Themed Valentine's Day events make February the perfect time for a Hudson Valley getaway

Orange County, N.Y. (February 9, 2015) - With Valentine's Day and President's Day falling over a three-day weekend this year, it's the perfect opportunity to plan a romantic or family vacation. There are a variety of Valentine's Day themed events planned throughout Orange County at destinations ranging from historic sites to wineries.

"Flowers and candy aren't the only ways to celebrate Cupid's day. Lovers can find romance in so many different places throughout Orange County," said Orange County Tourism
Director Susan Hawvermale. "Make your Valentine's Day more interesting at any number of our special events."

Top Valentine's Day getaways include:

Winter Carnival, Breezy Point Inn, Greenwood Lake, N.Y. - Fri., Feb. 12 - Sun., Feb. 14: Combine fun and romance! The Winter Carnival features wine and beer tastings, a Polar Bear Plunge, a  torch lighting ceremony, the MissWinter Carnival Contest, a chili cook off, bonfire, live Rock and Roll music, and more. For more information: call 845-477-8100 or visit http://www.breezypointinn.com/.

Washington's Birthday Celebration, Washington's Headquarters, Newburgh, N.Y. - Sat., Feb. 13
- Mon. Feb. 15:Enjoy a birthday celebration complete withbirthday cake. Guest speakers will offer talks on 18th century subjects. There will also be reenactments of military drills and musical entertainment. Admission to the event is free, but donations are requested. For more information: visit http://www.palisadesparksconservancy.org/
or call 845-562-1195.

Frostbite Weekend, Applewood Winery, Warwick, N.Y. - Fri., Feb. 12 - Mon., Feb. 15: Wine and romance go together! Applewood Winery will be open all weekend for tasting and to stock up on your favorite wines. On Saturday and Sunday, there will also be an outdoor bonfire, Orange County Distillery and live music. This event is free. For more information: call 845-988-9292 or visit w.facebook.com/Frostbite Weekend.

Cupid Tasting, Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, N.Y. - Sat., Feb. 13, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Enjoy a pairing of chocolate and wine or beer with that special someone, or just a friend. Come for the tasting, stay for the live entertainment. Purchase tickets in advance and at the door. For more information, call 845-928-5384 or visit http://www.palaiavineyards.com/events/2016/2/13/cupid-tasting-2

Valentine Wine Tasting, Christopher Jacobs Winery, Pine Bush, N.Y. - Sat., Feb. 13, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Enjoy a romantic and cozy, indoor barn style wine tasting. Includes tasting of three white wines, pastry sampling, chocolates and other sweet treats, a glass of your choice of wine, a single stem country flower for your loved one and two souvenir taster size wine glasses. For more information, www.facebook.com/Christopher Jacobs Winery at Pennings Vineyards
or call 845-728-8066.

Valentine's Day Package, The Historic Thayer Hotel at West Point - Fri., Feb. 12 - Sun., Feb. 14: Luxurious overnight accommodations including chocolates in your room and champagne at dinner. Wake up to a prix-fixe breakfast for two in MacArthur's Riverview Restaurant. Call for reservations 845-446-4731 x7929 or visit http://www.thethayerhotel.com/Dining/Dining-Specials.

Also visit Orange County Tourism's new website: http://www.orangetourism.org/.

About Orange County Tourism

Orange County Tourism, based in Goshen, N.Y., is the county's tourism headquarters and a participant in the I LOVE NY program. A comprehensive listing of area attractions, lodging, and events can be found at www.OrangeTourism.org. For a free copy of the Orange County Travel Guide, email tourism@orangecountygov.com or call 845-615-3860.

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