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These 16 Ideas Are Guaranteed to Heat up Your Valentine’s Day

Written By: Jessica Clifford

If Valentine’s Day had a mantra it would probably be “eat, bae, love,” but love affairs aren’t required to feel exclusive this season. Whether you check the “single” or “taken” box, anyone can participate in the upcoming holiday devoted to spreading affection. We compiled 17 different ways to make this Valentine’s sizzle for yourself, a boo and every galentine on your list. Find out about exclusive restaurant specials, stylish gift ideas and high-end hotel experiences across Orange County.

 

Fall in Love With Island Time

Fashion Island Hotel

Spice things up at Newport Beach’s famous Fashion Island Hotel. Experience chic events and specials that will sweep you off your feet. Delve into a Valentine’s Date Night Dinner at Oak Grill happening Thursday, Feb. 14 at 5 p.m. This lavish dinner features a seafood-studded four-course menu and crisp glass of Champagne to set the mood. The luxury doesn’t stop there because pampering is part of any self-love, right? Guests can also enjoy a 60-minute couple’s massage or facial with a 24-karat lip collagen mask at The Spa. If you prefer to celebrate Valentine’s ironically, then mosey over to the Stupid Cupid Party on Feb. 16 at Aqua Lounge.

Fashion Island Hotel
690 Newport Center Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660
949.759.0808

 

We (He)art This

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Exhibit your love for art at The Ritz-Carlton’s “Essence of Laguna” gallery in Laguna Niguel. Contributing artists of the Sawdust Art Festival will showcase 22 unique pieces that characterize Laguna’s allure. Affectionate tributes including photography, oil paintings, ceramic tile mosaics and more will be on display through Spring 2019. Stay on theme Feb. 14 with a four-course oceanside Valentine’s Day dinner. RAYA is offering a Pacific-centric prix-fixe menu with dishes like a Crab Bisque Cappuccino from 6-9 p.m. EnsoSTEAK will also serve a delectable seafood prix-fixe menu featuring an incredible Lobster Arrancini between 6-10 p.m. Book reservations today!

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
1 Ritz-Carlton Dr
Dana Point, CA 92629
949.240.2000

 

Sweet Retreat

Montage Laguna Beach

Treat your honey to something extra sweet this year at the Montage Hotel in Laguna Beach. Get the ultimate enchanting foodie experience this Feb. 14 with your choice of either a six-course dinner created by Chef Ben Martinek at Studio or a four-course meal by Chef Joosung Lee at The Loft. These thoughtful menus are perfect for gourmet lovers. No titillating dinner would be complete without a dessert tasting! Stop by the Lobby Lounge between 7:00 p.m. to midnight for a decadent dessert and pastry buffet.

Montage Laguna Beach
30801 Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949.715.6000

 

Para Tu Corazon

La Casa del Camino

Spoil your sweetheart with a dreamy staycation at La Casa del Camino in Laguna Beach. Their Romance Package guarantees a swoon-worthy visit with an included dinner for two at K’ya Bistro or The Rooftop Lounge, a complimentary bottle of Champagne and late checkout. To top it all off, the seaside K’ya Bistro is presenting a four-course menu with savory dishes like Braised Short Rib, Lobster Macaroni and Cheese and Hibachi Salmon.

La Casa del Camino
1289 S Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
855.634.5736

Sea You, Sweetheart

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa

Eat your heart out at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa’s renowned restaurant Watertable in Huntington Beach. This year’s Valentine’s Day dinner is comprised of numerous freshly crafted appetizers, entrees and desserts from Chef Adrian Lagov’s winter menu. Dishes featured on the novelty menu will include Roasted Winter Squash Soup, Grilled Coffee Scented Venison and White Wine Poached Apples just to name a few. All this plus guitarist Ben Woods is music to our ears.

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa
21500 Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA, 92648
714.698.1234

 

Give Your Skin a Little TLC

Alana Mitchell

 

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Sure, beauty is only skin-deep, but that shouldn’t stop you from having a top-notch skincare regimen. Shower yourself or a boo in San Clemente-based Alana Mitchell’s latest and most favored products. Her esthetician-approved line includes illuminating solutions for all skin types. The Full Spectrum Hemp Facial Rejuvenation Oil is an all-natural moisturizing facial oil that eliminates signs of dryness and dullness. Busybodies need not worry because the 4-in-1 Cleansing Sponge infused with Kaolin clay and aloe will keep your pores fresh without slowing you down.

Alana Mitchell

 

Put a LABL on It

LABLWEAR

The perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your McDreamy doesn’t exi—yes, it does, and it’s LABLWEAR for men. Give the gift of finesse with a menswear subscription that covers the necessities and won’t burn a hole in your wallet. Their Monday Box consists of a watch, dress belt and three pairs of dress socks for just $99. All items offered online can be tailored to give your guy a polished look. If he really falls in love, he can shop LABLWEAR’s collection individually to refine his bro-parel.

LABLWEAR

 

Meat Lovers, Rejoice!

The Butchery

Want the perks of a five-star meal, but pajamas are life? Get The Butchery delivered to your front door! Visit their website to choose from a selection of top cuts like Prime Ribeye, Prime NY Strip, Prime Filet, Lemon Pepper Marinated Chicken and more. Once your customized box arrives in two days, you simply grill and serve. Ordering in won’t be a mis-steak this Valentine’s Day!

