Last Minute Valentine’s Ideas in Sonoma County

Struggling with a to-do for Valentine's Day? We've got some inexpensive (and sort of expensive) ideas for your sweetie.

KFC (Korean Fried Crack) at Dick Blomster’s Korean Diner, a pop-up restaurant in Santa Rosa, at Don Taylor’s Omelette Express. Photo: Heather Irwin/The Press Democrat.

Don’t give up, it’s not too late for a fun day or night date with your Valentine(s) this weekend. We’ve got all prices, all kinds of activities (they have to include food, however) and chocolate galore. Here are some fun things to do this Valentine’s Day in Sonoma County. We’ve ordered them from cheap to luxe, since we get that there are pocketbooks of all kinds. Best of all, these are ALL things I Struggling with a to-do for Valentine's Day? We've got some inexpensive (and sort of expensive) ideas for your sweetie..

Seoul Fries at Dick Blomsters
Seoul Fries at Dick Blomsters

Live Music and Wine: Cellars of Sonoma is a really fun spot to grab a glass of wine and heart some live music any weekend night, but on Valentine’s Day, they’ll be featuring live jazz from 6-8p.m. with your sparkling rose (or whatever else you’d like). A nice cheap(ish) date. Head over to Dick Blomster’s pop-up at the Omelette Express for KFC (Korean fried crack that’s the best fried chicken you’ll have all week) and other goodies. Valentine special: KFC for two + Fried PB&J with vanilla ice cream and poprocks for $25. Dang! Very family-friendly if you’re celebrating with the kids. 112 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.

Valentine Brunch: Skip the dinner and have a snuggly brunch 2/13-2/15 at Breakaway Cafe (19101 Sonoma Hwy, Sonoma, 996-5949) with a breakfast bowl of slow roasted pork, poached eggs, salsa verde and tortillas, raspberry upside-down pancake with creme friache, or eggs Benedict, $11-15.

Yoga and Chocolate: Move through your senses as YogaONE’s Jessica Webb intertwines the decadent effects of chocolate with a soulful yoga flow. Sonoma Chocolatiers chocolate is your motivation to move through each yoga asana. Feb. 13, 4-5:30p.m., $40. Pre-registration required, or 542-9644.

Run for Fondue: Run (or walk) with your Valentine on Feb. 14 at the I Heart Run event at Howarth Park. There are separate “corrals” for married folks, couples, singles, best friends and “it’s complicated” relationships. For your efforts, you’ll get free hot chocolate, a fondue station, a couples advice booth, hug booth, proposal booth and free massage!  $45, register online at

Fork Roadhouse Valentine’s Dinner: This is one V-day dinner we’re seriously considering, because Chef Sarah is so darn great. This hidden gem on Bodega Highway is serving up crab cakes with sherried local mushrooms, her incredible avgolemono soup, steak for two, beet ravioli or black cod and beet cake or truffle and cookie plate for two. $50pp, reservations required, 634-7575,9890 Bodega Hwy, Sebastopol.

Della Fattoria: We hear that this popular bakery and breakfast/lunch spot is planning to expand their hours and dining room soon (link to houston), and their Feb. 14 five course dinner is a great way to see what’s on the horizon. Dishes include fried polenta cake, raviolo with favas and wild mushrooms, seared ribeye with Bearnaise and chocolate mousse cake for two, 6-9p.m., $65pp. Reservations recommended, 763-0161.

Gerard's Paella
Gerard’s Paella

Playful Paella: Spend the evening at Relish Culinary with the master of Paella Gerard Nebesky (aka the Paella Guy”). It’s an over-the-top evening with Spanish tapas, Gerard’s ultra-luxe black paella with seafood and squid ink and churros with dark chocolate dipping sauce. Plus sparkling and plenty of incredible local wine to pair up. Feb. 14, 6-9p.m., $124. Register online at

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