Another holiday is creeping up that many people get excited about. It is a day that celebrates love, romance and passion. It is also a day of hearts, chocolates, plenty of wine and plenty of food. Yes…we are talking about Valentine’s Day. From local Angelenos to tourists, Hollywood is a great place to celebrate a special night with that special someone. Here are a few date ideas to wow and impress your significant other.
Loews Hollywood Hotel
1755 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Right in the heart of the glitz and glamour is Loews Hollywood Hotel. New to the area (after taking over the Renaissance Hotel), this hotel will soon be going through major renovations. Loews Hollywood Hotel is the perfect launch pad for the myriad clubs, theaters and restaurants within easy walking distance. Loews is also a hop, skip and a jump away from Hollywood’s Metro Red Line station.
Hollywood and Highland Center
6801 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
Just down the elevator and right across a small crosswalk is the Hollywood and Highland Center. Guests have direct access to more than 80 shops, 26 restaurants, 12 bowling lanes and seven movie screens. Iconic venues such as the Dolby Theater and the TCL Chinese Theater (formerly known as Grauman’s) are in this plaza as well. There is a large selection of dining options and places to shop until you drop. Luxury shopping at Louis Vuitton is available as well as more affordable stores like GAP and Guess. One of the newest highlights in the center is Sweets! Hollywood. It is a candy store of epic proportions filled with all the candies and chocolates from all over the world. There is even a “Forever Valentines” boutique so that even though Valentine’s Day may only be one day out of the year, inside Sweets! Hollywood, you can indulge on those other 364 days, too.
2301 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Shopping and dining not your ideal date? Feeling up for a picnic, some wine and live music under the stars? Just up the hill is one of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world that can accommodate about 18,000 people. The Hollywood Bowl is home to the best and brightest in all genres of music. Many amazing musicians, groups and orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra have performed on their stage. Loews Hotel can make it even easier for you to enjoy your evening by having them create a picnic basket filled with delicious wine and food. Take a brisk walk for 10 to 15 minutes then sit back, relax and enjoy the show.
6233 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
February may be a bit chilly for sitting outside, so another artistic option is to go down the street to another iconic theater — the Pantages Theater. Shows such as “Wicked” and “Book of Mormon” have been featured on this stage. Enjoy dinner at the many amazing dining selections all within a short distance from the Loews Hotel to the Pantages.
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
Looking for something more fun and adventurous? Get the full experience of Hollywood and movie-making magic by going to Universal Studios. Simplify your date night by not even driving. Only one metro stop from Universal Studios Hollywood, you don’t need to worry about traffic bringing you and your date down. Enjoy all the park’s shows, attractions, rides and entertainment. Universal Studios CityWalk is a perfect place to go after a day of thrill seeking. There you can dine, shop, watch a movie or see a variety of street performers.
Exhale Mind Body Spa
1755 N. Highland Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90028
If you are not interested in riding rides, shopping or simply do not want to be with large crowds of people, Loews has something a lot more relaxing and very private. Their brand new Exhale Mind Body Spa is scheduled to open on Feb. 1. This luxurious oasis features seven spa therapy rooms, aromatherapy-infused steam rooms, brow bar, manicure/pedicure lounge and (perfect for Valentine’s Day) a couples’ massage room. Here, you and your sweetie pie can let go of all the stress and just enjoy each other’s company. At Exhale, all guests are invited to relax, rejuvenate, revive and restore both mind and body.
Marian Bacol-Uba is a Marketing and Social Media consultant and a freelance food and travel writer/blogger. You can follow her travel and culinary adventures on www.marianthefoodie.com. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. “LIVE. LAUGH. LOVE.”