The 13 Top Experiences to Book in the Sacramento Area for Valentine’s Day
Switch things up this Valentine’s Day by booking a unique experience to enjoy as a couple. Create a work of art, enjoy an interactive dinner, go skydiving inside, or play a round of golf! The possibilities are endless.
Take a look at these experiences worth booking in the Sacramento area for Valentine’s Day — or save some ideas for date nights down the line!
Enjoy an Interactive Dinner
If you haven’t yet been to The Kitchen Restaurant, this is your year. This renowned eatery in Arden-Arcade serves incredible farm-to-fork fare in a beautiful dining space with an open kitchen. But the farm-to-fork fare is not out of the ordinary for a Sacramento restaurant; it’s the unique experience at The Kitchen that has critics raving. You’ll spend several hours dining here, as you enjoy a five-course prix fixe demonstration dinner, take an interactive intermission, and enjoy a finale of fresh herb tea service and artisan coffee served with dessert. You are even invited to stroll throughout their beautiful restaurant throughout the night — including their open kitchen!
Photo Courtesy of The Kitchen
While reservations might be hard to come by for Valentine’s Day, consider celebrating your love on another day of the week! Check their availability and surprise your significant other with an unforgettable Valentine’s Day dinner. Looking for more romantic restaurant ideas? Here are 16 of our favorite Valentine’s Day restaurants in the Sacramento area.
Sample Wines at Old Sugar Mill
There’s wine tasting and then there’s wine tasting at Old Sugar Mill. Located just 15 minutes south of downtown, Old Sugar Mill was originally built in 1934 as an operating beet sugar refinery. Today, it hosts 15 unique wineries offering varietals from all over Northern California. You will discover a variety of featured wines, including Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbera, Tempranillo, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Sangiovese. For wine enthusiasts, this is the perfect one-stop-shop for a wide range of options in a lively, historic setting! Don’t miss their annual Port Wine & Chocolate event, which features port wine and chocolate pairings, barrel tasting, live music, and a commemorative glass you get to take home with you. This event is taking place at Old Sugar Mill on both February 10 and 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tour Dry Diggings Distillery
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Dry Diggings Distillery in El Dorado Hills is the perfect destination for sampling and learning more about spirits and the distilling process. This locally owned distillery serves some of the region’s finest vodka, whiskey, brandy and bourbon, and offers tours for visitors. The 1.5-hour tour discusses why Dry Diggings looks the way it does, how they make their spirits, and the craft behind the bottle, and finishes with a tasting. Book your reservation for an informative and exciting tour of Dry Diggings Distillery!
Create a Masterpiece Together
Enjoy a relaxing, laid-back and creative evening with your Valentine at Painted in Folsom. During this two-hour experience, you will follow step-by-step instructions from an art instructor to create a painted masterpiece. Plus, sip on local wines from Amador, Lodi, Napa and Sonoma throughout the evening. Check out their calendar to plan your Valentine’s Day experience at Painted!
Go Skydiving — Inside
Free fall from the “sky” at iFLY — no plane required. This unique experience is perfect for adventurous couples looking for an out-of-the-box date night idea. Indoor skydiving is a simulation of true freefall conditions in a vertical wind tunnel. You can leave the parachute, jumping, and fear of heights behind as you experience a thrilling “freefall” sensation in a vertical wind tunnel at iFLY.
Make a Valentine’s Day Dinner Together
Create a special Valentine’s Day dinner at Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op, featuring a menu from one of the most romantic places in the world — France. The menu features shrimp salad in endive leaves, ham and gruyere crepes served with mixed greens and a dijon vinaigrette and beef bourguignon. Top off the evening with Grand Marnier chocolate mousse with raspberry sauce and freshly whipped cream. The class includes a discussion about how each wine choice complements its food course. Pairing and recipes will be provided! Register for this exciting, romantic dinner at Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op. Tickets are $85 for co-op owners and $95 for the general public.
Sip on a Glass of Wine
Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday this year, which is excellent news for those who regularly celebrate Wine Wednesday. If you are new to this “holiday” you might want to make a trip to these local establishments for Valentine’s Day this year! Ten 22 celebrates Wine Wednesday with half-price bottles from open to close, available for dine-in only. 58 Degrees & Holding Co. offers a special Wine Tasting Wednesday each Wednesday from 5–7 p.m. Pay a $15 per person tasting fee, which is waived if you buy three or more bottles at the tasting. Enjoy a 10 percent discount on all wines being sold at the tasting if you find a new favorite!
Enjoy Live Music at Oak Park Brewing Company
Keep things casual with a visit to Oak Park Brewing Company for Live Music Wednesdays! Enjoy live music at Oak Park from 7–9 p.m. every Wednesday, and that certainly includes Valentine’s Day. Plus, all burgers are half off when you order one of their delicious beers. And believe us — they have an amazing selection to choose from!
Take a Staycation
Photo Courtesy of Vizcaya
Experience Sacramento in a whole new light this year with a staycation in the city. Staying close to home cuts down costs of traveling, minimizes time you have to take off work, and allows you to experience the exciting things happening right here in the capital city. While there are plenty of wonderful places worth booking for a staycation, you might consider Vizcaya in the heart of Midtown.
Built in 1899, Vizcaya is a 6,500-square foot white Colonial Revival bed and breakfast featuring a Victorian tower, antique furnishings, and landscaped gardens surrounding the property. This elegant mansion is conveniently situated in Midtown, providing easy access to the city and all of its splendor. Make a reservation for one of their eight luxury suites with British-tiled bathrooms (some with soaking tubs!), quiet and luxurious surroundings, and a complimentary breakfast.
Crack the Code at an Escape Room
Work together to solve the mystery at Enchambered, an exciting escape room in the heart of Sacramento. Find your way through mysterious puzzle-filled environments with secrets hidden all around you. In less than 60 minutes, escape from one of their three themed rooms, including Containment Breach, The Whispering Halls, and The Hidden Tomb. Keep things interesting this Valentine’s Day by booking a suspenseful experience at Enchambered in the Arden-Arcade neighborhood. Looking for more escape rooms in the city? There are many more in the region — just skip past the haunted houses in our guide to haunted houses and escape rooms in and around Sacramento.
Play a Game of Golf at Topgolf Roseville
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Stay active with a game of golf at Topgolf Roseville! Rent one of their private climate-controlled hitting bays and enjoy food and drinks from the full-service restaurant and bars nearby. With over 200 HDTVs on site and an exciting environment, Topgolf Roseville makes for a fun and energetic Valentine’s Day destination!
Aim For the Target at a Shooting Range
Switch things up with this unique date night idea! Practice your aim at The Gun Range in North Highlands. Simply rent the range and a handgun, review the important range rules, and see who can get closest to the target. This is doable for all experience levels, as The Gun Range provides a safe and controlled environment for gun use.
Ride a Horse-Drawn Carriage
Photo Courtesy of Top Hand Ranch
Travel back in time with your sweetheart with a horse-drawn carriage ride through Old Sacramento. Top Hand Ranch offers a sweet and simple carriage ride through this historic, picturesque district for just $15 per carriage ride. Before or after the ride, visit the museums, entertainment venues, enchanting restaurants, and unique shops lining Old Sacramento!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
We hope your date night experience is both memorable and enchanting.
Category El Dorado Hills, Folsom, Neighborhood Guides, Roseville, Sacramento
Cathy Harrington is Lyon Real Estate’s director of marketing, overseeing the content on the Lyon Local blog, website and social media channels.