Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas

Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas

If you are looking for Valentine’s Day gifts but still want to shop local, we have some ideas. Take a stroll downtown to visit some of the local shops and restaurants, then spend a romantic evening in one of our Laguna Beach vacation rentals.

If red “heart” boxes of stale chocolates aren’t your Valentine’s style, Laguna Beach’s Chocolate Soldier is for you. Squeezed into the little alley between the Sapphire Restaurant and Tootsie’s/Laguna Beach Books at the old Pottery Shack, Chocolate Soldier will have you feeling happily light-headed the moment you walk in the door. This is De Francis’ second Chocolate Soldier store, and business has been sweet since she opened in Laguna Beach in December of 2006. Gorgeous glass cases are filled to the brim with handmade chocolates, nut clusters, and truffles, and this time of year everything’s coming up hearts. Buy a couple chocolate pieces, or let your date walk through the various gourmet chocolates and box what they likes the most. 1200 South Coast Highway, 949-494-4462.

There are also some sexy Valentine’s Day gifts you can give to your sweetheart. Lingerie and More 4U is dedicated to building intimacy between couples. They have been serving the community of Laguna Beach with their standing store, as well as globally through the web. They have been involved in the lingerie industry for over 23 years and pride themselves in expertise of product lines offered in their store and on their site. But what if you don’t know if it will fit? Buy a gift for your loved one, and go shopping with them when you come to their store in person. Or you can shop online at

When you’re done shopping take your Valentine out for a delicious gourmet dinner by the ocean. Here are a few restaurants guaranteed to provide the perfect evening for you and your sweetheart.

Join Laguna Canyon Winery for their annual Valentine’s Winemaker’s Dinner. A romantic culinary four-course menu each course paired with our handcrafted wines. Table side saxophone with be provided by Charles Hayes. The main course menu features striped sea bass, wild mushrooms with sauteed kale, potato au gratin, chardonnay cream sauce, and 2012 Napa Carneros chardonnay; or seared filet of bison, wild mushrooms with sauteed kale, potato au gratin, cabernet demi-glaze reduction, and 2011 Napa Rutherford cabernet sauvignon. Dinner runs from 7:00 pm to 10:00pm at 2133 Laguna Canyon Road, call 949-715-9463 for reservations.

At Sapphire Laguna, Chef Azmin Ghahreman’s three-course menu offers plenty of options. Appetizers include lobster bisque or Moroccan style poached jumbo shrimp with cracked tabbouleh. Entrees range from pan-seared barramundi to black trumpet crusted beef tenderloin. If you prefer a romantic night in, you can bring the gormandize of Sapphire into your own Valentine’s Day kitchen with Sapphire’s take-home menu. The three-course menu features several selections, and includes the his and hers desserts. 1200 South Coast Highway, call 949-715-9888 for reservations.

Mare’s Culinary Lounge will also be having a special menu for Valentine’s Day, available February 14th through 17th, with items such as live Maine lobster, filet mignon, chocolate lava cake and more! When dinner ends the lights come down and the music goes up at Laguna Beach’s newest late-night destination. Open until 2:00 am on Thursday through Saturday, full bar and dancing. 696 South Coast Highway, call 949-715-9581 for reservations.

Of course, when you bring your loved one to Laguna Beach you will want to be surrounded by the most romantic possible scenery. Come stay with us at The Retreat in Laguna this Valentine’s Day and get an in-room massage, complimentary bottle of prosecco, and have dinner at Mare’s just across the street. Or spend a few nights lounging and just eat in, we’ll stock your fridge for you in your full-size kitchen. Have a lazy romantic beach weekend as you drink red wine while watching the waves lap at the seashore.