Valentine’s Day is on the horizon, which means it’s almost time to break out the flowers, boxes of chocolates, and bottles of champagne. However, you can’t just settle with the standard treats and gifts. You really want to make this year special for your loved one, but you may have no idea what to do. Thankfully, as an Orange County resident, you have plenty of options to choose from. Here are some date ideas you can use to make your loved one feel truly appreciated.
Dinner Date’s Always a Classic
Some may describe the dinner date as typical, but it has endured for a reason. Almost nothing beats eating great food with fine wine. Add a beautiful view in there, and you have a winner. Orange County has an abundance of idyllic beachside or hillside restaurants you can take your new or old love to.
Get Away From It All
Want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city? Go west. Southern California has some of the most beautiful beach getaways in the country. Reserve a beachside cottage for a couple of nights or stay at one of the many hotels that line the coast. Take a walk in the sand, hold hands, and let the sound of the waves kindle the love between you. Also, don’t forget room service.
A Cruise is Always an Option
You can’t really fail when you’re sailing the southern coast with food and drinks during sunset. It’s pretty much the perfect equation for a romantic date. Tickets for the Newport Beach cruise cost only $25 each, $50 if you want unlimited drinks. The Dana Point cruise is also a good option that offers wine, cheese, hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar for the reasonable price of $49 per ticket.
Dream of Italy in Newport Beach
Perhaps you and your loved one have fantasized about riding a gondola on the waters of Venice. Well, you can have that experience without having to take a long, expensive flight to a far away, foreign land. Gondola Adventures is a company that specializes in bringing the romantic Italian gondola experience to America. On Valentine’s Day, it’s likely their services will be in great demand, so book a reservation as soon as you can.
Bask in the Majesty of Whales
Want to do something truly unique on Valentine’s Day? Go to Dana Point Harbor and embark on a whale watching cruise for just $32 per person. The ’95 Dana Pride departs from the harbor at 4:00 p.m., just in time to catch the sunset along with some whales, of course. Nothing really quite matches the experience of seeing these magnificent sea creatures move through the water with such unexpected grace and fluidity. Sit back, enjoy some chocolate and champagne, and let nature do its work.
Whatever you decide to do, we at McFarlin LLP hope you have a wonderful time with the one you love this upcoming Valentine’s Day.