CALIFORNIA, USA — Valentine's Day is almost here and if you're looking for a refreshing and unique idea for your next romantic getaway, take a look at these five must-see destination spots.  

1. Slurp oysters on your next date night at Tomales Bay

Where: Marin County

If you love oysters, you have to visit Tomales Bay in Marin County. Take your special someone to Hog Island Oyster Co. and see how the shellfish are prepared. You can also learn how oysters are cleaning up the ocean.

LEARN MORE: Oyster harvest is in full effect at Tomales Bay's Hog Island Oyster Company | Bartell's Backroads

Oyster harvest is in full effect at Tomales Bay's Hog Island Oyster Company | Bartell's Backroads

2. Go herping for Valentine's Day at Filoli Garden 

Where: San Mateo County

Why buy valentine flowers when you can take your loved one to a garden of flowers. Filoli Garden in San Mateo County has something in bloom all year round. February is a great time to go! Love is in the air and it’s Newt/ Salamander mating season. Come see thousands of amphibians crawling out of the woods to meet a potential mate!

LEARN MORE: Valentine's Day starts early for California newts at Filoli | Bartell's Backroads

Valentine's Day starts early for California newts at Filoli | Bartell's Backroads

3. Escape to Grover Hot Springs for a relaxing soak in nature's heated pool

Where: Alpine County

Stay warm and take in the mountain view with your significant other at Grover Hot Springs in Alpine County. This all-natural hot spring is a clean and inviting place for anyone looking to make memories in the outdoors. 

LEARN MORE: Escape to Grover Hot Springs for a relaxing soak in nature's heated pool | Bartell's Backroads

Grover Hot Springs
To use the hot spring pool, the admission fee is $10 per adult and $5 per child, according to California Dept. of Parks and Recreation.
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4. Stay the night in a fire lookout to find some of the most spectacular views

Where: Sierra County

This is a room with a view! The U.S. Forest Service has a number of fire lookout towers all over California you can rent in the off-season. I suggest renting out the Calpine Fire Lookout in Sierra County. This fully furnished and heated fire lookout offers vast views of the Tahoe National Forest.

LEARN MORE: Spend the night in a California fire lookout | Bartell's Backroads

Calpine Fire lookout – Tahoe National Forest
In the off season, the public can reserve the lookout for themselves.
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5. Unique bed and breakfast resort is a romantic getaway for train lovers

Where: Lake County

Love trains? Got a thing for cabooses? The Featherbed Railroad Bed & Breakfast Resort might be the ultimate romantic getaway for you. Sleep in a “Themed Caboose Room” and take in the views of Clear Lake.

LEARN MORE: Stay a night at the caboose hotel

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