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Exclusive & Private Places to Spend Valentine's Day

Romantic getaways get even more special with private experiences and secluded locales. Below please find special offerings available this Valentine’s Day and beyond throughout California. Please be sure to check local guidelines before visiting, and observe safe and responsible travel practices.

HOTELS

Love is in the Air in Napa Valley
The Meritage Resort and Spa and Vista Collina Resort are offering a Love is in the Air package, featuring a complimentary welcome drink from the champagne cart, dinner for two at Olive & Hay or in-room dining service, spa treatment for two, chocolate strawberries and rose-petals, and two keepsake champagne glasses. For Galentine’s, there is a “Girl’s Trip Package,” including a complimentary welcome drink, choice of a personal training class, Netflix movie night with champagne, ice cream and pizzas, and keepsake silk robes. Brand-new picnics in the on-property vineyard will debut Valentine’s Day weekend.

Romance Packages in Sonoma County
The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa in Sonoma County’s Wine Country invites love birds to enjoy the ultimate couples retreat with its Wine, Roses & Grand Romance Package. The package includes a rose petal turndown, chocolate truffles, a sparkling wine tasting for two at Gloria Ferrer Winery and daily breakfast in bed for two. The Farmhouse Inn features Luxury Romantic Packages that can be booked with the 24/7 concierge, who will arrange Bubbles and Truffles in-room, a Seasonal Bouquet or Classic Red Rose Arrangement, or a Candlelight Tub Turndown with a drawn bubble bath, Champagne on ice and scattered rose petals. Guests will also enjoy luxury amenities and a Michelin-starred kitchen.

Romantic Getaway Package in Charming Carmel-by-the-Sea
Carmel-by-the-Sea has been consistently ranked as one of the most romantic destinations in the world, and the European-style L'Auberge Carmel is an ideal place to spend Valentine’s Day. The property’s Romantic Getaway package includes a two-night stay, a chilled split of Champagne as an in-room welcome amenity, a 60-minute in-room couples massage, dinner with selected wine pairings at the acclaimed Aubergine Restaurant, and Aubergine's Signature Breakfast for two the next morning.

Rosewood Miramar Beach for Valentine's Day
Rosewood Miramar Beach in Montecito is the ideal romantic getaway destination for couples year-round. The resort’s amenities include five distinct dining outlets including Caruso’s with seating directly over the sand, two cabana-lined pools, bespoke beach service and a spa. Guests visiting for Valentine's Day can indulge in a number of private experiences ranging from in-room dinners and brunch to in-room spa treatments and private workout classes on the beach. For those that really want to splurge, the Jet-A-Way package includes private flights for two, accommodations in a top suite, and activities ranging from private golf and tennis lessons to a gourmet picnic and access to the members-only Miramar Club.

"Pretty Woman for a Day" package at Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel
Be the star of your own love story with Beverly Wilshire’s take on the film "Pretty Woman," which was set at the hotel. The exclusive Pretty Woman for a Day package includes two nights in a Specialty Suite, behind-the-scenes tour of Rodeo Drive's most famous fashion houses, a personal wardrobe consultant and stylist, dining experience, couples massage, Bath Butler and roundtrip transportation in a Mercedes Sedan. The package is subject to state and county guidelines.

Sky's The Limit Proposal Package in Santa Monica
Shutters on the Beach and Hotel Casa del Mar are taking memorable proposals to the next level with the introduction of the Sky’s The Limit engagement package. The package, starting at $9,900, includes a one-night stay in an ocean view suite at either property, a bottle of champagne upon arrival, ring delivery by drone on the beach or at other requested location, and a produced five- to ten-minute documentary-style short proposal video. Additional add-on enhancements include a private chef en suite dinner, private yacht cruise, custom ferris wheel “marry me” message on Santa Monica’s famed pier, a luxury convertible and a sustainable created diamond from Diamond Expert Vrai.

Romance Package at Miyako Hybrid Hotel in Torrance
Enjoy a Romance Package at Miyako Hybrid Hotel in Torrance. The experience begins with champagne (or apple cider) and a bath bomb in a luxurious guest room with a Japanese deep soaking bath tub. For dinner, couples can enjoy delicious and authentic Japanese Nigiri Gozen and wake up to an east-west breakfast from Ise-Shima restaurant. The package also includes a modern flower bouquet and a mini gift bag. Rates start from $359. During the day, head to Torrance Beach, which is so crowd-free that it feels like a private hideaway.

