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The RuraList: Ways To Sweeten Your Valentine’s Day

You don’t have to be part of a traditional twosome to take advantage of these special Valentine’s Day meals, deals and ideas. Treat your best friend to a swanky dinner and a show, or invite your mom to a wine and chocolate tasting or a love-inspired lecture. Since Feb. 14 falls on a Tuesday this year, the holiday will be celebrated in our region all weekend long.

Lenox is for Lovers
Wine, dine and recline all in one place by taking advantage of The Kemble Inn’s Valentine’s Day & Weekend packages. From Feb. 10-12 (as well as on the 14th), enjoy dinner at the in-house restaurant, Table Six, which is offering a prix fixe menu for the occasion. A special room rate is also available, or go all-in with a package deal that includes the reduced room rate, a $134 food and beverage allowance at Table Six, in-room Pol Roger Champagne and a $250 allowance towards a treatment in the spa room. Swing by The Lion’s Den (attached to The Red Lion Inn) in Stockbridge or The Gateways Inn in Lenox for late-night music. Or, if you’re in the mood for something a little different on Sunday, there are two 2 p.m. talks from which to choose. The Mount will host author Jennifer Wright to discuss her book, It Ended Badly: 13 of the Worst Breakups in History, or a short drive to Bartholomew’s Cobble in Sheffield can get you schooled on The Secret Sex Life of Plants. 
Make the love last: Purchase tickets for one of this summer’s Tanglewood concerts.

A Feast For The Senses
Stimulate your ears on Saturday afternoon when the Hudson Opera House welcomes The Orchestra Now for a concert inspired by Voltaire‘s Candide. Stop by the HOH at any time from 12-5 p.m. to listen while you browse the current art exhibit. But don’t stop there – your mouth ought to be in on this, too. On Saturday and Sunday from 12-5 p.m. the Hudson-Chatham Winery in Ghent invites you to sample a selection of homemade chocolate “barks.” And, since you just happen to be at a winery, pick up a few bottles to take home to continue the celebration.
Make the love last: Take a cooking class together at HGS Home Chef in Hillsdale.

The Choice Is Yours
Make reservations now at one of these two romantic dining spots on Tues., Feb. 14. Gigi Trattoria in Rhinebeck will offer an ‘Amore‘ Specials menu, which will include two “Love Laced Cocktails” – My Honey Bee (Bulleit bourbon, Barenjaeger honey, dark cherry garnish) and Modern Love (White Godiva liqueur, Nonino Amaro, rimmed with dark chocolate drizzle) – as well as a Sicilian love cake for dessert. Shadows on the Hudson in Poughkeepsie will feature its Valentine’s Day menu on the 14th, as well as on pre-V-day weekend from Feb. 10-12. Its Sweetheart Dinner Dance, however, will only be available on Feb. 10. All diners are entitled to free dance lessons courtesy of the Fred Astaire Dance Studio. Show what you learned beginning at 8 p.m. Those looking for something more low-key will appreciate the Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Tasting at The Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center in Poughkeepsie on Saturday from 2-4 p.m., held in their intimate Victorian grand parlor. If at any time from Feb. 10 on, you need some inspiration, Tivoli Artists Gallery is mounting its Annual Erotica Show, featuring tantalizing work from more than 30 artists. Things kick off with an opening reception and fundraising party on Feb. 11 from 7-9 p.m. with live music and entertainment, erotic edibles and lively cabaret entertainment.
Make the love last: Tickets are on sale now for spring performances and SummerScape events at Bard’s Fisher Center

For Music Lovers
The bistro at Infinity Hall in Norfolk offers dinner and a live music serenade by Glenn Roth while you eat on Saturday evening from 4:30-9 p.m. Litchfield Jazz has put together a fun evening at Litchfield Distillery. “The Spirits of Love” offers dinner, drinks, sweets from Fascia’s Chocolates and live jazz music by the Albert Rivera Ensemble. You can do your gift giving on the spot at the silent auction, and each guest will receive a rose.
Make the love last: Write a personal Valentine’s message and have it engraved in chocolate by Noteworthy Chocolates.

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