With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, now’s a great time to be thinking about how you’ll celebrate with your significant other. Will you opt for the more traditional gifts or flowers and chocolates, or maybe mix things up with a spontaneous trip or day at the spa? Here are some great local gifts and trips to surprise your sweetie with this year in Santa Cruz County.
Celebrate Chocolate Beer Week
When you think Valentine’s Day, one of the first things that comes to mind is often chocolate. Many of the area’s great local brewers, including Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, New Bohemia Brewing Co, and Uncommon Brewers, will be coming together next week at the Cremer House in Felton to celebrate Chocolate Beer Week, where they’ll showcase a selection of their seasonal cocoa-infused brews.
A Picnic In The Redwoods
Plan a romantic hike in the redwoods this Valentine’s Day. Fill your picnic basket with some freshly made sandwiches from Zoccoli’s Deli and salami and summer sausage from el Salchichero. Avid hikers can opt for a bit of a longer hike on the Hollow Tree and Meteor Trails and those who prefer a quick trip through the woods should check out the Sunset-Skyline short loop or Blooms Creek loop.
Swap Roses For Succulents
Roses are a Valentine’s Day staple, there’s no doubt about that. But if you’re looking to do something different this year, why not skip the roses and give a succulent instead! These beauties thrive in our California climate and are available in cute planters, perfect for desks or hanging on the wall. The best part is, they’ll live a lot longer than a rose and other types of house plants, which makes them symbolic of your everlasting love.
Be sure to check out Dig Gardens and Far West Nursery in town for a good selection. Another great idea is to bring your Valentine with you to the nursery so that you can choose a planter to create your own colorful succulent arrangement!
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