Monterey County has enough romantic events this Valentine's Day (and days surrounding) to fill the calendar of any ardent couple. Romance your love all weekend long with dreamy dinners, enchanting events and tours made for amour.
Saturday, February 9
River Road Wine Trail Valentine's Passport
Warm up for a romantic Valentine's Day with the River Road Wine Trail Valentine's Passport event on Saturday, February 9! Indulge in wine, chocolates, and special discounts when you get this passport to eleven of Monterey County's best wineries. You'll get to taste special vintages and rarely-tasted wines at every spot, eat great appetizers, and listen to live music. All guests receive a souvenir glass and a special gift. You'll even be entered into a drawing for a special prize! Passports are $30 until February 1 and $45 after. Learn more at the River Road Wine Trail website.
Thursday, February 14
Valentine’s Day Menu at Pacific’s Edge
Have a romantic dinner overlooking Monterey County’s pristine coastline at Pacific's Edge. The menu tonight includes dishes like turbot heart of palm, Masami Ranch Wagyu New York steak and chocolate Marquise almond cake. Call 831-622-5445 for reservations.
Valentine's Dinner at the Steinbeck House
Celebrate romance this Valentine’s Day in John Steinbeck's childhood home in Salinas. The Steinbeck House holds a romantic Valentine's Day prix fixe dinner menu which includes a salad, brisket or salmon, and creme brulee or chocolate raspberry cheesecake. 6-9pm, $55 per person includes a glass of Monterey County wine. Call 831-424-2735 to reserve.
Valentine's Day at TusCA Ristorante
A special menu for a special night. TusCA at the Hyatt Regency hosts a night of wonderful tastes and suiting ambiance. Enjoy a savory four-course dinner and live jazz music for a night of romance and decadence. Call 831-657-6675.
Valentine's Day Dinner at Aubergine
Special Valentine's Dinner Menu at Sardine Factory
The Sardine Factory will be serving up a special menu for lover's on February 14th. Sardine Factory will offer appetizers specially made for two, a special a la carte menu and regular menu items. Call 831-373-3775 for reservations.
Friday, February 15
Chocolate & Wine Tasting Benefit
Chocolate and wine; need we say more? Join the City of Monterey Library for their 8th annual Chocolate & Wine Tasting Benefit from 7pm-9pm. Sweethearts can sample a variety of local wines, Prosecco and Ports as well as sugary treats including cookies, brownies, cupcakes and chocolate, of course! Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For more information call 831-646- 3949.
Saturday, February 16
Bernardus Valentine's Sweethearts Luncheon
Guests will be welcomed by Bernardus' Pastry Chef and chocolate enthusiast Ben Spungin. Under Ben’s direction, couples will each create a box of indulgent handmade chocolate truffles. Afterwards sample rose champagnes led by wine director Mark Buzan. Then enjoy a romantic table at Chef Cal Stamenov’s grand wine country buffet featuring grilled organic vegetables, artisan cheeses, local seafood and new release Bernardus wines. 11am-2pm, $95 per person inclusive of tax and gratuity. Call 831-658-3550 to make reservations.