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In the Name of Love: Local Date Ideas

Stuck in a romance rut? Rekindle the flame this Valentine’s Day with these adoring endeavors.

Erica Baldwin Photography


Capture your love with a photo shoot. Whether you’re a newlywed or have a family of littles, these keepsakes will bring back fond memories for years to come. Check out Erica Baldwin Photography ( for some ideas.

Arthur Murray Dance Center


Since it takes two to tango, why not brush up on those dance moves? Arthur Murray Dance Center’s Guest Open House on February 12 at 7:15 p.m. will teach you some romantic dips and turns that you can pull off any time you go dancing as a couple.

River Fox Train Railbike


Romance your significant other on a railbike—essentially a rail bicycle built for two—and pedal your way into bliss while enjoying picturesque views along the Sacramento River and Yolo countryside. Spots for the 10-mile round trip journey are available Wednesdays, Fridays, and weekends.

Hisui Sushi; Photo by Ray Burgess © Style Media Group*


A perfectly acceptable way to celebrate the day is with dinner and a movie within the comfort of your own home. Whether it’s sushi from Hisui Sushi (, Italian from Papa Gianni’s Ristorante (, or elevated pub grub from Goose Port (, dine by your fireplace or catch Sharon Stone’s new movie, What About Love.

Hotel Sutter


Travel to “the best town in Gold Country” with your honey. Sutter Creek is known for its old-world charm, and you can stay and dine at the elegant Hotel Sutter (, shop at the many boutique stores, and taste some fine wine—all within three square miles.

The Smart Axe


For adventurous duos, there’s no better way to spend the day than with a little healthy competition. Race against the clock, or each other, in one of numerous escape rooms or axe-throwing locales around town. From Red Door Escape Room ( and Beat the Room ( to The Smart Axe ( and Way of Escape (—which offers both escape rooms and axe throwing—there are a gamut of options for thrill-seekers.

AR Workshop


Get creative with arts and crafts kits from local studios. AR Workshop (, Gather Studio and Events (, and Color Me Mine (, offer kits that are a great way to hang out and have a fun, relaxing time.

Serenity Spa | Soul Yoga


For the ultimate indulgence, treat yourself and your loved one to a relaxing couples massage. Massage Heights (, Serenity Spa | Soul Yoga (, and Dream Day Spa ( all offer options, so you can enjoy some quality R&R together.  

Sky Drifters


Fly away on a ballooning adventure with Sky Drifters, a hot air balloon company in Rancho Murieta. Drift across the Sierra Nevada foothills overlooking abundant flora and fauna and watch the world go by. It won’t get any more romantic than this.

Snowshoe Hike


A relaxing jaunt through the woods might be just the thing to keep the romance alive. On February 20, American River Conservancy is organizing a snowshoe hike through a popular winter recreational area from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Don your winter gear and get ready for some snow-filled fun.

by Tara Mendanha

Due to COVID-19, events are subject to cancellation or postponement. Please check websites ahead of time.

Erica Baldwin Photography photo courtesy of Erica Baldwin Photography. Hisui Sushi photo by Ray Burgess © Style Media Group. Hotel Sutter photo courtesy of Shannon Lea Rock of Preserve Studio. Serenity Spa | Soul Yoga photo courtesy of Serenity Spa | Soul Yogo. Snowshoeing hike photo © 2015 Brian Swanson. All Rights Reserved. Other photos courtesy of their respective companies or organizations.

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