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Romance on the Riviera: Date Night Ideas

By: Kristyn Huang / 29 Jan 2018
Romance on the riviera: date night ideas at Santa Barbara Hotel Group

couple standing on sailboat

Want to make your partner swoon with something extra special this Valentine's Day? Our Riviera destination makes for a truly romantic getaway. Choose one or all of our date night ideas and make them come to life this month in Santa Barbara.

Rent a Moped and Cruise Downtown Santa Barbara

Our Mediterranean climate and beautiful tree lined streets makes for an ideal location for a cruise on a moped. Drive the famous APS (Alameda Padre Serra) for beautiful views of downtown and the waterfront and be sure to stop by the Old Mission Santa Barbara for a photo opportunity. After some exploration by bike, make your way to the Santa Barbara Public Market for dinner and a scoop of ice cream from Rori's Artisinal Creamery.

overlooking downtown during golden hour

Photo Credit: Jessylynn Perkins Via Visit Santa Barbara

ice cream in sugar cones

See a show at the Historic Arlington or Granada Theatre

Step back in time and enjoy a romantic movie or show at the Arlington or Granada Theatre. Located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, you'll be able to enjoy a nice dinner beforehand at Opal or a craft cocktail after at the Good Lion.

craft cocktails poured by a bar tender

Board a Sunset Cruise

What is more romantic then spending an evening on the sea eagerly awaiting a phenomenal sunset. Book a tour in advance with SB Sailing Center. Pro tip: Enjoy a pre-cruise drink at Brophy Bro's before boarding your cruise. Brophy Brothers is loved by locals and visitor's alike. You can't beat their view of the harbor or their strong drinks.

Indulge with an evening of Craft Cocktails

Looking for something a bit more upscale than a traditional bar? The list above provides a curated list of the best cocktails and interiors for an elevated evening out.

Ready to bring your loved one to a getaway in Santa Barbara?

Book today and receive significant discounts on your room for our winter promotion. Browse our popular packages including Romance on the Riviera to elevate your Santa Barbara experience.