Valentine’s Day in Santa Barbara

Romance is at the heart of what makes Santa Barbara tick. The American Riviera’s® signature red-tile roofs, white-washed buildings and lush gardens—nestled between a dramatic mountain range and the sparkling sea—evoke the topography and architectural aesthetic of the European Riviera. And it’s not simply about looks —there’s something quite special about how Santa Barbara makes people feel. The buoyant joie de vivre of our laid-back city by the sea is contagious and Santa Barbara’s seductive qualities are no joke. Simultaneously sophisticated and bohemian, easy-going and energetic, Santa Barbara is truly a place to revive.

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Each Valentine’s Day, Santa Barbara shines with themed offerings like delicious Valentine’s Day menus, activities for all, and romantic date night ideas. Celebrate by booking wine tasting and painting classes, or fill your days with long beach walks or mountain hikes featuring fresh air and splendid vistas. Need some romantic inspiration? Below is a curated list of the best Valentine’s Day happenings, even Cupid would be proud of.

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Valentine’s Day Events & Activities

Tablao Encanto! February 11, 2022, 6 p.m.
Revel in a vibrant night of Flamenco performances before Valentine’s Day, and watch as Ryan and Daniella Zermeño and Maria Juncal turn up the heat at the historic El Paseo Restaurant. Accompanied by renowned musicians Francisco Orozco, Jose Tanaca and Diego Alvarez Muñoz, the colorful show will include food and children are welcome to attend. Learn More
Cost: $85-$95/person.

Valentine’s Sip and Paint, February 11 through 13, 2022, 6 p.m.
Get artsy with hearts at The Painted Cabernet, Santa Barbara’s locally-owned sip and paint studio, and create a keepsake painting with that special someone. Sip on a glass of wine as you paint, and at the end of the guided class, take your masterpiece home to display or give as a gift. Choose from Hearts (February 11), Loving Trees (February 12), or Stroll in the Park (February 13), and keep in mind that painting expertise is not required to have fun. Learn More
 
Cost: $37/person. Ticket includes all painting materials and a glass of wine or beer. Please note the February 13 class begins at 5:30 p.m.

Eat This, Shoot That! Valentine’s Day Funk Zone Tour, February 11 through 14, 2022, 11:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Grab your loved ones this Valentine’s Weekend and explore Santa Barbara’s eclectic Funk Zone neighborhood, featuring 9 hot spots where you’ll enjoy bites of artisan foods and sweets, freshly baked goodies, seafood, and Mexican dishes as well as craft brews, local wines and hand-crafted spirits. Additionally, learn easy-to-shoot photo tips from your pro tour guide and memorialize your favorite sips and bites. Learn More
Cost: $135/adult; $125/non-drinker or child. Prices include all tastings, which are usually enough for lunch.

Alessia Patisserie & Cafe’s Dessert Experience, February 12, 2022, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Two of the top Central Coast pastry chefs at Alessia Patisserie & Cafe will be whipping up an intimate four-course dessert tasting just before Valentine’s Day. Indulge in sweet bites with your special someone, and supplement the mouthwatering treats with the cafe’s wine and Champagne pairings. The intimate experience will only have 16 seats available, so don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to taste incredible handmade desserts. Learn More
Cost: $90/person desserts only; $125/person with drink pairings.

Valentine’s Day Wine Country Tour, February 14, 2022, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Explore the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley and taste local wines at three premier regional wineries and tasting rooms with your sweetheart. Santa Barbara Adventure Company handles the transportation, reservations, and other logistics so you can fully relax while sipping and savoring. The trip includes shuttle pick-up from your hotel, all wine tasting fees, gourmet deli-style lunch and cold beverages, a friendly and knowledgeable guide and discussion on winemaking and historical insights. Learn More
Cost: $169/person; 21+ only.

