Love Your Sweetie with Pure Play this Valentine's Day in San Luis Obispo County, California
From Romantic Cooking Classes and Sunset Kayaking to Ziplining over Vineyards and a Fun Way to Pop the Question, Unplug and Reconnect on California's Central Coast*
In our fast-paced, fairly routinized world, it's hard to find time for true romance. So when Valentine's Day rolls along, we tend to cram a year's worth of romance and expectation in one night - which often produces decidedly unromantic results.
To help romantically challenged couples get in the right space for romance, San Luis Obispo County on California's spectacular Central Coast invites you to slow down, unplug and savor the moment in playful ways. In a place often ranked among the happiest regions, our laid-back attitude and child-like sense of adventure will rub off, and you'll remember what the good life is all about. From cooking romantic dishes sourcing regional ingredients and Love Potion #9 wine blending classes to kayaking under a Crayola-colored sky on Morro Bay, there are so many ways to get off the grid and reignite those feelings you had when you first fell in love.
Valentine's Day Hotel and Spa Packages
Zipline Romance Package, Hampton Inn & Suites, Paso Robles: For those who need a little adventure with their partner, check out this thrilling package, starting at $349. Stay one night Feb 14-17 in this charming wine country town and enjoy a thrilling ziplining experience with Margarita Adventures over rustic vineyards at Santa Margarita Ranch, and receive sparkling wine and fresh roses. http://cms.sanluisobispocounty.com/AppData/Local/Temp/www.hamptoninnpasorobles.com
Passion in Paso Romance Package, Paso Robles Inn, Paso Robles: To inspire lovers to indulge in some needed "us time," this package, starting at $330 per night in Deluxe Spa accommodations, lets couples who book and stay in February savor chocolate covered strawberries, a basket of fresh, seasonal fruits and a bottle of delicious Bianchi sparkling wine. Enjoy dinner for two in the Steakhouse's cozy fireside setting, then sneak away to enjoy the Inn's healing waters in a private, in-room mineral springs hot tub. http://www.pasoroblesinn.com/
Pop Out the Champagne and Pop the Question with Portraits of Love Package, Madonna Inn Resort & Spa, San Luis Obispo: Ride into the sunset as the Madonna Inn Resort and Spa makes your "I Do" part of history in the making. Pop the question during a spectacular hilltop trail ride on horseback, along with sparkling wine, a personalized mini-heart cake, sachet of flowers, commemorative Madonna Inn sparkling wine flutes and gorgeous blanket. Complete the experience with a one-hour couple's massage, $100 dining credit and one-night's accommodations for two. Starts at $895 and offer is good through December 2013. http://www.madonnainn.com/
Valentine's Day Cupid and Romance Specials, Madonna Inn Resort & Spa, San Luis Obispo: There's nothing like a spectacular setting to get couples in the mood for love. Get a little boost from Eros with the Cupid Special, starting at $320, featuring accommodations for one night, "Perfect Pairings" three-course meal for two at the famed Gold Rush Steakhouse and a bottle of sparkling wine and chocolates. Kick it up a notch with the Romance Special, which offers the same amenities as above plus a couple's signature 45-minute massage. Offer is good for stays now through Feb. 25. http://www.madonnainn.com/
Be My Valentine Spa Package, La Bonne Vie Spa at Dolphin Bay, Pismo Beach: For just $250, couples can soak in a sumptuous rose petal foot bath, as they sip a glass of sparkling wine, followed by a delicious 60-minute chocolate massage. Take home special Rose & Honey Body Scrub as a memento of your romantic escape. Available throughout February. http://www.thedolphinbay.com/
Ahh Spa Romance Package, SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel, Pismo Beach: Throughout February couples who book this relaxing package, starting at $309, get a one-night stay in an Ocean View King room, heart shaped truffles, romantic couples massage at A Vital Touch Salon, bottle of wine from Laetitia Winery and a framed personalized SandNote and flowers (optional). http://www.seacrestpismo.com/
