Ready for the best Valentine’s Day yet? Whether you’re single and mingling, or coupled up and cozy, there are plenty of fun, heart-filled things to do in the NorCal and North Bay area, from Santa Rosa to Novato and beyond. To help you plan, we’ve rounded up unique activities and gift ideas to help you celebrate your sweethearts, or yourself! And, by supporting these small, community-based businesses, you’ll also be spreading the love to our local economy. We know Cupid would approve.
A box of chocolates is a quintessential V-Day surprise. But why buy generic treats from a chain store when you can indulge in delicious locally-made, from-scratch goodies from Sift Dessert Bar? Woman-owned, They’re known for their one of a kind “cruffle” (that’s a truffle with cake dough inside!), but also specialize in delicious and colorful cupcakes, macarons, and cookies —which secured them a winning appearance on The Food Network’s Cupcake Wars.
Bonus Points: Want to really let love bloom? Don’t forget to accompany your dessert with a bottle of bubbly made with locally-grown grapes. Santa Rosa’s Bottle Barn has the best selection in the area, including our favorite varietals from the small, independent, family-owned Iron Horse Vineyards. Their sparkling wines have been served at the White House for many years!
Nothing says LOVE like a homemade breakfast in bed, but if you’d rather leave it to the professionals, then plan for some fancy (plated and trayed) takeout from Crepevine. They have nine locations in the area, for good reason—they never disappoint by using the freshest, healthiest ingredients available, and making all of their delicious dressings and sauces from scratch.
Bonus Points: Don’t forget to accompany your meal with something cozy to sip on from Tea Time. They offer more than 120 loose-leaf teas from around the world and specialize in traditional high-tea ceremonies for couples or groups in their Palo Alto Tea Room. This is a romantic and memorable experience, any time of day!
A Night on the Town
Everyone has heard that laughter is the best medicine, but we also think that it’s an aphrodisiac! Cheaper Than Therapy is a local stand-up comedy club that is guaranteed to win your date over. Here you can leave with a smile—literally!
Bonus Points: Surprise your date at dinner with a handcrafted jewelry piece from Robindira Unsworth. This Petaluma boutique also offers an assortment of one-of-a-kind accessories, home decor, and other gifts for the fashionista in your life.
A Romantic Staycation
Ready to really WOW your sweetheart with an experience they’ll never forget? Get your adrenaline pumping with a couples package from Sonoma Ballooning, which could include your choice of a visit to a local vineyard, or an animal sanctuary. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, all tours include a post-flight champagne toast. We say cheers to that!
Bonus Points: Continue the day of fun with a “Painting Party” at ArtXcursion. Here, everyone is an artist as you’re guided on a journey of creativity and color. Seasonal themes, locations, and small bites, and all your tools are all provided. You simply need to bring your best self, and of course, your best friend!
Who doesn’t like a spa day? If your loved one hasn’t treated themselves to some self-care lately, consider a gift certificate for a Hydrafacial or other relaxing and confidence-boosting medical spa treatment. Allegro Medspa has two convenient locations in Sonoma and Marin County and our team of board certified plastic surgeons, licensed nurse injectors, and aestheticians offer a full range of safe and restorative skin treatments, including non-surgical and minimally-invasive options like laser resurfacing or dermal fillers for all of your cosmetic concerns.
If you are interested in more transformative results this year, our founders at Plastic Surgery Associates also offer procedures such as facelift, brow lift, and eyelid lift to fully rejuvenate your appearance in time for spring and summer.