Three valley couples whose marriages add up to 211 years talk about love with The Desert Sun’s Denise Goolsby for this Valentine’s Day video.
Love is in the desert air, so why not celebrate Valentine’s Day at a local venue?
If a romantic gondola ride in Indian Wells sounds like the perfect way to spend your Valentine’s Day, or if you’re looking for something more active like a hike in the Santa Rosa mountains, the Coachella Valley has plenty of options to celebrate.
Whether you’re looking for luxurious dining experiences, innovative menus or enticing events, here are some of the hottest picks offered by restaurants and resorts in the area, many of which are free.
Ace Hotel & Swim Club
Oysters au Gratin at The Ace/King’s Highway (Photo: Ashley Busenius Coy/Courtesy The Ace Hotel & Swim Club)
Head to King’s Highway restaurant this Valentine’s Day for a special menu between 5:30 and 11 p.m. It includes oysters au gratin for $16, spiced glazed weiser carrots for $14 and a basket of fried chicken for $30. For dessert, a red velvet swiss roll will be served for $8.
Can’t make it Feb. 14? It’ll be served all weekend long at King’s Highway, on the patio and at the Amigo Room. The latter will be hosting Mara Connor & Friends with their folk-rock songs, including debut single “No Fun” at 9 p.m. Thursday.
If you go: 701 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; (760) 969-5777; acehotel.com/palmsprings
Dead or Alive
Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest will be hosting a postcard petition party at Dead or Alive Bar on Valentine’s Day. (Photo: Courtesy Dead or Alive)
Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest will be hosting a postcard petition party for adults over the age of 21 in hopes to encourage elected officials to support women’s rights and social justice.
This Galentine’s Day event is free and will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb 12 at Dead or Alive bar.
If you go: 150 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; (760) 864-7193; deadoralivebar.com
Draughtsman caters for singles this Valentine’s. (Photo: Courtesy Draughtsman)
Draughtsman is catering to singles ready to mingle with a “Table for One” on Valentine’s Day between noon and 10 p.m.
For $6.69 you can choose your favorite draft beer teamed with a shot.
If you go: 1501 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; (760) 507-1644; draughtsmanpalmsprings.com
Visit Eight4Nine this Valentine’s Day (Photo: Courtesy Eight4Nine)
The restaurant’s four-tiered Valentine’s Day menu ($59 plus tax) starts with beef carpaccio before a second course with choices including baked oysters or curried cauliflower bisque.
The “main event” consists of tiger shrimp bloody Mary linguine pasta or beef rib-eye half lobster tail, along with other mouthwatering options.
The finale of the night is your choice of either Callebaut chocolate petit gateaux, Coachella lime pie or candied apple crème brulee.
Dinner will be served from 5 to 10 p.m., and the happy hour bar menu will remain available in the lounge from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
If you go: 849 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; (760) 325-8490; eight4nine.com
Palm Springs Art Museum
Explore Palm Springs Art Museum for Valentine’s Day. (Photo: Omar Ornelas/The Desert Sun)
Share your love of art this Valentine’s Day by visiting one of the Palm Springs Art Museum’s three locations (two in downtown Palm Springs and one in Palm Desert). Explore and discuss your love of different art forms.
In Palm Springs, explore contemporary pieces from the “Unsettled” exhibit, or the impressive collection of glass work from‘”Favorite Things.”
The “Shoulder to Shoulder: Depicting the Figure” exhibit showcased at the Palm Desert location focuses on sculptures of the human body.
The Palm Springs locations are free of charge Thursday between 4 and 8 p.m. The Palm Desert location is free between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
If you go: 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs; (760) 322-4800; 72-567 Highway 111, Palm Desert. (760) 346-5600; psmuseum.org
Palm Springs Cultural Center
Palm Springs Cultural Center Valentine’s special (Photo: Courtesy the Palm Springs Cultural Center)
Searching for the perfect movie night to spend with your loved one? Look no further than Palm Springs Cultural Center. Bid for the opportunity to indulge in a private screening of your or your loved one’s favorite film.
With just the two of you in one of the theaters, you will be provided with complimentary bubbly, popcorn and a box of chocolates. Bidding starts online at $1,000, and all bids must be made by Feb. 12 at ultimatemovienight.com.
