Who says you have to spend a lot of money, or have a whole evening to yourselves, to squeeze in a little romance? Opportunities abound when you know where to look!
If you're feeling your marriage is stale and you're looking to regain that spark, read
for some tips to start using today!
IN THE VALLEY
Attend a Concert, Recital or Art Exhibition
Support the valley's students while enjoying first-class, often free, programs. Our local colleges offer wonderful opportunities to take in the arts. Our Calendar lists these events.
Horseback Riding at Sunset
Many marriage proposals have taken place on horseback! On the weekends at Don-e-Brook Farms, sunset rides through the historic San Francisquito Canyon may be followed by a romantic campfire. Reserve a traditional Rattler's BBQ dinner to top off your experience.
Rainbow Ridge Ranch
Sunset rides are available daily through the scenic Angeles National Forest at Rainbow Ridge Ranch.
Camp under the Stars & Cozy up to a Flickering Fire
Overnight camping (with or without the RV) is as close as Castaic Lake Recreation Area.
Stroll around the Lake at Sunset
The park doesn't close to day visitors until just after sunset, so grab your sweetie by the hand and watch the sun drop behind the mountains.
Pack a picnic and strap on your rollerblades, then head to the Valencia paseos. When you're ready for a break, either settle in with your picnic or stop at one of the many ice cream stores or coffee shops in the city.
Fly a Kite
No, don't tell her to go fly a kite! Pick up some kites and head to the park, then let 'em rip!
Dance in the Moonlight
Head to a remote area or the local park, turn up the car radio and dance under the stars.
Dinner under the Stars
City parks don't close until 10:00 pm, so why not create your own "restaurant under the stars?" Pack a card table and chairs, tablecloth, music, camp light and picnic. Dinner alfresco!
Find the Constellations
On a starry night with some reading pillows, a blanket, a constellation book, and a book light, find a dark place to watch the stars and find the constellations.
Cuddle on the Patio
Grab the electric blanket, turn on some soft music and cuddle in the hammock or chaise lounge. If you don't have an electric blanket, warm your blankets in the dryer, alternating two to always have a warm one on hand.
Watch an Outdoor Movie
Bring a soft mattress and blankets and drive to a park or remote location. Play one of your favorite romantic movies on your ipad, laptop or DVD player. If you have a pickup truck, even better! And don't forget the warm blankets.
Row on the Lake
Okay, so you'll use the motor, but it doesn't sound as romantic, does it? Bring along a blanket and picnic basket, and the folks renting the boats will direct you to the unused campgrounds under the towering pines, quite private this time of year.
Star Gazing at Vasquez Rocks
Pack a thermos of hot cocoa and head to Vasquez Rocks for an evening cuddled around a telescope (provided). Contact the park for specific dates.
Embark on a Moonlight Hike
Grab your flashlights and join the trek through the Placerita Nature Center. Check with the park for specific dates.
FILLMORE (About 40 minutes):
Ride the Dinner Train
Memorable evenings together are made by stepping out of the ordinary. The Fillmore & Western Railway offers special Love Trains in February, celebration trains for New Years and Mardi Gras, and Murder Mysteries on select Saturday evenings throughout the year. Located in the beautiful Heritage Valley, just a few minutes from Santa Clarita.
NEWPORT BEACH (about one hour):
Live a dream, Get up Close to the Grey Whales!
As large as 45-feet in length, it is a magnificent experience that shouldn't be missed! February is peak time for viewing gray whales during their annual migration and possibly Finback whales, humpback whales, and even killer whales! And with the current coupons from Newport Landing, it is more affordable than ever.
Cruise Gorgeous Newport Bay by Day or Night
Cruise Newport Beach offers quaint Valentine's daytime & evening cruises. Each Valentine's cruise travels through the world renowned Newport Bay with over 20 miles of gorgeous waterfront estates and multi-million dollar yachts. Live music from waterfront restaurants carries over the bay and instills the promise of a memorable day full of possibilities. As evening approaches stars peer through the sundown lit sky, the silhouette of palm trees and Catalina Island fill the horizon. Stress and worries take a back seat as the evening night stars cover the sky. Treat you and your guest for a relaxing experience with some of the most picturesque scenery Southern California has to offer.
MOUNTAIN HIGH (about one hour):
The Magic of Night Skiing
Soak up the crisp moonlit air together as you ski down the slopes at Mountain High (during winter months).
More Great Ideas...
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Updated February 15, 2013