Romance in East County

Romance in East County

VALENTINE’S OPEN RANCH AT ALPACAS OF SAN DIEGO IN DESCANSO FEB. 13

 

East County News Service

February 4, 2016 (Descanso) -- City folks are invited to come surround yourselves with adorable animals at a Valentine’s weekend Open Ranch at Alpacas of San Diego, located in Descanso (9718 River Drive).  This free event will be held Saturday, February 13th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Mention you heard about this event on East County Magazine, and receive a 10% discount on any item purchased!

 

You can meet the animals, learn about alpacas and even shop for a gift for your sweetheart, including jewelry and crafts made by local artists, natural soaps and of course, alpaca wool products.  There will also be a crafts table for kids. 

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS FEB. 12-28

 

East County News Service

February 10, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes some romantic options for Valentine’s Day, from sweet dessert and wine pairings  at local wineries to an alpaca ranch open house.

Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions including Black history month events, a lute concert,  a bluegrass jam, and an open art studios tour. 

So stay tuned (scroll down) for all of these events and more.

COUNTY PARKS HOSTS “SWEETHEART SELFIE CONTEST”: WIN A WEDDING AT FLINN SPRINGS

 

Source: County News Service

 

February 5, 2016 (Flinn Springs) -- Snap a selfie with your sweetheart at a San Diego County park for a chance to win a ceremony and reception at one of the County’s premier outdoor wedding destinations. Deadline to submit photos is Friday, February 12th. One lucky couple will receive:

LOVE IS IN THE AIR AT LA CASA DEL ZORRO RESORT

 

 

East County News Service

February 4, 2016 (Borrego Springs)--From a romance-filled Valentine's Day special dinner to an exceptionally beautiful wildflower season just around the corner, there are plenty of reasons to fall in love with La Casa del Zorro Resort in Borrego Springs this month.

APHRODISIAC’S DELIGHT: VALENTINE DINNER AT JEREMY’S ON THE HILL

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 3, 2016 (Julian) — From Maine Lobster-watermelon salad to leg of lamb, scallops in saffron and banana bruleé, the Valentine’s weekend “aphrodisiac menu” at Jeremy’s on the Hill in Julian has an array of delights you’ll love to savor.  This special menu will be served up Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 12-14 from 4 pm. to close.

CAMEL DAIRY OPEN FARM TOURS AND SHOWS: SHARE THE LOVE VALENTINE’S WEEKEND

 

East County News Service

January 31, 2016 (Ramona) -- Love is in the air at the Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona.  The February Open Farm Tour and Show on Valentine’s Day weekend February 13 and 14 from 1-4 p.m. features bouncy baby lambs, curious camels you can ride and cuddle, plus the oh-so-fun Camel Dairy Animal Friends Show. 

You can also pamper yourself and the ones you love with something special from the RARE MILK Camel Milk Skin Care product line and try a bit of decadent camel milk chocolate.

FOR WEDDINGS TO SAVOR, GROVE PASTRY TAKES THE CAKE

By Miriam Raftery

May 28, 2015 (Lemon Grove) – If you’re looking for a wedding cake that’s personalized, beautiful and delicious,  you’ll find your heart’s desire at Grove Pastry Shop in Lemon Grove. When San Diego Style Wedding magazine held a competition for wedding cake bakers last year, Grove Pastry Shop won six of eight categories (and didn’t enter the other two). 

In business since 1947, the bakery has evolved with the times, now offering an array of options ranging from specialty cake flavorings from mango to margaritas, as well as decorating options from tiered chandeliers to tattoos.  One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is the bakery’s commitment to quality –with all cakes hand-crafted and baked the old-fashioned way, with the finest ingredients using many personal recipes from owner Teresa Johnson.

A COUNTRY GARDEN MARRIAGE WITH A HORSE AND CARRIAGE: HAZY MEADOW IN LAKESIDE

By Miriam Raftery

March 9, 2015 (Lakeside)—If you’re looking for a romantic special setting, East County has beautiful venues where you don’t have to worry about coastal fog or crowds.  One of our favorites is Hazy Meadow Ranch, nestled at the base of El Capitan Mountain in Lakeside’s scenic El Monte Valley. 

This idyllic wedding venue comes complete with a white horse-drawn carriage ride, gazebo, lawn with expansive shade trees and flowering gardens, outdoor dance floor, plus options for Western or Spanish themed weddings including an entire Western town settingg – to name just a few of the unique amenities here.

SHOPPING FOR AN ENGAGEMENT RING?

Tips for finding a reputable jeweler, quality stones, settings and designs

 

By Terry Whyte, master goldsmith at www.GoldenArtistry.com in La Mesa

March 4, 2015 (La Mesa)—When it comes time to choose your engagement and wedding rings, start by checking Yelp to find a reputable jeweler.

Call and ask if they have a goldsmith on staff.  Ask if they make their own original jewelry.  (Do you really want one of 10,000 made in Bangkok?)  Clerks at a store that only sell jewelry, not design the products,  may have limited knowledge of how they are made.  If possible, purchase American-made jewelry.

WESTERN SWEETHEART DANCE FEB. 21

 

February 10, 2015 (Lakeside) - A Western Sweetheart Dance featuring country artist Patrick Trampus will be held at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds on February 21st from 5 to 10 p.m. with entertainment starting at 6 p.m. A coronation for Miss Rodeo Lakeside will also be held.

ROMEO AND JULIET: CHICAGO-STYLE MARCH 12-21

 

February 9, 2015 (El Cajon)—The Stagecoach Theatre at Grossmont College will present Romeo and Juliet, arguably the greatest love story in English literature, in eight performances in March.  This production has a twist—set against the turbulent backdrop of Prohibition Era Chicago, blending a mafia family drama with the timelessness of forbidden love.

