by Maren Dougherty - 200 Reviews - 32 List
Want to treat your loved one to a romantic day, night, or weekend? Planning the perfect proposal or anniversary celebration? Our county's beaches, mountains and deserts provide terrific backdrops for all kinds of romantic dates. (Photo courtesy of Candelas on the Bay)
Updated: January 11, 2010
La Jolla's intimate fondue restaurant offers tenderloin filet, shrimp, scallops and other entrees for dipping into cheese fondue. If the savory food and sparkling wines has you feeling flirty, it's okay to share a quick kiss--fondue tradition dictates that if you drop your food off the fork into the pot, you have to kiss the person next to you.
Even if you don't spend the night, the North County inn provides a quiet, private setting for a couples? night out. Share a bottle of wine at the hotel's bar, then sit by the fireplace on the outdoor patio or a secluded bench on the outskirts of the hotel's property.
Couples massages are available from just about any spa, but this spa's VIP suites are truly unique. In addition to the two massage tables, each suite has a fireplace, a private shower, and an outdoor patio with a Jacuzzi. The Romantic Journey package ($475) includes a 50-minute massage for two, champagne, chocolate truffles, strawberries, and day use of the spa.
This upscale Mexican restaurant is located in Coronado with windows offering floor-to-ceiling views of the San Diego Bay. The menu includes flavorful entrees such as Camarones Cabe de Puertas--jumbo prawns flamed with tequila served over ahi tuna and topped with avocado. After dinner, take a walk along the harbor to admire the San Diego skyline.
Check into a beachfront room at this Ocean Beach hotel to experience a panoramic view of the Pacific and the rhythmic sound of waves crashing against the rocky shore. The outdoor terrace features a swimming pool, patio furniture, and BBQ grills, providing the perfect setting for a late-night picnic by the ocean.
If your date has quirky movie tastes that Sherlock Homes won't satisfy, go to this Hillcrest cinema for indie flicks, documentaries, and other films you won't find in more mainstream movie theatres. Then take a walk around the block for a post-movie stop at one of Hillcrest's many wine bars or dessert spots.
Episodes of ?The O.C.? and ?Laguna Beach,? may have made it cliche to have a beach bonfire in Southern California, but it's definitely a relaxing way to spend an evening. Grab hooded sweatshirts and necessary bonfire supplies (firewood, lighter fluid, etc.) then set up a spot by a fire ring for a night of quiet conversation, s?mores, and the starry sky.
So your girlfriend has a thing for cowboys, huh? For an afternoon away from hectic city life, take a drive up to Julian for a guided trail ride ($55 per person) through oaks and pines. The hour-long ride offers views of Lake Cuyamaca and Volcan Mountain.