OC’s Most Romantic Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

February 5, 2014 6:00 AM

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(credit: Gondola Adventures)

(credit: Gondola Adventures)

(credit: The Retreat In Laguna)

(credit: The Retreat In Laguna)


The most romantic day of the year is just around the corner. Do you need help planning the perfect night out? Check out our best picks for Valentine’s Day date ideas in Orange County.

(credit: Gondola Adventures)

(credit: Gondola Adventures)


Romantic Gondola Ride
Gondola Adventures in Newport Beach
3101 West Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 646-2067
www.gondola.com

Take your love on a private-chartered, romantic, sunset gondola ride of Newport Harbor. Tours start at $135 for a couple and include sparkling cider and chocolates. More packages are available; see the website for details and reservation information.

(credit: Cameron Spencer / Getty Images)

(credit: Cameron Spencer / Getty Images)


Whale Watching
Dana Wharf
34675 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629
(888) 224-0603
www.danawharf.com

If you’re looking for a unique, romantic and exciting Valentine’s Day activity, delight in the sights of whale’s off Dana Point. Jump aboard a whale watching cruise from Dana Point Harbor and set sail on the ’95 Dana Pride. The cruise will offer a rare glimpse into the wide variety of wildlife and make for a romantic setting with gorgeous scenic views you’ll never forget.

(credit: Orange County Wine Cruise)

(credit: Orange County Wine Cruise)


Orange County Wine Cruise
34675 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 496-5794
www.danawharf.com

This 90-minute romantic tour aboard a 63-foot luxury catamaran sets off on Friday and Sunday nights through beautiful Dana Point harbor. For $49 per person, you can enjoy four wine tastings from The Organic Cellar as well as cheese, crackers, fruits and nuts to complement the wines.

(credit: The Melting Pot)

(credit: The Melting Pot)


6 Course Romantic Dinner
The Melting Pot
2646 Dupont Drive
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 955-3242
www.meltingpot.com

In addition to offering a Valentine’s Couples Cooking Class on Sunday, Februrary 9th at 2pm, The Melting Pot, a romantic and upscale fondue haven, will be offering a six-course menu and special gift to all guests dining on Valentine’s Day. Choose from delicious options including a crab claw cocktail, filet mignon florentine, basil pesto chicken, pacific white shrimp, cold water lobster tail and for dessert you have a choice of chocolate fondue or creme brulee.

(credit: The Retreat In Laguna)

(credit: The Retreat In Laguna)


The Retreat In Laguna
729 Gaviota Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(877) 999-2928
theretreatinlaguna.com

Really take your Valentine’s breathe away with a romantic getaway at The Retreat in Laguna. The Retreat’s upscale and private vacation villas offers breathtaking views, luxury accommodations and the hospitality and attention from a caring staff you deserve. Romantic packages are available to make your day extra special.

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Desiree Eaglin is looking forward to a romantic bowl of Cheerios on Thursday, Feb. 14; Mr. Eaglin isn’t very romantically adept. She blogs at Sarcastic, Funny and Brutally Honest. You can find her on Twitter too.

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