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The 10 perfect places to propose in the Santa Clarita Valley

Posted: February 12, 2009 6:36 p.m.
Updated: February 14, 2009 10:46 a.m.

The firepit at Salt Creek Grille offers a romantic place to propose. But leave the marshmallows at home.

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The Santa Clarita Valley might not have the lounge at the Mark IV restaurant in Moscow, Idaho where I was engaged on a long ago Valentine's Day night, but there are many romantic places in the SCV where the question can be "popped."

Us girls like guys who make a special effort to plan an engagement. Hanging out in sweats, watching "Survivor" followed by a, "Hey, what do you say we get married?" isn't going to cut it.

You've now been warned.

Here's a list of the most romantic places to become engaged in the Santa Clarita Valley. Some locations are only suitable at certain times of year, or certain times of day.

1. Sunset at Vasquez Rocks
The park may only be open from 8 a.m. to dusk (which can be either 5 p.m. 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. depending on the time of year), but if you're clever you can still enjoy the view of Vasquez Rocks at sunset as you get down on one knee and ask that important question. Bring a picnic to share, a bottle of wine and make a romantic memory. Vasquez Rocks is located at 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road in Agua Dulce.

2. Firepit at Salt Creek Grille
The outdoor firepit at Salt Creek Grille, 24415 Town Center Drive, Valencia, is a cozy romantic setting. It can get a little crowded on some evenings, so you might have an audience, but that's what makes for special memories. A few sentimental onlookers might spring for a celebratory bottle of champagne if you play your cards right! However, don't think you can bring marshmallows to roast, owner Greg Amsler frowns on the mess they make.

3. Anywhere in the Garden
Since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 the Castaic Lake Water Agency Conservatory Garden has been much less accessible to the public, which is a shame. Open to the public Thursdays through Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. the gardens, high on the hill above Central Park in Saugus, were designed to be a learning center for SCV residents interested in being water-wise landscapers. There is a beautiful rose garden, a small fountain and acres of landscaping to explore. I once saw a deer wandering the gardens. There are many places to sit and enjoy the view, and to pop that once in a lifetime question.

4. Mojito's curtained booths
You'll need a reservation at Mojito Caribbean Cuisine, 26876 The Old Road, Valencia, (661) 254-2018, to secure one of the private, curtained booths at Mojito for your big moment. However, the food, the ambiance and the privacy in the large, comfortable, curtain-enclosed booth, make for a truly one of a kind engagement experience.

5. Santa Clara river picnic
There are times of the year when water actually runs in the Santa Clara river. Pick the right day, when the temperature is mild, the sun is out and the riverbed is somewhat dry and you can spread out a picnic blanket and enjoy a romantic tryst. Pop the big question here and you'll be a hero forever. You'll hear the story told again and again to friends and family.

6. Patio of Le Chene
Le Chene has been voted "the most romantic restaurant" in the Santa Clarita Valley by residents of the SCV over and over. Located at 12625 Sierra Highway in Agua Dulce the restaurant, fronted with white river rock is an SCV landmark. The menu features steak, seafood and chicken, all prepared with a French touch, as well as some exotic dishes, like boar goulash and ostrich medallions. The open patio, shaded by oak trees is the most romantic location for your proposal.

7. Rancho Camulos garden
You have to time this one right, when the roses are at their peak. May-June is the time to play your proposal in the rose gardens at Rancho Camulos. This is the "Home of Ramona" - based on the novel "Ramona" by Helen Hunt Jackson about the lovely Ramona and an Indian sheepherder. If you miss rose season you can also stage your proposal near the tiny chapel on the grounds, or the historic fountain. Rancho Camulos is open to the public 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The Rancho Camulos Museum is on the south side of highway 126, 2 miles east of Piru and 10 miles west of the I-5.

8. Cavi at Big Oaks
The fresh, white table linens, the roaring fireplace, the romantic setting, it is all here at Cavi at Big Oaks, 33101 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus - 9 miles north of the intersection of Plum Canyon and Bouquet Canyon Roads. The dining room is open 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. This fine Italian grill and bar offers an elegant ambiance for your serous proposal.

9. Whitney Canyon waterfall
If you and your girl are nature lovers then this is the perfect engagement fantasy. It's a little bit of a hike into Whitney Canyon off the San Fernando Road exit of the Antelope Valley freeway, but it is worth the effort. Bring along a little "refreshment" to celebrate the big moment and perhaps a picnic to enjoy under the towering oaks along your path. Look for the trail head by the second gate that goes along the riverbed.

10. Any SCV wine bar
All Corked Up, Lee's Wine Bistro, Wine 661, Valencia Wine Company or Vino 100. These wine bars offer intimate, small spaces for your special proposal. Several of the wine bars also offer music on the weekends. Order a cheese plate, a fine wine and make it an evening to remember. All Corked Up, 26340 Diamond Place, Santa Clarita; Lee's Wine Bistro, 24510 Town Center Drive, Suite 310, Valencia; Wine 661, 24268 Valencia Blvd., Valencia; Valencia Wine Company, 24300 Town Center Drive, Valencia; Vino 100, 28112 Newhall Ranch Road, Valencia.


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