Romantic Avila Beach Dinner Escape Package, Avila Lighthouse Suites, Avila Beach: Starting at $225 per night, lovers can escape to this charming oceanfront hotel in the charming seaside village of Avila Beach. Savor a box four delectable Truffles from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, a bottle of sparkling wine from Laetitia Winery, two souvenir sparkling wine flutes and a wine opener. Enjoy a romantic dinner for two with a $50 gift card to the Custom House, as well as an extended continental breakfast the following morning. wwwAvilaLighthouseSuites.com
Valentines Special, Avila Bay Athletic Club & Spa, Avila Bay: This Valentine's Day weekend (Feb. 14-16) couples can treat themselves to a 60-minute couple's massage for only $144, along with chocolate-dipped strawberries and sparkling wine. http://www.avilabayclub.com/
Romantic Young at Heart Special, Best Western PLUS Shelter Cove Lodge, Pismo Beach: For just $165 a night, reconnect with your inner child at this oceanfront hotel. Here couples can choose from any number of playful activities, from flying a kite on the beach to strolling this classic California beach town. Step back in time in neighboring Arroyo Grande and get a must-taste scoop at Doc Burnstein's Ice Cream Lab. http://www.bwsheltercove.com/
Romantic Pismo Beach Romance Package, Pismo Lighthouse Suites, Pismo Beach: The lover's escape, starting at $243 per night, lets couples enjoy a spacious oceanfront king suite with stunning ocean views, as well as a box four delectable truffles, bottle of Wine from Alapay Cellars complete with two souvenir wine glasses and wine opener. Savor a romantic dinner for two with a $50 gift card to a delicious Pismo Beach restaurant (choose from selected restaurants) and also get an expanded continental breakfast the following morning. http://www.pismolighthousesuites.com/
Romantic Outdoor Adventures
Kayak Morro Bay at Sunset, Central Coast Outdoors, Morro Bay: Active Valentines can celebrate their love all month with a beautiful 2.5 hour sunset paddle on beautiful Morro Bay for just $160 per couple. Stop on the dunes of the sandspit to snack on cheese, crackers and fruit, as well as a complementary drink, while watching the sun drop into the Pacific Ocean. http://www.centralcoastoutdoors.com/
Delicious Wine and Food Activities
Dolphin Bay Cooking School's Cooking for Two Class, Pismo Beach: Dial up the romance by learning how to easily create an intimate, decadent meal for special occasions at this Feb. 13 class with Lido's Executive Chef Jacob Moss. Cooking demonstration concludes with a multi-course, wine paired meal based upon the chef's presentation, followed by a wine reception. Guests enrolling in a cooking class may reserve a suite at a special rate for the evening. Class costs $250 per couple. http://www.thedolphinbay.com/lido/cooking-school.php
Love Potion No. 9 Wine Blending Class, First Crush Winemaking Experience, Paso Robles: Create your own Love Potion with First Crush at this special edition of the First Crush Art of Blending Wine seminar on Feb. 16. Soul mates can sip and sharpen their palates, learning the art of blending great wines. Engage all your senses with your soul mate and discover more about aromatics, flavor, texture and aging characteristics to create several unique and romantic blends. Enjoy a wine and chocolate pairing, and take home a bottle of the winning potion as a special Valentine's gift. Cost is $150 per couple. http://www.firstcrushwinemaking.com/
Valentine's Day Wine & Chocolate Tours, The Wine Wrangler, Paso Robles: Perfect pairs can celebrate the perfect pairings of wine and chocolate on this special four-hour tour, offered Feb. 14-16, featuring outstanding Paso Robles wineries and specialty California chocolates. Cost starts at $118 per couple. http://www.thewinewrangler.com/
Valentine's Day Dreamy Central Coast Wine Tour, Breakaway Tours, Paso Robles/San Luis Obispo: Looking for a wine tour to express your affection but don't have the budget for a limo? Join other incurable romantics on this distinctive five-hour tour in Paso Robles or San Luis Obispo, offering a sparkling wine tasting, chocolate and a gift rose for your sweetie. Offered Feb. 14-16, the tours include four unique wineries and a romantic gourmet picnic winery lunch. Cost is $225 per couple. http://www.breakaway-tours.com/
