_ Valentine’s day is just around the corner and reservations are already being placed for that romantic weekend. Many will find themselves in an upscale restaurant at a dinner for two, or possibly on a weekend escape to a quiet hotel. Because Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year, the weekend previous is prime-time for travel plans. Bestweekends.com highlights some of the most romantic getaways at the Jersey Shore, ideal for an extraordinary holiday weekend.

Set on a beautiful old property in the heart of Spring Lake, The Chateau Inn & Suites is just blocks from the beach and steps from Potter Park. The Chateau is frequented by celebrities escaping to the Shore and it's not hard to see why. A warm and inviting lobby, charming suites and an amazing breakfast are perfect for couples in search of a romantic stay away from home. The Chateau even offers romantic packages like the “Special Evening” of chocolate dipped strawberries, rose petals, and champagne.

The small town of Manasquan is home to another destination favorite, The Inn on Main. Located in the heart of town and overlooking Main Street’s many shops and boutiques, the rooms are beautifully decorated and luxurious with pillow top beds and fireplaces in each room. Enjoy dinner at hot new BYOB, Firefly and it will be a night you won't soon forget.

For those looking to make the night a truly special occasion, dinner at the #1 Zagat rated restaurant in New Jersey, Restaurant Nicholas, is right on our doorstep in Red Bank.  Spectacular food, amazing service and an elegant setting make this a memorable experience. Tables for this fabulous dining experience are hard to come by though, so if you do plan on making Restaurant Nicholas your Valentine’s Day choice, be sure to make reservations far in advance.

Ellen Studer


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