Eat This Shoot That! Valentine’s Day Bakery Tour, February 14, 2022, 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Bring your sweetie to charming Solvang for Eat This, Shoot That!’s Bakery Crawl, where you will taste 10 different sweet and savory treats from all the best bakeries. If you are a chocolate fan, look forward to getting hands-on experience at a local chocolate shop, plus enjoying sips of local wines and bites of artisan olive oils and cheeses. Learn More
Cost: $145/person; Prices include all tastings.

Valentine’s Day Sunset Kayak, February 14, 2022, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
What’s more romantic than a serene sunset kayak through the Santa Barbara Harbor and beyond? Enjoy views from the water of our seaside town as you glide along the coast, and take in the gorgeous sunset with your sweetie. Santa Barbara Adventure Company will provide expert guidance on this easy to moderate 2-mile tour. Learn More
Cost: $89/person. All gear included.

Valentine’s Day Champagne Cruise, February 14, 2022, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Join the Double Dolphin crew for an intimate Valentine’s day sunset sail. Sip on bottomless bubbly as you take in the coastal views of the Riviera, and breathe in the salty sea air. Don’t forget to dress in layers as it can get chilly out on the water. Learn More
Cost: $110/person; 21+ only.

Valentine’s Day Sunset Cruise, February 14, 2022, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Take in the 360-degree ocean views with Celebration Cruises on the Azure Seas, and sip on Champagne as the gorgeous sunset inspires romance this Valentine’s Day. Each pair of tickets includes a box of sweet treats, so you can share with your honey as you cruise the coast and cheers to love. Can’t make the sunset trip? Book the ensuing 6:30 p.m. boat ride for a nighttime cruise under the stars. Learn More
Cost: General Admission $70/person; First Class $80/person.

A Very Special Valentine with Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra, February 14, 2022, 7 p.m.
SOhO Restaurant & Music Club is turning up the heat this Valentine’s Day with dinner and an intimate performance by Ottmar Liebert, an incredibly talented guitarist that will have you mesmerized the whole night. Enjoy drinks and a delicious Valentine’s Day dinner with that special someone in the lounge area, then move to your seats in the stage room for the show. Or, if you want to dine elsewhere, arrive to SOhO by 8:30 p.m. to listen to the music that will pluck at your heartstrings. Learn More
Cost: $78/person including dinner; $35/person for performance only. 

Valentine’s Day Forest Bathing, February 19, 2022, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Bring your loved one to Santa Barbara Botanic Garden to bond with nature and to practice the Japanese art of forest bathing, or “shinrin-yoku.” Forest bathing is the conscious and contemplative practice of being immersed in the sights, sounds and smells of the forest. Relax with your special someone and feel the health benefits of fresh air and exercise. Learn More
Cost: Members can attend for free; $35/person for non-members.

Valentine’s Day Menus & Special Offers

McConnell’s Ice Cream Bundle, Order by February 6, 2022
Get ready to pull out the ice cream scoops, because the McConnell’s Valentine’s Day Ice Cream Bundle is here to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. Melt hearts this Valentine’s Day with five 16-ounce pints of the famed ice cream shop’s most swoon-worthy flavors, including Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate, Sea Salt Cream & Cookies, Sweet Cream Caramel Brownie, Salted Caramel Chip, and Chocolate Covered Strawberries. Cozy up with your sweetie to enjoy this sweet treat, and be sure to order by February 6 for delivery by February 14, 2022. Learn More
Cost: $58, excluding tax and delivery fees.

Heart-Shaped Pizzas at Bettina Pizzeria, February 14, 2022
Cozy up with your fellow pizza lovers, and dine on heart-shaped pies, crisp salads, cheesy arancini and cocktails galore at Bettina Pizzeria. Don’t fuss with dishes this Valentine’s Day—take the opportunity to dress up and hit the town for a delightful treat. Finish off the meal with a fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie, or olive oil cake with thyme and orange zest. It’s amore! Learn More
Cost: Varies per menu item.

