LA — With Valentine’s Day less than a month away, Malibu is the perfect setting for romance. Wait. Rewind. Who needs an excuse for romance?!
1. It’s time to shed the stress of the week and sip vino surrounded by lush mountain views and Italian olive trees like you’re at your own private seaside ranch. Have a romantic afternoon at Malibu Wines, just 25 miles north of Santa Monica, where you bring your own tasty snacks to accompany one of three wine tasting menus (flights) or grab a bottle of one of their private labels. As they say there, “Viva Malibu!”
2. If it’s the weekend, get a tour of the gorgeous property (don’t forget the sunscreen!) and listen to live music as day turns into night.
3. By the time the sun sets, you’ll be ready to dine under the stars. Head over to nearby Malibu Cafe (or Cafe M to some) at Calamigos Ranch for a “nouveau barbecue” supper. This 4th generation family owned restaurant has its own organic garden and features a “ranch to table” menu. Enjoy outdoor pool and shuffleboard under chandeliers that hang from the trees or hideaway in your own private cabana. No matter what you end up doing, you’ll make it a day you don’t want to end!
Note for next time: they also have an amazing champagne brunch where you can paddle boat on the lake and hear live bluegrass music.
LA Contributor: Rebecca Stay