Whether you think of Valentine’s Day as heartwarming or cringe worthy, there is no escaping it. Love is not only in the air, it’s in every drug store aisle, bank teller’s window, even at your dog’s vet’s office.

Rather than escape it, embrace it.

We’ve rounded up some unique ways to make the most out of Valentine’s Day, whether it’s because you love someone else or simply yourself.

Couples’ cooking class They say the way to someone’s heart is through the stomach. So why not spend the most romantic night of the year cooking with your S.O.? From 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, the Claridge Hotel is offering a couples class on preparing lobster bisque. In addition to the joint cooking experience, the evening includes a three-course buffet and two alcoholic drinks per person. Tickets are $59 per person and can be purchased on Eventbrite.com where you can also find more information. The event takes place in the South Hampton Room on the sixth floor. The Claridge is at 123 S. Indiana Ave., in Atlantic City.

Renew you wedding vows Grab your spouse and head straight to the Absecon Lighthouse at 6 p.m., Feb. 14, when the historic venue will host its annual Valentine’s Day group vow renewal performed by a non-denominational minister in the Keeper’s Cottage. The ceremony is followed by a champagne toast and dancing to the beautiful sounds of classic songs and standards performed by vocalist Lisa Camp. Couples are also being offered a special king room rate of $49 at Golden Nugget for this special evening, plus a chance to win a future overnight stay and dinner at the Nugget. A donation minimum of $40 per couple includes the ceremony, a tower climb, live music and dancing and the champagne toast. Proceeds go toward the preservation of the lighthouse. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the event goes till 7 p.m. Reservations, which are required, can be made by calling 609-449-1360. Absecon Lighthouse is located at 31 S. Rhode Island Ave. in Atlantic City. Go to AbseconLighthouse.com.

Did someone say, ‘chocolate’? Chocolate and Valentine’s Day are synonymous with one another. So are Chefs Mark and Deb Pellegrino, the husband-and-wife team of MaDe Atlantic City Chocolate Bar, who gave up successful careers in the casino food and beverage industry to open this bean-to-bar delight last year. There’s practically nothing more romantic than chocolate at Valentine’s Day, and particularly when created with love by a real-life couple. For your honey, we recommend the Artisan Chocolate Truffles which come in a 4-, 5- or 6-piece box ($7.50, $9, $10.50). Or if you’re feeling fabulous, purchase the red chocolate shoe ($30) for your favorite fashionista. Located at 121 S. Tennessee Ave., A.C. Go to MadeACChocolate.com.

Good enough to eat — but don’t Here’s a sweet treat for your favorite Valentine — yourself! The Spa & Salon at Golden Nugget Atlantic City presently has 50-minute Chocolate Enzyme Facials ($105) on its menu. Now through Feb. 28, you can pamper yourself with this deliciously indulgent chocolate soufflé facial that has caffeine in it, which is great for tightening and brightening. If you’re sensitive to scents, don’t worry about this overwhelming you — it’s not like Hershey Park, this chocolate aroma is very subtle. Golden Nugget is at Huron Avenue and Brigantine Boulevard in A.C. Go to GoldenNugget.com.

Romantic flavors for sweethearts Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar is heating things up. Between 4 and 10 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, be sure to try Chef-Partner Guillermo Pernot and Executive Chef Kevin Couch’s fabulous specials, created just for this night: an appetizer of Frito del Mar, crispy Calypso shrimp and sea scallops with chipotle aioli and passion fruit-honey drizzle ($11); an entrée of Bife de Lomo, pan-roasted filet mignon with truffled malanga mash, crispy shallot rings and a post wine-mushroom sauce ($30), as well as Tarta de Queso, chocolate cheesecake with spiced rum macerated strawberries for dessert ($8). Each item has been thoughtfully designed for lovers celebrating this special holiday. Cuba Libre is located in The Quarter at Tropicana Atlantic City, 2801 Pacific Ave.; CubaLibreRestaurant.com.

Take a staycation Wanna quick getaway with your sweetie? Greate Bay Country Club is offering a night away from the kids on either Feb. 14 or 15. The “True Love Package” includes 4-course prix-fixe dinner for two; an overnight stay at Sonesta ES Suites; a “Sweet Treat” couples massage at blu wave spa; and a complimentary bottle of champagne for $350. Greate Bay is located at 901 Somers Point-Mays Landing Road in Somers Point. Go to GreateBay.com.

Be a Heart Hero February has Valentine’s Day, but it’s also National Heart Month, so the Heart Hero Project, a New Jersey nonprofit, will host “Hops for Hearts” Saturday, Feb. 16, from 4-7 p.m. at Hidden Sands Brewery (6754 Washington Ave., Egg Harbor Township). The Heart Hero Project is dedicated to creating awareness for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, or HLHS, which affects 1 in every 10,000 births. Tickets ($30 each) include a silent auction, two pints and light food. Go to HeartHeroProject.org.

Warm and fuzzy and bubbly Champagne is especially appropriate for Valentine’s Day. So make a toast with your loved one in an uber romantic setting — Immersion Pool at The Water Club — with Iron Chef and Food Network star Geoffrey Zakarian who will host “Bubbles,” a champagne-inspired event with Moet & Chandon 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15. Tickets are $85. The Water Club is at 1 Renaissance Way in A.C. Go to TheBorgata.com

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