Credit: Pasea Hotel & Spa
Credit: Pasea Hotel & Spa

9 Valentine’s Date Ideas in Orange County That’ll Sweep ‘Em Off Their Feet

Love Is in the Air—Here’s How We’re Celebrating

Valentine’s Day—it’s the holiday of X’s and O’s. Whether you are new to the life of love or have been talking terms of endearment for ages, this special day is worth being celebrated. So, how are you going to spice things up this year? Well, we’ll tell ya how! We’ve got the romantic rundown to earn you more than just Instagram likes. Here are nine options in Orange County that will set you ap-heart in the competition of the couples. Valentine’s Day Orange County


Set Sail

Vision Electric Boat Rental

Santa Monica Proper
Credit: Joseph Barber

Rent an electric boat, and spend an evening on the Newport Harbor this Valentine’s Day! Vision Electric Boat Rental in Lido Marina Village boasts a variety of colorful vessels for you to cruise the harbor in. Whether you’re sipping rosé with your galentines or cozying up next to your significant other, there’s no better way to seas the day! Simply select your vessel, choose your date and time, then voilà—you’re the captain now! To beat the Valentine’s Day rush, click here to reserve your boat today!

Location: Newport Beach

Valentine’s Day Orange County

A Night in Paris

Balboa Bay Resort

Price: Private table for two | $250 plus tax, gratuity and Eventbrite fee per person
Shared table | $150 plus tax, gratuity and Eventbrite fee per person

Dreaming of Paris? Transport yourself to the city of love this Valentine’s Day at Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach. Stroll through the charming streets of Paris, take a photo at the Eiffel Tower, and build your own bouquet at the flower cart. Lovers can expect a swoon-worthy performance by Scott Keo (the number one Michael Buble tribute artist) as they sip champagne and enjoy a diverse French-inspired buffet under the stars.

Location: Newport Beach


Burnin’ Love Cabana Experience

Pasea Hotel

Price: $250

Rekindle your love and let sparks fly this Valentine’s Day by taking advantage of Pasea Hotel & Spa’s Burnin’ Love Cabana Experience. Lovers can lounge around a private firepit in Cupid’s cabana and keep things bubbly with a bottle of champagne! Catch your favorite romantic movies on the big screen for a Thursday booking or get down with a live DJ on Friday and Saturday. This offering is available every Thursday, Friday and Saturday in February—plus Valentine’s Day, which falls on a Monday this year!

Local Insight: Want to upgrade your experience? Spring for the prize package, which includes a one-night stay at Pasea Hotel & Spa, one firepit cabana experience (limited supply available) and a $100 resort credit all for $815.

Location: Huntington Beach

Valentine’s Day Orange County

Lofty Love


Price: $95 per person

Get lovey-dovey at one of Laguna’s favorite date-night destinations with one of the prettiest views (we’re talking about the ocean!). Skyloft is offering an intimate prix fixe menu on Valentine’s Day from 4-11 p.m. This four-course fairy tale includes an amuse bouche, appetizer, entree and of course something sweet to share with your significant other. Grab the surf to your turf and get loved up over lobster and filets. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., an acoustic act will be serenading the crowd. Skyloft also offers free transportation within 10 miles to and from the restaurant on Wednesdays through Sundays after 5 p.m., and will be offering this on Monday, the 14th, as well! 

Location: Laguna Beach

Valentine’s Day Orange County

Spain With Your Main

BluSky Restaurant


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Price: $95 per person

BluSky Restaurant wants you to Basque with your bae on a trip to Spain (or, really, Anaheim) for a three-course menu that is oh so delicioso. Lovebirds can lock eyes over tuna tartar and tartas de queso. Chef Edgar Beas is literally pulling a rabbit out of his culinary hat for this specialty menu that will have you hamming it up with your honey. And their dessert options will have you saying “churro-mazing” to each other this Valentine’s Day.

Location: Anaheim

Valentine’s Day Orange County

Pupus for Two

Billy’s at the Beach

Price: $150 per couple

Add a little bit of aloha to your day of L-O-V-E this year with a date night to everyone’s favorite mai tai destination, Billy’s at the Beach. Enjoy island-inspired cuisine specially curated by Executive Chef Robert Luna for an unforgettable oceanfront dining experience. Couples can choose surf or turf for their main course and enjoy a specialty chocolate decadence heart cake for dessert. This menu will be available Friday, Feb. 11 through Monday, Feb. 14 from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Reservations are recommended.

Local Insight: Billy’s has a cozy patio located to the right of the restaurant, which is the perfect spot for an after-dinner tiki nightcap.

Location: Newport Beach

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Garden of Eat-in

Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens

Roger’s Gardens
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This year, owner and Executive Chef Rich Mead of Farmhouse will be curating a special Valentine’s Day menu to enjoy al fresco in the gorgeous garden setting. There will be an option for a wine pairing and ‘Chef de Swigs’ Anthony Laborin will be crafting a signature cocktail to set the mood. If you’re planning to feast with friends this holiday, be sure to request seating in their group-friendly gazebo.

Local Insight: Feeling the love this Valentine’s Day? Kickstart dinner with a swig for selflessness: a revolving cocktail where 50% of the proceeds go to a local charity in need.

Location: Newport Beach

Valentine’s Day Orange County

Inn it to Win it

Inn at the Mission San Juan Capistrano

Inn at the Mission San Juan Capistrano

Price: $90 per person

Want to really turn up the romance this Valentine’s Day? Book a weekend stay at the Inn at Mission San Juan Capistrano for a brag-worthy getaway filled with olive oil tastings, trips to the spa and a deliciously curated dinner at Ysidora Restaurant and Lounge. From 5-9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12, couples can savor farm-fresh flavors featuring confit beets, shaved asparagus and crispy kale, fried squash blossoms with Baja crab and an entree choice of short ribs or saffron butter shrimp. Don’t glaze over the dessert of strawberry hibiscus with agave whipped ricotta either.

Location: San Juan Capistrano


Staycation Status Bed & Breakfast Package

Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club

Monarch Beach Resort & Club
Credit: Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club

Prices Vary

Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club invites couples to a very special Valentine’s Day experience lathered in relaxation and sun-soaked sophistication. Twosomes can reserve a romantic seaside staycation with the Bed & Breakfast package, which includes an $80 daily breakfast credit for that movie-worthy breakfast in bed moment. Enjoy dining at any of the seven on-site eateries, many with panoramic ocean views for optimal romance, or opt for a curated picnic basket from Part + Parcel and set up across the gorgeous Grand Lawn. Spring for a spa treatment and end your day sipping in the sunset at Monarch Bay Beach Club. 

Location: Dana Point

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Jane Adler is a marketing and branding consultant by trade, but a writer by preference. She shares a name with Meryl Streep's iconic character from It's Complicated and is presently trying to manifest that life (particularly that Santa Barbara house) for herself. Jane is an avid consumer of content and carbs and often used the latter to write on the former.
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