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The Best Free and Cheap Date Ideas in Los Angeles

Going on dates can be really expensive, but it doesn't have to be. There are some really great date ideas in Los Angeles that are cheap or free. Here's my list! 1. Hiking Hiking tops many lists of cheap date ideas for good reason. I have yet to meet...

My Favorite “Secret” Beach – Lechuza Beach Malibu

There are many wonderful beaches in Los Angeles and Orange County, but many of these are crowded and lack privacy. I'd like to tell you about a "hidden gem" that I found.. a beach that feels like a private beach far away from the crowds of the city. It's a bit of a...

A Fun Beach Hike to Tidepools at Abalone Cove in Palos Verdes

If you want a really unique L.A. beach experience, check out Abalone Cove in Palos Verdes. It offers a short trail hike down to a rocky beach leading to caves and tidepools. It can be a really cool and unusual date experience! One warning though - you will get wet!...

My Top 20 Downtown LA Date Ideas

In my opinion, downtown L.A. is one of the best date areas in Southern California. It’s undergoing a renaissance and is one of the really hip areas to hang out at, with tons of great restaurants, bars, and unique attractions. Here is my personal list...

My Top Twenty Pasadena Date Ideas

I believe Pasadena is one of the best places to go on a date in the LA area. It’s got fine restaurants, bars, shopping areas, cultural events, museums, and a lot more, making it worth visiting even if you live far away. Here are my top ten date ideas in Pasadena and...

L.A. Vegan Restaurants Even Carnivores Will Enjoy

Has this ever happened to you: You’re a meat-lover, but your date is a vegan, and you never been to a vegan restaurant before and have no idea where to go.  Or, vice versa, you’re a vegan and you want to take your carnivore date to a restaurant they won’t hate. Here...

My Five Favorite Restaurants in Old Town Pasadena

There are so many great restaurants, bars, and hangouts in Old Town Pasadena, it can be difficult to choose.  Here are my personal favorites based on food, service, and ambiance, in no particular order. 1. Mi Piace Right in the heart of Old Town on the...

Romantic Restaurants and Bars on Ocean Avenue Santa Monica

If you asked most people what the best date spot in Santa Monica is, many would say Third Street Promenade.  And that is not a bad choice, with lots of restaurants, street performers, and a lively crowd. But, I submit that Ocean Avenue may be the better place to go...

Los Liones Canyon Trail – My Favorite Hike

You might have noticed that I've been going on a lot of hikes in the Santa Monica mountains lately.  They've all be great, but each seems to be better than the last.  At a friend’s recommendation, I did the Los Liones Canyon hike and I think it’s the best one I've...

Complete List of Summer Outdoor Movies in Los Angeles 2017

Seeing an outdoor movie with someone special can be a fun and cozy date idea.  Below is a link to the best list I’ve found of outdoor movies for summer 2017 (from Thrillist): 2017 Outdoor Movie Screenings from Thrillist.com Note that “outdoor” does not necessarily...

Temescal Canyon – An Ideal Date Hike

The Temescal Canyon Loop is a popular trail and is an ideal date hike because it’s the perfect length, it’s just the right difficulty level, it’s very close to civilization, and has some great views and interesting terrain. It’s a great way to spend a weekend morning...

The Best BBQ on the West Side – Baby Blues BBQ

My friend and I were driving to Costco in Marina del Rey but wanted to stop for lunch first. We stumbled upon a nondescript restaurant called Baby Blues BBQ. I love BBQ, so we decided to take a chance on the joint. We were not disappointed! The Ambiance...

Top Tips for Having a Great Time at Staples Center

Home of the Lakers, Clippers, and Kings, and host to concerts and other events, the Staples Center is a prime attraction in downtown Los Angeles. Here are my tips to make your visit fun and hassle-free. 1. Bring a good jacket for Kings games If you go...

