February might be the coldest month of the year, but it’s always sunny in Santa Barbara. With Valentine’s Day upon us, we’d like to give you our recommendations for the top romantic locations in the area. We’re highlighting some different options so that way there’s something special for everyone’s taste.
Santa Barbara County Courthouse
While a courthouse doesn’t exactly sound romantic, the courthouse in Santa Barbara is not your average courthouse. This Spanish-Colonial style building was constructed in 1929 and has several eye-catching touches all around. Its picturesque clock tower and sunken gardens serve as the perfect backdrop to any photo. This iconic Santa Barbara landmark is where many locals get married, so you can literally feel the love as you tour the grounds.
Mission Rose Garden
The Santa Barbara Mission is the perfect romantic spot for those who love an ocean and mountain view. Located just across from the rose garden sits a massive mission with a deep history. The sights and smells of the thousands of flowers are perfectly romantic and photo opp-worthy. Stop and enjoy a picnic on the lush green lawns with your valentine this Friday!
If you love a friendly vibe and farm-fresh eats, then you’re in luck. Loquita on State Street features Spanish tapas and craft cocktails that don’t disappoint. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available on the beautiful patio. Come for the food and stay for the drinks and inviting atmosphere with your valentine. To see their menu, click here.
Glass House Cocktail Garden
This Friday, consider making a reservation for the Valentine’s Day Garden Dinner. This interactive dinner experience features an epic “meat & potatoes” grazing-style feast that’s perfect for making memories with the mister or missus. The exciting menu was created to satisfy the taste buds of an amateur foodie, and even impress the experienced. For reservations, click here.
Located along Channel Drive in the always gorgeous Montecito, Butterfly Beach is a go-to romantic spot to watch the sunset with your valentine this holiday. The beach’s pristine shoreline is perfect for a stroll hand-in-hand, and you can even bring Fido along, too. Locals and celebs love this beach, so keep your eyes peeled for celebrities.
Rosewood Miramar Beach
If you want to go glam and put on the ritz, the Rosewood Miramar Beach Hotel will surely impress your date this Valentine’s Day. This luxury hotel in Montecito offers breathtaking beach views, impressive landscapes, and five-star luxury all around. Forget all your troubles and get lost in romance with your special someone by making this Valentine’s Day one to remember at Rosewood Miramar Beach.
If you and your sweetheart love a good beer, then Institutional Ale on State Street is just the spot for you. You haven’t had a pretzel until you’ve had one of theirs, either! Their handcrafted brews have something special for every beer lover, with over a dozen specialty beers on tap, ready to be tasted and enjoyed. No reservations required—come thirsty!
If you are looking for a flavorful meal that is satisfying down to the last bite, then Zaytoon’s Lebanese and Middle Eastern dishes are sure to delight. This hidden oasis is situated on a large outdoor garden patio in downtown Santa Barbara, and their beautiful balcony makes for the perfect date night spot. To view their tasty menu, click here.