If you go: 2300 E. Baristo Rd., Palm Springs; (760) 325-2582; palmspringsculturalcenter.org
Treat yourself and your loved one at Spencer’s Restaurant. (Photo: Courtesy Spencer’s Restaurant)
Treat yourself and your loved one at Spencer’s Restaurant. Spencer’s is offering a three-course menu along with the ambience of a live pianist and a rose per couple for $83.
First-course choices include Scottish smoked salmon carpaccio, chilled green and white asparagus salad, and a creamy potato leek soup. Entrée choices comprise certified black angus filet mignon, pan seared Chilean sea bass and mustard-almond crusted rack of lamb.
To conclude the evening, enjoy a flourless chocolate cake with whipped cream and raspberry sauce. Seatings are at 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., and the second round of seatings are at 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
If you go: 701 W. Baristo Rd., Palm Springs; (760) 327-3446; spencersrestaurant.com
Lulu California Bistro (and Acqua California Bistro)
Lulu California Bistro in Palm Springs (Photo: Gregg Felsen/Courtesy Lulu California Bistro)
Take in Acqua and Lulu’s Valentine’s decor while you enjoy a four-course menu with various options including Sonoma duck breast, prime rib and four rich desserts.
Whether you are with your lover, family or friends, your experience can conclude with a Champagne toast to share with those closest to you.
On Feb. 14, Lulu California Bistro in Palm Springs will serve this menu between 4 and 10 p.m., while Acqua California Bistro in Rancho Mirage invites diners for this menu between 4 and 9 p.m. Both restaurants are offering these meals at $49.99 for adults and $19.99 for under children under age 12.
If you go: Lulu California Bistro: 200 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; (760) 327-5858; lulupalmsprings.com; Acqua California Bistro: 71-800 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage; (760) 862-9800; acquaranchomirage.com
Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa
Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa. (Photo: The Desert Sun file photo)
Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa invites you to celebrate with some of the best love jam artists from Art Laboe’s radio show, including Zapp, Midnight Star, The Jets, GQ and The Delfonics. The show starts at 8 p.m. Feb. 14. and prices start from $40 for balcony seats, $50 for mezzanine, $60 for loge and $60 for orchestra.
If you go: 32-250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage; (888) 999-1995; hotwatercasino.com
Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewery
Babe’s Bar-Be-Que & Brewery is offering a three-course menu for Valentine’s Day, including a heart-shaped chocolate lava cake. (Photo: Courtesy Babe’s Bar-Be-Que & Brewery)
Pair Babe’s brand new stout with their exclusive Valentine’s Day menu. With hints of dark cherries, cacao nibs and chocolate, Babe’s chocolate cherry stout is the restaurant’s first seasonal beer of 2019, launching Feb. 13. Accompany the chocolate cherry stout with a three-course menu for two. For $85, you can enjoy a Caesar salad, 6-ounce filet and grilled shrimp, plus a heart-shaped chocolate lava cake for dessert.
If you go: 71-800 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage; (760) 346-8738; babesbbqbrewery.com
Renaissance Indian Wells Resort and Spa
Beer & Bliss package at Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa (Photo: Courtesy Renaissance Indian Wells Resort and Spa)
Wanting to spend some quality time apart this Valentine’s Day? ‘”Beer and Bliss” might be the deal for you. For each night you stay at the hotel, Renaissance Indian Wells Resort and Spa will provide one 50-minute spa treatment, with your choice of either a cocoa butter massage or You’re Berry Special Facial.
For the beer part of the deal, La Quinta Brewing Co. will provide one bucket of poolside blonde beers, per night stayed. Every morning, a breakfast at CAVA will also be supplied. ‘Beer and Bliss’ is offered throughout February, excluding Feb. 4, 5, 13 and 20, and rooms start at $329 per night. For this offer, spa appointments at the Renaissance must be made in advance.
If you go: 44-400 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells; (760) 773-4444; renaissanceindianwells.com
The Pink Cabana
Pink Cabana sparkling rose (Photo: Jaime Kowal/Courtesy Sands Hotel & Spa)
Start this complete prix fixe dinner at the Sands Hotel & Spa restaurant with an amuse bouche of white truffled egg and Tsar Nicoulai caviar, accompanied with a glass of Pink Cabana sparkling rosé. Appetizers include a Maine lobster velouté, salad of hearts of palm or house-made red kuri squash agnolotti.