Romance at Rosewood Miramar Beach, February 7 to 14, 2022
Raise a glass to love, and soak up the picturesque ocean views with a Valentine-themed cocktail at one of Rosewood Miramar Beach’s four lounges: The Manor Bar, Miramar Beach Bar, The Revere Room and Caruso’s. The specialty cocktails include Mi Corazón, a mouthwatering pomegranate, blood orange and passion fruit margarita, the Bourbon Sweetheart, featuring Whistle Pig 10 Rye Whiskey, Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon, Punte e Mes Vermouth, Luxardo Cherry Syrup, and Angostura and Orange bitters. Or sip on the Montecito Love Story combining Amass Copenhagen Vodka, Alessio Vermouth Bianco, and Campari. After cocktails, reconnect over an intimate six-course prix-fixe dinner for two at Caruso’s, available February 11 through the 14 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and priced at $325 per person. Lastly, for those who wish to celebrate in a refined yet laid-back setting, The Revere Room will offer a three-course prix-fixe menu along with the restaurant’s regular a la carte offerings on February 14 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The menu is $125 per person, $55 per child and children under age four are complimentary. Wine pairings will be available at an additional cost per person to complement the specialty prix-fixe menu. Learn More

Valentine’s Day at The Lark, February 11 through 14, 2022
Plan the perfect date night at The Lark, where Executive Chef Jason Paluska has curated an à la carte Valentine’s Day menu including specials like grilled Santa Barbara spot prawns and crispy duck leg confit. Top off the night with a creamy Valrhona dark chocolate ganache. Also available to cheers the day of romance with is The Lark’s variation of a “Hanky-Panky,” a cocktail with a Fernet Jelinek base or a Strawberry Negroni made with strawberry-infused Campari and Junipero gin. Learn More
Cost: Varies per menu item. Specials range from $13-$52.

Puppy Love at Helena Avenue Bakery, February 11 through 14, 2022, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The bakery will offer house-made heart-shaped cookies, chocolate-dipped strawberries, strawberries & cream chocolate bark, and dog-friendly treats for furry friends. You will also receive a retro Valentine’s Day card with your coffee or food purchase along with a chance to win a complimentary coffee on the next visit. Learn More
Cost: Varies per menu item.

Loquita’s Four-Course Valentine’s Day, February 11 through 14, 2022
Chef Jasmine Shimodo has curated a chef-inspired prix fixe Valentine’s Day dinner menu to celebrate love at Loquita. The meal begins with crisp salad and tapas, then serves up steaming paella for two, and ends the night with a tempting dessert. Pair your romantic dinner with a split of Raventos i Blanc Rosé or order the St. Valentine-inspired Bésame (“kiss me”) cocktail. Learn More
Cost: $75/person.

Valentine’s Day at Pearl Social, February 11 through 14, 2022
The intimate cocktail lounge is serving up the perfect-for-sharing Chanteuse Punch Bowl, only available over Valentine’s weekend. Enjoy a cocktail from the newly curated cocktail menu, including the Au Jour le Jour and the Mind Wipe. Looking for a sweet treat? House-made Valentine’s chocolate cupcakes will also be available to accompany your cocktail. As a playful nod to “Single’s Awareness Day” and a fun activity for Galentines, Pearl Social will dedicate a space to share the weirdest or most memorable memory of your ex on the “Exes Wall.” Learn More
Cost: Varies per menu item.

Get Lucky at Lucky Penny, February 11 through 14, 2022
Join the Funk Zone pizza joint for Valentine’s Day weekend and receive a retro Valentine’s Day card with any purchase. Get lucky with a chance to win a complimentary signature pink frosé, and pair any specialty artisanal pizza with refreshing rosé, offered at 50% off bottle pricing. Top off the meal with delicious house-made ice cream sandwiches and cookies that will be specially decked out in heart-shaped sprinkles to celebrate the holiday. Learn More
Cost: Varies per menu item.

