I have often described South Pasadena as one of the most romantic cities in Southern California. We enjoy quiet evening strolls under light filled trees, beautiful parks and gardens, wine bars, live entertainment and the sexiest Farmers Market in LA.
South Pasadenans, don’t stress out trying to get a dinner reservation in Beverly Hills or booking a suite at the big hotel in the next town over. I am here to help you have your most memorable, intimate and adventurous Valentine’s date night without leaving our zip code.
Anne B.’s Ultimate South Pasadena Valentine’s Day Date Guide
Step One: Do It Yourself
Pop into Kidd’s Jewelry Heist and design your true love a piece of jewelry. Choose from a magical buffet of baubles, beads and bling and the shop owners will put your look together for you. Located behind the Dinosaur Farm. Open 3:30-6:00pm on February 14.
Step Two: Shakespeare In Love
Next stop is the South Pasadena Public Library. Go to the English Literature section and check out a copy of Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Sit under the Moreton Bay Fig tree on the West side of the building (thought by some to be the largest tree in the city) or locate a cozy corner inside. Take turns reading your favorites to each other. Just remember to whisper.
Step Three: A Quickie at Crossings
Stroll over to Crossings Restaurant for Happy Hour on their enchanted patio. Order two glasses of prosecco and a plate of oysters to help keep the mood going. Happy Hour until 6pm.
Step Four: A Night at the Theater
Walk hand-in-hand to the Fremont Centre Theatre to see the Broadway favorite “I Love You, You’re Perfect. Now Change.”, a musical comedy about dating, love and marriage. Your tickets include chocolate covered strawberries, champagne and assorted chocolate delights. Visit youngstarstheater.org for tickets. Show runs through February 18.
One Root Beer Float, Two Straws Please
Cruise back up Mission where you and your sweetie can share a root beer float made from all natural ice cream at The Moo on Mission. What better to get close than over a frozen treat? Open until 11pm.
Step Six: Here’s Looking at You Kid
Make Videotheque, your last stop of the night. Peruse their extensive collection of DVD’s and discover romantic classics like Casablanca or An Affair to Remember. Take one home and snuggle up in front of the TV with a nightcap.
If you don’t make it through the movie the credits, wink-wink, don’t worry you can always finish it Thursday right after Farmer’s Market.
Anne Bagasao brings over 20 years of professional experience in producing and managing events to her boutique events. Having worked with high profile clients and organizations, as well as the finickiest of brides and grooms, she is now bringing her expertise and style into the homes, backyards and venues of her community. As a busy single mother, she knows that even with our best intentions, sometimes we can’t get it all done to perfection which is why she loves bringing her client’s vision to beautiful fruition. She is the founder of Partini.