The most romantic day of the year is now less than a month away. If you are (or will be) in Downtown San Diego’s area on the week of February 12th and haven’t figured out what to do yet, here are 5 things you can do to keep Cupid happy on St. Valentine’s Day:
1. Take a Bay Cruise and Give San Diego’s Marine Lives Some Love. There are a few commercial harbor-cruising companies offering special packages for this loveliest day of the year:
– The Hornblower Cruise (www.hornblowerholidays.com/sd/valentines_day.htm) (Tel. 619-686-8715) is offering three different packages that come with chocolate roses, a romantic (and musical) dinner, along with their rides. You can sample a bit of what cruising on the Hornblower is like at this youtube clip. The Hornblower boards at 1066 N. Harbor Dr (between Cruise Ship Terminal and Broadway Pier) on the Embarcadero.
– The Harbor Excursion (www.sdhe.com/san-diego-special-cruises.html) (Tel. 619-234-4111) is offering 2 ½ hrs dinner cruise package including three-course dinner and complimentary champagne. Or you can take advantage of any of their regular cruises… including the totally awesome 5 1/2 hrs long Nature Tour to Los Coronado Island (available from Thursday – Sunday). The Harbor Excursion boards at 1050 N. Harbor Dr (between Cruise Ship Terminal and Broadway Pier).
2. Take a Leisurely Ride Around Downtown In A Cinderella Horse Carriage. (www.cinderella-carriage.com) (Tel. 619-239-8080). Why walk around Downtown San Diego on St. Valentine’s Day when you can ride in a horse drawn carriage? For the nostalgic among us, this ride can be had for as little as $35 for a 10 minutes long Embarcadero ride. Or you can step it up a notch for your special date and do an hour Grand Tour for $110 ( there are a few intermediate options in between, of course). The Cinderella Carriage is located in front of the Harbor House Restaurant in Seaport Village and is available from 12-10PM.
3. Lounge Away the Evening With A Bird-Eye-View of Downtown at the Top of the Hyatt. (manchestergrand.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/entertainment/lounges/index.jsp) (Tel. 619-232-1234) For all the tall buildings in Downtown area, most don’t have a public accessible observation deck. Your best bet for a good bird-eye-view look of Downtown is from the Top-of-the-Hyatt Lounge on the 40th Floor of the Harbor Tower (the one to the south with concrete all the way to the top) of the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in the Marina District (at the corner of Harbor Dr and Market St). This upscale lounge also serves as the highest observation deck on the US west coast where, on a clear day, you can see all the way north to La Jolla and south to Mexico. The lounge is open from 3PM-1:30AM. Click here for a glimpse of what you can see from there.
4. Float Above Treetops Over the San Diego Zoo in a Skyfari Aerial Tram. (www.sandiegozoo.org/zoo/tours.html) San Diego Zoo is an attraction to spend a whole day in and of itself for the reasonable ticket price of $35 per adult. Adding $4 earns you a ride on this vintage aerial tram that boasts a good view of Balboa Park and Downtown San Diego a short distance away (not to mention a few commercial planes descending in between). When you are bored, you can explore nearby El Prado; with its excellent restaurant and Japanese tea garden. Definitely a good spot for a Valentine’s Day excursion! The Skyfari runs fromo 10AM-4:15PM daily. Click here for a youtube clip of a ride.
5. Sail Around the Coronado Cays in a Gondola. (www.gondolacompany.com) (Tel. 619-429-6317) Based in the Loew’s Coronado Bay Resort on the Silver Strand State Beach on Coronado, this company offers many different one hour gondola trip to the nearby Coronado cays and canals where you can sit back and breathe in the scenery while munching on chocolate dipped strawberries (they will provide wine glasses and blankets, but you’ll have to bring your own drink). There is a special Valentine’s Day package available from February 11th-16th for $125 to $195 (add $100 if you want to be accompanied by a personal serenader and his violin or mandolin). Click here for a glimpse of it.