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Unplug for Valentine’s Day!

When we go out tonight, I’m unplugging. How many times have you seen a table full of people at a restaurant and every one of them is looking at their cell phone? How many times have you seen a couple together, each staring at their own phones?

My partner deserves better, and so do I.

Our clients can reach us on our cells day or night and we’re available to them.  Can we say the same for our loved ones?

Just turn off the phone tonight, folks. Let your loved ones know that you love them more than your Twitter. Give the people in your life facetime, not Facebook. Chat instead of SnapChat. Talk to your partner, not to Her. When the day is out, it’s the time I spend with the people I love that matters, not the newsfeeds I read.

Put your phones together on the table and whoever picks theirs up first has to pay. Make a game of it. If you need to, use an app like UnpluggedFreedomUnplug and ReconnectPause, and brb which can all help us be more present for the people we need to be present for. 

Happy Valentine’s Day, Folks! Enjoy the time you spend with your people!


6 Romantic Getaways for Valentine’s Day

Planning a little something extra special for Valentine’s Day? Here are 6 weekend getaways within 100 miles of Union County.

Atlantic City and Mystic, Connecticut

If your idea of a romantic getaway includes casinos and nightlife, Atlantic City or Mystic might be for you.

Atlantic City boasts casinos like the Trump Taj Mahal, Harrah’s, Caesars, and the Borgata as well as exotic shows every evening. Visitors can take advantage of a host of amenities from a seashell massage to upscale dining to outlet shopping. There are dozens of hotels along the waterfront and even more B&B’s to choose from.

Mystic is only an hour or two away and is a well-known visitors spot because of the beautiful Mystic Seaport and the Mystic Aquarium. There are several dozen B&B’s and hotels in the area and two major casinos – Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun – are within a 30 minute drive.  Performances, fine dining and shopping are some of the biggest attractions.



The Poconos has long been a favorite for romantic getaways. Featuring 150 lakes, dozens of B&Bs and hotels, and beautiful scenery, the Poconos is also famous for its quaint historical towns. Skiiers and winter sports enthusiasts will find plenty to do, as will the fireplace snugglers.

Hudson Valley 

The wineries of the Hudson Valley are a great getaway. There are 25 wineries, each offering tastings all day. Skiiers and winter sports enthusiasts will love it here, as will hikers and antique lovers. There are dozens of hotels and B&Bs to choose from and many wonderful restaurants.

Cape May

Cape May is the Nation’s oldest seashore resort and is famous for its lovely homes and charming B&Bs. If you love quaint towns, antiquing, and luxurious spas, this may be the weekend for you. There are dining and hotel/B&B specials for Valentine’s Day. Some visitors are lured by the ghost tours as Cape May claims to be one of the most haunted places in NJ.

New Hope

Just over the Delaware River is beautiful New Hope, PA, an artsy village surrounded by rolling hills and giant forests. Fun shopping in local craft galleries and cute shops, great dining, and charming hotels are all within a 2 hours drive.


Valentine’s Day with your sweetie within 100 miles of home – what more could a Jersey Girl ask for?

Wine and Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by visiting these NJ Wineries offering a Wine and Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend February 11-12 from noon to 5 pm.

Auburn Road Vineyard and Winery is offering live music on Saturday night from 7-9. The Rubber Souls, a Beatles tribute band, will perform Beatles Loves Songs.
Bellview Winery offers chocolate dipped wine bottles.

Brook Hollow Winery offers custom labels for wine bottles.

Cream Ridge Winery recently released ChocolateBerry wine made with Raspberries.

Four Sisters Winery is featuring a performance of an interactive  murder mystery and a buffet dinner.

Laurita Winery 
 offers hand rolled chocolate truffles, chocolate lava cake, and a chocolate romance fountain.  Heritage Vineyards is offering a wine and chocolate display as well as live music.

Natali Vineyards offers chocolate and wine samples all weekend and a fresh cut rose for every woman that visits.

Old York Cellars has an indoor picnic area.

Plagido’s Winery has a wide variety of desserts including milk and white chocolate dipped strawberries, éclairs, cream puffs, cakes and cookies.

Unionville Vineyards offers tango lessons at 1:00 on Saturday.

A Dozen (Cheap) Valentine Date Ideas

Rosees? Chocolates? Or do you give your partner what s/he really wants – time. Here are a dozen inexpensive date ideas to make give you and your partner the chance to spend some time together.

  1. Check the Star Ledger for a local concert in a smaller, more intimate setting.
  2. Buy two cheap canvases and finger paint.
  3. Build a fire, snuggle up, and read a book of romantic poetry together.
  4. Take a picnic lunch and go to a lake to feed the ducks.
  5. Select a new recipe. Shop for the ingredients and prepare dinner together. Get a little fancier than usual.
  6. Make a recording of the loves songs you both like and play it while driving in the countryside.
  7. Go for a hike. Some great Union County parks can be found here.
  8. Rent a new movie and make popcorn.
  9. Take a trip to NYC and visit the museums.
  10. Go on a wine or brewery tour.
  11. See a matinee for less than a movie in the evening.
  12. Go to a coffeehouse, sit in giant comfy seats, and sip lattes.

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