Valentine's Day is February 14 this year, and it falls on a Thursday, which gives many options for a romantic get-a-way. Maybe an all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean where "love is all you need" at a Sandals Resort. This is a good time to go as Sandals is offering up to 65% discounts on their rooms along with airfare credit, making it an affordable option.
Then there is our neighbor to the south, Mexico, where the resorts in Cancun's Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, Cabo San Lucas, and Mazatlan all cater to adults get-a-ways. Depending on the resort chosen, one can stay where everything is included, or where the option of what restaurant you dine at can be one of the many local and international restaurants that are available in the town.
Looking for something more local, that does not require a Passport or visiting another country, here are a few of what is being offered.
A touch of romance in Newport Beach riding a Venetian gondola. The gondola has been made famous, over the years, as a symbol of romance while bringing to mind the canals of Venice, Italy. But one need not go that far as Newport Beach has canals, Venetian gondolas, and spectacular sunsets that make for a memorable, romantic way to spend Valentine's Day.
Gondola Company of Newport
Lido Marina Village
3400 Via Oporto, Suite 103
Newport Beach, Calif
Phone (949) 675-1212
On February 14, from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. the boutique winery in Laguna Beach is having a special 4-course Valentine's dinner. The award winning wines, that will be included, use grapes that come mainly from the Napa and Sonoma Valleys right here in California, which are crushed, pressed, fermented barrel aged, blended and bottled at the Winery.
Guests arriving for dinner will be served Brut and Raspberry sparkling wines with an assortment of cheeses, bread and fruit, followed by a special Valentine's Day menu.
Laguna Canyon Winery
2133 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, Calif
Bowers Museum will be holding an 'ode to romance' on Valentine's Day at 1:30 p.m. Romantic film scenes from Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, and Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall will be among the movies shown by Dr. Michael Berlin, a film expert, screenwriter and producer. Behind-the-scenes stories from some of the most beloved films will also be aired.
2002 N. Main St
Santa Ana, Calif
Phone: (714) 567-3600
Admission: Members $7; non-members $10
Flowers are one of the most popular gifts sent on Valentine's Day. When choosing the flowers to include remember 'red' has been associated with romance and love over the centuries. The red in a rose is associated with passion, but there are other flowers which can be included. In Feng Shui the color pink is associaed with relationship and love, thus pink carnations, tulips, and daisies can be chosen. The color yellow portrays friendship, hope and optimism thus daffodils, dahlias, daisies and even yellow roses. Many other colors such as white, purple and blue can be included, just remember the flowers that your loved one likes best and order a beautiful bouquet on Valentine's Day.
Reference for flowers: Beside the florist of your choice, flowers can be delivered by contacting one of these: 1-800-send FTD or visit the website;