Best Ways to Spend a Romantic Weekend in Pasadena

February 08, 2023 | Posted in Things To Do

Whether you're in Pasadena for Valentine's Day, date night, a romantic getaway, or even your honeymoon, the City of Roses is ready to bring you a weekend of charm and passion.

Take a Romantic Stroll Downtown

Pasadena is already picturesque with its clean, tree-lined streets, blue skies, and charming architecture. Top it off with sunshine and splashes of pink and pastel decor and you've got a dreamy atmosphere perfect for casually strolling hand-in-hand. Head to One Colorado in Old Pasadena to add your wishes to their valentine poles, browse the local shops at South Lake Avenue's Burlington Arcade, be inspired by the poetry and art in the Playhouse Village, or take a "pretty-in-pink" photo in front of our adorable mural walls.

Immerse in Nature

If you're hoping to escape to a warm, scenic getaway destination with plenty of hiking opportunities and greenery, Pasadena is the ideal place for you. Walking and talking is a great way to connect with your partner, even if you're a little sweaty! Make it a date by trekking the 3-mile roundtrip at Eaton Canyon and taking a stunning photo at the top with the 30 ft waterfall, add your wishes to the Yoko Ono-inspired "wish trees" while picnicking in Arlington Gardens, or make it a whole-day event and venture through the 150 acres Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens where you can explore 12 different themed gardens.

Neon retro arcade couple playing


Some say find someone to grow old with. But others say find someone who makes you feel young. Whatever your age, Neon Retro Arcade is a fun and colorful place for some friendly competition (or more-than-friendly competition)! For a more traditional style date, a public skating session at the Pasadena Ice Skating Center is another way to spend time and "fall" more for your special someone. Or work together and get a little messy by painting a combined couple's painting at the wine-and-paint studio, Pinot's Palette.


Nothing brings people together more than food. While you're here, choose from over 600 restaurants to satisfy your palette. For a whimsical and sweet Valentine's Day breakfast, try Coffee and Plants, Republik Coffee, or the appropriately named Lovebird's Cafe. For a fanciful lunch, the award-winning Agnes is a great place for wine and cheese while Kaviar Sushi Bar offers a touch of sophistication. For those trying to make it an especially romantic experience or who need a proposal location that is memorable enough to pop the big question, the Arbour, or Perle are classy, beautiful spots for a candle-lit dinner.