Love on the Train: Your Ultimate Guide to Romantic Festivities this Valentine’s Day

February 10, 2023

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and we’ve rounded up some last minute options for you and your Valentine. From ultra affordable to first-class dining, Amtrak San Joaquins has you covered on sweet treats and eats to surprise that special someone with. And for a bubbly sip along the way to your dreamy destination–order a LaMarca Prosecco Rosé at our Café Car for you and your date (21 and up only)! Get table decoration inspo from our latest Instagram Reel.

The Botanist bakersfield

The Botanist | 930 18th St. Bakersfield, CA 93301

The Botanist is a whimsical, moody take on classic American bar food. With a moody atmosphere that transports you back in time and twists on classic bar food ranging from juicy smashed burgers to mouth-watering steak, this option is sure to get you in the mood for romance. Call ahead to reserve a table and enjoy a romantic night with your special someone. 

If you are looking to kill time before your reservation, head over to the Bakersfield Museum of Art just down the road! It closes at 4PM so make sure to plan accordingly. 

Directions: Take the train to Bakersfield station and take a brisk 7-minute walk to the Botanist. If you wish to go to the museum prior to your reservation, the Bakersfield Museum of Art is just an 8-minute walk from the station and only 6 minutes to the Botanist. 

Noriega Hotel | 4809 Stockdale Hwy Bakersfield, CA 93309

This historic hotel offers a fine dining experience with a menu featuring seasonal ingredients and classic dishes. Best of all, this Valentine’s Day they are offering a surf and turf special for just $89 which includes a decadent 10 oz filet mignon topped with jumbo shrimp served with appetizers and dessert. To top it all off, they provide a complimentary bottle of champagne for each party to enjoy. Make your reservations today, because this sweet deal is sure to be booked up come February 14th. 

Directions: Take the train to the Bakersfield station. From there, utilize a rideshare service of your choice to take a 13-minute drive to the hotel. 

Noriega Hotel

Bestia | 2121 E 7th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90021

Treat yourself to an Italian-inspired restaurant in the Arts District known for its wood-fired pizzas and pasta dishes. With Italian delicacies that are sure to make your palette flutter, we can confirm it is worth the splurge. Make your reservations today before they are booked up! 

Directions: Take the train to Union Station and take a short 9-minute drive via the rideshare service of your choosing to Bestia. 


Little Sister | 523 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Make your reservations for this contemporary Asian-inspired eatery in downtown LA, with a menu featuring a variety of dishes from different countries in Southeast Asia. The reviews here are off the charts so if you are a lover of Asian cuisine, look no further–this is the spot for you. 

Directions: Take the train to Union Station and take a short 9-minute drive via the rideshare service of your choosing to Little Sister. 

Little Sister
Shep’s Club Coffee Shop

Shep’s Club Coffee Shop | 934 P St, Fresno, CA 93721

Celebrate this Valentine's Day in a cozy and romantic way with a warm cup of coffee and a sweet treat or breakfast burrito for the savory lovers. This charming coffee shop in the heart of Fresno is the perfect place to spend quality time with your loved one. So, grab your sweetheart and head to Sheps Club Coffee Shop for a delicious and memorable experience!

Directions: Arrive at Amtrak station in Downtown Fresno, and walk across the street to arrive at Shep’s Club Coffee Shop.

Yoshi’s | 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, CA 94607

You won’t want to miss out on this chic jazz venue and dining spot in the heart of Oakland’s Jack London Square. Get your reservation early to enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine and fusion-inspired dishes, along with a full bar featuring special cocktails. You and your Valentine will love the world-class cuisine and ambience of this classic venue. 

Directions: Arrive at Oakland Jack London Square Station and walk a few blocks along the waterfront on Embarcadero West to reach Yoshi’s.

Farmhouse Kitchen Thai

Farmhouse Kitchen Thai | 336 Water St. Oakland, CA 94607

Farmhouse Thai offers exceptional Thai cuisine in a hip, vibrant setting. Colorful decor and instagrammable plates make this a can’t-miss destination. Enjoy a special night out with your loved one as you sip on Thai iced tea and sample inspired Northern Thai dishes. Book your reservation today!


Directions: From Oakland Jack London Square Station, walk less than 2 blocks to reach Farmhouse Kitchen on Water St. 

Florence Italian Restaurant | 521 Main St, Martinez, CA 94553

This romantic Italian spot is the perfect place for a Valentine’s dinner in charming downtown Martinez. With classic Italian cuisine in an intimate setting, make your reservation to treat yourself to a delicious dining experience. Florence is offering a special Valentine’s Day menu which will be sure to delight. 

