Want to impress your Valentine with something special this year? Look no further than a romantic rendezvous in Monterey County! The area’s natural beauty and alluring activities are sure to ignite passion between you and your lover. Not able to sneak away for an enchanting encounter on Thursday, February 14th? Don’t worry; these activities can be enjoyed year around!

Wine Tasting Temptations

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With over 31 tasting rooms stretching from Moss Landing to Soledad, Monterey County has a vino to suite anyone’s palate. Don’t take our word for it; Monterey County was just named as one of 2013’s “Top 10 Wine Travel Destinations” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Carmel-by-the-Sea plays host to a handful of quaint tasting rooms all within walking distance while Carmel Valley pairs their tastings with beautiful valley and vineyard views. Looking for a little more adventure? Check out the River Road Wine Trail’s Valentine’s Passport on February 9th. The exclusive passport will give you and your sweetie access to eleven of the tasting rooms located on River Road in scenic Salinas Valley. Each one will serve up delectable wine and tasty treats from 11am-4pm.

Spa Seduction

There’s nothing more relaxing than being pampered around some of the most breathtaking sights in the nation. Several award-winning spas offer couple massages and treatments like Vista Blue Spa, Post Ranch Spa and Bernardus Spa.

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For an intimate oasis head to the Refuge at night. Their amenities including the sauna, steam room, plunge pools and fire pits stay open under the moonlight until 10pm every day.

Outdoor Endorphins

Get your endorphins running on either land or sea! Rent bikes from Adventures by the Sea on Cannery Row and ride along the scenic Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail making your way to Lovers Point in Pacific Grove. See Monterey’s coastline from a different perspective on the open sea. Set sail with a sunset cruise from Monterey Bay Sailing and ride along sea otters, seals and dolphins.

Scenic Sightings

Grab a bottle of wine and head for Carmel Beach at sunset. Nature’s spectacular show is sure to put you and your honey in a cuddly mood. If you are really looking to impress your loved one call Romantic Room Designs. They will create your very own Romanic Beach Bonfire complete with a beach blanket, a dozen roses and a picnic basket full of snacks and s’mores ingredients. For some one-on-one time take a drive down Highway One to Big Sur. You will admire your sweetie from some of Monterey County’s most stunning views. Be sure to take a couple’s photo at Hurricane Point to make your friends jealous! Click here for even more “Ideas for Romance” in Monterey County.