The Best Museum Date in LA: The Huntington Library and Gardens

I’m a big fan of museums, and Los Angeles has some great ones, including the Getty, the Getty Villa, LACMA/La Brea Tar Pits, and the California Science Center.  But, I recently re-visited the continually-expanding Huntington Library and I concluded that it’s the best...

Have a Great Date at Griffith Park Observatory

The Griffith Park Observatory is not only one of the most popular tourist attractions in Los Angeles, it’s also a great place to go for an after-dinner date with someone special, and most of the attractions there are free! Here are my top recommendations to have a...

The Skyroom in Long Beach: A Restaurant For Those Special Occasions

On my personal short list of romantic restaurants in Los Angeles is Long Beach’s incredible Skyroom. This place is not only on my short list, but is listed as the #11 most romantic restaurant in America by Proflowers.com, and was voted the most romantic restaurant in...

A Great Walking Tour of Downtown Los Angeles

If you are into history or architecture, the highly-rated Free LA Tour can be a great outdoor date idea! I recently took an out-of-town friend on the tour and we enjoyed it.  Here are my experiences. The Logistics You'll need to register for the Free LA...

A Fun, Unique Date Idea: Horseback Riding in Malibu!

I recently had a friend visiting from out of town who wanted to go horseback riding in the LA area.  I had never ridden a horse before, but I was willing to give it a try. Well, I am glad I did, because it was an awesome experience and I had a blast!  Here’s some info...

The Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival

Depending on what type of entertainment you and your date enjoy, the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival might just be your cup of tea. Personally, I have never been super-into Shakespeare. I hated reading that stuff in grade school just like...

The Top Three Most Romantic Restaurants in Los Angeles

Proflowers has come up with a list of the 245 most romantic restaurants in America. Los Angeles has three in the top fifteen with a Santa Barbara restaurant capturing number one! Proflowers came up with the list by researching reputable restaurant sites like...

The Best Santa Monica Date Ideas

Santa Monica is an obvious and popular destination for hanging out with friends or someone special.  As a native, I've spent a lot of time there.  Here are my top night and daytime itineraries for a fun time in my home town and the in the Palisades.  Note: all of...

Romantic Date Ideas in Long Beach

When you think of great places to go on a date near L.A., Long Beach usually doesn’t immediately come to mind.  Yet, I recently spent a day there and was blown away by how beautiful and romantic parts of Long Beach are.  I’m not a Long Beach local, but there are some...

An Easy Date Hike with Great Views at Will Rogers State Park

Will Rogers State Park in Pacific Palisades offers an easy hike with some nice views of Century City to the Santa Monica Bay, and even Catalina Island on a clear day. History Will Rogers was one of the highest-paid and most famous actors in the early...

Casa Del Mar – A Classy Date Lounge by the Ocean

A worthy stop in any Santa Monica date itinerary is the Casa Del Mar hotel, with its grand Lobby Lounge and amazing view of the pier and beach. It has a prime location close to beach activities and the Third Street Promenade, yet far enough from the noise and hustle...

How to Have a Perfect Hollywood Bowl Experience

The Hollywood Bowl is an awesome and unique Southern California institution.  There’s nothing like listening to music in the hills beneath the stars.  I’ve done it many many times.  Here are some tips to make your time there perfect. Which Seats to Get...

How to Have an Amazing Date at Disneyland

Disneyland is not a place that usually comes to mind when you are thinking of where to take a date. But, I've have some wonderful times at Disneyland as an adult going with someone special.  If you’re willing to shell out the dough for admission, or if you have an...

Yamashiro – One of the Most Romantic Restaurants in L.A.

Yamashiro is one of my all-time favorite date restaurants in Los Angeles.  The ambiance is right out of a Samurai movie, and it has one of the most amazing views of L.A. of any restaurant I know.  The garden in front of the restaurant has got to be one of the most...

Oktoberfest at Alpine Village

I am a big fan of German music and culture, yet I had never been to Alpine Village in Torrance, California, so I jumped at the chance to attend Oktoberfest there in September 2013 and again in October 2015! In two years they've made some significant and noticeable...



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