With Valentine's Day approaching, it's time to start preparing for how you're going to spend the big day or post-celebratory weekend. It may fall on a Wednesday this year, but you can still make exciting, memorable plans for you and your significant other, or you and your friends if you're more in the "gal"entines or "pal"entines mode. And make no mistake about it, Davis has you covered with options for all interests and budgets.
Uncorking Romance in Davis
For those old enough to enjoy, wine is a staple on Valentine's Day, and Great Bear Vineyards in Davis is offering up their amazing scenery and award-winning wines in an intimate dinner at the winery. Great Bear's Valentine's Dinner is Wednesday, Feb 14, from 5-8 pm.
They are partnering with Simply Satisfied to offer a 4-course dinner paired with Great Bear Vineyards wine. You'll be greeted with a glass of sparkling wine upon arrival and then have your choice of a glass of red or white wine with dinner.
Looking for something other than dinner? Surprise your loved one with an amazing opportunity to have a photo shoot at the vineyard. Reserve a 1-hour photoshoot (any time during regular hours, or email for special arrangements) in the vines, lavender field, and/or outside of the winery building. Your photo shoot reservation also includes a bottle of sparkling wine!
A Walk to Remember in Davis
It probably wouldn't be a surprise to find out that Valentine's Day is the most popular day of the year for proposals/engagements. Also not surprising is that people love to propose in public. The UC Davis Arboretum has seen many proposals over the years and is always a destination for those wanting to enjoy the quiet company of another.
Whether it be soaking in a romantic sunrise or sunset, a relaxing picnic, or just curled up together enjoying the winter blooms, the Arboretum stands out as a natural, romantic stop in Davis.
UC Davis was recently listed as one of the most "Instagrammable" campuses in the US, ranking 4th of all major universities. That equates to a lot of #UCDavis on Arboretum pics. No rookie numbers allowed, be sure to add #visitdavis to your best Arboretum pics as well!
Davis Charm on Display
No visit to Davis is complete without taking in some of the amazing arts scene. Valentine's Day is a wonderful time to support local artists and delight your loved ones with unique jewelry, and locally crafted, and one-of-a-kind works of art.
Downtown also comes alive during the 2nd Friday Art About taking place just before Valentine's Day on February 9th. 2nd Friday Art About is a monthly self-guided art walk exploring art installations and receptions at galleries, art co-ops, and businesses in Davis. This free event offers art, activities, live music, and opportunities to converse with featured artists, allowing you the opportunity to find the perfect gift for your valentine.
From Davis, With Love
Valentine's Day in Davis is about so much more than chocolates and flowers. No knocks there, they're great! But we also want you to create lasting memories with those you hold dear, celebrate with a sense of adventure, and explore all of the charms that come with Davis.
Book your overnight stay or spend a romantic weekend at any of our great hotels to enjoy all this charming town has to offer.
Here's to love, in all its forms, continuing journeys, and appreciating relationships both new and old. We know you'll fall in love as you eat, drink, explore, and visit Davis!