Robert Arends

5 Things I Love about Coronado

Coronado Beach -

Beautiful Coronado Sunset. Photo courtesy of

Oh Coronado, the “Enchanted Isle,” how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…

OK, that’s a little sappy, but I can’t help it. Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and love is in the air. What better time to talk about five things I really love about the Emerald City.

1. The Restaurants

Fabulous views of San Diego Bay from Mistral

Fabulous views of San Diego Bay from Mistral

I love that Coronado was made for romantic dining, with fabu restaurants from the Pacific to San Diego Bay beckoning couples to gaze into each other’s eyes over a delectable candlelit dinner. Two of my personal favs: Chez Loma, an intimate, authentic French bistro, and Mistral at Loews Coronado Bay Resort with views as phenomenal as the cuisine.

2. The Journey Around Coronado Island

Tweet! Aviary at Coronado Island Marriott Resort

Tweet! Aviary at Coronado Island Marriott Resort

I love the joy in the journey to and around the island. The views by car from the graceful blue arch of the iconic San Diego-Coronado Bridge are second to none! You can see as far as Mexico and the ‘lil Islas Coronadas (crowned islands) off the coast. Better yet, take a fun ferry ride over from downtown San Diego! Then explore the island by beach cruiser (there are bike rental shops throughout the island), Segway of Coronado or Pedego electric bike.

3. Playing in the Water

Kayak Under the Coronado Bridge

Coronado Kayak Tour adventure!

I love all the ways to play in the ocean and bay. There’s stand-up paddleboarding with SUP Coronado, surfing with Coronado Surfing Academy, the new Coronado Kayak Tour, The Gondola Company’s authentic Venetian gondola rides and San Diego Seaplanes, launching from the bay by the Coronado Ferry Landing!

4. The Island’s Secrets

The "Baby Del" (144 Isabella Ave.)

The “Baby Del” (144 Isabella Ave.)

I love the “secret” sights around the island, from sand dunes on the beach that spell C-O-R-O-N-A-D-O and the flock of flamingos and aviary at Coronado Island Marriot Resort, to Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum’s cottage on Star Park Circle, the ghost of Kate Morgan’s room at the Hotel del Coronado and the “Baby Del” on Isabella Ave.

5. The Sunsets


I love the stunning sunsets. I took the photo above just last weekend. No matter how many times I see the sun set in glorious hues of yellow, orange and red over the beach, it’s never ceases to leave me in awe.

Coronado, what’s not to love! 😉

Happy Valentine’s Day! <3

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – February 13-16, 2014

Couple Walking on a San Diego Beach

Whether you”re looking for a romantic escape with that special someone or just a relaxing weekend, San Diego has something for you including these top things to do:

Valentine”s Day

Couple Walking on a San Diego Beach

Do you like long walks on a San Diego beach?

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KuumbaFest - Top Things to Do in San Diego

KuumbaFest is San Diego”s longest running and premier celebration of African-American expression, culture, and heritage

The three-day festival will include traditional African art and pageantry, drama, educational workshops, community leadership awards, an African marketplace, a health fair, Hip Hop Showcase, tribute to the famed Apollo Theatre “Live at the Lyceum,” a Gospel Concert, and powerful guest speakers and artists.

Where: San Diego Repertory Theatre – 79 Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101
When: February 14-16, 2013
Cost: Price varies by event. All Festival Package Deal – $50
> Find out more about KuumbaFest

Art After Dark: Vintage Pop

Oceanside Museum of Art - Art After Dark

This (un)Valentine”s day avant-garde party will celebrate the very best of vintage pop culture, music and art. Guests will delight in the contemporary pop-inspired artwork of Jean Wells, on view in best online casino the exhibition,Icons of Desire, while swooning to the finest tunes of the 50s through 80s. This creative art party will be filled with plenty of activities to overload your senses. Enjoy live music, interactive art, performances, food, drinks and more!

