Love, San Fernando Valley Style

Discover five romantic places in the Valley

The Front Yard at The Garland
Photo courtesy of The Front Yard

One of the largest regions in Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley has endless options for those in a romantic mood. From a hidden garden to cozy fireplaces and "the most romantic runway in the world," read on for five romantic places in the Valley.

THE FRONT YARD - THE GARLAND

Classic movie night poolside at The Garland
Classic movie night at the pool | Photo courtesy of The Garland

Founded by actress Beverly Garland in 1972, The Garland received a $20-million revamp in 2015 that preserved its California vintage vibe along with a newfound 21st century chic. The hotel's restaurant, The Front Yard showcases L.A.'s diverse food culture in a warm and inviting setting with a gorgeous patio. Enjoy a nightcap by the fireplace at Reverse Happy Hour, or snuggle with your bae and catch a classic movie by the pool.

4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood 91602

SuihoEn: The Japanese Garden

SuihoEn (“Garden of Water and Fragrance”)
SuihoEn (“Garden of Water and Fragrance”) | Photo courtesy of *PhotoByJohn*, Flickr

Find your moment of zen as you stroll through SuihoEn (“Garden of Water and Fragrance”), an authentic 6.5-acre Japanese garden modelled after classic “stroll gardens” built for Japanese Feudal lords. This beautiful hidden gem was created by Dr. Koichi Kawana to provide beauty, relaxation, inspiration and a better understanding of Japanese culture using reclaimed water. Dr. Kawana designed more than a dozen major Japanese gardens in the United States, including the botanical gardens at LACMA.

6100 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys 91406

Van Nuys Airport

Tujunga Village

Upstairs at Vitello's in Tujunga Village
Upstairs at Vitello's | Instagram by @verofotola

Located near Ventura Boulevard and seemingly a world away, Tujunga Village is nestled between the Colfax Meadows neighborhood and Woodbridge Park. A block-long stretch of Tujunga Avenue between Moorpark and Woodbridge is the heart of the Village, a charming street of mom-and-pop shops that recalls a simpler time. Enjoy the small town vibe and explore boutiques and gourmet offerings that will please even the pickiest palate. Locals start the day at the popular Aroma Coffee, then browse shops like Verona by Jeni B., Hoity Toity and the Village Gourmet. In the evening, listen to live jazz or Latin while dining on contemporary Italian cuisine at Upstairs at Vitello's.

Firefly

Patio at Firefly in Studio City
Photo courtesy of Firefly

A pioneer of the upscale Valley restaurant scene, Firefly opened in 2002 and its patio is still considered among the best in Los Angeles. Inside, you’ll find a long bar and cozy “library” lounge. The patio is the dining room set against a green hillside, complete with a few cabanas that are perfect for a romantic date. Flickering fireplaces, iron light fixtures, and back bar add to the alluring ambience. A retractable roof exposes the sky for brunch and dinner. The seasonal California “wine country” menu from chef Perry Pollaci (Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen”) showcases grilled meat, fresh fish, pasta, risotto, and market vegetables. On Monday nights, enjoy live jazz with a fine glass of French or California wine.

11720 Ventura Blvd., Studio City

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Sunset view from the Observation Deck | Photo courtesy of OUE Skyspace

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