Love is in the air, and so is the universal need to impress a crush, a sweetheart or a longtime lover.
Choose your date wisely. It could lead you to a fairytale ending or a dismal disaster.
For the Culture-Seeking Couple:
Museum Month is back for the month of February, offering locals half-off admission at 42 San Diego museums. Enrich your minds, together, at one or more of the many exhibits. Get weird at the recently opened Ripley’s Believe It or Not! at the San Diego Air & Space Museum and explore the collection of odd artifacts. sandiegomuseumcouncil.org
Cozy up in the reclining luxury seats of Cinepolis Cinemas. Located in Del Mar and La Costa, Cinepolis shows all of the recent flicks, while serving up a full menu of grub (Sweet Potato Fries, Truffle and Porcini Ravioli, Grilled Sliders and Sushi just to name a few) and drinks (wines, martinis, and themed cocktails). cinepolisusa.com
Take your honey outdoors for some more movie action with Cinema Under the Stars, starting back up in March 2013. Classic films will play on the heated patio, where guests are encouraged to snuggle under blankets and toss back some coffee, popcorn and assorted candies. topspresents.com
Laughing Tree Productions presents Once Upon a Wedding, a hilarious musical comedy dinner theater experience on Thursday, February 14. At the historic Lafayette Hotel, guests will be seated with a gourmet meal, wedding cake, coffee service, champagne toast and a souvenir photo. You and your date will be entertained by the story of Daisy Dudley and Davis Do-Wright, attempting to celebrate their wedding as mayhem and mishaps occur. laughingtreeproductions.com
For the Adventurous Couple:
Get a real thrill at the world-famous Torrey Pines Gliderport, offering tandem paragliding and tandem hang-gliding over the stunning coastline. Strapped in safely, you’ll enjoy a 20-25 minute flight with bird’s eye views of the Torrey Pines Golf Course and the big blue ocean. sandiegofreeflight.com
Mission Bay Sportcenter will plunge you and your date into Mission Bay with their rousing water sports. Explore the ocean through a full day of paddle boarding, kayaking, boogie boarding, surfing and even sail boating all at this central spot. missionbaysportcenter.com
Dive deep underwater and experience the life down below in the La Jolla Cove. OEX La Jolla offers scuba and snorkel experiences with a trained instructor, as well as rentals for those who want to get out there and see it for themselves. You’ll swim among the (harmless) leopard sharks, turtles and sea lions. Packages include a wetsuit, fins and mask/snorkel. diveandkayaklajolla.com
For the Hopelessly Romantic Couple:
San Diego’s own wine country – Temecula – boasts 35 wineries for your tasting pleasure. Visit them in style with Sunset Limousine Wine Tours, offering a variety of packages and services. Private luxury chauffeured limousines will take you to your destination of choice, including Falkner Winery, Miramonte Winery, South Coast and Robert Renzoni Vineyards. sdlimos.com
There’s no need to visit Venice when The Gondola Company provides traditional Venetian gondola cruises right in Coronado. A trip to Coronado is an adventure in itself, but an hour-long private gondola tour complete with complimentary dessert plates and a relaxed BYOB policy will make for a truly memorable experience. gondolacompany.com
Or, simply spoil yourselves at a San Diego spa that offers lush couple’s massages. From Spa Gregorie’s in Del Mar to Spa Aquazul at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, the Se Spa at the Palomar Hotel or the Spa at Rancho Valencia, there’s treatments across town built for two. Relax your way to romance.
For the Creative Couple:
Cook your way into each other’s hearts with a class offered at local San Diego chef schools. A few of our favorites include Great News (currently offering a pizza party class, sensational soups class and a brunch class) great-news.com; Cups Culinary Teaching Kitchen (top choice: Suzie’s Farm-to-Table Class) cupslj.com; and Hipcooks (tapas, cocktails, pasta and even a “Romantic Dinner for Two” course) sandiego.hipcooks.com. Get your hands dirty and whip up a passionate feast.
Can you smell the sweetness? Tijon, the new luxury parfumerie in La Jolla invites guests to create custom fragrances. Students will design a signature scent and leave the workshops with their own bottle. The onsite laboratory has over 300 oils to engineer the perfect scent, and Tijon instructors enthusiastically teach the process. tijon.com
For the Nightlife-Prowling Couple:
If you and your date are adamant about heading out for a night on the town, San Diego has plenty of clubs to entertain. For something a little out of the ordinary, try salsa dancing at Sevilla Nightclub (Insider tip: start off with some sangria and tapas at the bar). Lessons are taught on Thursday nights at 8pm, just before the club really heats up with live music and DJs.
For live music on scene, San Diego is home to a handful of music venues supporting local acts and big names. Check the schedules at the Belly Up Tavern, House of Blues and The Griffin to catch your favorite band, front and center.
And if you really want to experience the best of San Diego with your partner in crime, you won’t want to miss the thriving beer scene that receives national recognition. Make a date out of visiting one of the many craft breweries, including Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in Escondido and Karl Strauss Brewing Company with locations in Carlsbad, La Jolla, Sorrento Mesa and Pacific Beach.