With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, many people are likely trying to figure out what to do to celebrate with their partner and/or friends this year. With the entire state of California still under lockdown, going to your favorite 5-star restaurant and then going to see the latest blockbuster isn’t an option this year.
A romantic getaway to a tropical place? Nope. Thankfully, there’s still a lot of other things to do in sunny Los Angeles. If you don’t know what to do with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day due to the global pandemic, below are some ideas:
There is a plethora of donut shops all over Los Angeles—some are so good that they have even been written about and some have even had there 5-minutes of fame on national television.
California Donuts has a few locations in Los Angeles and their donuts come with unique toppings like Fruit Loops and Captain Crunch. They even have donuts decorated to look like pandas and unicorns. So cute!
On Valentine’s Day, take your sweetheart to your favorite donut spot and find a secluded location (like Griffith or Elysian park) for a picnic so both can enjoy your sweet treats. A coffee and donut picnic would be so lovely on a sunny LA day.
If you’re open to going on a tiny adventure, The Donut Man in Glendora has amazing donuts—the best one I’ve ever personally had. If they have their strawberry or peach donuts available, get one—you won’t regret it. The Donut Man also has a location in DTLA at Grand Central Market.
Go on a Hike
The reason why Los Angeles is such a destination for many is due to all it has to offer. The beach, the desert, and the mountains are all within a 20 mile radius. This Valentine’s Day, consider going on a hike with your partner or your friends. It’ll be secluded, so social distancing won’t be an issue. Plus, some time in nature is good for the soul. You won’t have service, so it will be a nice day that will only be about the two of you.
With Los Angeles being so vast, there are an infinite amount of hikes to choose from. Stay close to the city and hike Runyon Canyon or a trail within Griffith Park (I personally like the Glendale Peak trail). However there are many hiking options a bit further away in both Malibu and Topanga. There are many short hikes (less than 4-miles), but if you do your research, you can find 5-13 mile hikes, so you can make a day out of it.
Go to All Trails and find the perfect hike for you!
Have a Takeout Date
While restaurants did recently open back up for outdoor dining, it still isn’t wise to indulge in that at the moment. To stay safe, order food from your favorite place and either picnic (if it’s not too cold in the evening) or set up a cute spot at home and enjoy. Finish the evening off with a classic movie you both have yet to see. Don’t forget the candles and wine!
Get a bit messy this Valentine’s Day and consider painting for a few hours with your friends or partner. Purchase some affordable canvas’ at Michaels or Blick as well as some acrylic paints and have fun!
Have an In-n-Out Burger Date
When people visit Los Angeles for the first time, the first thing they usually do is get In-n-Out. If you don’t have an Instagram photo of your first In n’ Out experience, did you really even go to California?
Going to In n’ Out may seem a bit boring to you if you’ve lived in LA for awhile, but get out of your own head and enjoy the nostalgia of it. Go through the drive-thru, order off their secret menu, and enjoy. Don’t forget to order yourselves a milkshake!
Go to the Grove or the Santa Monica Promenade
Head on over to a popular outdoor shopping location and go on a small shopping spree. Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to splurge on something for either yourself or your partner.
Start by getting a latte or an iced matcha from your favorite spot—I love Alfred, and then walk around. Stop at a Sephora and purchase each other a new fragrance, or head to a lingerie shop and have your partner pick out something for you.
Read to Each Other on the Beach
While it may not be warm enough to go into the ocean, or even lay out to tan, the beach is beautiful year-round. Bring a blanket and some snacks and pick a classic novel neither of you have read and take turns reading it to each other. You can read a chapter and then your partner can read a chapter until you both need a break.
Reading to one another is very intimate and will likely strengthen your relationship in a way you can’t comprehend until you try it. If you want to do something that’s a bit more adventurous, consider doing an excursion like paddle boarding in Marina Del Rey or booking whale watching Los Angeles–both are sure to impress your adventurous date.
I hope these tips help you have your best Valentine’s Day yet! What will you be doing this Valentine’s Day? Let us know in the comments below!