Romancing around Los Angeles

by Angelina Ge

As Valentine’s Day draws nearer, nerves are frayed and bundled. Expectations are higher than ever as we all draw our breath for one of the most romantic and magical days of the year. Where should you go? What should you do? And most importantly, will you have fun? Will it be an epic fiasco or a day for the history books? Don’t worry; here we have compiled a list of five of the best spots for Valentine’s Day around Los Angeles that will definitely be a memorable experience for years to come!

1. Huntington Library, Art Museum & Botanical Gardens

If you are looking for a serene location with leisurely walks and aesthetic views, visit the Huntington Library and stroll around the captivating botanical gardens. Don’t forget the library and museum for a daily dose of culture! Some open exhibitions on Valentine’s Day include “Paintings in Print: Studying Art in China” and “Betye Saar: Drifting Toward Twilight.”

Address: 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108
Price: $21 per person for students

2. Bacari Silverlake

Searching for a casual yet higher-end restaurant? Look no further, because Bacari Silverlake is the perfect choice. With a wide variety of appetizers, main entrees and desserts, there’s an option for everybody. Whether you like pizza, seafood or Mediterranean, they have it all. Not only is the food heavenly, but its warm atmosphere filled with luscious greens will make you immediately feel welcome.

Address: 3626 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026
Price: ≈ $25-$30 per person (varies)

3. Swan Boating at Echo Lake

Nestled in bustling LA lies a serene lake where you can enjoy a quiet ride through the water in a pedal boat in the shape of a swan. You can spend a beautiful night in Echo Lake amongst its splendid lotus beds and fountains through this one-of-a-kind experience.

Address: 751 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90026
Price: $12 per adult (for 1 hour duration)

4. Candlelight Concerts

What could be more romantic than a candlelit concert with a quartet playing Valentine’s Day music? This is truly a multi-sensory experience that is sure to be remembered. After this experience, you may never want to go back to a regular concert hall, yearning for the golden glow of candles against a stark, black backdrop. You’ll never forget the sweet swell of strings and the glow of a million candles.

Address: Altar Long Beach — 230 Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802
Price: $38 per ticket

5. Switzer Falls

If you’re up for something a bit more adventurous, consider the lovely Switzer Falls, a 3.7-mile hike that is considered moderately challenging. However, don’t let this scare you away. You’ll be rewarded with breathtaking woodlands, babbling brooks and finally, the waterfall itself. Go on an adventure like never before with your loved one!

Address: 701 Angeles Crest Highway, Tujunga, CA 91042

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Good for platonic and romantic love this Valentine’s Day, these locations are sure to spread love by making the day memorable and the experience enjoyable!

Illustration by Yuka Nakayama/BruinLife.

Illustration by Yuka Nakayama/BruinLife.

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