Romantic date adventures for couples on Valentine’s Day
Dinner and a Movie
It’s cliché but it’s a classic: dinner and a movie. It’s a great first or second date idea that gives you the opportunity to snuggle up to your new beau and get to know the basics of his or her personality. Although it is nearby, the Century 16 Theaters in Mountain View is a bit rundown and not very appealing for a first date. Instead, go for a little extra flair by taking a train down to the Century 20 Theatres in Downtown Redwood City. The town is filled with small boutiques and ice-cream shops that set the scene for a perfect date. In addition, if you’re looking to wow your date, then don’t be afraid to go all out. Take your special someone to the drive-in movie theater in San Jose called West Wind Capitol Drive-In. It may get cold, so bring pillows and blankets (which will also give you an excuse to snuggle up). For food, pick up takeout to eat while the movie plays. Don’t let dinner stop you from getting there early, because the spots fill up quickly. Of course, if you can’t see the movie it’s not the end of the world. You and your date will be able to talk endlessly under the starry night, and you two will share the moment forever.
A Day in the City
Adventurous couples should head out to San Francisco for a date filled with excitement. On your way to San Francisco, get a bite to eat at Koi Palace in Daly City for some delicious dim sum. After eating, go to Chinatown and look around the side streets for your own hidden treasure buried within the trinkets of the Chinatown stalls. Then head over to Fisherman’s Wharf on the other side of San Francisco. At the cable car turnaround, located at the end of Hyde Street, there is a patch of grass fit for flying kites. When you and your significant other start to to feel a grumble in your stomachs, take a trip to Ghirardelli Square where there are many cafes and shops that are perfect for a light snack. Enjoy your snack on a ferry to Sausalito, which is famous for its seafood restaurants and small community atmosphere. Have an early dinner, and finish up by taking the ferry back to Fisherman’s Wharf while watching the sunset across the ocean.
Sweets and Scenery
There’s nothing like the great outdoors, and it’s even better with your crush. As spring comes around, sunshine will be abundant and baby ducklings will be rampant. Add some cheesy music and it will seem like you’re in a movie. To add to the experience, ditch your cars and take a bike ride. Strive for cheesiness and rent a tandem bike together. Once you pull yourself together and come back to earth, take your adventurous date to sea. A paddle boat across Shoreline Lake is a relaxing way to wash away your worries, and focus on your partner. If you want to continue your adventure outside, pack a picnic and find a grassy hill to lie on. The scenery around Shoreline is a perfect backdrop for the perfect date, and you won’t regret a single moment. If you prefer to be in a city, head back to Downtown Palo Alto for some food. Assuming that it’s still warm out, head over to the Peninsula Creamery and Grill on the corner of Hamilton and Emerson Street. Their milkshakes are critically acclaimed, and their diner style offers good comfort food. When it starts to get late, drive up to the Foothills. The sun setting over the Bay Area is the perfect end to the perfect date.
—Compiled by Boot Bullwinkle and Erica Lee