Welcome aboard the love train as we take a journey to your Valentine’s Day destination. Invite your special someone and hop on Amtrak San Joaquins to some of these lovely events and V-day ideas in the Bay Area.
Add a cruise to your romantic train ride by celebrating your love on the San Francisco Valentine’s Cruises by Hornblower. Feast on a buffet dinner or brunch while sipping on some rosé, then dance the night away to fun DJ entertainment.
Looking for dinner reservations? Jack London Square is your dining destination. Enjoy delicious Thai curry in the tropical-themed outdoor veranda at Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine. Or how about reserving a cozy spot that overlooks the Bay, accompanied with fresh catches of the day at Scott’s Seafood Grill & Bar?
Want to go out with the gals for Galentine’s Day? Take your poetic and noble gals to Ladies Love the Layover Comedy Night at the Layover art and music bar in Downtown Oakland on February 11th or visit the Barrel Aged Cocktail Bar at Barrelista in downtown Martinez for some delectable cocktails and treats. Use our Share Fare promotion to save up to 45% on tickets after purchase of one full price adult ticket. Book tickets 2 days in advance and enter V-code 291 to save.
Start celebrating early with Downtown Martinez Wine & Chocolate Stroll on Saturday, February 8. Head to downtown Martinez for an afternoon of wine and chocolate tasting from local businesses. Grab your tickets online before they sell out!
However you decide to spend this Valentine’s Day with your partner in crime, Amtrak San Joaquins can take your there. For your trip to San Francisco, take the train to Richmond and transfer to BART or the Richmond ferry and disembark in Downtown San Francisco for a boat cruise or transfer to Muni for a ride to the Conservatory of Flowers. To travel to Jack London Square and downtown Oakalnd, just take the train to our last stop in Oakland and walk to your restaurant of choice or transfer to the free Broadway Shuttle on Webster Street and disembark at Broadway and 14th Street. For your journey to Downtown Martinez, take the southbound train to our Martinez station and walk a few blocks to the downtown area. Train tickets can be purchased on our website https://amtraksanjoaquins.com/.
Rail Love: Planning the Perfect Valentine’s Day Getaway
Sometimes, a holiday can fall on the perfect day. Take Valentine’s Day 2020, for instance. Not only does Cupid’s favorite day fall on a Friday this year, it falls on a Friday that leads into a three-day weekend for millions of Americans – President’s Day Weekend.
Whether you’re in a serious relationship or single and ready to mingle during this most romantic of weekends, Amtrak San Joaquins can get you where you want to go safely and without the hassle that comes with fighting traffic and poor road conditions. With more than 300 miles of tracks and 18 stations, Amtrak San Joaquins can get you wherever you want to be, from the Bay Area through the Central Valley and down to LA.
And the best part of traveling via train, aside from the ability to open a bottle of wine if you wish, is all your sweetheart’s undivided attention can be on you, instead of the road!
Here are a few events and destinations to help you plan the perfect Valentine’s Day getaway!
Firefall – (Mid February Every Year)
What better place to spend a romantic weekend than one of the most beautiful places in the world? Full of wonderful places to stay, delicious places to eat, and exciting things to do, Yosemite in February is simply majestic. In addition to the year-round options, like the Ahwahnee Dining Room and its 34-foot high ceilings, chandeliers and beautiful views, mid- to late-February is the ideal time to catch a glimpse of the Yosemite Firefall at Horsetail Fall. When you visit at sunset, the sun’s setting rays light up the water so that it looks like flowing lava – but it’s only visible for about 10 minutes per day, and only for a few short weeks per year. Check out this article on how to see Yosemite’s Firefall: https://www.fresnobee.com/news/california/yosemite/article238926628.html
And for more Yosemite inspo this Valentine’s day, visit www.yosemite.com/romantic-ideas-yosemite-valentines-day/
February is the perfect time to travel to Yosemite via Amtrak San Joaquins because you can save 30% on travel with our Yosemite Flash Sale: https://amtraksanjoaquins.com/promotion/yosemite-flash-sale/ To get to Yosemite, take Amtrak San Joaquins to our Merced Station and take our thruway bus partner, YARTS, into Yosemite Valley. Your train + bus ride, plus park entrance, is all included at one price point with the purchase of your Amtrak San Joaquins ticket to Yosemite National Park.
