There is possibly no other place in the United States that exudes romance like California’s wine country. If you find yourself in the area – especially around Valentine’s Day – celebrate accordingly with your loved one by planning one of these romantic excursions that are sure to impress.
HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE OVER NAPA
Often considered a “nature walk in the sky,” there is arguably no better view of Napa Valley than from above. Consider boarding a private balloon basket for two just after dawn and floating across the lush, rolling hills of the valley as the California sunshine makes its grand entrance. Balloons Above the Valley offers packages that includes round-trip transportation, champagne brunch, photos, and more to make it an experience you won’t forget.
ROMANCE PACKAGE AT LUX LOS OLIVOS INN
Forbes has recognized Los Olivos as a perfect romantic getaway destination amongst the towns in Santa Barbara Wine Country, particularly for the small-town feel, 30+ tasting rooms, and access to fun things to do. If you’re looking for a romantic weekend getaway, they recommend booking a room at Fess Parker Wine Country Inn & Spa – while it looks quaint, the inside is luxurious and fit for any special occasion. Book their Romance Package to receive sparkling wine, chocolate covered strawberries, and a dozen roses upon arrival.
WINE TASTING BY THE FIREPLACE
Foley Sonoma is already known for its beautiful panoramic views and cozy-yet-modern indoor tasting room. As the weather cools down, they light their fireplace to bring some added warmth – and the romantic ambiance doesn’t hurt, either. “It’s great to be protected from the elements outside, yet still feel amongst your surroundings with the views,” says Foley Sonoma Hospitality Manager Rebekah Nelson. “It’s my favorite place to be.”
THREE-COURSE DINNER AT FIRESTONE VINEYARD
Take the guessing work out of wine and food pairings for Valentine’s Day dinner – Firestone Vineyard will do the heavy lifting for you, pairing their incredible Bordeaux varietal wines with a three-course dinner prepared by Foley Food & Wine Society Chef Brian Mazzoli for their 2019 Valentine’s Day Dinner event. The French-inspired meal will be enjoyed in Firestone’s iconic Barrel Cellar, setting the mood for what’s sure to be an unforgettable evening with your loved one.
TAKE A SCENIC DRIVE TO THE COAST
Romantic moments don’t have to cost a fortune. Hop in the car and take a cruise to the coast from Sonoma, weaving your way through the inviting little towns like Occidental and Guerneville as you work your way to the Pacific Ocean. Non-stop views of the lush greenery will come your way as you go up and down the hills, and a grand finale of the ocean view will give you a new appreciation for Northern California and the proximity to such great wonders.
TAPAS AT A CANDLE-LIT SPANISH RESTAURANT
ZuZu is a beloved Spanish-inspired restaurant and tapas bar in Napa’s historic Old Town, drawing scores of visitors who want to experience their warm Mediterranean decor and renowned small plates. Inside, a dark ambiance is illuminated by candles, providing the perfect setting for you and your sweetheart to share a variety of small plates and a bottle off their eclectic wine list.