Ah, Valentine’s day is upon us again. Whatever your outlook may be on the holiday, we cannot deny that it’s one of the best holidays of the year. Why not? There’re an abundance of activities, special menu items, and themed happenings iin all your favorite places! That being said, we’ve conjured up a special list of unique and fun things to do on this Valentine’s week with your partner or with yourself to bring more love into your life. Nothing wrong with receiving a little bit more of it.
- Transform the beach into a perfect picnic
Nowadays your home is not just a place to sleep, but it’s also where you work, exercise and for this Valentine’s day, home is where you’ll have a memorable date night! For this year’s celebration of the hearts [Unified Wines], is putting together a date night box that includes two bottles of their natural wine, two handcrafted chocolate bars from LetterPress and Love Lingual – a perfect game night date whatever your relationship status may be!
2. Wine tasting at San Antonio winery
When you think of wineries, Downtown Los Angeles isn’t what typically would come to mind, but if you cannot get to wine country yet you still want that experience for you and your significant other, San Antonio Winery is a great option. In addition to their wine tasting room, they also have an Italian restaurant (nothing says Valentine’s more than Italian cuisine, really), Maddalena. Come for a tasting or enjoy a 4-course meal and wine dinner, [Love on the Vine], on both Friday and Saturday of Valentine’s Day weekend.
3. Go for Ice Cream
The broken heart’s club aren’t the only ones who would opt for ice cream this Valentine’s. A simple yet cute date idea is to treat your Valentine to ice cream inspired by travel and adventure at one of our favorite ice cream shops, [Wanderlust Creamer]. They’ll be offering two (2) special Valentine’s Day flavors: Raspberry Lychee Rose Sorbet and Valentine’s Day Napoleon in addition to all of their signature flavors.
4. Open up a date night box
Nowadays your home is not just a place to sleep, but it’s also where you work, exercise and for this Valentine’s day, home is where you’ll have a memorable date night! For this year’s celebration of the hearts [Unfined Wines], is putting together a date night box that includes two bottles of their natural wine, two handcrafted chocolate bars from LetterPress and Love Lingual – a perfect game night date whatever your relationship status may be!
5. Get drinks on a rooftop
Start your date on the rooftop of the once-music-studio-turned-hip-restaurant, [Grandmaster Recorders] in Hollywood. Their cocktail menu includes music-themed creations like “Late Registration,” featuring Gray Goose Vodka, vermouth, ginger, yellow watermelon and lime (yum!). Then, if you’re looking for a full feast, their restaurant downstairs hosts an Italian & Australian-inspired “Chef’s Menu for Lovers” that costs $120 per person. The menu includes five courses with unique items like potato scallops with whipped cod roe and Barolo Glazed Wagyu Cheek.
6. See an outdoor movie
Who says outdoor movies are out of style? If anything, nothing screams romantic more than Italian cuisine, AND vintage date ideas. [I|O Rooftop], now the largest rooftop in Hollywood will be hosting a movie night complete with a marathon of classic romantic films as well as a picnic setup. Classic movies, citywide views, hand-crafted cocktails, and chic atmosphere – what more can you ask for? (probably a date)
7. Have a multi-course meal at home
If this pandemic has gotten you accustomed to dining in sweatpants, you may still continue doing so while enjoying a unique Valentine’s Day meal. [Sushi Sasabune] in West La has six different omakase options. Santa Monica restaurant [Milo & Olive] has a Lady and the Tramp take-home meal which includes the obvious spaghetti and meatballs, salad, baguette and mini chocolate cake with marshmallow sauce for $85.
8. Take a cooking class
There is nothing more romantic than cooking your loved ones favorite dishes with your heart on your sleeves. [The Gourmandise School] offers several Valentine’s Day cooking classes including a dumpling making class on D-day and a Parent & Child Valentine’s Day desserts class for your sweet tooth on Saturday, February 12.
[Sur La Table Cooking School at the Village at Topanga] has a large variety of cooking classes throughout the weekend and on Valentine’s Day which includes Valentine’s Day sweets, a chocolate making class and a class to make macaroons! Yey! And on the celebration day itself, the Date Night Bold Tuscan Flavors class has an Italian menu (Landon Pacific favorite!) that rivals any Michelin-star restaurant.
But of course, we can’t forget that we’re, unfortunately, still living in a pandemic – sigh. So, if you prefer to play chef in the comforts of your own kitchen, Sur La Table also offers [online cooking classes]. On the 14th, there will be both Italian and French date night options for your indecisive partner for only $29. Goodluck.
9. Get crafty with Maker’s Mess
Gifting during this day is usually one of the hardest dilemmas for people in love around the globe (aside from Christmas). But we all know that the greatest and most amazing gifts are ones that cannot be bought, and more likely hand-made by you, of course. [Maker’s Mess], a creative arts studio downtown, is offering a ton of workshops this Valentine’s Day weekend. Get experimental (but keep it PG please for the love of all that is sweet) at the [Experimental Polaroid Workshop with Valley in Film] on Saturday, February 12 or Sunday, February 13. If you want to be more handsy with your creation, then take a [Paper Mache class] and create the “adult-version” of the gifts you used to make for your grade school crush on Valentine’s. You can visit their website [here] for the full in-studio holiday schedule.
10. Host a Valentine’s Day gathering with your cocktail courier
If you’re spending this sweet sweet day with a crew of friends, then one amazing activity you can indulge in is creating your own Cosmos with the help of Cocktail Courier’s [Absolut Cosmopolitan Cocktail Kit]. They deliver right to your door and the kit includes all the ingredients you’ll need to make nine drinks.
11. Pay homage to “Ghost” at a pottery making class
[Still Life Ceramics] studio at the Row DTLA is holding a special Valentine’s Day Happy Hour class. The class is $60 per person and everyone is welcome to join. Of course, pottery making is not complete without the ambient music playing in the background from the classic rom-com Ghost.
12. Indulge in a massage
Listen, it’s been a long rough year and you’re in need of a human touch (we won’t judge). Skip finding a date and instead, treat yourself to a massage at [The Now]. Lucky for you, wherever you may be in Los Angeles, because they have locations all over the city! If you like being in touch with nature, then their interior will surely please you. All massages can be customized with add-ons like scalp massage or a soothing eye mask. Talk about self love.
But, if you happen to be successful with your last-minute-valentine’s-day scavenger hunt, [The Ritz Carlton] is offering a Couple’s Chemistry Package for the price of $960 per couple. This includes a full-body massage, as well as a soaking bath, accompanied with rose tea and Champagne.
13. Get serenaded by Eric Mccormack
A good laugh is not only what Eric McCormack can offer, but also sweet music to your ears. He, along with some other friends will bring love songs to you and your love at [Feinstein’s at Vitello’s], an intimate venue located above the Studio City Italian restaurant (what did we tell you about Valentine’s and Italians?). FYI – proof of vaccine is required for entry.
14. Bid good riddance to VDay at the Breakup Bar
Feeling bitter and ready for an Anti-Valentine’s Day party? Said event will be hosted at [Severance Wine Bar] that recently relocated inside the Palihouse Hotel in West Hollywood. If you want to thrash early, the [Break Up Bar] is celebrating the end of love from now until Valentine’s Day. Check out their mini art exhibit including relics of Valentine’s Day past and a movie screen showing classic break-up movies. Tickets are $22 a piece and includes a complimentary welcome drink. They have reservations for both their indoor and outdoor lounge, and their menu includes small bites, desserts and tons of unique cocktails.