With Valentine's Day on a Monday this year, many couples are making more creative plans to celebrate. Restaurants are offering weekend-long deals, and many are offering special incentives like gift cards for Feb. 14 diners to entice people to dine out on a Monday. To get an idea of availability, visit opentable.com and peruse the offerings. Here are some of our favorite options, ranging from the traditional to the eccentric.
Spa Gregorie's is offering the chance to develop your massage technique repertoire for $15 per couple. Learn in class, then take your knowledge home. The class, from 7 to 8 p.m. Feb. 10, is hosted by the spa's Newport Beach location, 200 Newport Center Drive No. 100. To make a reservation, call (949) 644-6672 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put on a funny face
For a lighthearted evening, consider attending a comedy murder mystery dinner show at 7:30 p.m. Valentine's Day at the Wyndham Hotel, 3350 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa. This year's show is set during the prohibition era of 1933, at Ruby West's illegal speakeasy. The PG-13 show is $75 plus meal tax for early bids, and includes a choice of entrée and dessert if ordered in advance; there also will be a bar (open at 7 p.m.), costume contest, prizes and a free bottle of champagne for every four seats booked together. Advance reservations are highly recommended; walk-ins will be accepted if there is room. Call (949) 509-9889 or visit BestComedyMurderMystery.com.