Sarah Weinberg

Fall in Love with San Diego’s Valentine’s Day Hotel Deals and Packages

Couple Walking on Ocean Beach Pier
Couple Walking on Ocean Beach Pier

Bring your Valentine to San Diego for the perfect romantic sunset.

With spectacular scenery, sun-kissed beaches, world-class restaurants and luxury resorts, San Diego calls to all lovebirds looking for a romantic getaway. This February, special Valentine’s Day offerings from San Diego hotels and resorts make it the perfect time to let Cupid’s arrow fly and treat a special friend or loved one to a relaxing retreat or fun-filled adventure in romantic San Diego.

Modern Day Romance

Log-in and tweet for the Twitter-Patter package at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa with a Valentine’s deal that includes overnight accommodations at this lush, garden estate and a $150 credit that can be used for spa treatments or dinner at Adobe El Restaurant. Guests also receive chocolate-covered strawberries, a bottle of private label sparkling wine, Twitter-themed cookie welcome amenity and two plush monogrammed robes with guest’s personalized Twitter handle. For reservations, tweet “My heart wants to go #TwitterPatter with my sweetie at @estancialajolla.” The hotel will then tweet back details on how to book.

Package Dates: February 8-24, 2014
Cost: Rates start at $499
> Find out more about the Twitter-Patter Package at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

Take the Plunge on Valentine’s Day

Not just any couple can be swept away by the Hotel Del Coronado’s Drop the Question Package. The landmark hotel offers the ultimate in luxury including three nights in a Beach Village cottage suite, rose petals, Taittinger champagne and caviar welcome amenities, private butler and engagement concierge service throughout the stay, private candlelight dinner prepared by the Chef de Cuisine, private sailing brunch cruise, exotic car rental, and just before sunset, two sky divers will drop from the sky and parachute onto the beach with a banner asking, “Will you marry me?” Afterward, enjoy a private romantic dinner for two on the beach with a violinist, and later a couple’s massage in your cottage, a $1,000 shopping spree at the Shops at The Del, dinner for two at 1500 OCEAN and breakfast in bed daily.

Package Dates: Available beginning February 14, 2014
Cost: $50,000 (subject to change)
> Find out more about the Hotel Del Coronado’s Drop the Question Package

The Way to a Lover’s Heart

If you can’t be in Paris this Valentine’s Day, look no further than downtown San Diego’s Westgate Hotel, where a stunning lobby reflects the anterooms at Versailles and classic décor emulates the palaces of Europe. The Westgate offers several romance packages; the most luxurious is the Etre Amoureux package (English translation: “to make you fall in love all over again”). This package includes one-night accommodation in the Presidential suite or Governor suite along with a five-course dinner with wine pairing prepared by a private chef, butler service, a dozen red roses, love quotes, a bottle of Champagne and chocolate truffles, breakfast in bed and parking.

Package Dates: February 14-15, 2014
Cost: $3100
> Find out more about Westgate Hotel’s Etre Amoureux Package

During the month of February, the historic Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows in the hip uptown neighborhood of North Park offers the Some Like It Hot Valentine’s package. First choose either dinner and bottomless champagne for two or breakfast and bottomless mimosas for two, then enjoy a special Lafayette intimacy kit and additional nights at 20% off best available rate.

Package Dates: February 1-28, 2014
Cost: Rates start at $159 per night
> Find out more about the Lafayette Hotel’s Some Like it Hot Package

Romance and Relaxation

Fell the sand of Mission Bay under your toes at the Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa. The Catamaran’s Sweetheart package includes a two-night stay in a standard room, California sparkling wine and chocolate dipped strawberries on arrival, two 50-minute spa treatments and spa gifts, and breakfast for two.

Package Dates: February 1-28, 2014
Cost: Rates start at $730
> Find out more about The Catamaran’s Sweetheart Package

> Spoil Your Sweetheart with a Valentine’s Day in San Diego

What’s your favorite San Diego Valentine’s Day tradition or idea?


Give ‘Em Some Sugar

Want to make your Valentine's heart skip a beat?

Nothing says Valentine’s Day like a box of chocolates. But, despite your best intentions, a box of mass-produced Russell Stovers from the drug store says all the wrong things. Instead, let me play Cupid. I’ve got a few sweet arrows in my quiver that are sure-fire hits.

Chuao's Elegancia Bonbons

Want a gift that’s as beautiful and unique as your special someone? Set the mood with artisanal chocolates hand-crafted right here in San Diego.

