Love is in the air nearly everywhere in February. And regardless of whether you’re trying to impress someone you just met, surprise your long-time love with something new or ask your beloved for their hand in marriage, you’ll likely find an amazing way to fall in love or stay in love here in Santa Monica.
Valentine’s Day coincidentally falls over the long President’s Day weekend this year which means that some lucky lovers will be able to plan the ideal romantic getaway. There’s no shortage of hotels in Santa Monica where you can cozy up together, including the romantic Casa del Mar, the hip and happening Viceroy Santa Monica and the conveniently-located Shore Hotel on Ocean Avenue, which is offering a “Get Cozy” travel package with breakfast in bed for two, cookie turndown service, and a late checkout so you can sleep in.
In a city that stretches along the shores of the Pacific, you’re bound to be impressed with amazing views, refreshing ocean breezes and spectacular sunsets. A few places to express your love (or maybe even “pop the question”) include the Ferris wheel at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, The Penthouse at the top of The Huntley Hotel or from the Victorian porch at The Georgian Hotel. Or just take a stroll atop the bluffs in Palisades Park where you can watch the sunset and your love rise.
Love at First Bite
With some of the most critically acclaimed restaurants in the country, there’s no shortage of places to woo your beloved with food. Sought after reservations include Cassia, Melisse, Capo, The Little Door and the iconic Valentino, to name just a few. Many restaurants are offering prix fixe Valentine’s Day weekend menus, but book early because all the foodies in love are going to be clamoring to get in.
Sweets for your Sweetie
Just because Santa Monicans are fit and active doesn’t mean they don’t indulge in delicious treats, especially on Valentine’s Day. To satisfy your sweet tooth, pop into Sweet Rose Creamery for a “sweetheart sundae,” order Valentine’s Day cupcakes or sugar cookies from Vanilla Bake Shop or try your hand at making heart-shaped French macarons at The Gourmandise School of Sweets & Savories.