Where: Oceanside Museum of Art – 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA 92054
When: February 14, 2014
Time: 7:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $10-$20
> Find out more about Art After Dark: Vintage Pop

California Open Wildlife Art Festival

California Open Wildlife Art Festival

See top carvers, wildlife artists and art lovers from all over the United States, Canada, Russia and Japan

Pacific Southwest Wildlife Arts, is proud to present the “California Open Wildlife Art Festival.” The exhibition and competition attracts top carvers, wildlife artists and art lovers from all over the United States, Canada, Russia and Japan.

Where: 2875 Dewey Road, San Diego, CA 92106
When: February 15-16, 2014
Time: 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: $5
> Find out more about the California Open Wildlife Art Festival

San Diego Opera Presents The Elixir of Love

San Diego Opera Presents The Elixir of Love

This delightful comedy, from the composer of last season”s The Daughter of the Regiment, overflows with melody and famous arias including the heartbreaking “Una furtiva lagrima,” a favorite of tenors and audiences. With a lovesick peasant, a beautiful rich woman, a handsome Sergeant, and a quack Doctor you have the very definition of a romantic comedy, one that Hollywood could never rival and with far more satisfactory results.

Where: 1100 3rd Ave., San Diego, CA 92104
When: February 15-23, 2014
Cost: $35-$225
> Find out more about San Diego Opera Presents The Elixir of Love

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Know of some other top things to do this weekend in San Diego? Let everyone know in the comments below.

Robert Arends

Valentine’s Day, LGBT-style, in San Diego

Walking under Hillcrest Sign
Walking under Hillcrest Sign

Feel the love in Hillcrest this Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air and for LGBT couples looking for something romantic to do this Valentine’s Day, San Diego is THE place to cuddle close and feel the warmth – especially in Hillcrest, our fabulous uptown “gayborhood” located just a couple of miles from downtown.

Following are a few unforgettable places to wine and dine your significant other or special V-day date.

Start the Night with Dinner in Hillcrest

Temperatures rising at Kitchen Bar & Kitchen this Valentine's Day

Temperatures rising at Kitchen Bar & Kitchen this Valentine’s Day

In Hillcrest, begin your heart-filled evening at the comfortably modern Heat Bar & Kitchen on Park Blvd. Amber lighting radiates to create a cozy ambiance to enjoy a menu of California fusion cuisine. The steamed local Carlsbad mussels are delish, as is the duck breast and braised lamb shank!

Another tried and true Hillcrest dining option is the chic retro-modern D Bar on 5th Ave. where comfort food based on childhood favorites will have you both smiling from ear to ear – and reaching over to sample each other’s entrees! Highly recommended is the Southern Fried Belgian butter milk fried chicken with sweet potato fries. OMG 😉

After Dinner Drinks in Hillcrest


After dinner, head to The Wine Lover with its intimate little patio to toast your love as you gaze into each other’s eyes. For something extra special, ask for a dessert wine flight (which isn’t on the menu) to sweeten the mood.

Mix it up at Martinis Above Fourth

Mix it up at Martinis Above Fourth

If decadent martinis or craft beer are more your style, grab a nightcap at Martinis Above Fourth or the Hillcrest Brewing Company, the “World’s First Out and Proud LGBT Brewery.”

Fall in Love on Coronado…or is it Italy?

Enchanting Coronado, a bridge away from downtown and Hillcrest, is gay friendly and welcoming with a renowned romantic French bistro called Chez Loma. Couples are drawn to its private candle-lit rooms and delectable French classics like Boeuf Bourguignon.

The Gondola Company's romantic cruises through the Coronado Cays

The Gondola Company’s romantic cruises through the Coronado Cays

Before dinner, take a relaxing sunset gondola cruise – complete with a gondolier serenading you in Italian! – through the Coronado Cays. The Gondola Company provides chocolate-covered strawberries, and you’re welcome to bring your own wine or champagne!

