Fine First Dates in the Winter

People fall in love like snowflakes fall in the frosty air. So before down from the chimney comes old Saint Nick, why not spend this “silent night” with your crush on that guy or chick? Here are the top seven romantic Rendez-Vous you can go to, making that first date a winter breeze.

7. The Getty Center

Show your crush your artistic know-how at the Getty Center’s massive selection of fine art from the true ages of Roman and Greek romanticism. They might be impressed at how much you know, as you observe festive lighting with some hot cocoa. And just look at that panoramic view! Perfect spot for a photo op of Los Angeles, or maybe a first kiss. (

6. Gondolas

Make their moon hit the sky like a sweet Fruitcake Pie as you float in a gondola, cuddling merrily down the stream. Going to Huntington Beach is an idyllic holiday getaway when you give that special someone fine wine, the aromatic love of cheesy frômage, and a snuggling that’ll drift your Venetian voyage onto their Nice list. Nothing like an Italian invitation to open the floodgates to your heart. (

***5. The Inn of the Seventh Ray

Tucked away in the depths of Topanga Canyon, the bright and warm smile of your honey won’t be the only spark lit as you dine organic cuisine under a canopy of stars, with fairy lights wrapping around the cherub fountain and candlelit wax joining in for the vehement vibes. Give her a goodbye to the year she deserves. Bon Appétit. (

3. The Culver Hotel

Baby, it’s cold outside… So, get smooth like the slopes and bring your V.I.P. next to the fireplace and under the mistletoe as you get to know each other to the music of Christmas carol classics resounding in the background of a 1920’s inspired speakeasy. Cozy and complete with a holly jolly jubilee tree, you’ll God Bless Everyone with a sight rarer than seeing Rudolph, or any of Santa’s reindeer: true love that can thaw even the iciest of hearts. (

2. The Grove

Take a stroll o’er the hills of snow–or stores, actually–as you and your snow angel visit the Grove for a spectacle of lovely lights. See their gigantic Christmas tree illuminate and take your breath away while riding the rekindled streets on festive trolleys. You’re welcome for warm meals and even warmer conversations at The Cheesecake Factory, Maggiano’s Little Italy or Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill, followed by maybe a Fa-La-La-La flick at the AMC or a scoop of peppermint bark at Häagen-Dazs® Ice Cream.


1. Ice Skating at the Queen Mary

To top off the tree with a superstar, Marina Del Ray has recently opened their annual CHILL at the Queen Mary. With so much to do to make their holiday a true gift, it’s impossible to not make that night unforgettable. Observe in awe the Ice Kingdom, a 13,000 sq ft display of humongous ice creations standing at 2.5 stories tall and weighing in at two million pounds of ice. Mingle to jingles as you drink at the 9º Ice Bar, a new vodka-tasting journey, for a cover charge of $15. Glide across the ice with your arm candy to make your first date a first skate, bringing you two closer together than penguins of a feather. And don’t forget to visit Santa Claus, wishing for good tidings for you and your new love dove.(

We sincerely and dearly hope your first date with the snowman or snowwoman of your dreams, truly proves to be your reason for the season. Happy Holidays!

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