Unique Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day in Lodi Wine Country
By Megan Eileen McDonough
Planning a romantic getaway for just the two of you? There’s no better excuse than Valentine’s Day, and Lodi is the perfect oasis for rest, relaxation and really good food. Whether in town for a whirlwind weekend or just whisking your honey away for the day, here are five unique ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Lodi.
Splurge on a Couple’s Massage at the Spa at Wine & Roses Hotel
Instead of stressing over your Valentine’s Day dinner plans, spend the day relaxing at The Spa at Wine & Roses Hotel. This state-of-the-art spa offers everything from detoxing body treatments and moisturizing facials to manicures and salon-style blowouts. Best of all, treatments primarily incorporate green products, so you won’t have to worry about harmful chemicals messing with your skin. The 60-minute couple’s massage is always a major hit come Valentine’s Day.
Plan a Wine and Cheese Picnic at Borra Vineyards
To be fair, many of Lodi’s wineries and vineyards offer picnic tables to guests, but Borra Vineyards is among the most idyllic settings. To prep for your romantic day in the shade, stock up on artisanal cheeses, olive oil, freshly baked bread and cured meats at Cheese Central in Downtown Lodi. Then make your way to Borra Vineyards, where you can sample a few wines before purchasing a bottle to pair with your cheese and charcuterie selections.
Indulge in Handmade Pasta at Pietro’s Trattoria
If you’ve ever watched Disney’s Lady and the Tramp, you probably know where we’re going with this one. When it comes to romantic restaurants, Pietro’s Trattoria takes the cake…or in this case, the (pizza) pie. The farm-to-fork menu is full of surprises, with dishes rotating to include in-season produce. That said, there are always the classics—like spaghetti with meatballs and fettuccine alfredo—to fall back on. Pair your dish with a fine glass of Italian wine and toast to your sweetie.
Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at The Dancing Fox Winery & Bakery
Speaking of sweets, this small, family-run winery does the trick. Fountains, plants and flowers of every shape and size transform The Dancing Fox Winery & Bakery into a romantic date spot, day or night. In addition to serving over 20 estate-grown varietals and its very own brews, The Dancing Fox offers some seriously delicious sweets. Try the indulgent Dancing Fox’s Frozen Delight, complete with chocolate cookies, vanilla ice cream, fudge, whipped cream, caramel and peanuts. Trust us, you’re in for a real treat!
Gallery Hop in Downtown Lodi
If you’re looking for a day activity that showcases the best sights and sounds of Lodi, take a walking tour of downtown. In fact, you might just find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your special someone. Take a stroll to some of Lodi’s best art galleries, such as Tony Segale’s Double Dip Gallery, which features local artists and an ice cream counter that serves 16 flavors of delicious Gunther’s Ice Cream. Or on the first Friday of every month, explore Lodi Art Hop, where you’ll discover new and exciting work while sipping on wine and nibbling on cheese.