A Mini Guide to Coastal OC Date Night


Has it been awhile since your last real date night? Well, it’s not too late to spark up some moonlight magic for you and that special someone you treasure. While there are countless date night ideas to choose from, you may want to consider one of the options below.

Starlight Dinner Dance Cruise | Newport Beach | 1.800.668.4322, ext. 8

Perhaps a romantic dinner cruise is just what you’ve been needing. Complete with moonlit waters and the salty sea air, it’s the perfect setting to begin writing a new love story, or, rekindling an old one. This Starlight Dinner Cruise, operated by Hornblower Cruises and Events, includes a 3-hour cruise on a luxury yacht, with a complimentary glass of champagne upon boarding, a four-course dinner complete with your choice of either panko-crusted salmon, finished with a miso honey glaze, or beef short ribs, finished with a chipotle port wine sauce. A full beverage menu offers an assortment of signature cocktails and premium wines to choose from to coincide with your cuisine. After dinner, head out to the outdoor deck for music and dancing under the starry night sky, as you slowly make your way around the harbor.

Romance Gondola Dinner Cruise | Newport Beach | 949.675.4730

Glide over the waters of Newport Bay while enjoying a gourmet dinner for you and your loved one, all while aboard an elegant custom Venetian Gondola. Each cruise includes a beverage of your choice, fruit, chocolates, cheese and crackers. All of the electric gondolas are canopied so you and your lovely date can enjoy the privacy of each other’s company. Warm blankets and beautiful Italian music help set the mood for a romantic dinner cruise you’re sure to never forget.

Moon-lit Paddle Boarding | Newport Beach | 949.278.0011

Are you the type of couple who just can’t seem to sit still? Maybe the traditional date night dinner just isn’t for you. For those of you who crave something different, give paddle boarding a shot. But, not just traditional old paddle boarding, try it at night while the only light casts around you comes from the moon and stars. Oh, and your LED equipped glowing boards! (Check out times below because this experience is only offered seasonally!) This guided tour is the ultimate experience. Each board comes equipped with waterproof LED lighting that allows you to see marine life unlike you ever have before! This tour leads you through the calm waters of the bay and lasts approximately an hour. Lessons are provided, so don’t let lack of experience keep you from trying this thrilling new experience. Due to weather conditions, tours are only offered Friday and Saturday nights June through September. So, plan ahead and check out all the other adventures Pirate Coast has to offer in their “off-season” here.

The Laguna Playhouse | Laguna Beach | 949.497.2787

Where there is art, there is love, and in love therein lives art. There is nothing quite like the experience of watching a live performance. And good show, with the right performers, can fill a space with an energy so palpable that I swear it’s like a jolt to the heart. It just helps you come alive a little bit more than you were before. For theater lovers, and those apart, a date night to The Laguna Playhouse will enrich your life more than you’d know. For a full list of performances and showtimes click here.

Bonfire & Romantic Walk Under the Stars | Corona del Mar State Beach

Sometimes simple really is the best way to go. One of the most romantic places there is, is the beach. A night bundled up under a starry night sky, with a cool crisp ocean breeze, combined with the crackling sound of a wood-burning bonfire and the peaceful sound of waves crashing against the shore, sets the perfect mood for romance. For a full list of beaches that permit bonfires, click here. And if you feel like popping a cork on a nice bottle of wine, beaches that allow alcohol are: Kehoe Beach, Carmel Beach, Descanso Beach Club and Malibu Paradise Cove.

Music and Cocktails at Mesa | Costa Mesa | 714.557.6700

One of best things about Mesa Lounge is the ambiance. The moment you step inside it feels as if you’ve been transported to Vegas. Complete with bottle service, guest DJs, and an out of this world drink and dinner menu, you’ll be sure to leave an impression with your date. This trendy escape is sure to become a new favorite of yours – if its not already. Mesa Lounge lays tucked away at The CAMP in Costa Mesa. To book a lush cabaña at Mesa, schedule valet services or have a floral arrangement prepared, click here.

Live Music at The Marine Room | Laguna Beach | 949.494.3027

Let the sweet sounds of live music pour over you as easy as whiskey on ice. The Marine Room was established in 1934, but far from looking aged – think speakeasy meets modern whiskey joint. This is definitely a favorite of the locals and a great location for a late night cocktail. Highly recommended for music lovers and scotch and whiskey drinkers.

Hopefully, you’ve found some inspiration from the ideas listed above. So, embrace the now and plan a date night soon! Whether that’s mustering up the courage to ask out that special someone you’ve been wanting to for awhile, or asking your wife or husband out on a date again, it’s all about remembering what’s important – and who’s important – in life. If you have a story of a date night that you and your loved one enjoyed together, feel free to share it with us! We’d love to hear about it! Please send all responses to Candice@listingsmagazine.com.

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