You may not have a sprawling estate to call your own, but a day at the bequest of entrepreneur Henry E. Huntington isn’t a bad substitute. The outdoor portions of the library, museum and gardens are so spacious that it rarely feels crowded. The usually-in-bloom rose garden is a must, as are the rest of the exquisitely themed gardens, particularly the desert, Japanese and Chinese areas.
Look, it’s no Paris or Venice, but Los Angeles can be a pretty romantic city when it wants to be. Sweet-talking L.A. into that sentimental mood can take some effort, though, so we’ve combed through the city’s finest restaurants, date ideas and getaways to bring you the very best romantic things to do.
We’ll admit we have a bit of a bias toward the edges of L.A.: A solid slice of our list is in Malibu, and a few other picks are found elsewhere along the coast, up in the mountains or out-of-town in the desert. Because let’s face it: A change of scenery and an open horizon is far more romantic than the sitting in the same old traffic on the 101 for a run-of-the-mill night out.
Also, as much as we wish there was a sure-fire budget-friendly hack, a truly romantic hotel stay these days is going to run upwards of $400 on a weeknight—so while we’ve included a few of those picks, we’ve kept them to just our few favorites.
With all that said, it’s time to light some candles and make some plans for these romantic things to do in L.A.