As one of the most expensive holidays of the year, with restaurant prices double what they are on a regular day, and expectations unfathomably high, it's no wonder more and more couples are choosing to forgo the traditional Valentine's Day festivities. But what do you do if you want to plan a romantic day, but don't want to blow your entire paycheck? Use a Groupon for the following couple's activities that are generally regarded as romantic, but are usually on the expensive side. If your dates a keeper, they won't mind you using a coupon for these fantastic dates that will help you connect while staying within your budget. Keep in mind that due to temporary nature of Groupon, many of these deals may have ended. There are many alternative deals to choose from on the site, and the actual companies themselves still offer the same services.
Some would say that Italian cuisine is the food of love and that’s what makes this pizza-making class at Brewdog Pub a perfect Valentine’s Day date. At only $55 for two, couples can make their own pizza (and maybe laugh about their mistakes), then enjoy their creation with a Caesar salad and a cocktail or beer. Cooperating on a meal together will be sure to heat up your night.
Competition is healthy in any relationship. Whether it’s with a round of your favorite two-player video game, air hockey at the arcade, or with a few turns around the go-kart track, competing in your relationship in a non-aggressive way will actually make you feel closer to one another. Make sure you place bets on who will win (with a handsome reward) and be a good sport regardless of the outcome.
Chocolate tasting tour
Sure, you can get your date a box of chocolate and that will be a nice romantic gesture. Or you can take her on the ultimate chocolate tasting tour through Beverly Hills with Great Food Tours. No one will be able to resist sampling chocolates at seven different shops while strolling through this picturesque city with their Valentine.
If alcohol is more your style, why not take your date wine tasting in Temecula. Far from the stresses of the city, Temecula is filled with beautiful vineyards and a small town charm perfect for an evening of relaxation... and inebriation.
Whale watching is exciting and adventurous, two qualities that make for an incredibly romantic date. But before you decide to take your date out on the sometimes-tumultuous seas, be certain they won’t get sea sick. If you’re fortunate enough to spot a Gray or Blue whale, it’ll be an experience you won’t soon forget. To complete the date, catch dinner at any of the seaside eateries, like 26 Beach Restaurant.
7- or 14-course dinner at Scratch Bar
Why spend so much on a simple three-course dinner when you can have twice the food (with drink pairings!) at the same price? Get your money’s worth at the 7-course dinner at Scratch Bar, a newly opened spot that specializes in innovative bites, vegan dishes, fish and meats. An affordable $45 six-course meal is a staple on their regular menu, as well.
BYOB Painting class
Painting and wine have gone hand-in-hand since the dawn of time (or the invention of alcohol, whichever came first). Valentine’s Day is no time to break tradition. That’s why the BYOB painting class is the ideal date for creative types who like to drink. Check out their February 15th event which includes chocolate-covered strawberries for the love birds or hit up the Valentine's Day singles' event with your friends.
Anyone who has watched two people dance the tango can agree that it is a sensuous, passionate dance, one that should be learned on the year’s most romantic day. Whether or not you have skills, the class at the Tango Room will provide a fun-filled and intimate night (with hopefully some laughs along the way).
Hot stone massage, wine and chocolates? It doesn’t get much more romantic than the couples massage at Body Lounge Spa. Throw in a steam shower and a jetted Jacuzzi tub and you’ll have the makings of a truly incredible date. For $139 a couple, this activity will be a treat for you and your budget.
Beach Cruiser or Hydrobike Ride
Recreate a scene from a romantic comedy by taking your Valentine on a bike ride on land or on water. In Long Beach, hydrobikes take riders around the marina to admire the yachts. You can even land on a secluded beach for a picnic. The bike cruiser rentals in Venice let you explore the sights in style. Pedal around the eclectic boardwalk to enjoy the numerous street performers, then hop off at any one of the restaurants on Abbott Kinney Blvd. for lunch. Ride tandem for an extra-romantic experience.