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Looking for a sweet break to the routine? Join the local businesses of the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce for Chocolate Week 2020! Chocolate Week is a regional tradition featuring a series of offers, activities and events that include Valentine’s Day and President’s Day Weekend. This popular event was created over a decade ago to encourage out of area visitors as well as serving local residents. Keeping the focus on simple pleasures that tie in with cozy mid winter escapes, the Southern Ocean County Chamber coordinates local businesses and organizations to extend special promotions, offers and classes that are being to create a sweet vibe throughout the Long Beach Island Region of the Jersey Shore from Barnegat, Long Beach Island, Stafford and Tuckerton and Little Egg Harbor from February 8-16. With offerings that warm up winter, Chocolate Week events will help build an itinerary for visiting friends and family as well as vacationers. A good place to start for all 21 and over is the Southern Ocean Made Surf and Sip Brew Trail featuring offerings and events from four local craft breweries as well as surf experience related galleries, shops and hands on exhibits to keep that summer feeling coming throughout the winter.

Check out our #ChocolateWeek offerings:

A Sweet Memory Cake Shoppe and Tea Room  – 521 Rt 9, Waretown 609.242.0153. Delicious desserts and drinks for all to enjoy. February 8 – Mommy and Me; You’re my Lovebug Tea – Enjoy a tea party with your love bug! We have lady bug coloring sheets, nail polish and eye shadow, tea sets for dolls, hats and beads for dress up and much more! Kid’s $9.95 and Adults have a complete menu to choose from. Make a reservation today!! Call 609-242-0153  February 13 – You’re My Lovebug Cake Decorating $30 per cake. RSVP required. February 16 – Tea with the Ice Queen and Princess. $19.95 per person plus tax and gratuity. Limited Seating. RSVP is required.

Barnegat Light Historical Society & Museum – 5th Street & Central Avenue, Barnegat Light They will be open Saturday, February 8 from 11am – 3pm. Stop in to vist the museum and enjoy hot chocolate & chocolatey treats and some stories from our sweet local historians who have lived and loved Barnegat Light’s history! Admission is always free, and children are welcome to get hands on with certain artifacts, see the model train of the old Tuckerton Railroad, and ring the schoolhouse bell!

Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Company 300 Amber Street, Beach Haven 609.492.6007  Saturday, February 15 – Come out for their 103rd Annual Turkey Dinner. 12pm-7pm Eat in or take out. Tickets are $20 each and available in advance or at the door.

Beach House Spa – 614 N. Long Beach Blvd., Surf City 609.342.1519 Offering signature treatments just for you! Chocolate fig body treatment – $85 ($120 value)  You are cordially invited to the most decadent winter wrap of the season!  Beginning with a dry brush exfoliation ,clearing away the tough stuff before you’re painted with a firming chocolate and fig serum  giving skin a toasty drink of vitamins A, E, and K. Concluding with a lite massage using our hydrating marshmallow melt lotion will leave you in sweet relaxation.  Chocolate fig recovery facial – $80 ($95 value) Glow in your natural beauty with this repairing and replenishing facial! Begin with a gentle green tea extract cleanser for a fresh slate. Next, an aronia fruit extract and crisp rose water tonic is applied. You’re then buffed to silky suppleness with an Arizona red clay exfoliant. You will bask in the delicious notes of fresh baked chocolate cake when a softening CoQ10 firming mask is painted onto the skin – a blend featuring coconut oil to soothe any inflammation and skin irritations caused by plunging temperatures. Our unique chocolate fig serum is then applied for a firm and glowing complexation, followed by a decadent moisturizer and eye cream  top off this winter fete.

Buckalews Restaurant & Tavern – 101 N. Bay Avenue, Beach Haven 609.492.1065 Stop in for delicious Chocolate-themed drinks and their Valentine’s Day menu!

Country Kettle Fudge – Bay Village 830 North Bay Ave, Beach Haven 609.492.2800 – Open Thursday 2/13 thru 2/17 open at 11am with samples available and a souvenir box of taffy with a 1lb purchase of fudge.

