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Sweet Indulgence on Valentine’s Day

While Valentines Day is the official day to recognize your love, there is plenty of romance in Sonoma County throughout the year.

Cherish your loved one with chocolate or sweets, flowers, clothing, dinner, and a relaxing couples massage at a local spa or with a mobile massage and spa service. Here are a few places in Sonoma County that will help you celebrate your love.

Say “I Love You” to your “sweetie with the sweet tooth” with chocolates or other delights. Start with Peters’ Chocolates (740 N. Main St., Sebastopol, 707-829-1572), one of the favorite confectioners in Sonoma County. They use 72 percent Belgium chocolate and local organic cream to make their hand-made chocolate truffles or caramel turtles with pecan, almonds, or nuts. 

Or try Recherche du Plaisir (3401 Cleveland Ave., Suite 9, Santa Rosa, 707-843-3551), where chocolatier Lucy Gustafson woos with truffles like the spicy-sexy dark chocolate slicked in ganache and fiery ancho chile dots; feather-light French macaroons; or her award-winning Violet Beauregard,which marries white chocolate and homemade blueberry preserves. 

For only-in-Wine Country variety, taste the unique flavors by chocolatier David Gambill at Sonoma Chocolatiers (6988 McKinley St., Sebastopol, 707-829-1181). His signatures include Cabernet, Zinfandel, Champagne, Amaretto, and Port, but there's also jasmine green tea with lemon honey, and periodic special flavors like garlic, cheddar white truffle, and rosemary goat cheese.

If your sweetie prefers a more floral offering, a beautiful plant can be a constant reminder that your love still flourishes. Sonoma County has some great places to get organic, naturally grown plants and rosebushes. Start a new tradition with a live plant that will create fresh flowers all season long.

For healthy organic plants for the one you love, Cottage Gardens of Petaluma (3995 Emerald Drive, Petaluma, 707-778-8025) grows up to 80 percent of all their plants; pruning classes and tours are available at the gardens. They are open year round and have an event site for weddings or parties. 

If you are looking for beautiful arrangements of fresh-cut, locally-grown flowers, check out Wisteria Flowers (513 E St., Santa Rosa, 707-526-0406). Their arrangements go from traditional to avant garde to make any occasion memorable. Have an arrangement with a live plant or cut flowers sent to someone you love and enjoy the gift of love as it grows.

Another option is Dragonfly Floral (425 Westside Road, Healdsburg, 707-433-3739), which is both a natural floral service and an organic flower farm in the Dry Creek Valley. They offer organic flowers, freshly cut for you to enjoy year round, plus a seasonal farm stand with fresh produce grown on the land.

If dining is your pleasure, restaurants throughout Sonoma County use only locally grown fruits and vegetables, meats, organic honeys, and hand-crafted breads. A great place to treat your taste buds and your date is Zazu kitchen + farm (6770 McKinley St., Sebastopol, 707-523-4814). At this farm-to-table restaurant, the highly seasonal menus are put together after a hunt through the gardens to see what is ripe and ready. They use fresh meats and produce grown on their own farm, or source from the finest local local purveyors when they have to go off the farm. And did we mention they make their own bacon and salumi?

Another great way to either start or end a special day is with a massage. There are some amazing day spas in Sonoma County that have everything to make your stay their perfect.

For a morning massage, try a style that will re-energize your body while still relaxing your muscles allowing you to keep up with your plans for the day. Consider a Shiatsu, Thai, or sports massage to stretch your body and relax your mind for a great day with someone you love.

If you’re going to do a relaxation massage at night try a Swedish massage, hot stone, or herb massage. These choices are great for bringing your body and mind to a restful state allowing the body to rest and relax.

The Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary (209 Bohemian Highway, Freestone, 707-823-8231) offers some of the most diverse spa and massage treatments in Sonoma County, including the Japanese-style cedar enzyme bath.

Osmosis is a sanctuary where you can meditate by yourself or with a group. It is definitely a place to treat yourself or someone you love on a special day.

Another option is to have a massage at home with a mobile service. Create your own version of a night to remember with dinner, flowers, chocolates and a massage, in the privacy of your own home.