Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth and Ocean Counties this February 2014

44B1BDBF45EE25F244F73714255CBWith record breaking temperatures this winter, it’s time to make your way out of hibernation and have some fun even if there is snow on the ground. It’s the month to celebrate “love,” so grab your loved ones and enjoy some quality time with one another. Check out these free and/or inexpensive activities happening right here in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

February 8 & 9 and 15 & 16: Romance is in the air! Celebrate Valentine’s Day at 4JG’s Winery with wine tastings and of course chocolate – the perfect pair! The Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail event takes place for two consecutive weekends from 12pm-5pm (127 Hillsdale Road, Colts Neck). For more information, call 908.930.8066.

Sunday, February 9: Looking for a winter getaway? Check out Monmouth County’s First Ever Vacation Expo presented by Sickles Market and Excel Travel. From 11am-3pm, head over to Sickles Market (1 Harrison Ave, Little Silver) and check out cruise lines, exotic destinations, yacht charters, adventure holidays and more. Plus, Excel Travel will be offering an EXTRA $100 OFF any vacation package booked at the event. For more information, call 732.571.1960.

The Monmouth County SPCA will be hosting their annual Valentine’s Brunch to help raise money for homeless animals. Enjoy brunch, refreshments, live music and gift auction prizes! Event will take place from 11am-2pm at McLoone’s Pier House at Pier Village (1 Ocean Ave, Long Branch). Tickets include one Mimosa or Bloody Mary, a huge chance auction with incredible prizes for people & pets, a “Smooch a Pooch” Kissing Booth, 50/50 raffle and more! Hurry – purchase tickets online because this event sells out fast. For more information, call 732.440.1558.

Monday, February 17 – Wednesday, February 26: It’s Red Bank’s 1st Annual Restaurant Week! In a town known for its food, lovers of the Red Bank restaurant scene will have even more to cheer about! The first-ever celebration will feature $30 prix fixe dinner menus at many of the borough’s outstanding restaurants plus promotions and discounts at great eateries and food retailers (event excludes Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22). For more information, call 732.741.9211.

Tuesday, February 18: “Oh, the things you can think” when Dr. Seuss’s best-loved stories collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper – Seussical! Adapted from the Broadway version, this adaptation especially for young audiences features thirteen actors and enhanced production values. Seussical is TheatreworksUSA’s biggest show ever! Purchase tickets online or at the door for just $10 or $12 — the show will take place at 12:15pm at Monmouth University’s Pollak Theatre (400 Cedar Ave, West Long Branch). A perfect family event! For more information, call 732.263.6889.

Friday, February 21- Sunday, February 23: A celebration of great food and wine at the Jersey Shore, it’s the Jersey Shore Wine Weekend! The events will take place all weekend at Ocean Place Resort and Spa (1 Ocean Blvd, Long Branch). With a special hotel offer, breakfast and spa credit, enjoy a couples’ or girlfriends’ weekend getaway! Check out the link above for a the schedule of events. For more information, call 732.571.4000.

Friday, February 28 – Sunday, March 2: Get your girlfriends together for Ocean Grove’s Girlfriends’ Getaway Weekend! Book your choice of participating hotels and enjoy activities like a yoga class, champagne tasting, cooking class, wine and cheese tasting, massage/facial and so much more. Rooms starting at just $84, you don’t want to miss out on this great opportunity to take a break from your husbands and boyfriends, and enjoy a weekend filled with activities, entertainment, and relaxation with your girls! For more information, call 732.774.1391.

Have a great month!

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