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Valentine’s Day: Fall in love with new date ideas for you and your special someone

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    Pat and Jim Storm do a partner dance along the outside of The Wild Rose dance floor. Judi and Ken Schuler have owned the Kresgeville business since spring 2012. STACI GOWER/TIMES NEWS

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    Cranberry Almond Cake and a seared pear with date molasses, kiwi and raspberries is one of the breakfast items you might be treated to when spending the night at the Gilded Cupid in Jim Thorpe. PHOTO COURTESY THE GILDED CUPID

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Published February 11. 2019 12:49PM


In Valentine’s Day, just say no to the trite dinner and a movie. There are so many other alternatives to experience with your sweetie.

If you’re stumped for ideas, we came up with a few options.

A mountain of fun

Grab a layer of warm, waterproof clothes for a Valentine’s Day adventure at Blue Mountain Resort in Palmerton.

“You could spend the whole day on the mountain skiing and then come in here to have a good night” said Cody Reanu, a server at Slopeside Pub and Grill for two years.

The head chef will prepare a special Valentine’s Day menu, which guests can check out on the website. Their drink menu includes beer and handcrafted cocktails.

“This is 100 percent better than going to a movie,” Reanu said. “Guests can go out to the balcony and enjoy the scenery.”

There is no bad table, according to Slopeside’s slogan: “Where every table is a window seat.”

Catch a chill while shushing down the slopes? Guests can snuggle up by the two indoor fireplaces.

The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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Eat, drink and grab your dancing boots

Go no further than Kresgeville for this dinner and country line dancing date.

Cherry’s Family Restaurant will offer a special Valentine’s Day menu including appetizers, entrees and drink specials.

“Our Love Bite Shooter is a creamy pink color. Very pretty. It contains cherry liqueur, orange liqueur, a little bit of cream, grenadine and a syrup in a tall shooter glass,” said Delilah Reader, a bartender and server.

The other romantic drink specials are Good Night Kiss and Cherry’s Love Martini.

Reader recommends that guests make reservations so that the chef has an idea of how much to prepare. The regular menu will also be available.

They will have something special for the women who come to dine that night.

Less than a mile up Route 209 is The Wild Rose, owned by Ken and Judi Schuler. Ken operates the sound booth, and Judi leads the dancers and teaches them footwork.

“We’ll probably be here dancing on Valentine’s Day,” said Pat Storm.

She and her husband, Jim, have been married almost two years and have been dancing with the Schulers since their club opened in spring 2012 and before that at the American Legion Post 927 in Gilbert. Jim is Ken’s uncle.

“We used to teach classes there on Wednesday evenings, until we bought this place,” said Judi Schuler.

The Storms prefer to do the couple dances along the outside of the dance floor, but they also enjoy the individual line dances inside the dance floor.

“Our favorite dance and song is ‘Every Storm.’ It’s not real fast and it’s not real slow,” said Pat Storm.

When there is a holiday, there are snacks and baked goods at The Wild Rose. The Schulers and dancers bring an assortment to set out on the counter to share. The spread includes chips and salsa, brownies, cookies, pretzels, candy and soda.

“We’ll have something out to share Thursday night,” said Schuler.

Guests can bring their own soda and alcoholic beverages, as there is no bar.

Share a sub, visit the ponds

The next date idea leads to Lehighton.

Cindy’s Deli has a promotion that says, “Share a hoagie with somebody you love.”

“We are pushing that our foot-long hoagies are shareable,” said Caitlyn Moyer, who co-owns the deli with Emily Storm.

They come in Italian, American, turkey and other varieties.

“We also have wraps, soups, hot dogs, hot sandwiches and fresh salads,” said Moyer.

Also, for Valentine’s Day, they offer their guests a “Blind Date hoagie.”

The deli staff prepare three varieties of hoagies ahead of time. Only they know what number 1 is, what number 2 is, and what number 3 is.

“Clients will be surprised by what they unwrap at home. If they like the sandwich, they can order it next time and continue to ‘date’ it, or they can ‘break up’ and order something else,” said Moyer.

Moyer said the deli food and Phifer’s Ice Dam Park is a great Valentine’s date combination.

“They can eat the subs and go to the three ponds and covered bridge,” she said.

The deli’s hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A scenic stroll and the Gilded Cupid

Take your loved one by the hand as you stroll through Jim Thorpe’s historic streets, shops and museums.

“We like to promote the little shops and museum, suggest they take a train ride and recommend they sit on the veranda at the Asa Packer Mansion,” said Sheila O’Neil.

She and her husband, Bob Ewashko, have owned and operated the Gilded Cupid Bed & Breakfast since 2000. They bought it in 1995 and refurbished it.

“We restored the house with historic accuracy. There are no TVs here, but we do have Wi-Fi. We use china and crystal dishes to serve meals,” she said.

Due to Valentine’s Day and Jim Thorpe’s Winterfest on Feb.16-17, their three guest rooms are booked. There is no vacancy until a few days later, she said.

After that, she can take new reservations.

Each guest room has a private bathroom. There is a porch on the second floor, and the house has a lot of common areas. There is also a lot to see and do within walking distance.

“Travel with us through time to the turn of the century for a unique experience in Victorian splendor, gardens with the essence of fairies and gnomes, rooms with authentic antiques, lush imported wall coverings and window treatments, vintage tiles and original claw-foot tub,” claims the B&B’s website —

O’Neil does a sit-down breakfast every morning, in which she awakes at 5 a.m. to bake and prepare the entrees, so they are as fresh as can be.

“I cook, and Bob does the serving,” she said.

They married two years ago but have been sweethearts for 30 years. Both worked for a company that had its financial ups and downs, so they wanted to find a way to retire and have a supplemental income.

“We loved antiques, Victorian homes and people. This all fell into place,” said O’Neil.

Not just on Valentine’s Day, but all year long, their guests come for romance and to celebrate special occasions.

“Most of our clients are either about to get engaged or recently were engaged. We always have fresh flowers and adult refreshments on hand,” she said.

Other ideas

“Some fun things we have done were ice skating, museums, planetariums and archery,” said Casey Zimmerman.

She and her husband, Tom, did archery in the yard one year.

“I made a 4-foot-tall heart target out of cardboard and stuffing. We already had the bow from archery date nights at Archery at the Glenn in Allentown,” she said.

Melissa and Harry Louy will wait until the weekend to celebrate.

“We usually do lunch and explore a new city,” she said.

When asked for some different date ideas for Valentine’s Day on Facebook, Michelle Slutter Parent said that in 2010, her boyfriend took her to a Valentine’s dance, and at the dance he proposed to her in a photo booth.

“Best moment ever,” said Parent. “He was my sweetheart since kindergarten. Got reconnected after 20 years. We’ll be married for eight years in June.”

Chrissy Getz and her fiance, Christopher Wolfe, met at a Valentine’s Dance at Klecknersville Rangers Fire Company on Feb. 14, 2002.

“We now have three beautiful children together and not only celebrate ‘The Day of Love’ on Feb. 14, but also our anniversary!”



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