Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is around the corner. But an overpriced dinner isn’t the only option for a romantic or fun night out. In fact, your date might even think you’re being creative by doing something unconventional (and not just being cheap!). Lucky for me, Kevin would probably commend me for saving the extra cash!
In honor of Valentine’s Day, below are 3 fun tried-and-tested ideas for Valentine’s Day. These are fun date night ideas even if you don’t do anything on Valentine’s Day (you know, other than simmer about its commercialization!)
Re-Enact Your Favorite “Ghost” Scene: Ceramics Class at Bitter Root
Admit it, ever since you’ve seen the movie “Ghost” you’ve wanted to try throwing a wheel with clay. Or maybe it’s just me? As soon as I read that Bitter Root Ceramics offered an intro ceramics class at their studio in Los Angeles near The Grove, I told Kevin to sign us up!
Bitter Root offers regular intro classes during the week, but for Valentine’s day is going all out with special 2-hour classes (beginning at 2 PM, 4 PM, 6 PM, 8 PM and a “Ghost” late-night special at 10 PM). The beginner classes will utilize the wheel and include an assortment of chocolates, cheeses, fruits and crackers with complimentary wine or champagne for $150 per couple. Just remember to dress comfortably and get ready to get dirty! But you’ll need to keep your shirts on. Speaking of which, our shirts were covered with clay by the end. But they use special clay that rinses out of clothes so no need to worry too much. To sign up, call directly at 323-938-5511 or email email@example.com for the studio near The Grove or firstname.lastname@example.org for the other studio at Westlake Village.
Relive a Laurel & Hardy Movie Classic By Hiking The Music Box Steps
The Music Box Steps is certainly an adventure. And be warned, you’ll need to be good at following directions. So if you’re one to argue over where to turn left (or the best way to get around LA traffic) this might not be the option for you! These stairs, located over in Silver Lake, were made famous by the Laurel and Hardy 1932 short film “The Music Box,” where the 2 actors attempted to haul a piano up the impossibly long and steep flight of stairs.
The actual Music Box steps are relatively short (just on their own). So I recommend doing a longer hike of the neighborhood and other secret staircases by following the directions from this PDF document. The hike begins at the lovely Cafe Tropical where you can start the hike with a coffee con leche or one of their delicious pastries. This is my kind of hike!
I have to tell you, I never thought we’d actually make it through this hike. Upon reading the PDF, I was completely overwhelmed. But if you break it down, and follow it slowly (in parts), surprisingly, it’s pretty simple to follow. Also, I recommend putting in the actual addresses that are listed on the document. It will help guide you even when you think its the wrong way.
In total, the hike took us about 1.5 hours but this included a few photo opps and maybe getting a little turned around once. Once you’ve completed the hike, you’ll be hungry for lunch and recommend the gorgeous outdoor terrace at Tintorera and ordering some homemade chips and guacamole to celebrate.
Dinner and a Movie: Having it All at the iPic Theater
Sure, there are cheaper theaters to see a movie. But none are quite as luxurious as the iPic Theater. This is where you’ll find us celebrating Valentine’s Day this year (and actually where we went last year!). What we love about iPic on Valentine’s Day is that it’s our ideal night out — we love movies. Plus, they serve dinner, drinks and dessert and it’s still less than most prix-fixe menus you’re forced to order from on Valentine’s Day.
Los Angeles has 2 iPic theaters — one in Pasadena and the other in Westwood. We love the Pasadena theater that offers all Premium Plus seating (which is with lounging chairs and table service). We think it’s the only way to go (compared to the “Premium” seating which doesn’t include the extra perks). Tickets are $32 per person for Premium Plus. And of course, you’ll want to order some food, drinks and dessert while you’re at it!