Make a French Connection in Downtown San Diego

In downtown San Diego, Café Chloe holds a special place in my heart as the closest thing to a night out in Paris. The café is small and charming, and they usually do something extraordinarily quaint for Valentine’s Day couples, like little poetry verses you can recite to each other. Ahhh… 🙂

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Book your dinner reservations now, as Valentine’s Day tables fill up quickly.


The Lodge at Torrey Pines – Romance and Relaxation

The Lodge at Torrey Pines

Valentine’s Day may be hours away, but February 14th shouldn’t be the only time of year you focus on romance. As a full-time working woman and graduate student to boot, I know how hard it can be to find the time to spend with that special someone. Fortunately for couples everywhere, San Diego is full of luxurious hotels perfect for a romantic weekend escape. And with majestic views, gorgeous Craftsman-style architecture and one of San Diego’s best restaurants, The Lodge at Torrey Pines is an ideal destination a blissful San Diego getaway, no holiday or special occasion required.

The Lodge at Torrey Pines

The Lodge at Torrey Pines

Pulling up to the Lodge’s grand yet secluded entrance, dark wood, glowing stained glass windows and the scent of fresh flowers greet you as you step into the lobby. As you head towards your room, the demure hallways feel cozy, despite the Lodge’s vast size.

Romantic Lodging

The Lodge At Torrey Pines Guest Room

The Palisades Suite

The Lodge offers a variety of guest room types that set the mood for romance and relaxation. On a recent weekend, my husband and I settled into a spacious Palisades Suite, complete with a fireplace at the foot of the bed and a balcony looking out onto the resort’s meticulously manicured lawn. As the sun began to set over the world-famous Torrey Pines golf course, we toasted with champagne and a plate of fresh fruit.

Lodge's Champagne and Fruit

A fruit plate from the hotel was the perfect pairing with a bottle of champagne.

Relaxing Activities

Relaxing Activities at the Lodge

There’s no shortage of ways to unwind at the Lodge.

The Lodge offers a range of pleasant pastimes if all the relaxing gets to be too much. In the library, you can settle in with one of the available books or enjoy a game of pool or darts. On the lawn, colorful croquet sets dot the thick green grass. Oh, and I’ve heard golf may be a popular activity here…but I chose to spend an afternoon at the spa. The pristine white marble of the Spa at Torrey Pines had me wallowing in the lap of luxury before my massage even began.

Fine Dining at A.R. Valentien

When it comes to a romantic dinner, few restaurants can top the Lodge’s signature restaurant, A.R. Valentien. Buttery sea scallops and a generous portion of tender New York strip steak were proof enough that Chef Jeff Jackson is one of San Diego’s best, and their friendly sommelier will help even the most novice wine drinker find the perfect pairing. While a bottle of Silver Oak may accompany a birthday or anniversary meal, it’s also nice to be able to indulge in a mini-splurge with their extensive by-the-glass selection of top-notch wines.

It’s the Little Touches at The Lodge at Torrey Pines

Lodge's Turndown Service

Chocolate and slippers greet you at bedtime.

Returning to our room, friendly touches from the turn down service made our stay feel even more special. A delicate chocolate bar emblazoned with the resort’s logo rested on our pillows, while bedside mats held cozy slippers waiting to warm our feet before bed. Combined with the beauty of the property and the exceptional food, the attentive and thoughtful service at the Lodge at Torrey Pines make it a can’t-miss hotel for relaxing and reconnecting.

View from The Lodge Torrey Pines

You can’t ask for a better view!

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – February 12-17, 2013

The party in San Diego starts tonight with Mardi Gras and continues on through Sunday. Here are your top things to do in San Diego this weekend.

Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day Idea - Romantic Stroll on Coronado

Take a romantic sunset stroll on Coronado Beach this Valentine’s Day!