Daddy O Hotel & Restaurant – 4401 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach 609.494.1300 – February 8 cooking demo – For the Love of Chocolate, highlighting a sweet and savory ways to use chocolate in the kitchen and at the bar. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cocktail Demo, Godiva Chocolate Liquor. Tickets available here. During the week, enjoy chocolate specials from the kitchen and the bar! On Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two, enjoy a special a la carte dinner menu, perfect to share with your sweetheart! Hotel rooms starting at $149!

Delaware Avenue Oyster House – 13211 Long Beach Blvd., Beach Haven Terrace 609.492.33552 – Enjoy a White Chocolate Martini or Yuengling Chocolate Stout added to your meal – just in time for Chocolate Week.

Delights Artisan Cafe – 34 South Main Street (Rt 9), Barnegat 609.549.0727  Available for grab and go or stay in and enjoy – Chocolate coffee specials and daily chocolate treats, including some chocolate macarons.  Feb 15th 5-7pm we’ll be having our Sweet Hearts and Sweet Sounds event featuring live jazz music from Bethany Taylor, chocolate dessert specials, and chocolate coffee flights. Great music, sweet desserts, and delicious coffees.

Every Bloomin’ Thing – 9 Lacey Road, Forked River 609.693.6969 – For Valentine’s Day week, receive a free box of chocolate with every dozen roses purchased.

Hotel LBI – 350 West 8th Street, Ship Bottom 609.467.8000. The Living Drink Specials: Godiva Chocolate Martinis, The Bitter Chocolate Old Fashion. Hotel LBI overnight special $209 plus taxes includes Queen Bed Studio Suite, Bottle of Prosecco, Plate of Chocolate Covered Strawberries.

Kostas Grill – 161 East Main Street (Rt 9), Tuckerton 609.879.5333 – During Chocolate Week, finish a delicious meal with one (or ALL!) of these decadent desserts: Chocolate Baklava, Kormos – frozen chocolate and vanilla biscuit roll, Chocolate dipped cannoli stuffed with strawberry chocolate chip ice cream

Kubel’s Too – 8200 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Twp. 609.494.4731 Saturday, February 15  at 6pm. – Enjoy a Wine & Food Pairing  $55 per person plus tax & gratuity

Lighthouse International Film FestivalFebruary 7 – 8, the Lighthouse International Film Festival, in partnership with the LBIF, presents a 2020 Oscar®-nominated Short Film Series Friday and Saturday, February 7th – 8th.  Buy your tickets hereSaturday, February 15, come out to the LBIF to view LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE. Ronstadt is our guide through her early years of singing Mexican canciones with her family; her folk days with the Stone Poney-type clubs and her reign as the “rock queen” of the ’70s and early ’80s. She was a pioneer for women in the male-dominated music industry and an early advocate for human rights. Ultimately, her incredible voice was lost to Parkinson’s disease, but her music and influence remain as timeless as ever. Tickets available here.

The Lizzie Rose Music Room – 217 East Main Street (Rt 9), Tuckerton. 609.389.0118 February 15Gracie Curran & The High Falutin’ Band. Gracie Curran has earned her reputation for jaw dropping Blues & Soul, in every blues club and juke joint from Boston to Beale Street. A Blues Music Award Nominee, Boston Music Award Winner and house band at the world famous Rum Boogie Cafe on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee, Curran has a contagious enthusiasm, incredibly fun live show, and is quickly becoming one of the most exciting entertainers on the roots scene today.

Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences – 120 Long Beach Blvd., Loveladies 609.494.1241 – Stop in anytime between Wednesday Feb 12 – Sunday February 16 and enjoy a delicious hot chocolate bar with all the fixings!! February 7 – 8, the Lighthouse International Film Festival, in partnership with the LBIF, presents a 2020 Oscar®-nominated Short Film Series Friday and Saturday, February 7th – 8th.  Buy your tickets here. Have a love for knowledge? Friday, February 14 FRED Talk 4-6pm with Reilly Sharpe, Author, who will discuss his book on Barnegat Light and how he met his wife. $5 requested Donation. Free to LBIF Friends & Members. Saturday, February 15 Check out the LBIF for Science Saturday – Love of the Pine Barrens with Speaker Albert Horner, Nature Photographer. Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm  Fee: $5, Free to LBIF Friends+ Members. Saturday, February 15, come out to the LBIF to view LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE. Ronstadt is our guide through her early years of singing Mexican canciones with her family; her folk days with the Stone Poney-type clubs and her reign as the “rock queen” of the ’70s and early ’80s. She was a pioneer for women in the male-dominated music industry and an early advocate for human rights. Ultimately, her incredible voice was lost to Parkinson’s disease, but her music and influence remain as timeless as ever. Tickets available here.

