Stuck for ideas and running out of time to impress your Valentine? Here's a hot sheet for some uniquely Jersey ideas.

It's gotta be better than waiting 'til Saturday to grab a generic gift card and whatever's left on those drug store holiday shelves.

Shop Local in Asbury

Have a "heart to heart" now, and agree to pick out gifts together this weekend at the Asbury Park Valentine’s Pop Up Market.

What Exit Wines 

Anyone can pickup a bottle of wine to toast your Valentine — this is chance to personalize that part of your celebration.

Keep it classy at The Loop

Everyone "knows" someone who's been to The Loop motel Inn Motel in Woodbridge. Nothing says romance like a four-hour rate. In all seriousness, they seem to have come a long way from their '80s infamy, while still keeping those in-room jacuzzis. Yes, even the one shaped like a Champagne glass.

Hey. It's romantic.

Adopt an animal at the Turtle Back Zoo

If your Valentine seems to have it all, and happens to be an animal lover — this is a home run!  The Turtle Back Zoo Adopt-An-Animal program gives you the chance to help support favorite critters and their year-long care.  Plus, you get a cool photo, certificate and stuff to show for it.

Valentine's day is for cuddling, after all.

Wear Your (Jersey-Bred) Heart on your sleeve

(pic from Teezty via Etsy)
(pic from Teezty via Etsy)

You can count on Jersey crafters to help you express your love for both your Valentine and the great Garden State, at the same time.  Etsy seller Teezty is based in Eatontown.  


Immerse Yourselves in Art

Grounds for Sculpture is a New Jersey gem, offering a chance to feel like you've stepped inside some of the world's most famous paintings. The Mercer County sculpture park also has indoor exhibits, not to mention fine-dining offerings at Rat's Restaurant.  The new Van Gogh cafe gives you a great romantic backdrop for a coffee, in between strolling.

Erin Vogt is a lifelong Jersey Girl, whose first reporting gig involved her Fisher Price tape recorder. As a wife and momma of two kiddies, she firmly believes that life’s too short to drink bad coffee.  A fan of the beach, Dave Grohl and karma, in no particular order


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