Valentine's Day Dinner and Musical Serenade, Vina Robles Hospitality Center, Paso Robles: Foodies can savor an elegant, old-fashioned candlelit dinner this Feb. 14 at Vina Robles, prepared with regional ingredients by The Grill at Hunter Ranch and paired with Vina Robles wines. Soak up the classical strains of the renowned SLO Winds Clarinet Choir and the Estero Bay Brass Quintet, which are part of the San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra. Cost is $160 per couple. http://www.vinarobles.com/
Petite Sirah and Chocolate Pairing, Vina Robles Hospitality Center, Paso Robles: Wine-loving couples can test their knowledge and please their palate with a Petite Sirah and chocolate pairing experience throughout February. Program, which costs $36 per couple, includes five showcased Petite Sirahs, each paired with a hand-made chocolate truffle exclusively produced by Mama Ganache Artisan Chocolates in San Luis Obispo. http://www.vinarobles.com/
Wine, Chocolate & Flowers, Harmony: Treat your sweetheart to an afternoon in "perfect Harmony" with a complimentary truffle pairing with the purchase of a wine tasting Feb. 14-17 for just $10 per couple . Visit on Feb. 14 and receive a long-stemmed rose. Winery and tasting room are located just 5 miles south of the seaside town of Cambria. http://www.harmonycellars.com/
Wine & Chocolate Pairing Tour, Central Coast Food Tours, San Luis Obispo County: Indulge together in the perfect pairing - local wine and chocolate - on this special epicurean tour taking place every Thursday through Saturday in February. For $175 per couple, start with a visit to an artisanal chocolate maker and learn how chocolate is grown, processed and crafted into delicious confections. Learn the fine art of pairing chocolates to wines, then test your knowledge at three award-winning wineries. http://www.centralcoastfoodtours.com/
Sipping with Your Soul Mate, First Crush Winemaking Experience, Paso Robles: For just $20 per couple, taste First Crush Wines paired with premium chocolates in their new tasting cave, plus free flowers for ladies. Tasters can also enter to win a pair of tickets to a First Crush Blending Seminar and some other special Valentine's Day treats. Offer is good Feb. 8-10. http://www.firstcrushwinemaking.com/
Italian Romance, Robert Hall Winery: Bring your special Sweetheart to Robert Hall for a romantic Italian dinner on Valentine's Day evening. Enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling wine, followed by three courses of authentic Italian cuisine by Italian chef Paul Ruberto. Each course will be paired with a glass of Robert Hall wine. Manny Mestas will serenade couples with romantic mandolin music. Cost is $120 per couple. http://www.roberthallwinery.com/
Special Valentine's Day Menu, Paso Robles Inn Steakhouse, Paso Robles: Lovebirds can enjoy an intimate and decadent three-course couple's menu and a glass of sparkling wine at this renowned steakhouse for just $90 per couple Feb. 14-16. http://www.pasoroblesinn.com/
"Love Can Wait," Robin's Restaurant, Cambria: This Valentine's Day let good food and wine be the first act to your love story with the "Love Can Wait" dinner on Feb. 15, featuring a sumptuous five-course prix fixe dinner with optional wine pairings. Cost is $98 per couple (food only) and $148 per couple with wine pairings. http://www.robinsrestaurant.com/
Valentine's Dinner at Apple Farm, San Luis Obispo: Celebrate the simple, old fashioned pleasures with your soul mate this Feb. 14 by ordering off the restaurant's new farm-to-table menu. Dine under the glow of Tiffany lamps and slowly savor a glass of Central Coast Wine as you smile over the quaint sounds of their Barbershop Quartet. http://www.applefarm.com/
Valentine's Day Dinner at Lido, Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, Pismo Beach: Splurge on a decadent three-course, prix fixe Valentine's Day menu for $150 per couple on Feb. 14. http://www.thedolphinbay.com/lido/index.php
Paso Robles Valentine Movie Night, Paso Robles: Cuddle in the dark with your sweetie as you watch a Valentine's Day classic movie at Park Cinema on Feb. 10. For just $24 per couple, get movie tickets and choice of two complimentary popcorn bags and soft drinks or two sparkling wines and truffles. http://www.travelpaso.com/.
*All of the above packages and activities are subject to restrictions and availability.
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