Diners then get a choice of ricotta cavatelli, Columbia river sturgeon or filet mignon for their entree. To conclude the meal, a choice of Valrhona chocolate soufflé or passion fruit tart paired with blood orange cloud brewed coffee or organic herbal tea will be available. Sands Hotel & Spa will supply dark chocolate and espresso truffles for you to enjoy at home. The dinner is $135 per person, and reservations are required.
If you go: 44-985 Province Way, Indian Wells; (760) 321-3771; sandshotelandspa.com
JW Marriott Desert Springs
JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa Valentine’s menu (Photo: Courtesy T&T Innovation Kitchen at JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa)
Board one of the hotel’s private gondolas and experience the Venetian-inspired channels while taking in the surrounding desert landscape. The gondola ride will include one dozen red roses, a bottle of Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque Brut 2008, and a gourmet picnic basket with artisanal curated nibbles, wild mother of pearl caviar, crème fraiche and gold-dusted strawberries. To conclude the ride, a hand-crafted chocolate dessert will be provided by the hotel’s Desert Springs Pastry team.
Or, you can make it a date at T&T Innovation Kitchen and sit at the chef’s counter. The time and temperature influence the experimental culinary outlet’s dishes, making this dining experience unique. The engaging setting proves appealing for both singles looking to mingle as well as couples. T&T will be open for an extra night on Feb 14. Reservations are required for either one of these Valentine’s Day deals.
If you go: 74-855 Country Club Drive, Palm Desert; (760) 341-2211; marriott.com
Santa Rosa hiking trail
Explore the trails of the Santa Rosa mountains this Valentine’s Day. (Photo: Jay Calderon/The Desert Sun)
Love to hike? Explore the trails of the Santa Rosa mountains this Valentine’s Day.
At this hosted meet-up, participants will meet at the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument at 10 a.m. The mountains welcome couples as well as singles, with a special gift to share with your loved one or with a new friend you meet on the day.
If you go: 51-500 Highway 74, Palm Desert; (760) 862-9984; eventbrite.com
Wilma & Frieda
Wilma & Frieda Valentine’s special (Photo: Courtesy Wilma & Frieda)
Both the El Paseo and Palm Springs locations will be providing a special Valentine’s menu for $58.
At the El Paseo restaurant, where there will be one seating at 6:30 p.m., dine to the romantic sounds of harpist Erica Powell until 8:30 p.m.
At the Palm Springs location, reservations are available between 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.
If you go: Palm Desert: 73575 El Paseo, Ste. 2310; (760) 773 2807. Palm Springs: 155 S. Palm Canyon Drive; (760) 992 5080; wilmafrieda.com
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
Fantasy Springs. (Photo: Submitted)
Plenty of romantic dining options are available for Valentine’s Day at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. The Bistro offers indulgent dining prepared for you and your valentine to enjoy with delights such as avocado and tempura shrimp sushi roll for an appetizer, and Chateaubriand surf n’ turf followed by chef Freddy’s ‘Kissing Swans’ dessert. In addition to a special menu for the day, The Bistro will serve its regular nightly menu and will be open for dinner at 5 p.m.
POM offers a more relaxed atmosphere, with a special menu including an entrée special of filet mignon and Maine lobster tail, paired with three-cheese au gratin potatoes, sautéed asparagus, burgundy demi-glace, lemon-butter sauce and hot-drawn butter for $58 per person. Dinner seating begins at 5 p.m. on Valentine’s Day.
Fresh Grill Buffet will be providing diners with food from around the world. Dinner seating begins at 4 p.m. Adults are $32.99 and children ages 3 to 11 are $16.99. Children under 3 are free.
Reservations are required for any of the dining experiences at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.
If you go: 84-245 Indio Springs Pkwy., Indio; (760) 342-5000; fantasyspringsresort.com
Morongo Casino Resort & Spa
The Drum Room at Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa (Photo: Mischenko Olga/Courtesy Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa)
Morongo’s talented chefs will serve a decadent meal with spectacular views of the Drum Room accompanied by classical notes of acclaimed pianist Antonio Castillo de la Gala. A multi-course meal with options including filet mignon, herb-crusted sea bass and oysters will be offered. In addition to the meal, diners will receive a souvenir photograph and a special gift. Seatings for the dinner take place from 6 to 8 p.m., and 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets for $125, and reservations are required.
If you go: 49-500 Seminole Drive, Cabazon; (951) 849-3080; morongocasinoresort.com
Leah Woodfield is an intern at The Desert Sun. Reach her at [email protected].
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