GREEN IS THE NEW RED THIS VALENTINE'S DAY

 

Show love for your Valentine and the planet with eco-friendly tips from Waste Management of Southern California

February 9, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--Valentine’s Day is almost here and with hundreds of millions of cards, boxes of chocolates and bouquets expected to exchange hands this year, Waste Management of Southern California is encouraging community members to consider simple alternatives that not only express the spirit of the holiday but also make it a little greener.

SWEETHEART SCAMMERS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

 

By Andrea Toch

Reprinted with permission from http://blog.protectmyid.com/2014/01/22/sweetheart-scammers-what-you-need-to-know/?

February 6, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)-- Identity theft advocacy organizations and the FBI warn those who use online dating sites to watch out for “sweetheart scammers” who swindle money or bank account information from online daters.

VALENTINE’S DAY 4-COURSE APHRODESIAC DINNER & CLASSICAL GUITAR AT JEREMY’S ON THE HILL

 

February 6, 2015 (Julian) – What could be more romantic than classical guitar music and an aphrodisiac dinner cooked up by the Courdon-Bleu trained chef/owner at Jeremy’s on the Hill, nestled on the outskirts of the historic gold rush town of Julian?

The feast begins with “first love” stuffed mushrooms filled with almond-basil pesto. Next choose from  oysters on the half shell with champagne mignonette or butternut squash soup with coconut milk and cinnamon crouton.

DINE YOUR HEART OUT: VALENTINE SPECIAL AT BO BEAU'S RESTAURANT

 

February 5, 2015 (La Mesa) -- Love is in the air at Bo-Beau's Restaurant in La Mesa, East County's only member of the esteemed Cohn Restaurants.  Chef Neil has put together a three-course menu with a shared dessert to showcase his cuisine on Valentine’s Day for $49.95 per person. 

Start with a teaser of escargot, heart beet bisque or red scarlett gem salad to whet your appetite. Then savor an entree, choosing from roasted chicken, steak, scallops, quinoa cakes or gnocchi alfredo. As a finale, share a mini ved velte torte complete with white chocolate mousse, raspberry sorbet and strawberry pearls.

HAWK WATCH WINERY SERVES UP VALENTINE DESSERT AND WINE PAIRING FEB. 14 - 15

 

February 4, 2015 (Warner Springs) – What could be more romantic than chocolate and wine? 

Hawk Watch Winery invites you to a special Valentine Dessert and Wine pairing on February 14 and 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m..  The winery will be releasing its new 2012 Syrah paired with a dark chocolate raspberry syrah mousse.

OPERA AND ART AT SALERNO WINERY

 

February 6, 2015 (Ramona) – Treat your sweetheart to an afternoon of opera, art and wine at Salerno Winery in Ramona. Each Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m., savor operatic performances by Jorge D’Soria, a gifted tenor who sings in six languages, and Salvador Padilla, a brilliant baritone who has performed around the world and won numerous awards for his vocal talent.

You can also stroll through a sculpture garden that includes many sensual creations, enjoy authentic Italian-style pizza hot out of a brick oven, sample cheeses, Caprese trays, salad and fresh-baked bread to go with your favorite wine.

MOST ROMANTIC VALENTINE RETREATS IN EAST COUNTY

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 2, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) -- What better way to infuse passion into your relationship than to slip away for a Valentine weekend stay  at one of East County’s romantic inns, cabins or lodges? Or give a getaway gift for later in the year as the perfect way to say”I love you.”

Here are few idyllic places to rejuvenate your spirit with that special someone:

VALENTINES WEEKEND KUMEYAAY LAKES POETRY CAMPOUT AT MISSION TRAILS FEB. 13-15

 

 

February 3, 2015 (San Diego)--San Diego's Mission Trails Regional Park announces a three-day Kumeyaay Lakes Poetry Campout  in February with Poet Jim Moreno--complete with love-themed workshops for romantics at heart.

The Valentines Day Weekend (Feb. 13-15) will blend writing time for beginning to seasoned poets in four structured writing workshops. Star gazing with the San Diego Astronomy Association, a guided nature walk, and a Saturday sunset open mic for camping poets and community at the Kumeyaay Lake amphitheater will be blended with Valentine theme poetry events.

VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER DANCE IN CAMPO FEB. 14

 

 

February 6, 2015 (Campo) – St. Adelaide Parish is holding its Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance February 15 from 5 – 10 p.m. at the Campo Community Center, 976 Sheridan Road, Campo.  The evening will include dinner, dancing, a live auction and raffle.  For dinner, you can feast together on lasagna, salad, bread, beverage and dessert.

Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased by calling 619-569-7567.  The evening is adults only.

A ROMANTIC VALENTINE’S DINNER AT ANDIAMO FEB. 14

 

February 6, 2015 (San Diego) – Andiamo Ristorante Italiano in Tierrasanta is featuring a special four-course prix fix menu on Valentine's Day, February 14th for $45. 

Call 858-277-3501 fpr details or visit www.andiamo-ristorante.com to make reservations.  Andiamo’s is located at 5950 Santo Road, San Diego.

MEDITERRANEO BISTRO AND BAR PLANS VALENTINE'S SPECIAL MENU

 

 

January 27, 2015 (Alpine)--Happy Valentine’s Day! You’re invited to come celebrate the “perfect romantic evening” at Mediterraneo Bistro on Saturday February 14, 2015. Enjoy a Special Menu & extensive wine List on this lovely day.

COME TO THE CABARET: LA MESA CHAMBER'S 7TH ANNUAL SALUTE TO LOCAL HEROES

 

 

January 21, 2015 (La Mesa) - The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce announces its seventh annual Salute To Local Heroes, which will incorporate a Cabaret theme entitled “Come To The Cabaret.”

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