Directions: Arrive at Martinez Station, and walk about 5 minutes down Alhambra Avenue to arrive at Florence Italian Restaurant. 

Florence Italian
Lee Alexander McQueen & Ann Ray Exhibit

Lee Alexander McQueen and Ann Ray Exhibit

Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St, Sacramento, CA | Friday, December 2, 2022 - Sunday, April 2, 2023| Open Wednesday, Friday - Sunday 10:00 AM PDT - 5:00 PM PDT, Thursday 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM PDT 

Looking for a fun fashionable date idea? The Crocker Art Museum is currently showcasing the brilliant mind of British Fashion Designer Lee Alexander McQueen and French photographer Ann Ray. Their collaboration displays stunning photographs from behind the scenes of McQueen’s shows. With a few key pieces on display, this exhibit gives an inside look at the artistic work put in by McQueen and Ann Ray and the art their collaboration developed over thirteen years. Tickets for the Crocker art Museum start at $15, this unique exhibit runs through April 2, 2023. 

Directions: Once Amtrak San Joaquins Riders arrive at the Sacramento Valley Station they can take a 14-minute walk to the Crocker Art Museum. Turn right ontoI Street, take a left on 3rd Street, turn right onto O Street, the Crocker Art Museum will be on your right. 


Fizz Champagne and Bubble Bar

615 David J Stern Walk Suite 105, Sacramento, CA | Open Wednesday and Thursday 12:00 PM PDT - 9:00 PM PDT, Friday 12:00 PM  PDT - 10:00 PM PDT, Saturday 12:00 PM PDT - 11:00 PM PDT, Sunday 1:00 PM PDT - 8:00 PM PDT, and Monday and Tuesday 3:00 PM PDT - 9:00 PM PDT 

In the heart of Downtown Commons lies a fun Champagne and Bubble Bar, Fizz. Fizz invites you to celebrate life daily, from big to small things. This Valentine's Day or Galentine's Day, you can stop by their shop and enjoy over 150 varieties of champagne and sparkling wines. Have fun trying out different types, from local growers to global producers. Fizz has something everyone will love. Need a place to stay? Riders can save 10% when booking with our partner Hyatt Regency Sacramento. For more information, visit our Stay at the Hyatt page and enjoy Fizz responsibly, Fizz is open to those 21 and over. 

Directions: Once Amtrak San Joaquins Riders arrive at the Sacramento Valley Station they can take a quick 7-minute walk to Fizz. Turn left onto I Street, and take a right onto 6th Street, the destination will be on your right. 

Fizz Champagne & Bubble Bar

Valentine’s Day Couples Night

Arthur Murray Dance Studio Stockton, 1267 N. Country Club Blvd Stockton
Stockton, CA | Tuesday, February 14, 2023 | 6:00 PM PDT - 6:45 PM PDT

Experience this unique Valentine's day event and get to groovin’ at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio! Be sure to grab your favorite dance partner and dance the night away, creating the perfect environment to make your Valentine's Day more romantic. Strawberries and champagne will be provided for your indulgence, and tickets for couples start at $30

Directions: Once Amtrak San Joaquins Riders arrive at the San Joaquin Street Station they can take a 9-minute Lyft or Uber to the Arthur Murray Dance Studio Stockton.

Calivirgin Olive Oil and Winery

Calivirgin Olive Oil and Calivirgin Winery 13950 Thornton Rd, Lodi, CA | Open Monday - Saturday 10:00 AM PDT - 5:00 PM PDT 

Enjoy a local and fun tasting at Calivirgin Olive Oil and Winery. Visitors who stop by this gem along I-5 will experience great, locally produced olive oils and delicious wines. Calivirgin offers unique pairings you can enjoy while enjoying the surrounding winery environment. The perfect way to relax and support local growers this Valentine's Day. 

Directions: Once Amtrak San Joaquins Riders arrive at the Lodi Station they can take a 17-minute Lyft or Uber to Calivirgin Olive Oil and Calivirgin Winery 

Calivirgin Olive Oil and Winery
When Harry Met Sally

When Harry Met Sally

Modesto State Theater, 1307 J St, Modesto, CA 95354 | Tuesday, February 14, 2023 | Two Showings at 4:00 PM PDT and 7:00 PM PDT 

The Modesto State Theater will host a fun Valentine's Day double showing of When Harry Met Sally. This is the perfect event for those that want to have a romantic fun movie night out instead of the hustle and bustle of a busy restaurant. Be sure to grab your tickets now to take advantage of this entertaining, timeless event and grab your popcorn! Tickets for this event start at $9

Directions: Once Amtrak San Joaquins Riders arrive at the Modesto Station they can get a 16-minute Lyft or Uber to the Modesto State Theater. 

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