Cirque du Soleil Volta – (now through March 8)
Featuring acrobatic feats, Volta is a touring circus show from the folks at the Cirque du Soleil with dates at Dodger Stadium through March 8th. This extreme sports visual masterpiece is the company’s 41st production since 1984, and its 18th show presented under the Big Top.
Tickets can be purchased at: www.cirquedusoleil.com/usa/los-angeles/volta/buy-tickets
Our Union Station in Los Angeles is just two miles away from Dodger Stadium.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the most romantic rooftop in LA and fall in love with views of Downtown Los Angeles at Perch. This rooftop bar is located just one mile from our Union Station in LA and offers a stunning bird’s eye view of the city. Stay warm next to the heating lamps and fire pits and sip on your favorite cocktail, wine or craft beer while you enjoy the company of your loved one. For more information, visit perchla.com
Photo credit: Perch Los Angeles
Madera Wine (T)rail Wine & Chocolate Weekend – (February 8 & 9)
It’s the Trail by Rail – the highly acclaimed Madera Wine Trail, featuring no fewer than eight local wineries, has partnered with Amtrak San Joaquins to offer riders a very special chance to taste delicious wines and chocolates the weekend before Valentine’s Day. You can get there by rail, and get up to 45% off your train tickets, when you buy two or more tickets at least two days in advance by using discount code V291*— at AmtrakSanJoaquins.com or by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL. In addition, mention the “Trail by Rail Package” during your Touch of Class limo reservation (1-559-438-5466) to receive 15% off your booking.
Tickets can be purchased at: https://maderawinetrail.com/event/wine-and-chocolate-2020/Touch of Class Limo Reservations: https://www.touchofclasslimo.com/fresno-madera-wine-tours.html
*Amtrak San Joaquins Share Fare Discount: https://amtraksanjoaquins.com/promotion/share-fare/
The Bachelor Live & On Stage – (February 17th – 7PM)
There are few shows that have graced American televisions that are more associated with love than The Bachelor. Featuring Bachelor Nation favorites Ben Higgins and Becca Kufrin as the hosts, The Bachelor Live On Stage Official Tour is sure to deliver all the drama, the gossip and the romance of your favorite TV show in one delightful evening for the ultimate fan party. It all happens at Mechanics Bank Arena, less than half a mile away from our Bakersfield Amtrak Station.
Tickets can be purchased at: www.excite.com/events/concert-tickets/The-Bachelor-Live-On-Stage/The-Bachelor-Live-On-Stage-Bakersfield-CA/index.php
TobyMac – (February 14th – 7PM)
World-renowned Christian hip-hop artist TobyMac is coming to Fresno on Valentine’s Day to spread his message of love. The former DC Talk artist, who has sold more than 10 million records as a solo artist, in addition to the many millions he sold as part of Christian rap’s original group, will perform at the Save Mart Center. To get there, take Amtrak to our Fresno Santa Fe Station, then catch a ride to the venue with your favorite rideshare option.
Tickets can be purchased at: www1.ticketmaster.com/event/1C00571E91FC42ED
Valentine’s Freestyle Love Jam – (February 15th – 7:30PM)
Fans of 80’s and 90’s R&B and pop will love this February 15th concert at Selland Area, which is just a quick nine-minute walk from our downtown Fresno’s Santa Fe Station. With Stevie B headlining, and iconic groups such as Lisa Lisa, The Original Cover Girls, Trinere, Linear, Johnny O, Cynthia and Stacey Q also performing, the nostalgia is sure to run thick. Get your lighters ready, because the rhythm and blues romance at this show will be second to none.
Tickets can be purchased at: www1.ticketmaster.com/mega-979-valentines-freestyle-love-jam-fresno-california-02-15-2020/event/1C00576EBF784AC4
Photo 1 – Hornblower SF Cruise
Photo 2 – The Layover