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How to Enjoy Your Valentine's Day in Monterey County

How to Enjoy Your Valentine's Day in Monterey County

For those needing romantic inspiration when planning a special Valentine, Monterey Bay in California should be on your bucket list as a romantic destination. With its natural beauty and numerous things to see and do, this central coast destination is sure to offer lovebirds an incredibly romantic atmosphere and appealing choices.

As you prepare for this special day, please stay safe, practice social distancing, and wear your masks when required. Last, we suggest calling venues ahead of time to confirm open dates and availability.

Intimate Wine Tasting

Monterey is known for its high-quality wineries and wine tasting rooms, so why not take your loved one for a wine tasting experience at one of the area's cozy tasting rooms or wineries. Carmel-by-the-Sea is home to fine options such as Silvestri Vineyards, and Galante Vineyards. 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 7 artisan vintners along Monterey's River Road Wine Trail that are sharing some extra love on Valentine's Day! Receive a souvenir glass, entry into a grand drawing, special discounts, fun, food, and celebrate all things amore. Each winery will also host their own wine and food pairing, specifically to suit the love surrounding Valentine's Day.

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

Soothing Wellness Spas

Pamper yourself and escape from reality for a little while at one of the serene wellness spas located all over Monterey County. If you want to spend quality time on Valentine's Day with your significant other, you can schedule an appointment for a couples massage at one of top-notch spas.

Romantic Dining

Nothing beats a romantic dining experience in Monterey Bay. Our wide variety of restaurants offers great indoor and outdoor dining options, and some are also offering romantic-inspired menus.

Celebrate Valentine's with an incredible dinner at Old Fisherman's Grotto! Enjoy special dishes like warm goat cheese pistachio-crusted, Ahi tuna poke, Barbecue oysters, Chilean sea bass crab meat-crusted and much more! Try tempting desserts like hart chocolate cake between raspberry mousse & ganache, chocolate mousse cup with fresh berries, Baked Alaska and red velvet cheesecake. Wash it all down with a Chocolate Covered Strawberry Martini – Grey Goose vodka, white crème de cacao served up with a chocolate drizzle and a chocolate covered strawberry! View complete menu or call 831.375.4604

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 to enjoy a tasty meal in a romantic and friendly environment.

Recreational Activities

Monterey is a haven for folks who are active and who like to spend time moving around so 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, whale watching, and hiking, depending on the weather, you'll sure have something to do. Pacific Grove Adventures offers various guided bike and kayak tours that starts from 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, 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 these recommended tours.

Endless Options

No matter what you would like to do on Valentine's Day, Monterey County offers you a great experience in a relaxing environment while enjoying majestic views of mother nature. Be safe, be responsible and enjoy your stay!

For lodging and accommodations, we highly recommend Hofsas House in Carmel along others listed in our recommended hotels section.