7 Excellent Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day in Los Angeles This Year
Things we don’t love: back-to-back Zoom meetings, guys who ghost, this pandemic...but this Valentine’s Day, let’s focus on what we do love. Namely, gal pals, our significant other and the L.A. weather. Like almost every holiday of late, you’ll have to make some modifications to your usual V-Day plans, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a ton of options for you to celebrate the holiday weekend. Here are seven excellent ideas for how to spend Valentine’s Day in Los Angeles this year.
1. Do an Outdoor Workout With Your Swolemate
Hey, the couple that sweats together, stays together. Head over to West Hollywood, where fitness studio Health House is offering high-intensity workouts on their scenic rooftop. Their “Medicine Man” class, which uses medicine balls to work your entire body, will be offered on Valentine’s Day at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
If you’re a pair of yogis, Red Diamond Yoga is offering rooftop classes at La Cienega Plaza and outdoor ones at the Marina Del Rey hotel. What’s more romantic than a beautiful sunset? Pair that with yoga at their 5:45 p.m. Rooftop Sunday Night Sunset Yin at La Cienega.
If you’re looking to take out some Valentine’s Day aggression about he-who-shall-not-be-named, grab your bestie and head over to Santa Monica Place where boxing gym Rumble has set up an outdoor studio. They’ll have classes all V-Day morning. Like a silent disco, Rumble provides headsets for you to wear during the workout. Unlike a silent disco, no sweaty men will come grinding up behind you.
2. Head to a Drive-In to Watch a Classic Romantic Comedy
This year has seen a ton of drive-ins pop up all over LA, and we’re all for a dating like our parents used to. B-Radio is holding a Valentine’s weekend drive-in movie night and live concert in Woodland Hills where they’ll be screening Valentine’s Day and Wonder Woman: The New Era of Wonder Woman on February 12th through February 14th at 6:30 p.m. Food tucks will be available and the proceeds from the event will support the kids of the first responders and hospital workers who died from COVID-19.
If you’re looking for even more dinner and a movie options, head over to the Mess Hall at FLIGHT in Tustin to get dinner from several participating restaurants, before parking your car to watch The Frida Cinema’s screening of Harold and Maude on February 14th. They’ll also be screening the 1981 Canadian slasher My Bloody Valentine on Tuesday, February 16th at 7:30pm.
3. Plan a Delicious Picnic
Los Angeles is filled with parks and beaches where you can have yourself a Valentine’s Day picnic. Pre-order a picnic basket from Destroyer restaurant in Culver City which comes with three varieties of cheese, a cranberry and redcurrant jam, lemon thyme elderberry honey, pickles, assorted nuts, a baguette and a slice of chocolate devil’s food cake for your sweet tooth. Once you’ve got your treats, head over to one of Culver City’s many parks to enjoy.
If you’re looking to go straight to dessert—it is Valentine’s Day after all—the Insta-famous Flour Shop has recently opened in Beverly Hills, conveniently located next to a great picnic spot, Beverly Gardens Park. They have an entire selection of treats for your Valentine, including one of their famous heart explosion cakes. Pre-order now to avoid them selling out.
4. Take a Virtual Cooking Class
We’ve done a bunch of things virtually this year that we never could have imagined doing (virtual weddings come to mind), and a virtual cooking class seems like something we’d actually enjoy from home. Sign up for Cook LA’s “red-themed” appetizer cooking class, complete with red sangria, tomato basil tart, white bean dip canapés with pomegranate seeds and rosemary and chocolate truffles. Yum.
The Gourmandise School is offering several Valentine’s Day cooking classes throughout the weekend. From donut making to steak dinner, you’ll find something to suit your needs, whether it’s for a V-Day dinner with your partner or a Galentine’s Day activity with the ladies you love.
5. Wine Tasting at Home
This Valentine’s Day, toast to one another with a wine-tasting at home. Severance is doing a Valentine’s Day free-to-watch rose wine tasting on Instagram Live at 8 p.m. and to participate, pick-up in advance their rose wine kit which includes the wines, a DIY region guide and tasting notes.
To begin your celebration early, wine bar Buvette, Brazilian chocolate company Maya Brigaderio, and Five Senses’ Tastings are all teaming up for Love Unlocked, a virtual tasting event featuring wine, cheese, chocolate, and music? You heard that right. It will be held on February 13th, and you can choose to pick-up your tasting items from Buvette in Sherman Oaks the day before or have them delivered. Finally a Zoom invite you want to accept.
6. Chow Down on Chocolate
If there’s one thing we can all agree on, love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to eat some chocolate. ChocoVivo has a store in Culver City that in BC (Before-COVID) times, hosted in-store chocolate tastings. Luckily, they’ve packaged up their 16 most popular flavors in a box so you can still taste them all at home.
If you like your chocolate with a side of bourbon, join in a virtual mixology class led by Woodford Reserve brand educator at 7 p.m. on Valentine’s Day. Sign up at least six days in advance to get your Woodford kit delivered with everything you need for the tasting: whisky samples, ingredients for a hot-chocolate cocktail, and a box filled with chocolate truffles.
7. Have a Multi-Course Meal at Home or Dine Outdoors
With the stay-at-home orders lifted, dining out for Valentine’s Day is yet again an option at some of our favorite restaurants. Get your reservations in early so you can snag a table at arguably the most romantic setting for Valentine’s Day, the Inn at Seventh Ray. If you’re not one of those couples, or are looking to kick-it back with some of your pod peeps on V-Day, give Pez Cantina downtown a shot. The restaurant is known for their strong margs and they’ll be offering a three-course menu for $65 plus some special Valentine’s Day cocktails.
For those who want a full feast at-home, the takeout options are plentiful. One of West Hollywood’s best restaurants, A.O.C., is offering a four-course Valentine’s Day dinner for two for $75. The Strand House in Manhattan Beach has a takeout menu inclusive of short ribs and lobster for $150. Rossoblu downtown is offering an Italian seven-course meal including three appetizer courses, two pastas, duck breast for the main, and for dessert, the “Italian love cake,” torta d’amore. With this much food, you’ll be happy you’re at home in sweats this Valentine’s Day.
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