Roslyn has a jewel called The Roslyn Claremont Hotel right in our midst. It is definitely worth a visit. The setting is serene. Filled with oriental rugs and a gracious and welcoming staff, it is a wonderful oasis in our busy lives. The hotel houses Cristina's, an elegant eatery perfect for Valentine's Day or any other romantic dalliance. Their Valentine's Day special includes live music and hors d'oeuvres in the library/lounge and a three-course dinner for $140 a couple. Book yourself a room for $189 and receive breakfast in addition to a hideaway from reality.
Tina Demel in the village is having their annual inventory sale - up to 70 percent off European lingerie and their unique jewelry collections and accessories. This is the ideal time to stop in and take advantage of the wonderful assortment of goodies they offer in this beautiful shop. Wild Tulip offers something fun for everyone -- don't forget the kids! And if it's something more classic your heart desires, don't forget to stop by Solomon Jewelers in Albertson.
If you are looking to book an event, look no further. The Claremont has a simply gorgeous ballroom, priced well for 200 guests and under.
If you need bigger, The Village Club in Lake Success is a superb choice. The service is exceptional and the setting is beautiful. My family had a fabulous party there and they are happy to accommodate a variety of budget scenarios and culinary options.
For a more intimate gathering, see Roslyn's newly remodeled Chalet. It is as fun and trendy as ever.
Talk about a hot, new place. I just checked out Palio in Jericho - it reminded me of the good, old days in the city. Sleek, lavish and stylish, owner Tom Graziano is dedicated to making Palio a "green" destination.
Poco Loco has new owners but is our same old, beloved watering hole, with no change in the wonderfully classic Mexican menu and giant margaritas. Why change something if it isn't broken?
And the old Landmark Diner is expanding in a big way - their new location will be right down the road on Northern Boulevard.
If you want to dance with your honey this Valentine's Day, learn some new steps with these talented teachers. The beautiful Cathy Wagner's very popular class at Two Worlds Dance & Fitness is designed for lovers and is offered day and night. For jazz/modern, Jonathon Carrol or Jim Cento's classes at Equinox are superb at bringing dance to the novice and skilled Long Islander. Hip hopper Eddie brings new energetic routines. The inimitable hip-hoppers Lancelot and now Nate at Two Worlds bring funk to a whole, new level. Ballet and ballet exercise are always available by the exquisite Dee Dee and her gorgeous daughter, Francesca. Roslyn also houses one of Zawacki's three studios - his long list of students swear by his classes offered in every style.
I checked out The Horizon, the 55+ rental building in Roslyn Harbor, down the block from Diane's. The views of the harbor are breathtaking from state of the art apartments with wall to ceiling windows, many with private, outdoor spaces. If you or anyone you know are in the market, it is definitely worth exploring.
There is nothing more romantic than cooking classes with your sweetheart. Grace's is offering cooking classes by master chefs from the area's top restaurants.
With the Obamas in the White House for their first Valentine's Day, let's hope for peace, love, happiness and prosperity for all.
(Lillian Litvack is an account executive for Anton Newspapers. email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.)