Retail shelves are stocked with chocolate, florists are in a frenzy, and love is in the air. Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and what's better than showering your partner in gifts of chocolate, jewelry, or flowers, is the gift that can withstand the test of time — making great memories together.
If you haven't already started planning your romantic adventures, here are a few ideas to keep things fun and spontaneous this Valentine's Day in Santa Cruz.
For The Thrill-Seeking Duo
Take your sweety on a sky-high adventure at The Boardwalk, where all rides are on sale at 2-for-1 this weekend. Cling to each other in the Fright Walk, strike up some friendly competition over a round of mini golf, and watch as the sun sets over the ocean from your private chair on the Ferris Wheel. The Boardwalk is open until 6pm, so when you're done with your adrenaline rush you can head on over to the Ideal Bar & Grill for great eats in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.
For The Nature Loving Pair
Experience the call of the wild in this informative, two-hour trek through the wild redwoods at the Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Learn more about the birds and the bees of the natural flora and fauna in this region and enjoy the peaceful serenity of Mother Nature in this private preserve. Find out more about the event at the California State Parks website.
For The Sophisticated Twosome
Start your day off with a relaxing couples massage at the Chaminade Resort & Spa, complete with chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne! When you're both nice and relaxed, head out to the Santa Cruz Warf to enjoy a selection of wines at the Vino Prima Wine Bar. Sip and savor a robust red or white wine while soaking up the sun with your hunny bun. Then, for dinner, satisfy your discerning palate with some quality eats from Cafe Mare on Front Street. Finish your night with a stay at one of Santa Cruz' best luxury resorts and take advantage their of low-season pricing.
From budget-friendly hangouts to lavish day trips, you can be as modest or frivolous with your Valentine's Day plans as you want! No matter what you're plans are, even if you've been together for four days, four month, or fourty years, you can never go wrong with a relaxing, sunset walk on the beach.