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Valentine's Day in Los Angeles

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Los Angeles is a very romantic place to spend Valentine's Day with your sweetheart, whether you can afford a big splurge or are looking for more budget-friendly options. Below are some of my recommendations for ways to spend a special day with the one you love on Valentine's Day or any day. You can also check my Valentines Day Special Events page for more options.

1. Sunset Champagne Flight over Los Angeles

Celebrity Helicopter Champagne Tour
Courtesy of Celebrity Helicopters
If the Zeppelin flight isn't in the budget, a private Sunset Champagne Helicopter Flight is another option. You can book the flight on its own, or fly to a romantic dinner.

2. Spa Treatment for Two

Ona Spa in West Hollywood
Courtesy of Ona Spa
Many spas have couples treatment rooms, but some are a cut above, with better ambience and more unique services. Click the link for the Top Couples Spas in Los Angeles.

3. Spend a Romantic Day at Disneyland

The Mad Hatter's Tea Party at Disneyland
Photo © 2009 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

You may think Disneyland is just for kids, but if you take a moment to get into the prince and princess fantasy, there are a lot of opportunities for romance at the "happiest place on earth," including a few hold-each-other-tight rides. For a quick glimpse, I've put together some recommendations for the Best Places to Kiss at Disneyland

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4. Take a Romantic Gondola Ride

Gondola Company of Newport Beach
Photo courtesy of Gondola Company of Newport Beach
You don't have to travel to Italy to take a romantic gondola ride. There are several locations in Southern California where you can be serenaded as you're guided along calm inland waterways. Bundle up for a Valentine's Day ride. It's cold out on the water, providing a good excuse to cuddle.

5. Pick a Romantic Spot for a Proposal

Hollywood Sign from the Dante's Peak Trail
Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission
If you're thinking about popping the question this Valentine's Day, Los Angeles has some truly unique opportunities to make it a memorable moment.

6. Stroll Through a Romantic Garden

Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens
Photo © 2009 Kayte Deioma, used with permission
The greater Los Angeles area has an abundance of beautiful public gardens, from encyclopedic botanic gardens to intimate Japanese meditation gardens.

7. Go Dancing at a Sexy LA Nightclub

Mariposa Nightclub in Long Beach
Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

Most women love to dance and appreciate a man who is willing to at least make the effort, regardless of skill level. Besides, getting your freak on on the dance floor is a good precursor of coming attractions.

8. Take a Romantic Walk on the Beach

Manhattan Beach
Photo © 2009 Kayte Deioma, used with permission
"Love long walks on the beach" has become the cliche of the personal ad and online dating profile for the simple reason that almost everyone loves long walks on the beach and finds walking on the beach romantic, even if you're the kind of person who would rather walk on the paved beach path than get your feet sandy. This one should almost be a given for any couple visiting Los Angeles. After all, with over 80 miles of coastline, the beach is one of LA's Top Attractions.

9. Learn Something Together

EATZ
Photo courtesy of EATZ
Whether it's a cooking class, a surfing lesson for two, or a couple hours at trapeze school, sharing a learning experience can be a great way to spend bonding time.

10. Rent a Sailboat or Yacht

Blue Water Sailing Sailboat
Photo courtesy of Bluewater Sailing

Book a charter complete with skipper, or if you're a skilled sailor, rent a boat and pack a picnic for a day out on the water, or sail to Catalina for lunch.

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