La Paloma Café Valentine’s Weekend, February 12 through 14, 2022
Head over for brunch both Saturday and Sunday, and savor local spiny lobster tostadas topped with avocado, chipotle aioli, radish, and citrus. Add a signature cocktail to celebrate the weekend, and while La Paloma Café will be closed for dinner on February 13, the restaurant will re-open at 5 p.m. on February 14 in time for Valentine’s Day. Feast on Pollo Verde Enchiladas made with salsa verde, cheese, hand-pulled rotisserie chicken, and corn tortillas, topped with red chili sauce, crema, olives and cabbage. Learn More
Cost: Varies per menu item. Enchiladas are available for dinner only.

Valentine’s Day Library Wine Flight, February 12 through 14, 2022
Jamie Slone Wines is offering a chance to indulge in rare and reserve wine tasting this Valentine’s Weekend. Head down to the Presidio, and admire the historic white adobe buildings as you sip delicious wine. You can even take your favorites home for Valentine’s dinner. Learn More
Cost: $25/person; Member tastings are complimentary.

Valentine’s Weekend at opal restaurant and bar, February 12 through 14, 2022
Head to downtown Santa Barbara either Saturday or Sunday to dine on opal’s regular menu plus a special Valentine’s weekend prix fixe. On Valentine’s Day, the hotspot will offer a three-course prix fixe menu with two seatings available. Each reservation includes the three-course menu, featuring items like braised short ribs, seared sea scallops, filet mignon and grilled lobster, a $10 gift certificate for your next visit, and a rose. Learn More
Cost: $75-$99/person, based on entrée tier.

Soft Serve from XO Burger, February 14, 2022
XO Burger is putting the X’s and O’s in Valentine’s Day! The burger joint will offer a complimentary Valentine’s taste of vanilla or chocolate Straus organic soft serve with any food purchase. Bring your honey for a delicious smashburger and top off the date with a creamy treat topped with festive heart-shaped sprinkles. Learn More
Cost: Varies per menu item.

My Cheugy Valentine Vegan Feast, February 14, 2022, Seatings between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Satellite Santa Barbara is hosting a four-course prix fixe vegan Valentine’s dinner, and you won’t want to miss the lively atmosphere, mouthwatering food and sip-worthy wine. The Brett Hunter Band will provide musical entertainment as you chow down with your special someone, and wine pairings are available for each course as well. Celebrate the holiday with a funky feast, and take home more wine from Satellite’s vast selection. Learn More
Cost: $65/person; $30/wine pairing.

Valentine’s Day Hotel Deals

Indulge at Rosewood Miramar Beach, February 2022
Treat yourself and that special someone an ideal wellness retreat for Valentine’s Day by booking a heart-warming treatment at Sense, A Rosewood Spa. Begin your journey to self-care with the Rose Petal & Pink Salts Manicure and Pedicure to prepare you for complete relaxation. Spring forward to wellness with the Beautifully Bright Collagen Facial or relax with the Be Mine Rose & Citrus Massage to release tightness and pressure. Looking for another way to enjoy the weekend? Turn up the heat with romantic amenities during your stay, including a rose petal turndown for $105, Ruinart Brut Rosé & assorted truffles for $185, or both services for $250. Soak up the sunshine with your loved one, and take advantage of the complimentary use of resort bikes, private pilates for two at $210 per hour, or the couple’s yoga flow on Miramar Beach for $210 per hour. Learn More

Celebrate Love at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort, February 2022
Escape for the weekend with the Celebration Package, which includes sparkling wine, breakfast for two and a late checkout (based on availability). Couples can dine oceanside at the Set restaurant where the property will be offering a special, three-course menu for $75, creative love potions and live entertainment. Looking to indulge? Handpick flowers from local purveyor Florabundance while sipping on wine specially selected from the Fess Parker and Epiphany cellars. Choose a single stem or allow the team to assist you in creating a beautiful bouquet for yourself or a loved one. Learn More