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5 Romantic Date Ideas in Newport Beach for Wintertime

December 21, 2023

‘Tis the season for some quality time with your person! A cozy night in is always a play, especially during the winter months, but when you feel like trading Netflix and takeout for a spontaneous date night, check this list twice. Newport Beach is the perfect destination for duos looking to add some fun to their calendar. From strolling the magical grounds of Roger’s Gardens to ice skating on the shores of the Back Bay, these date ideas in Newport Beach are sure to make sparks fly!

Stroll through Roger’s Garden

With acres of lush foliage, a charming boutique and an on-site farm-to-table restaurant, Roger’s Gardens is straight out of a Hallmark movie. This garden center features winding trails that lead visitors through acres of beautiful botanical beauty, and in the wintertime, you and your significant other can soak in all of the holiday magic! Start by popping into the “Christmas Confections” Holiday Boutique to shop a collection of ornaments, garlands, wreaths and festive gifts, then snag a table at Farmhouse and savor a cozy meal of tasty American fare, cocktails and regional wines.

Ice skating at Newport Dunes

This winter, Newport Dunes has transformed into a winter wonderland! The first-ever Fire & Ice Festival features a picture-perfect outdoor ice skating rink on the Back Bay, where you and your s/o can lace up your skates, link arms and glide under the twinkling lights. The rink is open daily from 12-9:30 p.m. with the last skate session beginning at 8 p.m. After your skate date, be sure to head over to the Igloo Bar for festive libations or cozy up around a fire pit to roast s’mores and sip some hot chocolate.

Gondola Ride on the Bay

Nothing says romance quite like cruising the serene waters of Newport Harbor in your own private Italian gondola. Gondola Adventures offers a serene way to experience the beauty of the bay with your loved one this season! Take things up a notch by booking the Amore Cruise, a one-hour journey through the harbor’s enchanting canals, complete with chocolates and sparkling beverages. To personalize your experience, consider add-ons, like a floral arrangement, a bottle of fine wine or champagne, or a heartfelt message in a bottle!

Beach Bonfire in Crystal Cove

Winter in California means swapping snow for sand! The Beachcomber, nestled in the heart of the Crystal Cove State Park Historic District, specializes in creating unforgettable bonfire experiences perfect for your next date night. Select the Sunset Package for a classic evening complete with refreshing beverages, comfortable beach chairs, and sweet s’mores. Or, indulge in the Campers’ Delight Package, which elevates your on-the-sand experience with tasty hamburgers, hot dogs, and s’mores for dessert! Secure your fire pit reservation easily by clicking here, or simply stop by The Beachcomber’s convenient express beach tent to rent one on the spot.

Wine Tasting at Newport Beach Vineyards & Winery

While Newport Beach may not have quite as many vineyards as Napa does, you can still get your vino fix! Nestled near the Back Bay, Newport Beach Vineyards & Winery is a great date spot for those looking to sip and stay awhile. You and your date can tour the vineyards, learn about the winemaking process, and, of course, sample various reds and whites. There is also plenty of outdoor seating, so you can sit back and enjoy the surroundings with a glass of wine in hand. It’s a laid-back way to spend time together, especially if you both appreciate good wine and a natural, scenic setting.

Written by: Kaylin Waizinger

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