The Butchery
103 E 17th St
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
949.548.6328

415 S Associated Rd
Brea, CA 92821
714.529.6328

8058 E Pacific Coast Hwy
Newport Coast, CA 92657
949.715.3383

 

Love of a Life Time

Life Time

We can name a better love story than Johnny Depp and chocolate—chocolate facials and Champagne! Life Time LifeSpa in Laguna Niguel is offering this sweet duo for the entire month of February. The Chocolate Indulgence Facial is a unique Life Time treatment designed to make skin glowing, firm and healthy. Its aromatic cocoa powder nourishes skin and leaves you smelling like a snack. And just to sweeten the deal, this 60-minute treatment also comes with a complimentary glass of Champagne.

Life Time
25600 Rancho Niguel Rd
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
949.238.2700

 

Love Comes in All Shapes and Sizes

CUCINA enoteca

When in doubt, gift basket! Who doesn’t love an assortment of surprises or the effortlessness of bestowing thoughtful goodies? It’s a win-win. CUCINA enoteca is offering artisan Valentine’s Day gift boxes ranging from adorably simplistic to snazzy extravagance. Choose from wine, candles, sauces and towels—oh my! Presented in true rustic chic fashion with a red ribbon-adorned wooden box, there’s a gift basket fit for any sweetheart. Want to experience CUCINA enoteca in-person? Visit either location in Newport or Irvine to delight in a Valentine’s Day chef specials on Feb. 14.

CUCINA enoteca
951 Newport Center Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660
949.706.1416

532 Spectrum Center Dr
Irvine, CA 92618
949.861.2222

 

Takes Two to Cha Cha

Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen

They say the quickest way to a person’s heart is through their stomach, and we couldn’t agree more. Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen in Brea and Irvine is dishing out some serious Valentine’s Day bites. A ravishing three-course meal will consist of appetizers like Shrimp Ceviche combined with Ahi Aguachile, as well as Lobster Tacos and Guajillo Braised Short Rib Enchiladas for entrees. Don’t forget to order a palate-balancing Chocolate Decadent Brownie topped with white chocolate horchata sauce, fresh strawberries and a side of vanilla ice cream.

Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen
110 W Birch St
Brea, CA 92821
714.255.1040

13126 Jamboree Rd
Irvine, CA 92602
714.408.7819

 

Torte-ally Smitten

Bruno’s Italian Kitchen

When you eat artisanal treats, that’s amore. And what’s amore romantic than an Italian-inspired three-course dinner? Bruno’s Italian Kitchen in Brea Downtown is offering a seductive Valentine’s Day menu on Thursday Feb. 14. Start your evening with salumi and Italian cheeses followed by local favorite braised short ribs and roasted mushrooms with homemade pappardelle pasta. Save room for dessert because their house-made Raspberry Brown Butter Torte will have you love-struck.

Bruno’s Italian Kitchen
210 W Birch St
Brea, CA 92821
714.257.1000

 

Aw, Shucks

Ways & Means Oyster House

Give the pearl in your life an unforgettable oceanfront dinner at Ways & Means Oyster House in Huntington Beach. Their signature oysters will be served with Champagne mignonette and lemon which elevates each fresh flavor to new heights. Added bonus? You can also pair the seafood with $6 vodka and gin martinis all day long.

Ways & Means Oyster House
21022 Pacific Coast Hwy, Ste B140
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
714.960.4300

 

Shall We Propose a Toast?

Seasons 52

On the second day of Valentine’s Day my true love gave to me, pinot and a flatbread for only $15. Milk this once-a-year holiday for five days in a row at Seasons 52 in Costa Mesa beginning Feb. 10. Planning to put a ring on it? Pop the question while dining on Valentine’s Day to receive a year’s worth of Champagne toasts. Ladies can also spread some squad love on Tuesday, Feb. 12 with a mini bottle of Riondo Prosecco for each of your Galentines.

Seasons 52
3333 Bristol St
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714.437.5252

 

Get a Kiss From a Rose

Café Jardin

 

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Chef Pascal Olhats’ Valentine’s Day Dinner at Café Jardin has us feeling rosey. The “Love You Berry Much” menu features items that will make you weak in the knees like Lobster Cake, Roasted Duck Breast and Berry Sorbet with Cassis Liquor. Stroll through the colorful Sherman Library & Gardens onsite as a cherry on top for this romantic evening. You can make reservations at this Corona Del Mar gem for Thursday or Friday, Feb. 14 and 15 from 5-8 p.m.

Café Jardin
2647 East Coast Hwy
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
949.673.0033

 

Oui, Je T’aime

Marché Moderne

You won’t need a flight to France to indulge in French cuisine. Chefs Florent and Amelia Marneau at Marché Moderne curated a three-course menu to highlight authentic fine dining inspired by the romance experts of France. Order from a remarkable list of options for one night only Feb. 14 from 5-10 p.m. The decadent Lamb Rack Off The Bone and rich Pan Seared 10 oz Veal Ribeye will make you shout, “J’Adore!”

Marché Moderne
7862 E Pacific Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, CA 9265
714.434.7900