What convenient timing that the year’s most romantic holiday lands in the middle of winter: there’s nothing quite like the cold outside to heat things up inside. This Valentine’s Day, we brainstormed some ways to get you and your love in a New York “Cozy” State of Mind. Don’t have time to get away? We’ve also suggested some Made in New York products that will help set the mood for your staycation.

Timeless classic: Niagara Falls

Generations of happy newlyweds have traveled to Western NY’s Niagara Falls, which earned the moniker “Honeymoon Capital of the World,” as far back as the early 1900s. The Falls remain a popular destination for lovers, with everything from cosy restaurants to casinos as a backdrop for the powerful cascading waters.

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The beauty and power of Niagara Falls. | Photo: Christine Murphy .

Setting the mood:

For a a gift as classic as a honeymoon in Niagara Falls, stick with the standards, such as a sophisticated but cozy Silk Eyelash Scarf in Black & Ruby, for him or her, handmade in Saratoga Springs, NY.
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Go underground:Howe Caverns

Ready to tie the knot but not sure where to go? Consider getting down to the heart of the matter, quite literally, more than 150 feet below Earth’s surface. Howe Caverns’ underground altar has, to date, hosted 672 weddings, which can fit 40 people at standing room only. The cave stays a steady 50-52 degrees year-round, which makes it a viable and reliable option at any time of year. Following the ceremony, the bridal party and guests can explore the cave network on a guided boat tour that floats along the interior Lake of Venus (it turns out Central New York has more in common with Venice than we thought). If getting married underground seems a bit extreme, you and your special someone can opt to do one of the popular lantern tours, which take place every Friday and Saturday night.

Setting the mood: Because it’s dark in the cave, we recommend giving your sweetie this Capital Region-Made Saratoga Lantern. Even if you don’t end up using it spelunking, the lantern’s cosy glow will help light the way through the many dark nights of winter.

 

Unwind with wine: Finger Lakes Wine Trail (http://www.fingerlakeswinecountry.com/)

As New York State earns its place on the map of wine destinations, the Finger Lakes wineries can be busy places to visit during the peak summer months. That makes winter an ideal season to tour the trails. Less people at each stop means a more intimate experience: you can sip and savor the flavors and talk in-depth with the winemakers and vineyard managers, who are also enjoying the down time.

Setting the mood: Nothing says romance like a candlelit Italian affair. Try made-from-scratch Meesh’s Marinara and Sfoglini pasta, uncork a bottle of NYS red wine to go with it and mangia!

 

Fire and Ice: Adirondack cabin

Snuggle up by the fire with your significant other, after a day of skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating or other outdoor winter fun. Whether you venture to Lake Placid, Lake George, North Creek or places in between, the Adirondack Mountains offer countless outdoor recreation opportunities. Get cozy and adventurous with a cabin rental, giving you privacy and a change to live like the locals. Try Air Bnb to start your search.

Setting the mood: Commemorate the moment with a Garnet and Adirondack Chair charm necklace, made with pride in the Adirondacks featuring a NYS-mined garnet (red for Valentine’s and the offical gemstone of New York!). Capture the forest essence with  Adirondack Fragrance Farm’s Handpoured Balsam Cedar Candles.