Your Local Valentine's Day Guide for the Love in Your Life

Sometimes a couple clicks and you're done is just the kind of shopping experience you need, but on Valentine's Day shopping local means you get more of a unique gift.  

You get something made here, something as special as they are.

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So where do you start?


Valentine's day is often synonymous with this gift.  There are lots of places to get specialty chocolate.  If you want to go to a store and get a selection, the Co-op is a good place to go.  You can see recommendations from locals and where to buy local chocolate here.

The top local recommendation is Brigadeiro in Hanover, a truly unique chocolate made from condensed milk, chocolate, and other flavors.  


If you're looking for where to get flowers, I recommend Valley Flower in White River.  She did an amazing job for my wedding and her bouquets are truly stunning and creative.  There's also Roberts Flowers of Hanover and Lebanon Garden of Eden .

Places to Dine

Simon Pearce's Valentine's Dinner. 3 course meal for $60 a person.  I've always had a wonderful meal here and the atmosphere is perfect for a special date.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Supper. Attend a lovely meal at St. Anthony's Church in WRJ.  5-6 pm, Sat. Feb. 9, 2019. 

I really loved the dinner at Prince and Pauper in Woodstock: romantic, excellent meal, and great service.  The picture below was of the my tasty dessert.

Gifts Ideas

A Massage from Ciofreddi and Associates is offering a massage special. $65 for 60 minutes.  Voted Best Massage Therapist by Valley News Readers.

A Gift from Cloverleaf Jewelry. The Paper Store, hand crafted gift from League of NH Craftsmen, or 

For Guys: How to Make the Man in Your Life Feel Special this Valentine’s Day

For Ladies: How to Make the Woman in Your Life Feel Special this Valentine’s Day

You can also check out this awesome guide to local online shops here.  Please note some of the links haven't been updated by the author, but still such a great resource.

Things to Do

JAGFEST Dance Party at Piecemeal Pies. Fri. Sat. 8, 2019, 9 pm.  A DJ dance party with beer, cider, and wine available.  

Make Valentine's Cards. Sat. Feb. 9, 2019. For families and children. 10:3-12:30. $3-5.  Upper Valley Waldorf School.

Valentine's Day Dinner Dance.  Sat. Feb 9, 2019 at the Fireside Inn, 5:30-10:30 pm. Music by Smoke and Mirrors.  Dinner, dance, door prizes, and a social hour.  Proceeds go to charity. $110 per couple.  See link to get tickets.

Adult Prom at the Common Man. Sat. Feb. 9, 2019. 7- 11 pm.  $25 per person.  DJ, cash bar, hors d'oeuvres, and photo booth.  

King Arthur Flour's Week of Chocolate in Norwich.  Chocolate baked goods, chocolate baking demonstrations, and samples.  Yum!

Partner Yoga. Sat. Feb. 9, 2019. 2- 4 pm. Community Balanced Life in Enfield: "Partners can be any combination (mom-daughter, friends, lovers, partners, spouses).  You don’t need experience with yoga to participate. Justein will guide the Partners to support each other in poses in a way that enhances the stretch and builds trust.  You will have fun and feel relaxed and connected after the class."  

Crooners, Caberet, and Chocolate. Sat. February 16, 2019. 7 pm, $30. Music by Nancy Tripp and Trio. Champagne, desserts, and dancing. New London. Whipple Hall.

Welding Workshop and Complimentary Three Tomatoes Dinner: Turn up the Heat Getaway.  Sat. and Sun. February, 16-17.  $265 per person + $75 materials.  Forge a metal flower creation. Get 20% off the Trumbull House B & B.  Space for three couples, reserve here.

Listen to Local Music.  See the local music calendar here

Local Date Night Ideas from another DailyUV writer: Weekend Wanderers.  You can also check out her post on hot chocolate locations to have a relaxing day or evening in a cozy new location.


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