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49 cool places to fall in love (or like)


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Walking in the San Diego Botanic Garden

Wander the San Diego Botanic Garden

{Advice from a Local Expert}

“Dating is like surfing—it is good to have patience. You don’t just take the first wave of a set because you are tired of waiting (especially if it’s a crappy one). There might be better waves more suited for you behind it. Same thing with dating. Don’t settle because you are bored or lonely. Hang in there and the right one will come.”

Nancy Spooner Bsharah and Tara Brouwer, co-authors, Everything I Know About Dating I Learned Through Surfing

This Month Only!

February is Museum Month!
Admission to museums ranging from the haunted Whaley House to the Museum of Contemporary Art is half off this month if you purchase tickets at any Macy’s department store. We think actress Jessica Lange’s retrospective, Unseen, at the Museum of Photographic Arts sounds promising.

Want a Valentine’s dinner alternative?
Sample light appetizers and at least seven wines at the seventh annual “Cupid is Stupid” Party at Bacchus Wine Market.

Get cooking.

Topped off with wine and a candlelit dinner, each cooking class at Hipcooks in North Park is a date night in itself. If you’re looking for V-Day dinner ideas, try The Romantic Dinner for Two, where you’ll learn recipes for wild mushroom risotto and crème brulée so you can replicate them at home. Classes $55, sandiego.hipcooks.com

Smooch among the succulents.

Meander through dense bamboo groves and stroll along a waterfall in a mini-tropical rainforest at the San Diego Botanic Garden. Thanks to the microclimates on this hidden hill in Encinitas, everything from succulents to cork oak trees thrives on the 37-acre plot. Parking $2. $12/adult. sdbgarden.org

Catch the fever.

For just $11, you can get inside the dugout, press box, and more on an 80-minute tour of Petco Park. But if you want to picnic on an MLB pitcher’s mound, you’ll have to audition for The Bachelor. padres.com

Go on a pizza crawl.

San Diego’s pizza options have never been better. Take advantage and hit up several different spots that represent all regions of Italy, including Monello for Milanese style, Neapolitan at South Park’s new Buona Forchetta, Roman style slices at Napizza, or thicker Sicilian at Sicilian Thing in North Park. Mangiamo!

Let it fly at Frisbee golf.

It’s Frisbee. It’s golf. It’s Frisbee golf. Otherwise known as disc golf. A competitive couple could really get into this game, although you don’t have to be super-athletic. Unlike driving a ball 200 yards in golf, anyone can throw a Frisbee. This date is super fun, good exercise (you walk the course), and can be very scenic. Loser buys dinner. $3 weekdays, $4 weekends, $1.50 disc rentals; morleyfield.com

Paint the town—and a canvas.

Dabble and drink in the fine arts during a painting and vino class at 98 Bottles, Caffe Bella Italia, Jake’s on 6th, Village 631, or Roppongi. Spots are limited and fill up quickly; reserve early! $45 per person, art materials provided. Drink specials vary per venue. paintingandvino.com

Learn how to make crêpes.

Set up a private lesson for you and your chéri at Fabrison’s, where you’ll learn to make savory and sweet crêpes, and then eat the results. As you cook, nibble on complimentary apps. Wednesday–Saturday, evenings only, $150. fabrisons.com

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