Okay, so we don't all have "eff you money," or a fella with the big bucks, but even if you're not blessed in either department, aren't you the least bit curious about what the 1% does for V-Day? Well, we definitely were, and that's why we tapped Stacey Gordon, Director of Communications for L.A.'s luxe concierge service, Quintessentially, to spill the beans on how the ballers say "be mine" (it's rumored that Gwynnie and Madge are members). Wouldn't it be nice to land on a helipad for your decadent chef's-table dinner date, or have a service like Q secretly slip into your pad and sprinkle your fave flowers and chocolate truffles everywhere? Or what about a private tour of an art gallery before boarding a private yacht? These lavish L.A. rendezvous are enough to make any woman swoon. And hey, even if these insanely spendy date nights aren't in your immediate future, a little wishful daydreaming never hurt anyone, right?
"We just had a last minute request from a film executive who's taking his wife on a helicopter tour of their three Los Angeles homes, then landing at a helipad in Malibu for a dinner at Saddle Peak Lodge, where we've hired a private violinist to serenade their table with her favorite songs all evening long."
"We always get requests for wineries in Malibu since it's the closest Angelenos can get to a vineyard. We actually had a member pop the question last Valentine's Day on the Malibu Romance VIP Wine Tour, where they sipped champagne on a picnic overlooking the ocean, and frolicked around the estate all day. They obviously were picked up in a souped up limo, too!"
"We have a really cool female member who's surprising her hubby for V-Day this year. She's picking him up from work in a chauffeured Rolls Royce Ghost, then taking him to a taping of Jay Leno, where they're sitting front row, and will get to hang in the green room for some pics with the host first."
Photos (clockwise from left): Via Elite Adventure Tours, Another Side of Los Angeles Tours, and Midway Car Rental.
"A lot of people don't realize that The Getty will roll out the red carpet with a private tour of the museum with your own personal art world insider guide. This is one of our go-tos when we're asked for swanky date ideas!"
"The most luxurious dining in town is at Saam at The Bazaar, at the private chef's table. José Andrés crafts a super-unique, customized, multi-course menu at a hidden dining room designed by Philippe Starck. This impossible-to-get reservation says 'he's a keeper,' for sure."
"This might be the most over-the-top request we've gotten (well, at least this year!). The date is starting out with a limo pick-up at the member's home in the Hollywood Hills, and then ends on the water on board The Hornblower vintage yacht, where a Birkin bag we sourced from our website will be sitting atop a table set for two. A Michelin-starred chef will then serve them an eight-course meal (we mixed in some of her favorite foods) paired with vintage Dom. This took a lot of planning on our part, but we can't wait to get the details on how thrilled she's going to be."
Photos (clockwise from left): Via The Getty Center, The Bazaar, and The Hornblower.