Valentine’s Day marks a celebration of love. This includes celebrating the hope of love to come, love that is in its honeymoon stages of excitement, or long weathered love marked by anniversaries and life accomplishments. Regardless of whether the love that is being celebrated is romantic or platonic, Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to express gratitude and appreciation for those closest to us, no matter who they are. These expressions can take many forms. From red roses and chocolate to dinner reservations or coffee dates, February 14th is a chance to mix up the routines of everyday expressions love. If you are planning something special for Valentines Day, here is a list of the best places to consider in Carlsbad.
Making the right dinner reservation for Valentine’s day can require some careful planning. The ability to get a reservation, find the right ambience, and select a menu all come into play. Luckily, Chandlers at Cape Rey Carlsbad has a perfect combination of offerings that set the way for an especially romantic evening. The prixe-fixe three course menu comes with a variety of exquisite options with taste profiles for any food lover. Chef Teri’s featured creations include seafood options that emphasize the oceanside breeze outside, and the dessert options will satisfy any sweet tooth.
Location: 1 Ponto Road, Carlsbad, CA 92011
Vigilucci’s is a date night staple. With home crafted Italian cuisine, the ambience of amore is prevalent in every bite. Valentine’s Day dinner is paired with a complimentary glass of Prosecco. Nestled in downtown Carlsbad, Vigilucci’s offers Valentine’s Day options from lunch through dinner so that you can customize your date to work around your schedule. For the dinner menu, Vigilucci’s brings everything from blue point oyster appetizers to robust entrees of lasagna, ravioli, and bucatini. Guests can choose between a prixe-fixe menu or hand pick items ala carte.
Location: 2943 State Street, Carlsbad, California 92008
If you’re wanting to embark on a slightly more informal approach to a Valentine’s Day dinner without compromising food quality, Twenty/20 Grill and Wine Bar and Green Dragon Tavern & Museum are two equally delicious options with the unique allure of comfort food and creative ambience.
Twenty/20 Grill and Wine Bar has a three course menu available with the option of a wine pairing to top off each course. The meal starts with a choice of items like shrimp bisque and diver scallops and is followed by options like braised short rib and lamb. The notable farm fresh ingredients and picture-perfect views make a perfect backdrop for any Valentine’s Day celebration.
Likewise, the Green Dragon Tavern and Museum is a unique and creative spot that provides comfort and allure for a casual night out. Inspired by 18th century taverns, the building is a replica of the structures from colonial times. There is a free museum on site that offers a great pre-dinner activity to learn about the West Coast during revolutionary times with a drink in hand. The restaurant and coffeehouse provide a great spot to partake in everything from fish tacos to steak frites and lobster rolls. With no prixe-fixe menu on tap for Valentine’s Day, guests can come and go as they please and choose any number of delicious food and drink options available.
Location: 5480 Grand Pacific Drive Carlsbad, California 92008
Location: 6115 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92011
If a dinner date isn’t on the docket, or if you want to add an activity to satisfy your sweet tooth after dinner, Chuao Chocolate Factory is a dangerous option for any chocolate lover. The factory offers tours of the chocolate making process with a guided tasting of a few select treats. Luckily, Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday this year, making it the prime opportunity to schedule a tour.
Location: 2350 Camino Vida Roble, Carlsbad, CA 92011
If the normal constructs of romance don’t define your love, you may want to plan something physical and exciting for Valentine’s day. Ice skating at Carlsbad’s Icetown and a hot air balloon ride via Sky’s the Limit are two thrilling options for a Valentine’s Day date that is off the beaten path.
The Icetown Sports Center offers public skate sessions where couples and friends can get out onto the rink and enjoy gliding around the ice, regardless of the abundant sunshine and warm temperatures outside. Couples can work up an appetite while participating in National Skate Month by celebrating Valentine’s Day at the rink.
For adventure seekers who want to celebrate their love above the clouds, Sky’s the Limit Ballooning provides a fun opportunity to escape the ground and view Carlsbad’s beauty from above. Book a private session with a professional who can take your celebration up, up, and away.
Location: 2283 Cosmos Court, Carlsbad, CA 92011
Location: 3251 Camino De Los Coches, Carlsbad, CA 92009
Regardless of where you end up, every Valentine’s Day evening should end with a trip to the coastline. Cotton candy sunsets are famous along Carlsbad’s beaches during this time of year and are a scenic and tranquil end to any date, especially on Valentine’s Day. Park along the shore of the Carlsbad Cliffs, Carlsbad State Beach, or Tamarack Beach to soak in the colors as the sun goes down.
Carlsbad is home to many different options when it comes to planning the perfect date night. For Valentine’s Day, any of the above options will take a normal date night and turn it into a celebration of love.