As a religious feast, Valentine’s Day dates back to the Leonid dynasty days of the Roman Empire, but its romantic traditions did not appear until the poetic days of Lord Byron in 18th century England. Choosing February 14th to go out on special dates became popular in the 19th century, and the idea for couples young and old is to take advantage of the ambiance to create a moment they will forever cherish. San Diego couples should not have any issues finding the right ambiance to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Trusted 92101 real estate agents share five unique ideas for things to do around the downtown districts.
1. Have Dinner in Little Italy
Even though Valentine’s Day started as a papal decree in ancient Rome, Italians adopted the romantic celebrations after the first wave of immigration to Ellis Island. Dinners at Italian restaurants are meant to be enjoyed by the entire family. However, on Valentine’s Day, special arrangements are made so couples can enjoy privacy. In downtown San Diego, Valentine’s dinner at Buon Appetito on India Street is a tradition that requires making reservations well in advance, particularly if couples want to get the most romantic tables near the front window.
2. Watch Bonnie & Clyde Under the Stars
This 1967 classic American film starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty is a timeless tale of passionate, eternal and dangerous love, and it will play at the open-air Headquarters at Seaport Village at 6pm. Fittingly, this courtyard used to be the main police precinct.
3. Check Out the Rooftop by STK Experience
A modern alternative to Italian restaurant dinners can be found at the top of the stylish Hyatt Andaz Hotel on F Street. The stunning views of the city and the upscale lounge décor are complemented with trendy fusion cuisine made with locally sourced, organic ingredients. Younger couples are known to come here briefly on Valentine’s Day before exploring the hip clubs of the nearby Gaslamp Quarter.
4. Go on the Flagship Valentine’s Day Cruise
For decades, San Diego couples have been boarding the Flagship fleet of cruise yachts on Valentine’s Day for a special evening around the harbor. Package deals on February 14th cost less than $90 per person, and they include an elegant three-course dinner, champagne, romantic music, dancing, and breathtaking views of the Coronado Bridge, the skyline, and the waterfront. Boarding takes place between the Broadway Pier and the Navy Pier at 7pm, and the ship returns to port at 10pm.
5. Enjoy Sonnets and Sips at the Museum of Art
Each year the curators of the San Diego Museum of Art put together a special exhibit of their most romantic works of art and offer evening tours along with a gourmet picnic basket and fine wine. The tours begin at the May S. Marcy Sculpture Court and Garden, and they include spoken performances by members of the San Diego Shakespeare Society. The first tour starts at 6pm.
After spending a romantic evening in downtown San Diego, you may get the itch to move there. From Columbia District to Marina, San Diego real estate is available for purchase. Reach out to 92101 Urban Living to see the latest listings. Call 619-649-0368 today.