.


Poured Candle Bar, Hudson

What’s more romantic than candles on Valentine’s Day? Candles that you make yourself, of course! Bring your special someone along to this custom fragrance experience ahead of the February holiday. At Hudson’s Poured Candle Bar, you’ll be equipped with all the necessities for creating a beautiful candle and will have the opportunity to choose from over 80 fragrances to infuse into your candle. At the end of the night, take home a physical gift that is entirely one-of-a-kind and personalized, down to the name of the scent.


Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park

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Just because you’re not dining out doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get to enjoy a delicious meal, especially one you make yourself. Take your loved one to the Culinary Institute of America to learn professional cooking skills from CIA chef-instructors. No matter your skill level, culinary chefs can teach you the basics of baking, cooking, or grilling at one of their classes. For Valentine’s Day, consider signing yourself and your partner up for the Bistros and Brasseries class on February 10, during which you will learn how to make dishes typically served in a French café, like French omelets and a decadent croque monsieur.


Fred Astaire Dance Studios, Wappingers Falls

Throw on your dancing shoes for this night of fun that is sure to get the blood flowing through you. Fred Astaire Dance Studios hosts this Valentine’s Day night class in Wappingers Falls to teach couples a romantic themed dance routine in a group setting. The class is for pairs only, and whoever you show up with will be your dancing partner for the evening. Reserve your spot early by calling 845.297.2711. Admission is $30 per couple.

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Pinot’s Palette, Fishkill

For the artist in your life, register for this pre-Valentine’s Day painting class at Pinot’s Palette in Fishkill. The class will instruct participants how to paint Van Gogh’s love blossoms for this date night experience. Fall in love all over again as you create this heart-shaped cherry blossom tree with your sweetheart, inspired by the iconic cherry blossom color studies of Van Gogh. Sip wine, listen to upbeat music, and hang out with your favorite person at this event that costs only $40 per person.

Related: Where to Have a Valentine’s Day Dinner in the Hudson Valley

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