Oceanfront Oasis for a Romantic Getaway at Terranea Resort
For a romantic retreat, Terranea Resort invites guests to enjoy elegant accommodations in a Villa, complete with a private hot tub and outdoor terrace with a fireplace. The award-winning culinary team has crafted a farm-to-table menu with locally-sourced ingredients, available to go with a picnic basket, or to be delivered in-room, paired with a bottle of wine or cocktail. Guests can also enjoy a number of adventures including private archery, falconry, painting by the sea and horseback riding. For the perfect end to a romantic evening, the pastry team has created an assortment of truffles, chocolates and cakes.

Estancia La Jolla Valentine's Day
Estancia La Jolla is offering a proposal package that includes a choice of proposal location with a set up of rose petals and candles, sweetheart table for two with appetizers, suite accommodations, and champagne and strawberries. During Valentine’s Day weekend, couples can book an appointment with a renowned intimacy coach, and every Saturday morning of February couples can partake in an Acro yoga class or book a special couples massage at Spa Estancia. Throughout February, a special aphrodisiac menu will be available for in-room dining and a special romance cocktail menu will be available at Greenfinch. During Valentine’s Day weekend, guests can also enjoy a private aphrodisiac dinner menu and a Valentine’s Day brunch at Greenfinch.


SPA TREATMENTS

Private Spa Experience at Rush Creek Spa

Located right on the edge of Yosemite, Rush Creek Spa is a new spa and the first of its kind to open in the region, with features such as the warm waterfall coves, cool mist showers, aromatherapy steam room, Himalayan salt sauna, granite waterfall hot tub and sensory room. Rush Creek Spa invites guests to enjoy a private spa offering which includes exclusive use of the entire 5,000-square-foot spa and all its features for 2.5 hours with up to 15 people (including kids) for $1,200 total. A la carte options such as massage treatments, aromatherapy blending bar and custom tea blending are also available.

Valentine’s Day at Pasea Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach
Whether celebrating Galentine’s Day or a romantic weekend, Aarna Spa has a variety of treatments available. For a girls’ weekend, groups of up to six can enjoy accommodations in a suite, DIY facial kits, custom embroidered robes and champagne. In the spa, enjoy special Bubbles & Bliss facials and body treatments, or the Bubbles & Bliss couples massage paired with Veuve champagne. Guests can also enjoy a private in-room dinner for two in partnership with Veuve Clicquot. Tanner’s will be offering a Valentine’s Day menu all weekend long and Treehouse will have specialty cocktails and drink specials.


CULINARY EXPERIENCES

A Michelin-Level Valentine's Dinner Experience from Baumé Restaurant

Michelin-starred Baumé in Palo Alto will offer premier Valentine’s to go prix fixe menus. From February 12-14, each day there will be five dinner options available for pick-up from 3:30-7:00 p.m. All prix fixe meals, available for up to eight people, are ready to eat with no warm up or cooking required. The tasting menus each include a combination of bread and butter, caviar, soup, fish, Wagyu beef, cheese, sorbet and dessert. For additional information, text 650-328-8899 or email reservation@baumerestaurant.com

Virtual Valentine’s Day Cooking Class with Chef Charlie Palmer
Join Chef Charlie Palmer and Winemaker Daryl Groom for a not-to-be-missed virtual Valentine’s Day cooking class this February 13. Impress your sweetheart or surprise your roommate with a fun night in, just in time to celebrate Valentine's Day. Guests will cook along with Charlie and Daryl in Charlie's home kitchen and learn valuable cooking techniques, wine pairing tips and a recipe from American Fare.

Compline Offers Valentine’s Weekend Edition of Saturday Supper Club
Downtown Napa’s Compline, helmed by Executive Chef Jammir Gray, will be running a special menu for Valentine’s Day as part of its ongoing "Saturday Supper Club" on February 13. The curated dishes, plus the full new menu, will be available for patio dining on both February 13 and 14, and available for pickup between 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, February 13. The dinner is $150 for two.

Food + Sparkling Wine Experience at Presqu'ile
Located in Santa Maria, Presqu’ile Winery is offering a reservation-only Food + Sparkling Wine experience for guests to enjoy. The tasting will highlight the 2021 release of the winery’s 2016 vintage sparkling wines, its annual Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine release as well as the Late Disgorged 2014 Brut Cuvee. The tasting will include an inventive spread of pairings prepared by the estate chef with ingredients harvested from the on-property garden.

