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How to Enjoy Your Valentine's Day in Monterey County

How to Enjoy Your Valentine's Day in Monterey County

Monterey County in California offers extraordinary natural beauty, culture and heritage. When planning a special Valentine, this central coast destination is sure to offer lovebirds an incredibly romantic atmosphere and appealing choices.

Intimate Wine Tasting

Monterey County is known for its high-quality wineries and wine tasting rooms. Go for a wine tasting at one of the area's cozy, dim and elegant settings for a romantic and intimate time. Carmel-by-the-Sea is home to fine options such as Silvestri Vineyards, Galante Vineyards, Windy Oaks Winery and Trio Carmel. If you'd love to sample amazing Pinot Noir with your sweetheart, Carmel makes a superb destination. There are many other incredible wine tasting rooms all throughout the rest of Monterey County too. Standout options include the Carmel Ridge Winery Tasting Room and Bargetto Winery Tasting Room in Monterey, and Bernardus Winery

If you're not sure where to go, check out these 8 artisan vintners along Monterey's River Road Wine Trail that are sharing some love! Receive a souvenir glass, entry into a grand drawing, special discounts, fun, food, and celebrate all things amore. Each winery will be hosting their own wine and food pairing, specifically to suit the love surrounding Valentine's Day.

Make sure you also check out our complete recommended wineries and wine tasting rooms.

Soothing Wellness Spas

There are many serene wellness spas located all over Monterey County. If you want to pamper yourself and escape from reality for a little while, there are few things that are better than heading to a spa for a couple hours. Spas can also be extremely romantic environments and rejuvenating. If you want to spend quality time on Valentine's Day with your significant other, you should schedule an appointment for a nice couples massage at one of of top notch Spas.

Romantic Dining

Nothing beats a romantic dining experience in Monterey County. Our vast varierty of restaurants offer great dining options where some are also offering romantic inspired menus.

Enjoy an elevated Monterey Bay dining experience at Jacks Monterey with its three-course menu where you’ll be greeted by a quintessentially Californian ambiance for $74.95 per person.

The Sardine Factory is also serving a special four-course prix fixe menu for $79 per person with entree choices of filet mignon and salmon.

Estéban Restaurant’s Executive Chef Gus Trejo and his team is offering a four-course candlelit dinner for $60 per person.

Another wonderful option is Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar that will be serving three-course prix-fixe menu for $75 per person or $115 per person with wine pairing. Menu includes caramelized day boast scallop, coriander crusted tuna steak, slow roasted prime rib, and stuffed lobster.

For the Surf'n Turf lovers, Tarpy's Roadhouse is offering a 6 oz Filet Mignon with Maine lobster tail, twice baked potato & asparagus for $75 per person.

Treehouse Cafe with its cozy and lovely veranda is one of our favorite sports in Carmel and will be offering ala-carte menu selections for a stress-free experience. From Thai, Greek to Italian dishes, you're sure enjoy a tasty meal in a romantic and friendly environment.  

For a majestic location with wonderful views, California Market at Pacific Edge Restaurant inside Hyatt Carmel Highlands is offering an amazing four-course Valentine's Day menu including options like lobster thermidor, filet mignon, caviar, and mushroom ragout for $140 per person.

Recreational Activities

Monterey County is a haven for folks who are active and who like to spend time moving around. If you have a penchant for recreational activities, your options are endless. From scuba diving, biking (and yes you can also eBike) to skydiving to hang gliding and hiking, depending on the weather you'll sure have something to do. Pacific Grove Adventures offers various tours and activities around the one of a kind location at Lover's Point Beach and Park.

What could be more romantic than spending your Valentine's Day hiking with the person who means the most to you in the world while packing yummy lunch and a wine bottle? Monterey County's landscapes are truly mesmerizing. Popular hiking destinations include Point Lobos State Reserve, Jacks Peak County Park, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Pinnacles National Park and Garland Ranch Regional Park. If hiking is not your thing, you can still take your food and wine to Carmel beach and enjoy the day with your loved ones overlooking the Pacific ocean.

For those looking for fun tours check out recommended tours section.

Endless Options

No matter what you would like to do on Valentine's Day, Monterey County offers you great experience in a relaxing environment while enjoying majestic views of mother nature. For hotel reservations checkout our Monterey hotels guide.