Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so now is the time to decide just how you will celebrate with those you hold near and dear.  Because of its excellent location, perfect weather, and wealth of interesting shops and restaurants, Laguna Beach is an ideal place to spend a romantic evening or splurge on a special treat for a loved one.  Here are some of our top picks for the area

Romantic Beachside Retreat

Escape to a romantic oceanfront setting at Montage Laguna Beach this Valentine’s Day.  Chef Casey Overton has created a four course prix-fixe menu at the hotel’s renowned restaurant The Loft.   Seating for dinner is between 5pm – 10pm.  Sample mouth-watering dishes such as Chilled Carlsbad Luna Oysters, Pan Seared John Dory, Artisanal Cheese Bites and a collection of small desserts perfect for two to share while taking in the stunning panoramic views of the ocean.  Dinner is $95 per person.  To make a reservation please call 949-715-6420

Four Course Valentine’s Winemaker’s Dinner

Enjoy fine culinary creations paired with some of the area’s best artisan boutique wines at Laguna Canyon Winery on February 14th.  In addition to sampling award-winning wines that are perfectly complemented by the delicious food, there will be live music to serenade you and your sweetheart all through the evening.  The experience includes ten, one-ounce pours of your choice and reservations are required.  Dinner is served from 7pm to 10pm and is $40 per person plus tax.  More information can be had by calling 949-715-9463

Romantic Couples Spa Package

If you and your mate need a little rest and relaxation this Valentine’s Day, then head to the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa in Dana Point.  This hotel spa was voted “Best for Romance” Spa in the Spa Finder’s Reader’s Choice Awards.  The couple’s package includes a 60 minute couple’s massage featuring a blend of masculine and feminine massage oils.  In addition, each couple receives 30 minutes in the Spa Suite featuring a private outdoor patio with whirlpool, waterfall, fireplace, sparkling wine, refreshments and a flower for her.  Cost is $375 per couple.  For more information, please call the spa at 949-487-7576

Whale Watching Champagne Cruise

If you want to do something a little different this Valentine’s Day, try the Champagne Whale-Watching Cruise setting out from Dana Point.  Guests will sail aboard the 95 foot Dana Pride at sunset looking for whales, dolphins and other marine life.  The cruise includes chocolates and Valentine’s Day treats as well as a cash bar with wine and cocktails.  After the cruise, plan to have a wonderful meal at any one of the romantic restaurants in the Dana Point Harbor.  For more information and to book a reservation call 949-496-5794

Romantic Hotel Package

For those looking for romance all night through, then an overnight stay at Casa Laguna Inn is just the ticket.  Several romance packages are available including the Passion Package which includes a bottle of sparkling wine, two souvenir flutes and chocolate covered fruit.  Relax and enjoy the historic Mission architecture of the hotel while experiencing their lush gardens and expansive ocean views.  Call 949-494-2996 for information and reservations