Still not sure on how to express your love on Thursday? Here are a few ideas to help you plan an amazing Valentine’s Day:

Valentine’s Day Ideas – Best Places to Kiss in San Diego
Valentine’s Day Ideas – Fall in Love with Coronado!
Valentine’s Day Ideas – A Guide for Single Ladies in San Diego
Valentine’s Day Ideas – Savor the Romance at San Diego Restaurants

Chinese New Year Food & Cultural Fair

San Diego Chinese New Year Food and Cultural Fair - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Celebrate the new lunar year with plenty of Chinese food and fun.

It is the Year of the Water Snake (or Dragon), which is one of the most revered animals in the Chinese Zodiac, and people born in this year are thought to be very lucky. The Chinese New Year Food & Cultural fair is packed with various cultural performance including lion dancers, martial arts demonstrations and acrobatics, children’s crafts, lantern parade and a wide variety of Chinese and Asian food booths.

Where: 3rd Avenue and J Street (Downtown)
When: February 16-17, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Chinese New Year Food & Cultural Fair

San Diego Tết Festival

San Diego Tết Festival - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Immerse yourself in the Vietnamese culture with food, music, dance and plenty of fun!

The San Diego Tết Festival promises fun for whole the family with such activities as carnival rides and games, authentic Vietnamese food, lion dancing, firecrackers, and a Cultural Village to immerse yourself in Vietnamese life.

Where: 8575 New Salem Street, San Diego, CA 92126 (North County Inland)
When: February 15-17, 2013
– Friday: 5:00 to 10:00 PM
– Saturday: 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
– Sunday: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the San Diego Tết Festival

23rd Annual Jewish Film Festival

San Diego Jewish Film Festival

This year’s films explore many facets of contemporary Jewish life: the arts, history, politics, and personalities. The films also reflect the Jewish identity in the context of the world at large with all of the issues, challenges and rewards that come with it. New York is a sub-theme of this year’s festival with music that thrives in the Big Apple from Julliard to the Bowery, the cacophony of political life and personalities, the visual images captured from immigrant life, the theatre and more.

Where: Locations vary throughtout the entire Film Festival
When: Through February 17, 2013
Cost: Prices Vary
> Browse the full schedule for the San Diego Jewish Film Festival

California Open Wildlife Art Festival

This year is the 40th Anniversary of the California Open Wildlife Art Festival! The exhibition and competition attracts top carvers, wildlife artists and art lovers from all over the United States, Canada, Russia and Japan.

Where: 2875 Dewey Road, San Diego, CA 92106 (Point Loma)
When: February 16-17, 2013
Time: 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: $5
> Find out more about the California Open Wildlife Art Festival

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Know of some other top things to do this weekend? Let everyone know in the comments below.


Valentine’s Day Ideas – Best Places to Kiss in San Diego

Great places to kiss in San Diego on Valentine's Day
Great places to kiss in San Diego on Valentine's Day

Shalalala, my oh my, go on and kiss the girl!

February is for sweethearts. But where’s the most romantic spot in San Diego for sharing a smooch on Valentine’s Day? Ask five locals and get five different answers. We’d love to hear about your favorite place for romancing…

In the meantime, here are a few of our favorites:

Balboa Park

Stroll Balboa Park in late afternoon as the sun casts golden light onto the Prado. Share your kiss on a winding path in Palm Canyon, a 2-acre tropical garden that’s a hidden gem for lovers.

Coronado Cays

Snuggle up under a warm blanket during a romantic gondola ride through the canals of Coronado Cays. It may not be Venice, but the Gondola Company manages to provide a passport to old world magic.

Cabrillio National Monument

Find the bunker just beyond the lighthouse at Cabrillo National Monument. The view is breathtaking. It’s easy here to imagine yourself part of that iconic scene on the bow of the Titanic – just lean into your Valentine.

Mission Bay

Rose Marie Starns South Shores Park on Mission Bay is deserted in winter. Build a bonfire in a beach fire ring and cozy up. Move in for your kiss just at the right moment: as fireworks erupt at SeaWorld San Diego. Your date will definitely be impressed.


