Cupid's Tips for Valentine's Day Fun

Think Outside the Candy Box

Elevate Your Date - Gravity Vault

Does your significant other have you climbing the walls? Make good use of those skills with a date at the Gravity Vault indoor rock gym in Upper Saddle River.

Jamie Harpster, COO, recommends booking a staff-led belay climbing session that provides up to four climbers with the necessary equipment and individualized instruction for an hour of fun rope climbing, appropriate for all experience levels.

Belay group classes are also available. They comprise a two-hour session for students to learn how to manage the ropes independently. It’s perfect for people who want to climb at the Vault without an instructor. Learn the basics and then climb with instruction during the second hour. Stay after class if you want to keep practicing.

More experienced climbers may want to try bouldering. This is a climbing technique that does not utilize ropes, notes Jamie. “Bouldering demands dynamic movement and a bit more strength, so it’s better for people who are already familiar with ropes climbing,” he says.

Climbing has become more popular with its introduction into the Summer Olympics and movies like Free Solo. “It’s an all-around workout, great for grip strength and balance,” says Jamie. “It’s also a good group activity since many members meet and climb in groups.”

If you’re at the end of your rope trying to come up with new and exciting date ideas, give the Gravity Vault a call!



Plan a Robe and Slippers Kind of Day - The Fountain Spa

Need a gift for that special someone? Pamper your partner (and maybe yourself) with luxury services at the Fountain Spa.

In addition to extraordinary massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, and cutting-edge hair services, the Fountain Spa features luxurious amenities such as marble showers and steam rooms, and even private jacuzzis to enjoy alone, or to share with your partner.

Spa Director Lauren Lill Brower suggests booking a couples spa suite featuring romantic side-by-side massages and facials followed by a visit to the Tranquility Room—complete with waterfalls--where you can enjoy a delicious bite to eat.

If you have a Galentine’s celebration in mind, book a pod party at the Fountain. These private parties are completely customized and include locker rooms and showers, robes and slippers, private party room, dedicated attendant, and gourmet charcuterie boards. Add on services to create the perfect ladies’ day out.

Book an appointment and enjoy the Fountain Spa as a couple, or send your loved one off for a memorable day of self-indulgence with a gift card.



Shake it Up - Bar Boutique

Pour on the romance this Valentine’s Day at Bar Boutique in Ramsey. 

Bar Boutique offers unique craft cocktails and a top-shelf wine list along with both savory and sweet light bites in partnership with B&M Market in Park Ridge and L’Arte in Ramsey.

Beautifully designed in a rustic, eclectic style, it’s the perfect spot for a splash of bubbly or an icy martini. Born out of owner Andrew Matarese’s love of wine and Level 3 sommelier certification, the Boutique offers tasteful selections for discriminating palates as well as for lovers who just want to share a romantic glass or two.

Those interested in tasting higher value wines ($100/bottle and up) may purchase a wine card for their unique wine dispenser. Load it with any dollar amount and use it to sample vintages from around the globe. Purchase a wine card ahead of time to insert into your Valentine’s card for a special surprise.

If you find a wine that makes your heart leap, you can buy it on the spot. Did you fall in love with one of Bar Boutique’s craft cocktails? Purchase the spirits from Bar Boutique and their mixologists will even provide the recipe!

A special pairing menu including cheese, and chocolate will most likely be on the menu at Bar Boutique this Valentine’s Day. Make it a date—and make reservations—they are sure to sell out!



Take a Ballroom Dance Lesson - Dance With Me

Looking for an exciting way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart? Or to meet your future Ms. or Mr. Right? Book a ballroom dance lesson!

Founded by champion and celebrity dancers Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy (of Dancing With the Stars fame), Dance With Me offers private and group dance lessons that blend fun and ease with personalized, world-class instruction. Couples who have been together for decades or are just meeting for the first time can dance together, then take things to the next level with a professional. Singles who come solo will be matched with a like-minded partner. Knowledgeable instructors will guide you every step of the way--no previous experience required.

Dance With Me has 14 studios around the country--including locations in downtown Glen Rock and in Fort Lee. Styles range from traditional ballroom and Latin to hip hop and contemporary. Whether you want to challenge yourself or express your romantic side, dancing has benefits for the body, mind, and soul, which makes it the perfect Valentine’s Day experience!


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