Central Coast Romance for You and Your Sweetheart for Valentine’s Day

By Georgina Stassi, Santa Barbara View Food, Wine & Travel Columnist

I love spontaneous romantic getaways and though we may live at or close to the beach, spending a romantic evening in a different environment, away from the ordinary with your sweetheart may be in order right now. Many Central Coast hotels and restaurants are offering packages and specials for Valentine’s Day and through the month of February. Here are just a few ideas for you to think about just up the coast.  The fun thing is that you can make a little wine & culinary road trip out of it, so I’ve listed one of my favorite itineraries with you:

1st: Stop: Los Olivos to see what winemaker Chuck Carlson is up to at Curtis Winery to do a little local wine tasting;

2nd Stop: Los Alamos to see to Jamie Gluck’s Bell Street Farm to have a delicious lunch of local goodies and pick up a picnic basket for your exploration of the Edna Valley

3rd Stop: Edna Valley Wine Country (just off Price Street in Pismo Beach) to visit Mike Sinor and Nathan Carlson at Center of Effort and enjoy the picnic overlooking the entire valley; next, across the street to Kynsi Vineyards; then up to Wolff Vineyards; if possible, make an appointment to taste the award winning wines of Alban; then to Tolosa for the wine and artisanal cheese pairing before settling in at a relaxing seaside resort in Pismo Beach and later a delicious wine country inspired dinner.  Here are some of my favorite resorts in no particular order:

•           The Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa celebrates Valentine’s Day the entire month of February. Guests can enjoy an unforgettable one-night stay in the premier all-suite, 4-Star hotel.  Upon arrival, guests will be greeted with a festive bottle of Laetitia bubbly and six luscious chocolate-covered strawberries to share as well as a wine country-inspired dinner created with local ingredients and farm fresh produce by Executive Chef Brian Collins of Lido Restaurant

•           SeaVenture, a beautiful resort situated directly on the beach, offers guests a choice of three Romance packages and an Aphrodisiac Menu for the entire month of February. With The Leap Into Love package, guests can celebrate the Leap Year and that extra day in February, in a spacious king size featherbed, a cozy fireplace and soothing hot tub on their private balcony. In the room, guests will be treated to a handcrafted trio of artisan chocolates from Chocolats du Calibressan paired with a bottle of champagne. Guests will also have the opportunity to add a $50 dining credit for the cost of only $40 for a romantic dinner at the ocean-view SeaVenture Restaurant. If guests don’t feel like leaving the privacy and comfort of their room, the dining credit is also valid for room service.

•           The Cliffs Resort, offers gorgeous oceanfront suites, with a whirlpool bath and private balcony; and including a bottle of Central Coast red wine and rich chocolates to share. Guests can add dinner for two at Marisol with Chef Greg Wagard’s Aphrodisiac Menu, ending with sensuous dessert in your room for just $50 per person.

Two other beautiful and romantic places to check out in Avila are Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort and Avila Lighthouse Suites. The menu at Sycamore is fabulous and you can have a soak in a mineral spring hot tub and get a great massage. Lighthouse Suites has lovely properties in both Pismo and Avila that are a great value for suites right on the water.

I hope I have inspired you and that my quick itinerary is helpful. For more Information on hotel packages and specials check out the promotion dates and offerings at http://www.classiccalifornia.com/lodging. Enjoy! We are so fortunate to live in such a beautiful state with so many wonderful things to discover.

About Georgina Stassi

Georgina is the Executive Director, Editor-in-Chief and Founder of LaVitaFresca.com, a website dedicated to writing about the best of California Wine, Food, Travel & Lifestyle. She is the Food, Wine & Travel columnist for the online magazine Santa Barbara View and Contributing Editor of the Avila Community News. Georgina is an accomplished writer, artist, cook and horsewoman. She employs her many years of experience to create interesting, informative articles and posts that both readers and Facebook “friends” anticipate reading and using their enjoyment of food, wine and travel.

7 Responses to Central Coast Romance for You and Your Sweetheart for Valentine’s Day

  1. MADD February 12, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    Drinking and driving is supposed to be romantic? I must be missing something here.

    • Anonymous February 12, 2012 at 9:46 am #

      Being a good sweetheart means being a designated driver too.

  2. Boycott Boy February 12, 2012 at 11:23 am #

    Nice… Just left out where to recuperate from the hang-over. Preferably a place where we can burn off all those extra calories…

  3. Editor February 12, 2012 at 6:50 pm #

    Editor’s Note: We assume the readers of Santa Barbara View possess common sense and will taste responsibly. For those planning to make a day of wine tasting, please remember to incorporate the 4 S’s of Responsible Tasting: Swirl, Smell, Sip, and Spit — that’s what the buckets on the wine bar are for!

  4. Paradise in Pink February 12, 2012 at 7:21 pm #

    Nothing wrong with the Madonna Inn as an overnight dinner, drink and don’t drive destination. It actually is a remarkably high quality place for all its appearance of kitsch and frou frou.

    • Anonymous February 12, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

      So true. Expensive but everyone should stay at the Madonna Inn at least once!

  5. RoadTripper February 13, 2012 at 8:25 am #

    Thanks for the tip for Bell Street Farm deli/cafe in Los Alamos. Looks pricey, but interesting.

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