Become Prince Charming (or his one true love) during a horse-drawn carriage ride along the Embarcadero. Cinderella-Carriage Co. provides the transportation. You provide the fairytale kisses.

Rooftop Views

San Diego has dozens of romantic dining rooms and rooftop bars that ooze romance. La Jolla’s Marine Room, Bertrand at Mister A’s, the Top of the Hyatt are classics. At Point Loma’s Old Venice, ask for a table under the twinkle lights on the back patio. Or reserve a table for two on the bayfront patio at Coronado’s Il Fornaio; oogle the city skyline – when you’re not oogling each other.

At the Drive-In

For a blast from the past, head to a Drive-in movie. San Diego has three: the South Bay Drive-in, the Santee Drive-in and the new ’50s-retro Full Moon Drive-in in Pacific Beach. Bucket seats make canoodling a greater challenge than it used to be – so improvise.

La Jolla (Of Course)

Last, but definitely not least: The grassy bluff overlooking the surf at Coast Boulevard Park in La Jolla (just south of the backside of the Museum of Contemporary Art). Embrace the salty scent of the sea – and each other. This spot is especially close to my heart because it’s where my husband proposed all those years ago – and where we go year round to replay the moment.

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Robert Arends

Valentine’s Day Ideas – Fall in Love with Coronado!

Valentine's Day Idea - Romantic Stroll on Coronado
Valentine's Day Idea - Romantic Stroll on Coronado

Take a romantic sunset stroll on Coronado Beach this Valentine’s Day!

Love is in the air! An enchanting Valentine’s Day getaway where couples can find everything their hearts desire is Coronado, located a bridge away from downtown San Diego.

As Valentine’s Day approaches, take advantage of beautiful weather and island charms that are sure to sweep your sweetheart off their feet. Following are 5 Fabulous Date Ideas and mini escapes:

Taste buds rejoice…

Eno Wine Bar

Fine wines, cheeses and chocolates at Eno Wine Bar.

Raise your glass and indulge in luscious wines, gourmet cheeses and chocolates at the swanky ENO Wine Bar in the Hotel del Coronado. Afterward, sneak off to Coronado Beach for a moonlit stroll, serenaded by the gentle surf. Equally indulgent is Weincakes Bistro, an intimate new spot in the Village for decadent desserts.

Pack a Picnic…

Gazebo at Spreckels Park - Coronado

Enjoy a picnic for two at Spreckels Park.

In the heart of the island, Spreckels Park welcomes couples to picnic under swaying palm trees or under an ol’ fashioned gazebo. For a secret picnic hideaway {shhh!}, cozy Shoreline Park at First St. & I Ave. offers a magnificent backdrop on San Diego Bay.

Say I Do… Again

Renew your vows in Coronado!

Renew your vows in Coronado!

Renew your vows at the charming new Coronado Wedding Chapel by the Sea, the first-ever wedding chapel on the island! This chic Crown City jewel is located less than a block from Coronado Beach, across the street from the Hotel del Coronado. Two other amazing storybook settings: Loews Coronado Bay Resort and Coronado Island Marriott Resort on San Diego Bay.


Sailing San Diego Bay

Set sail on San Diego Bay.

Hire a licensed skipper for a romantic sunset sail on San Diego Bay or the Pacific Ocean. Seaforth Boat Rentals on Glorietta Bay and Action Sports Rentals at Loews Coronado Bay Resort promise to make it memorable. Don’t forget the champagne and chocolate covered strawberries!

That’s amore…

Voga Voyage at Loews Coronado Bay Resort.

Voga Voyage at Loews Coronado Bay Resort.

The Gondola Company offers intimate one-hour cruises and a “Voga Voyage” couples massage(!) on San Diego Bay. The authentic Venetian gondolas depart from Loews Coronado’s marina; a truly magical experience that’s made for marriage proposals!

