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Unique Valentine's Day Date Ideas In Wine Country

Unique Valentine's Day Date Ideas In Wine Country

By Mackenzie Hutson January 14, 2020

Valentine’s Day 2020 is one month away, and though it may sound like you still have tons of time left to make plans, reservations for this special day fill up quickly. While Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to consist of flowers, chocolates, and an expensive dinner, many of Napa and Sonoma’s most popular activities also require some planning. 

Wine Country is full of adventures, so there are endless things to do on Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re searching for an exhilarating new experience, a romantic day out, or a relationship-building challenge, Napa and Sonoma have everything you need to fulfill even your craziest Valentine’s Day ideas

Best Things To Do For Valentine's Day In Northern California

There are so many things to do for Valentine’s Day 2020 that it can quickly become overwhelming. California is chock-full of amazing getaways, eateries, and activities, so before you settle for your second choice, check out these ideas that’ll take you off the beaten path.

Go Horseback Riding

Horse N Around Trail Rides, Bodega Bay

Sharing new experiences is a great way to make memories together. While there's nothing wrong with sticking to tradition and getting flowers or having dinner together, adding a new activity is a sure way to make this Valentine's Day one you won't forget.

For romantic Valentine’s ideas, it doesn’t get much better than a horseback ride along the immaculate shores of Bodega Bay. Horse N Around Trail Rides offers the perfect afternoon activity that is sure to create memories your sweetie won’t forget. 

Go on a Hike 

Salt Point State Park, Jenner 

Get some fresh air and spend time together this Valentine's Day with a coastal hike.

When it comes to Valentines ideas for him, look no further than Salt Point State Park. This coastal expanse encompasses 6,000 acres of rugged land and contains 20-plus miles of hiking trails—making it the ideal place to explore with your significant other. Known for the Fisk Mill that once occupied the land and the ships that would set anchor to load wood and stone en route to San Francisco, this park provides endless things to look at. After an afternoon of hiking adventures, drive south to Timber Cove to grab a bite or check in for the night. 

Take a Hot-Air Balloon Ride 

Napa Valley Balloons, Inc., Napa

See the world from a new perspective this Valentine's Day. Hot-air balloon rides are the perfect blend of romance and excitement, so start your day off on a high note.

Nothing says “Happy Valentine’s Day” quite like an early morning hot-air balloon ride over the vineyards. While this quirky date idea does require you and your date to rise before the sun, it’ll be well worth it once you’ve had some coffee and are taking in the exquisite landscape from high above the ground. This hour-long aerial tour not only provides the opportunity to take incredible photos, but also leaves the rest of the day open for picnics, hikes, exploring Napa, and taking naps before dinnertime. 

Spend Time With Furry Friends

Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue, Petaluma 

Get to know some new furry friends on a tour of the Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue. Spending time admiring these adorable creatures will bring you closer together and maybe even inspire you to adopt a cat or dog to care for. Photo courtesy of the Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue.

The Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue cares for 1,500-plus animals every year and hosts weekly tours on Saturdays at 2 p.m. along with private tours Tuesday through Friday. Get an up-close look at foxes, coyotes, raccoons, an opossum, a mountain lion (named Nicole), and many other native wildlife species for one of the most unusual Valentine’s date ideas

Add a Sprinkle of Spice and a Dash of Romance

Valentine’s Day in Paris at Ramekins Culinary School, Sonoma

Discover new recipes and enjoy each other's company at the Ramekins Culinary School this Valentine's Day. Spend the afternoon cooking side by side before indulging in your delicious creations. 

Spend the afternoon learning a new skill together, and your spark is sure to ignite. Join chef Pierre Lagourgue and the Ramekins Culinary School for an afternoon of delectable creations, including split-pea soup with bacon, garlic-butter shrimp, boeuf bourguignon, and orange–poppy seed cake. The class runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., allowing you to enjoy the evening relaxing together.

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