The Local Market & Kitchen – 604 Central Ave, Ship Bottom 609.342.0061 – Enjoy delectable sweets and custom coffees all week at The Local. On February 8, join Sav Hughes Designs from 6-8pm for Galentine’s Day Jewelry Making. Savannah will be teaching you how to make your own custom bracelets! $40 includes 2 custom slider bracelets, 1 custom beaded bracelet.. along with Local sandwiches, desserts & hot chocolate bar! BYOB is encouraged, we also have Sharrott Winery wines for sale at The Local! Pre-registration is required. Click to register.

Lucky’s Bed & Biscuit – 508 East Bay Ave, Manahawkin 609.339.7056 Enjoy Valentine’s Week at Lucky’s from February 10 – 14.

The Mainland Kitchen & Pub – 151 Rt 72 East, Manahawkin 609.481.6100 – Enjoy the following drink specials:  Chocolate Raspberry martini (Stoli Razberi, Godiva chocolate liquor, chocolate shavings), Death By Chocolate (Kahlua, Vodka, Godiva chocolate liquor, ice cream), The Milky Way (Stoli Vanilla, Butterscotch Schnapps, Chocolate Liquor, Baileys).  Mainland Holiday Inn is offering an overnight package for 2/14 or 2/15  $169 plus taxes includes King Bed Guest Room, Bottle of Champagne, Box of Chocolates, Hot Breakfast Buffet for Two. February 11: Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating from 630-830pm. $35 per person. Reservations required. February 15 – Winter Whiteout Party from 4pm – 1230am. Keep your cold hearts warm this Valentine’s weekend at the Mainland Kitchen and Pub’s Winter Whiteout Party! Live Music- The Pickles: 4-7  & Yes Love: 8-11:30.  Winter Drink Specials, Ice Sculpture Displays, Fire pits,  Meme Building Contest (You read that Correctly)  February  15 – Stupid Cupid Comedy Night from 6-9pm. Package includes 3 live comedy acts, house beer and wine and cocktail hour small bites in The Mainland Ballroom. Advance purchase suggested.

Manafirkin Brewing Company – 450 East Bay Avenue, Suite 2, Manahawkin 609.756.4798 – They will be releasing their Chocolate Stout, Cupid’s Crossbow, on February 8.

Manasquan Bank – 540 Route 9 South, Little Egg Harbor 609.879.4231 – will be offering a cup of Hot Chocolate and a sweet treat to anyone that comes in during that week   Lobby hours are 830-4 Mon thru Thursday, Friday 830-6.

Manasquan Bank – 525 Rt. 72 East, Manahawkin 609.488.6157 – enjoy cupcakes and brownies when you stop in to visit. Lobby hours are 830-4 Mon thru Thursday, Friday 830-6.

The Old Causeway Steak & Oyster House – 1201 East Bay Ave, Manahawkin 609.488.1327 – From Feb. 8-16, they are offering this chocolatey trio: Chocolate Wild Turkey Old Fashioned, Dark Chocolate BBQ Chicken Sandwich with house made bread & butter pickles and a Chocolate Mousse Pie with chocolate ganache and Oreo whipped cream

Our Gang Players – Barnegat High School 180 Bengal Blvd., Barnegat – Our Gang Players present “Love – A Cabaret” Tickets now available. Meet the Cast session immediately afterwards in our Valentine themed lobby where you will be served complimentary hors d’oeuvres & desserts.

Oyster Creek Brewing Company – 529 Rt 9, Unit 5, Waretown 609.622.2944 – They will be bringing back the chocolate cherry stout just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Reynolds Garden Shop & Floral Market – 201 East Bay Ave, Manahawkin 609.597.6099 February 8 – Sweet Samples! Sample sweets for your Valentine in the Gourmet Market. Maddy will have a delightful variety of candy and cookies available for you to taste. Take home your favorite treat to your Valentine at 20% Off. Even sweeter, enter to win a dozen roses for your special someone and have them delivered locally too! Don’t miss out on this sweet shopping day! February 14 – Sweets for your Sweetie this Valentine’s Day! For all of the sweethearts in your life, Reynolds has everything you’ll need this Valentine’s Day.