Coronado…gotta love it! 😉

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Valentine’s Day Ideas – Sweetheart Spa Treatments in San Diego

Couples Spa Massage - Valentine's Day Sweetheart Spa Treatments
Couples Spa Massage - Valentine's Day Sweetheart Spa Treatments

Spoil each other with a Valentine’s Day sweetheart spa treatment in San Diego

After a busy day of sight-seeing and exploring San Diego, you may be ready to try a different kind of R&R. There’s no better way to relax and rejuvenate your body and your soul than at one of San Diego’s top hotel spas – especially if your sweetheart is by your side. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, why not surprise your significant other with a relaxing couple’s massage. From ginger-vanilla massages to chocolate and orange body wraps, here are just a few of the romantic offerings around town.

Hotel Del Coronado – Spa At the Del

How about a s’mores couple’s massage? The Hotel Del Coronado, with its spectacular oceanfront location, is serving up a classic campfire favorite with a soothing massage. Start with a side-by-side 50-minute Swedish massage in the couple’s suite. Then head out to the sand for a private beach bonfire complete with s’mores, champagne and spectacular Pacific views.

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego – Kin Spa

If you want the ultimate poolside escape, try an outdoor couple’s massage under a private cabana overlooking sparkling San Diego Bay. Before and after your service, Kin Spa provides complimentary access to a relaxation lounge where you can spoil yourself with wine or champagne, and fruit and cheese snacks.

Hilton San Diego Bayfront – Spa Aquazul

For a limited time, Spa Aquazul is offering a Love Birds Retreat package. Decompress with an 80-minute Shea Butter Couples Scrub, followed by a warm shower and a 50-minute Couple Travelers Tonic Massage. Complete your bliss with a champagne toast.

Paradise Point – The Spa at Paradise Point

“Oh, baby!” For parents-to-be, how about a mommy-daddy romantic get-a-way before your little one arrives? The Spa at Paradise Point provides a tranquil, romantic setting for “babymooners,” including sparkling cider upon arrival, a prenatal massage and everything you would expect for the perfect pre-baby spa experience.

Rancho Bernardo Inn – The Spa

The Rancho Bernardo Inn offers an 80-minute warming body treatment with a delicious blend of ingredients that are undoubtedly good enough to eat. Specialties for two include a dark chocolate and orange body scrub and wrap, as well as a ginger-vanilla massage. Unwind even more in the spa garden, or poolside in a private cabana, savoring a delicious picnic-basket lunch prepared just for the two of you.

The Grand Del Mar – The Spa

Cupid has definitely arrived at The Grand Del Mar. You and your honey can experience a luxurious mineral-rich bath for two, along with a chilled bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. Your package also includes a blissful moisture-intensive wrap and a therapeutic massage.

Tell us about your favorite San Diego hotel spa experience for two!


5 to Try in San Diego: Valentine’s Day Edition

No matter how long you’ve been with your valentine (or looking for one!) here’s our 5 to Try for Valentine’s Day celebrations throughout San Diego.

1. Valentine’s Beer Tasting Dinner

Spoil your man with a Beer Tasting Dinner brought to you by La Jolla Wine Tours. Dinner includes four-course dinner with dessert, each course paired with a local San Diego craft brew. Includes a behind the scenes tour of a brewery.

2. San Diego Symphony: A Valentine’s Romance with Broadway’s Best

Love is in the air. He’s Hugh Panaro, Broadway’s Phantom. She’s Jennifer Holliday, star of the original Dreamgirls. As Cupid takes aim, sparks will fly when two of our favorite performers return to San Diego. Performances are February 10th and 11th at 8:00 pm.

3. Magic 92.5 Valentine’s Hook Up Singles Cruise

Don’t miss your chance to mix and mingle with other San Diego singles as you cruise on your own private yacht around San Diego Bay. This annual Valentine’s Hook Up Singles Cruise could be the most unique and romantic place to meet that special someone!

