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Five Faves: Things to do for Valentine’s Day

We know that not everyone is the red-roses-and-box-of-chocolates type of person — good thing there are tons of different ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Β Here are a few of our personal faves:

1. For the Adventurous:

  • RUNdezvous 5k Fun Run // win prizes, such as massages, dinner gift certificates, chocolates, and more, while having fun (+ getting a workout!) with your significant other!
  • Malibu Country Mart Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt // follow the clues for your chance to win $4k in jewelry, prizes, and gift cards hidden around the MCM! This is a great way to work together with your partner, and score some sweet gifts! #winwin
  • Take a hike // Get some scenic views with a sunset hike (or some waterfalls now that we got rain!) at some of our favorite places, like Solstice Canyon, Lizard Rock, or Hill Canyon!wildwood hike

2. For the Last-Minute Planners:

  • Picnic in the park // Grab one of these adorable picnic baskets from Grill on the Alley [or make your own picnic with ready-made food from Vintage Grocers!] and head to a park, take a hike, or set up an indoor picnic if the weather isn’t cooperating πŸ˜‰

3. For the Classy Couple:

  • Saddle Peak Lodge // Nestled in Malibu Canyon, this cabin-y feel will give you all the warm fuzzy feelings in a picturesque setting. Β While pricey, there is a great prix-fixe menu for $35 Monday – Thursday, as well as a nice bar menu that won’t break the bank
  • The Lark // Another Santa Barbara gem for fine dining [must try the bone marrow!], grab your resos, like,Β yesterday.
  • Les Marchands Wine Bar + Merchant // One of Santa Barbara’s cutest wine bars is hosting five days of Valentine’s day dining — warning: this menu is ridiculously mouthwatering!

4. For the Girls’ Night Out:

  • Pinot’s Palette // Nothing says GNO like a paint + wine night! Β Gal-entine’s Day is February 15th, so grab your ladies and head to this special event!

  • Santa Barbara Wine Collective // Speaking of wine… SBWC is offering a special chocolate + wine pairing, as well as specialty curated wine tasting flights, from now until Valentine’s day! Β Wine tasting is great with your S.O., but it’s even more fun with your girls. Β Plus, shopping at State Street is only a short stroll away πŸ˜‰

5. For the Homebodies:

Hey, you do you — there’s nothing wrong with ordering takeout, putting on your most trusted lounge-y pants, and bingeing on Netflix. Β Also, did you know thatΒ it’s Girl Scout Cookie season?Β …Coincidence? I think NOT.

Happy Valentine’s/Gal-entine’s/Singles’ Awareness Day/excuse to eat heart-shaped treats day!

xx, Nicole {LL805}

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