CITYWIDE ‚Äî Do you smell that? It‚Äôs love. Valentine‚Äôs Day is near and businesses all over Santa Monica are getting ready to woo you with their promotions and events. Check it out!
Oceanside dinner: Hotel Casa del Mar put together scrumptious dinner deals for couples and groups of friends to enjoy at The Veranda Bar. Dinner is three courses and is $85 a person. Packages range from $85-$2,500 and include food, drinks and other fun treats like a ride on the famous Santa Monica Pier Ferris wheel. For more information or to place a reservation, visit www.hotelcasadelmar.com.
Where: Hotel Casa del Mar, 1910 Ocean Way
Vosges chocolate dinner: One Pico restaurant at Shutters on the Beach is offering a fabulous Vosges chocolate menu for Valentine‚Äôs Day. The menu infuses chocolate into each course and has a truffle paired alongside. The dinner is $105 a person and reservations can be made on the website at www.shuttersonthebeach.com.
Where: Shutters on the Beach, 1 Pico Blvd.
Race for a rose: The first 500 couples at Pacific Park receive a free LED rose and chocolate kisses with their Ferris wheel ride on Valentine‚Äôs Day from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. To receive the complimentary rose and kisses, couples need to purchase a ticket for the Ferris wheel and notify the attraction‚Äôs operator.
Where: Pacific Park, 380 Santa Monica Pier
Spicy meatball: All lovers receive 10 percent off their order if they kiss in the shop. Delivery excluded.
Where: Abbot‚Äôs Pizza, 1811 Pico Blvd.
Take back the bar: Join other activists as they take a stand against domestic violence. One dollar of every drink bought will benefit Sojourn Services For Battered Women and Their Children. City Hall, OPCC, One Billion Rising, the Westside Domestic Violence Network and the Male Violence Prevention Project are collaborating on this fundraiser. Why do another expensive dinner when you can help make a difference in your community?
When: 5:30 p.m. ‚Äî 7:30 p.m.
Where: Areal Restaurant, 2820 Main St.
Free fitness class: Led by L.A.‚Äôs top fitness instructors, Momentum by Iron will be holding two free classes for those without a Valentine. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (310) 264-9800.
5:30 p.m. ‚Äî Tabata: Short, efficient moves are done in 20 second intervals with 10 seconds of rest. Repeat each move eight times.
6:30 p.m. ‚Äî Barre Flow: The perfect blend of deep muscle toning with cardiovascular intervals to pump up the heart. Incorporates the fluidity of ballet, the flexibility of yoga and the core strengthening of pilates.
Where: Momentum of Iron, 1919 Broadway.
Stoplight party: Guests dress in specific colors based on relationship status. Wear red if you‚Äôre taken, yellow if you‚Äôre on the fence, and green if you‚Äôre single and ready to mingle. There will be a DJ, special menu options and an extra V-Day surprise for guests. This is a 21+ event.
Where: Brick+Mortar, 2435 Main St.
When: 9 p.m.
Making macaroons: Join the Gourmandise School of Sweets & Savories in an intense baking class that will focus on the technique of making macaroons by experimenting with flavor combinations. As a special Valentine‚Äôs Day treat, students will be able to make the cookies into heart shapes and color them pink. The class is $85 a person and includes vanilla bean macaroons, whipped ganache, caramel filling, and strawberry buttercream. Reservations must be made online at www.cookingschoolsofamerica.com/thegourmandiseschool.
Where: The Market, 395 Santa Monica Place
When: 10 a.m. ‚Äî 1 p.m.
Paint together, stay together: Celebrate Valentine‚Äôs Day at Paint:Lab. Complimentary champagne, strawberries and chocolate will be served; $60 a couple and it includes paints, brushes, set-up and clean-up ‚Äî canvas sold separately. Mention this post and receive a 10 percent discount on your canvas purchase. Reservations required and can be made at www.paintlab.net.
Where: Paint:Lab, 2912 Main St.
When: 6 p.m. ‚Äî 9 p.m.
Dinner and dancing: The recipe for a spicy and fiery Valentine‚Äôs Day? A sexy night out achieved by the “Dinner & Dancing” package. This package is available for $140 (exclusive of tax and gratuity for the dinner portion) and is bookable by calling (310) 459-2264 (or toll free (877) 373-2623). The package includes a private salsa lesson and a four-course Mexican dinner at one of L.A.‚Äôs culinary institutions, Border Grill.
Where: The Dance Doctor, 1440 Fourth St.
A more extensive list of Valentine‚Äôs Day events is available on the Santa Monica Convention & Visitor‚Äôs Bureau website at www.santamonica.com.