4. The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show

Add a little mystery to your Valentine’s Day with this interactive dinner. The show takes place throughout the entire room, and performers may actually be seated at your table, so part of the fun from the beginning is trying to figure out who’s involved in the crime and who’s not. Throughout the night, murders and mayhem will occur, hidden clues will come forth and our Detectives will help everyone try to solve the crime.

5. Love is in the Air: A Valentine’s Day Tribute to Sinatra

Snuggle up to your sweetie at Anthology for the most romantic show of the year. Singer, John Vincent, brings his signature Sinatra tribute show to San Diego just in time for Valentine’s Day. Vincent’s show is so spot on, you’ll think you’re being serenaded by Old Blue Eyes himself.


Valentine’s Day Getaway Deals in San Diego

This February, love is in the air with special Valentine’s Day offerings and packages from hotels and resorts throughout San Diego County. It’s not too late to plan a romance-filled getaway to San Diego to enjoy the spectacular scenery, sun-drenched beaches, world-class restaurants and luxury resorts with the one you love.

S'mores on the Beach

From downtown to La Jolla to Coronado, here are a few of the most romantic deals to be found:

El Cordova Hotel – Marriage Has Its Benefits

Coronado’s charming Spanish-style El Cordova Hotel offers the Marriage Has Its Benefits package. For every year of marriage, the hotel will match that number in percent off its nightly rate. For example, guests married for 20 years will receive 20 percent off any one-bedroom, two-bedroom or Casa Grande Suite. Couples who present their wedding photo at check-in will also receive a chocolate gift upon arrival. Suite rates start at $160 per night, plus tax, and must be booked by Feb. 29, 2012 for stays through May 25, 2012.

Andaz Hotel – Your Crush for a Night

Fan the flames of love with the Your Crush for a Night package at the ultra-modern Andaz Hotel in the heart of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. Each designer guest room features a risqué glass shower and plush bedding. This sultry getaway includes a bottle of sparkling wine, chocolate covered strawberries, freshly prepared breakfast for two, a special intimacy kit and VIP access to Ivy, the hotel’s multi-level nightclub. Rates start at $189 per night, plus tax, and are valid through Mar. 31, 2012.

White Oak Ranch

Guests can bring out their wild sides with a stay at White Oak Ranch in Alpine, a property of the Lions Tigers and Bears Big Cat Rescue, which serves as a sanctuary facility and life-long haven for many exotic cats such as lions, tigers, leopards and bobcats. The inn offers a one-night stay in a safari-themed room with champagne and continental breakfast, and for every stay, a donation is made in the guest’s name to Lions Tigers and Bears. Rates start at $425 per night, plus tax, and are valid through Feb. 29, 2012, subject to availability.

Hotel del Coronado – That’s S’moré

Always a classic experience for romance, guests at the Hotel del Coronado can add on the Del’s That’s S’moré package featuring a side-by-side 50-minute Swedish massage in the couples spa suite, followed by a private bonfire on the beach. Sparks are sure to ignite as couples feed each other complimentary s’mores while sipping champagne. The package is available to hotel guests only, valid through Dec. 31, 2012 with rates starting at $445, plus gratuity.

Paradise Point Resort & Spa – Romance in Paradise

Feel like splurging and spoiling your Valentine? Lovebirds can fly to the height of luxury with offerings from the Paradise Point Resort & Spa. The Romance in Paradise package begins with a welcome glass of champagne as guests settle in to a 1,600-square-foot presidential suite located just steps from the sand and bay. The package includes a private “Chemistry in the Kitchen” four-course dinner, a sunset sail on a 22-foot Catalina sailboat with champagne and a bonfire on the beach complete with s’mores and brandy delivered by a personal butler. For even more indulgence, the package also includes rose petal turndown service, side-by-side Balinese massages on the suite’s secluded open-air patio and exclusive use of an executive golf cart for explorations of the 44-acre Vacation Island. Rates start at $4,199, plus tax, and are valid through Dec. 31, 2012, based upon availability.

Looking for more Valentine’s getaways? Check out our complete list of Valentine’s Deals.