Royal Pane Window Cleaning – 609.756.4366 – Book with us during Chocolate Week – any service to be scheduled in the months of Feb or March – and receive a box of Chocolate when we come to do the job. Be sure to mention ‘Chocolate Week’ when you call!!

Ship Bottom Brewery – 830 North Bay Ave #23, Beach Haven 609.207.6331 – Watch for the release of a Chocolate Covered Cherry Stout that was aged in a Pinor Noir Oak Barrels on February 14.

Smallcakes LBI – 412 Unit C North Bay Avenue, Beach Haven 609.342.0412 – Now taking Valentine’s Day orders with many options to select from in addition to their Smallcakes. This is a half dozen Cake Pop Gift Package. Cake Pops and stuffed animal are displayed in a reusable “Love” glass cup. Saturday, February 8 – Valentine Cupcake/Paint Workshop at 11am and a second class at 2pm. Cost is $25 per person and registration is required

Stafford Township Arts Center – 1000 McKinley Avenue, Manahawkin –  On Sunday, February 16, enjoy brunch, a show, and the long weekend with your Valentine, friends, and family at The Old Causeway and Stafford Township Arts Center. A $10 brunch menu will be offered at Old Causeway prior to the cabaret, only available to ticket holders. Reservations will be accepted for 9:30am to 11:30am. Please visit stacnj.com for more brunch menu details.

Surflight Theatre – 201 Engleside Drive, Beach Haven 609.492.9477  February 15 & 16 – Something: Music of George Harrison. JT Curtis (The guitar and voice of Broadway’s Let It Be) leads you on a thrilling and emotional journey through this underrated Beatles entire discography. Bringing together members of the Broadway and touring companies of Let It Be and a Surflight favorite Todd Meredith (The Rave-Ons, Million Dollar Quartet), SOMETHING highlights many more of Harrison’s most loved songs from The Beatles, The Traveling Wilburys, his landmark album ALL THINGS MUST PASS, and so much more. You’ll definitely find yourself on cloud nine with this show! Enjoy sweet chocolatey treats in the lobby after the show!

Tasty Cheesecakes – 657 East Bay Avenue, Unit 4, Manahawkin 609.549.3978 – All kinds of chocolately goodness available!

Tuckers Tavern – 101 S. West Avenue, Beach Haven 609.492.2300 – During the week, enjoy chocolate specials from the kitchen and the bar! Friday, February 7 – Enjoy a night of laughs with comedians hosted by, award winning Atlantic City comedian, Michelle Tomko while dining on a delicious three-course prix fixe dinner with a cash bar. Tickets are $45 in advance or $55 at the door. Show starts at 7 PM. Friday, February 14 –  Valentine’s Day Dinner for two – Enjoy a special a la carte dinner menu, perfect to share with your sweetheart!

Tuckerton Seaport – 120 Main Street, Tuckerton 609.296.8868 February 9 – Valentine’s Day Paper Flowers Centerpiece – In this class you will be making 3 stemmed ranunculus paper flowers with leaves as a LOVELY centerpiece. The paper flowers will be precut, and all supplies are included. You will be learning how to curl, glue, and arrange paper flowers in a gorgeous centerpiece. Not only is it a fun project but a social one as well. So, bring your friends or just yourself! Payment in full is required at time of registration.

Urban Schack – 111 North Main Street (Rt 9), Forked River 609.891.0034 – Saturday, February 8 – Stop by for our FREE Food Tasting Event hosted by Urban Schack and our resident Food Artisans as they present their creations for your palette’s pleasure.

Van Dyk Group – Feb 8 – Feb 16 -Stop in to say hello and enjoy FREE hugs and kisses of the chocolate kind to celebrate Chocolate Week. All locations (Barnegat, Manahawkin, LBI)

From decedent open houses, chocolate themed sales, delicious drink specials and creative menu items, please sure to follow @southernoceanchamber and @lbiregion on social as well as www.visitLBIregion.com for updates on the latest listings. Stop into the Southern Ocean Chamber Visitor Center at 265 W Ninth Street for a sweet treat through the week and pick up the latest maps, guides and business information or call at 609 494 7211.

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