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Valentine's Day romance

You don't have to travel far to show how you feel

Posted: February 10, 2012 6:00 a.m.
Updated: February 10, 2012 6:00 a.m.

You still have local options for celebrating Valentine’s Day.

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Don't panic gentlemen. Though you probably should have made your Valentine's Day plans long ago, if you haven't, Escape is here to help you out. And whether you need to schedule your romantic rendezvous for this coming Tuesday (along with everyone else), or for any of the days between now and then, you have several excellent choices available in town and nearby. From fine dining and fine wine, to a triple-act comedy show, a murder mystery train ride or a romantic harbor cruise, your options await. And there are some endearing things you can do without going out, as well.

Singing Valentines
Men of Harmony, a club devoted to the art of barbershop quartet and four-part harmony singing, will again offer Sweetheart Serenades to residents of the Santa Clarita Valley for Valentine's Day. The group offers two levels of singing valentines to be delivered on Feb. 13 or Feb. 14. The $45 package will deliver your singing valentine anywhere in the SCV between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. A time cannot be guaranteed, but is usually within two hours of the requested time. The $55 package will deliver your singing valentine within 15 minutes of your target time. Each package includes a flower gift to the recipient. To order a singing valentine from the Men of Harmony for delivery on Feb. 13-14 call (661) 296-2292. For more information, visit www.scmenofharmony.com.

F&W Railway Love Train
351 Santa Clara St.
Fillmore, CA 93015
(805) 524-0330
www.fwry.com  
Tuesday, Feb. 14 the F&W will host its Valentine's Day murder mystery train, with the theme "The Love Train," spoofing "The Love Boat." The train ride is from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The $89 per person ticket (over age 18 only) includes the three-hour train ride, a three-course dinner and a comedy-style murder mystery play.

Romance at Rancho Camulos
Saturday or Sunday, bring your special someone to Rancho Camulos Museum National Historic Landmark to experience "Romance at the Rancho." Docent-led tours will focus on the love stories of couples associated with Camulos. Bring a picnic and blanket and spend some quality time with each other enjoying the beautiful setting. Regular suggested donation of $5 for adults, $3 for children. Call (805) 521-1501 for more information or visit www.ranchocamulos.org. Rancho Camulos is on Highway 126, two miles East of Piru.

Scarlett Belle
Valentine's Dinner Cruise
A&M Boat Charters
600 Harbor Blvd.
Channel Islands Harbor
Oxnard Marine Emporium Landing
(805) 204-0977
www.scarlettbelle.com  
This special dinner cruise, aboard a paddlewheel riverboat, boards at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and the cruise runs from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30p.m. For $163 per couple you get the cruise, free-flowing champagne with a cash bar, a full course dinner - with a choice of maple glazed salmon, chicken with smoked mozzarella, pasta or vegetarian entrée - along with chocolate love bite desserts and a cute Valentine's bear per couple. (There is a similar cruise on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 7:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.)

J.R.'s Comedy Club
27630 The Old Road
Valencia, CA 91355
(661) 259-2291
www.comedyinvalencia.com  
On Valentine's Day J.R.'s will have a special dinner for two, with a champagne toast, a rose for the ladies, and a triple headliner show with James P. Connelly, Bernadette Pauley and Don McMillan, "The High Tech Comedian." Dinner seating is from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., with an 8 p.m. show. $79 per couple.

The Tea Gardens
26111 Bouquet Canyon Road
Saugus, CA 91350
(661) 255-9832
www.theteagardens.com  
Through Feb. 14, The Tea Gardens is offering special breakfast and all-day menus. Breakfast: From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., $25 per person, 1 large pot of tea, petit salmon and eggs Benedict, bacon, tomato and cucumber hearts, Brie and orange marmalade, a scone, cream cheese and jam, grilled chocolate hazelnut croissant, petit four. All day: $32 per person for Victorian setting and unlimited tea (reservations only), $28 per person walk-in for one large pot of tea in standard setting. Menu includes melon and prosciutto skewers, petit pastrami sandwich, curried chicken hearts on raisin bread, cream cheese and bruschetta, a scone, seasonal desserts and petit fours.

Vino 100
28112 Newhall Ranch Road
Valencia, CA 91355
(661) 294-6886
www.vino100valencia.com
Saturday, Feb. 11 through Tuesday, Feb.14 enjoy a special Valentine's wine tasting, including Intaglio Bianco 2009 (Italy), Ermita de Nieve Verdejo 2010 (Argentina), Graziano Zinfandel 2007 (Mendocino), Tierra Altas Malbec 2007 (Argentina), and Stephen Vincent Wines Merlot 2010 (Central Coast). Wine tasting flights are $15 for a three-flight tasting, $25 five-flight tasting, or order by the glass or by the bottle.

Oaks Grille at TPC
26550 Heritage View Lane
Valencia, CA 91355
(661) 288-1995, x 109
On Saturday, Feb. 11, the Oaks Grille will offer a special five-course dinner, champagne included, for $95 per person.

Salt Creek Grille
24415 Town Center Drive, #115
Valencia, CA 91355
(661) 222-9999
After 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights, Salt Creek Grill will offer a special Valentine's Day menu in addition to the regular menu. With multiple choices, the special dinner prices range from $9.95 for a salad to $29.95 for coffee-rubbed New York strip steak (per person). Friday and Saturday nights singer Brett Vogel will perform from 9 p.m. to midnight. Sunday, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dave Ford and the Last Set will perform.

Vines Restaurant and Bar
Hyatt Regency Valencia
24500 Town Center Drive
Valencia, CA 91355
(661) 678-4044 reservations
From Friday, Feb. 10 through Tuesday, Feb. 14 (5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.) the Vines will be offering a special four-course dinner at $59 plus tax and gratuity per person. (The regular dinner menu selections will be available as well.) The special menu includes your starter choice of heart-shaped crab cake, corn chowder, Valentine's salad, heirloom tomato bruschetta. The intermezzo is late harvest raspberry sorbet. Entrée choices include petite filet and half lobster tail, grilled wild salmon, free range chicken breast, garganelli pasta. The sweet finale is a decadent chocolate granache heart. Diners receive a complimentary glass of champagne as well.

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