Santa Monica Picnic Co for Exclusive Valentine’s Day Beachside Experience
Santa Monica Picnic Co. provides exclusive, comfortable picnic experiences that features locally based, professionally designed furnishings, chef-curated cheese and charcuterie boards, and refreshments along with mood-lighting, unique tableware and a variety of extra amenities. Specialty items including premium foods, fun activities, beach games, floral arrangements and music can be added.

Valentine’s Day in Temecula Valley
In Temecula Valley, couples can indulge in an array of romantic experiences and treats. Wilson Creek Winery is offering a wine-a-gram, including a custom-labeled bottle with a photo, sentiment and note, along with a variety of sweet treats. Grazing Theory is offering a heart-shaped charcuterie board with meats, cheeses, fruit, chocolates and wine. Temecula Creek Inn is offering a Room for Dessert package that includes a wine and dessert trio, gourmet breakfast-in-bed and late check-out. On February 13 and 14, The Vineyard Rose at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa is serving a three-course dinner, with wine pairings and dessert. Cougar Winery is serving heart-shaped pizza and brownies, paired with salad and wine or beer. Batch Mead is shipping a variety of Valentine’s boxes featuring specialty meads, chocolates, snifters and more.


ACTIVITIES & TOURS

Valentine’s Stroll in the Park at Park Winters

This Valentine’s Day, Park Winters is opening up its doors to couples who want to spend a romantic day in the park strolling through the early spring gardens and farm at their private estate— just 40 minutes from Sacramento. This new experience includes a wine and cheese pairing curated by Turkovich Family Wines and featuring options from Winters Cheese Co. The Park will be open on February 14 from 11 a.m. until sunset for guests with an admission. There will be designated tables in the courtyard with freshly cut flowers from the Farm at Park Winters for guests to enjoy their wine and cheese.

Romantic Gondola Rides in the Heart of Napa
Napa Valley Gondola offers private Venetian-style touring boat rides down the Napa River where guests can experience the scenery, take in Italian serenades and bring their favorite wine to enjoy along the way. The tours offer a basic history of the river and riverfront, and routes are up to 2 miles. Cruises launch from the Main Street boat dock in the heart of Downtown Napa. The Casanova Cruise is $145 and includes an hour ride, which can accommodate up to six people.

Private Romantic Safari in Santa Rosa
The Ultimate Private Safari at Safari West is a romantic adventure in the 400-acre Sonoma Serengeti. With an expert guide to take guests wherever they wish to embark, enjoy private and close-up encounters with animals in the privacy of your own safari vehicle, along with behind-the-scene activities with caretakers. Enjoy unique options like dinner at the tree top aviary, cheetahs and chardonnay, or a private wine tasting Safari. Experiences start at $1,000 per vehicle. Safari West will also be hosting its 21st annual, adults-only Valentine’s Day Wild Jungle Love safari.

Lift off into Romance in Sonoma County
Lift off this Valentine’s Day with an intimate hot air balloon ride for two. Embark on a private flight with Up and Away and enjoy spectacular views of Sonoma County’s serene countryside, miles of rugged ocean coast and some of the most beautiful giant coastal redwood groves. Take in unobstructed views of the many wineries, rolling hills and the gently winding Russian River.

Celebrate Love with a Private Sunset Cruise in Santa Barbara
Celebrate love on the water with a sunset cruise aboard a private charter. The Santa Barbara Sailing Center will provide you and your private group (up to six passengers maximum aged 21+) with a US Coast Guard Certified Captain. You can simply enjoy the views or feel free to help sail the yacht. Masks are required at all times on our docks and on board to keep your group and the captain safe. Tickets are $75 and include bottomless champagne served in a reusable nautical glass.

Valentines Places in Temecula Valley
Book a private hot air balloon flight for two with A Grape Escape, or a Valentine Shared Flight available February 12-15. The latter includes a hot air balloon flight (8-12 passengers), chilled sparkling wine, souvenir certificate of flight, discount wine tasting, Valentine’s banner for photos and complimentary bottle of sparkling wine starting at $199 per person.

Celebrate Love with Flagship Cruises & Events
Enjoy a unique Valentine’s experience aboard Flagship Cruises & Events’ luxury yachts while basking in San Diego’s world-class waterfront views. The experience includes complimentary boarding champagne, a three-course dinner, music and endless romantic views.

Note: As communities re-open after COVID-19-related closures, some parks, businesses and attractions may still be closed or have new protocols in place. Please verify local guidelines and regulations for all destinations and hours and availability of individual businesses before publishing. Check out Visit California’s Responsible Travel Hub for guidance on how visitors can travel within California safely.

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