Chuao Chocolatier, with three locations in La Jolla, Del Mar and Encinitas, is offering up bonbons infused with aphrodisiac ingredients like honey, wine, chilies, strawberries and spices.  The Elegancia box holds 32 of these decadent treats for around $50.  Or, go traditional with the Sweetheart – yes, it’s a heart shaped box – filled with 22 of the upscale candies in flavors like Firecracker, Passion, and Fragolina (a port-drenched dried strawberry enrobed in dark chocolate ganache) for $49.

The Sweet Heart Collection from Eclipse

The team at North Park’s Eclipse Chocolat are already busy making a few thousand pounds of chocolate in anticipation of the big holiday.

Try the Sweet Heart Collection which includes heart-warming chocolate bars in flavors like blackberry-sage, macadamia-ginger, chile-hazelnut and orange peel-anise plus creme fraiche caramels topped with pink peppercorn, merlot-infused sea salt, or candied rose petals.  Priced at $30 and weighing in at over a half pound, it’s sure to hit the sweet spot.

If candy isn’t your thing, what about cupcakes for your cutie?

The hottest new kid on the block is the La Jolla location of the famous cupcake bakery, Sprinkles. It opened January 13 and there’s still a line around the block!

Sprinkles XOX Cupcakes

The cupcake artists at Sprinkles are whipping up two limited edition flavors for Valentine’s Day: a chocolate chip-studded dark Belgian chocolate cake with raspberry frosting and a “Red HOT Velvet” red velvet cake with spicy cinnamon-cream cheese frosting. They can also put together a specially themed “XOX box” filled with a dozen cupcakes topped with XOX and sugar heart decorations in flavors like red velvet, chocolate marshmallow, dark chocolate and vanilla for $39. (Tip: Call ahead and place your order for pick up so you can skip the line!)

Of course, you know that someone really loves you when they give you a scrumptious show stopper from Extraordinary Desserts.  Karen Krasne’s beautifully crafted dessert masterpieces are almost too pretty to eat but, don’t let that deter you because they taste even better than they look.

Extraordinary Desserts' Amor Chocolat

Her Valentines Dessert Specials, available at both the Balboa Park and Little Italy locations, include the Amor Chocolat, a rich, dark chocolate cake moistened with ruby Port reduction and layered with creamy chocolate mousse and milk chocolate crème brulée; the Shangri-La, a Kirsch-moistened vanilla cake layered with white chocolate and guava mousses, fresh strawberries and whipped cream; the Chocolate Raspberry Concorde, a chocolate tart filled with salted chocolate chip mousse and surrounded with fresh raspberries; and the Fresh Berry Vanilla Crème Brulée Tart, a buttery white chocolate tart shell layered with vanilla bean crème brulée and fresh berries, and finished with whipped cream. (That’s the berry brulée at the top of the post.)

All are priced between $8.95 and $14.95 per slice. Pick them up or bring your sweetie in for a romantic dessert date to remember.

Chocolates, cupcakes and dessert decadence. A little sugar that’s guaranteed to make your Valentine swoon. What’s your favorite sweet treat in San Diego?

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Get Fluxxed at FLUXX

Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza
What better way to spend the holiday (or escape it!) than among your girl friends. Avoid the couple-filled restaurants this Valentine’s Day with Sammy’s Take-Home Pizza Kit, complete with Sammy’s signature fresh pizza dough, homemade tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and a choice of your favorite toppings. Sammy’s Take Home Valentine’s Day Pizza Kits are available Feb. 7 – 14 at all Sammy’s locations for $5.00 – $8.00 for traditional, whole wheat or gluten-free crust; extra toppings are and additional price.

RA Sushi Restaurant Bar
RA Sushi is heating up on Feb. 13 with a singles-only Meet Market. Eligible bachelors and bachelorettes can strut their stuff as they peruse the selection of San Diego’s finest bachelors and bachelorettes. The fun starts at 6PM with a live version of The Dating Show in the cocktail lounge and goes until close. Singles can get RA with $5 Singletinis, X-Rate Margaritas and $7 “Cuter by the Sake Samplers.” RA will be serving “Love Me” food and sushi rolls costing under $10.

You may arrive at San Diego’s best nightclub single, but you could leave with a date!  FLUXX nightclub is celebrating Valentine’s Day with celebrity guest Bob Sinclar, legendary DJ/producer, performing hits ‘Love Generation’, ‘World Hold On’ and more. Let FLUXX be your date this year and visit Event Vibe to purchase tickets. Pre-sale tickets start at $20.00. Continue reading