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California: 8 last-minute Valentine's Day ideas, from $24 to $18,400

8 ways to say 'I love you' with Valentine's Day offers in California

If you still don't have Valentine's Day plans for Saturday night, don't panic. Here are eight ideas in California that can fill the romantic bill -- and you won't need to travel very far.

Keep it simple

Catch sunset on Valentine's Day with a Ventura Harbor cruise on a 64-foot catamaran. Local guitarist Steven Sunnarborg plays onboard while you graze on cheese, crackers and a free beverage (no-host beer and wine bar available too). Dress warmly and plan to snuggle during the sailing from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Adults only, $24 per person.

Info: Island Packers, (805) 642-1393

In Los Angeles, take a ride -- not on the romance-killing 405 Freeway but in the Hollywood Hills or along the coast. Rent a Tesla Model S for $400 a day or a Ferrari for $1,200 a day. With either of these beauties, have an in-car picnic with In-N-Out Burger instead of going out to dinner. (Book in advance to make sure you get the car you want.)

Info: Hertz Dream Cars, (888) 296-9124

Spend a little

San Francisco's a great place to leave your heart -- or make yours beat faster. The elegant Westin St. Francis built in 1904 offers a room, bottle of Champagne, chocolate-dipped strawberries and breakfast at the Oak Room starting at $275 a night. The offer comes with late 4 p.m. check out too, and it's good now or anytime this year.

Info: The Westin St. Francis, (415) 397-7000.

The eco-friendly Shore Hotel in Santa Monica pairs a stay with a 45-minute helicopter tour of Beverly Hills, Venice, Malibu and other sites. Champagne toast comes with the one-nighter, which costs $1,114 and is available all month. Or you can stay and elope on the beach any time -- Valentine's Day or not -- for $849 to $2,182.

Info: Shore Hotel, (800) 599-1515

If you're all about being pampered together, check out this offer at the London West Hollywood's Gate Suites. A bath butler will draw a bath after you enjoy an in-room massage for two. Rose Champagne and breakfast at Gordon Ramsay the next day are included too. It's available Feb. 13 to 15 starting at $719 for two.

Info: The London West Hollywood, (866) 282-4560

Just go crazy!

Spend two nights in the InterContinental Los Angeles' Royal Suite and you may be in for life-changing romance. The suite at the Century City hotel comes with a fully stocked bar, kitchen, fireplaces, a bottle of Veuve Clicquot la Grande Dame 1998 and chocolate-dipped strawberries. Move on to a five-course dinner for two in the ballroom while a private piano player performs during dessert. Spa treatments for two and a trip to Malibu Wines -- in a Rolls-Royce with a driver -- are part of the fun too. Must book at least three days in advance; available Friday through Sunday for $14,000.

Info: InterContinental Los Angeles, (310) 284-6500

The Riviera Palm Springs shows off glamour in the desert with a three-night stay in the hotel's presidential suite (fireplace, living and dining area, outdoor hot tub), a bottle of Dom Perignon with a dessert, breakfast and spa day at SpaTerre (facials and massages for two). During your stay, you'll get a pool cabana, four-course dinner, car service and driver and your pick of a desert jeep tour, horse ride or hike. What's left? Two tickets to see "Fifty Shades of Grey" at the movies. The price-tag is $10,000, and the offer is good all month.

Info: Riviera Palm Springs, (760) 327-8311

The Langham Huntington promises fairy tale-style romance that begins with a horse-drawn carriage on the streets of Pasadena. Stay in the hotel's California Cottage Suite and enjoy dinner, a bottle of Champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries and give someone a diamond necklace (yes, it comes with this package). The offer is good all month and costs $18,400. 

Info: The Langham Huntington, (626) 585-6440

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