Treat your Valentine to a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner at Eagle’s Nest, the elegant Vanderbilt Mansion, where Hollywood stars and European royalty dined with one of America’s most famous and powerful families.
On Saturday, February 9, the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum will hold its annual Valentine’s Day dinner – a major fund-raiser for education programs – with limited seatings of 50 at 6:00 and at 8:00 p.m.
The grand, 24-room Spanish Revival mansion on Northport Bay – listed on the National Register of Historic Places – is one of the most glamorous and romantic settings on Long Island.
Tickets are $150 per person, $135 for Members, by reservation only. Entrees (see menu below) must be chosen when tickets are purchased.Purchase Tickets – 6:00 p.m.
Purchase Tickets – 8:00 p.m.
Many Mansion rooms will be decorated with Valentine themes, including the romances of Rosamond and William Vanderbilt, Romeo and Juliet, and Napoleon and Josephine. Others feature the Duke and Duchess of Windsor (frequent Mansion guests) and their beloved pugs, the legend of St. Valentine, and Valentine cards and candy.
The evening is a rare opportunity to enjoy an intimate dining experience with a spouse, partner or special friend and to celebrate in Gold Coast style.
Lance Reinheimer, the museum’s executive director, said, “Many people have used the storybook atmosphere of the Vanderbilt Mansion as a romantic backdrop for first dates. Several people tell us they proposed marriage here. And each year many couples come to the Vanderbilt for their wedding ceremonies. This is a perfect place for a romantic dinner.”
As a guest, your evening will begin with passed hors d’oeuvres, champagne, wine and beer in the Memorial Wing of the mansion, amid Mr. Vanderbilt’s exotic collections of ethnographic artifacts from Africa, Asia and South America.
After a brief tour through his private living quarters, you will dine in the Northport Dining Room Porch, where the Vanderbilts enjoyed leisurely dinners with their family and friends.
Dinner menu: Prime Rib, Balsamic Glazed Chicken Stuffed with Goat Cheese, Heart-Shaped Ravioli a la Vodka, and Salmon Stuffed with Crabmeat. Viennese desserts follow in the Lancaster Room, with a side trip to the Vanderbilt Library and the Moroccan Court.