Romantic Getaway: A Tuscan-Inspired Valentine Close to Home

The romance of Tuscany is closer than you think.

Photo courtesy Narcisi Winery


If flying your sweetheart to Tuscany for a weekend to celebrate Valentine’s Day isn’t a realistic option, consider a drive to West Deer Township instead. Start with wine-tasting and a romantic dinner at the Tuscan-villa inspired Narcisi Winery. The spinach and artichoke dip, pasta entrées and signature tiramisu served in its restaurant pair with a bottle of the winery’s beloved, versatile Riesling. For your overnight stay, check into the nearby Sun & Cricket, a resort-style B&B tucked into a pristine 35-acre estate. Sleep in Saturday and wake up hungry for the fabulous three-course breakfast, spend the afternoon cuddling by the fire or indulging in a massage — or head outdoors to explore the scenic horse trails and local antique shops. Then it’s time for more candlelight and fine cuisine at the exquisite Tuscan Inn. Don’t fret if the 14th is booked. Sun & Cricket owner Tara Bradley-Steck says, “February’s one of our busiest months. Any day can be Valentine’s Day.”

— Elvira DiPaolo-Hoff

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#GoodCause: Help a Pooch to Get Cozy

As you may have noticed, dogs are considerably furrier than people. That doesn’t mean they’re always warm; in the winter, even the shaggiest of pets can get cold in a hurry. Maggie Franz founded Fibers for Fido in October to make sure pooches in need stay as comfortable as can be; the organization donates sweaters, blankets and additional supplies to a half-dozen Pennsylvania animal shelters. “Shelter dogs still need to go outside, still need to exercise throughout the day,” Franz says. “I found there was a need, and no one was filling it.” With shelters always funneling cash donations toward food and medical needs, warmth sometimes takes a back seat. Fibers for Fido aims to change that. Head to to find out how you can help — and if you’re a knitter yourself, consider turning unused yarn into a winter’s worth of warmth for a pet-in-waiting.

— Sean Collier



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