February 10, 2023


Nestled in the heart of Northern California, Redding is a hidden gem for couples looking for a romantic getaway. 

With its stunning natural beauty and endless opportunities for outdoor adventure, Redding is the perfect destination for couples wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and reconnect with nature.

Whether you’re looking to impress a new potential flame or searching for a way to show your partner how special they are to you, there are countless roads to romance in Redding.

Here are some ideas to help you enjoy a romantic dating experience in Redding, CA.


Couple kissing by Sundial Bridge in Redding California

Photo Credit: Lindie Beth Photo

Think outside the box! Sometimes the biggest and best impressions are made with unforgettable experiences, which shows you’ve really put some thought into the occasion as well.

1) Take a Romantic Hike

Redding is blessed with hundreds of miles of hiking trails, whether taking in breathtaking views, climbing mountains, seeking out some of its mystical and enchanting waterfalls, or enjoying the abundance of beautiful wildflowers.

2) Enjoy the View

Redding offers spectacular views in almost every direction. But there are some you just can’t afford to miss. For the best views in and around Redding (and don’t miss that gorgeous NorCal sunset), head to:

Couple on the diestlehorst bridge overlooking the Sacramento River

Diestelhorst Bridge | Photo Credit: Brent Van Auken

3) Scoot the Sacramento River Trail

Riding Bird scooters along the Sacramento River Trail in Redding, California can be an exciting and romantic way to spend an afternoon with your loved one. The trail is a beautiful and well-maintained path that follows the river and provides breathtaking views of the water and surrounding nature.

4) Prepare a Picnic

Why not combine your hike with a spontaneous picnic or head to one of Redding’s gorgeous lakes to relax and enjoy? To get equipped with everything you need, Cask & Cleaver Charcuterie is Redding’s local charcuterie expert.

Mineral Soaking Tubs at Healing Waters | Photo Credit: Brent Van Auken

5) Pampering at a Day Spa

Unwind together in the mineral soaking tubs at Healing Waters Wellness Center. If you have time, add on a couples sauna session or side-by-side ionic foot baths.

Most women love a little pampering (and men do too, let’s be honest), and Urban Retreat Day Spa offers an intimate couples massage to give you both a relaxing and memorable experience.


6) Tee Off at Aqua Golf Driving Range

For a unique date experience that gets you moving, take a swing at golfing into the Sacramento River at Aqua Golf Driving Range. The sound of splashing water and the beautiful scenery of Mount Shasta in the distance create the perfect backdrop for a memorable evening.

Couple enjoying a concert on the Redding Civic Auditorium Lawn.

Photo Credit: Chase Smith

7) Catch a Live Show 

There’s always something playing to dazzle your artistic senses at the historic Cascade Theater or the Riverfront Playhouse. In the warmer months, you can take in concerts on the Civic Lawn or  Enjoy Movies in the Park at Caldwell Park for free.

8) Dinner on the Water

Marvel at the beautiful Sacramento River on your own personal boat cruise. River Romance Dinner Cruises are perfect for two, with bigger boats accommodating up to seven people. You’ll share a sunset you’ll never forget.

Lake Shasta Dinner Cruises are just the ticket if you’d prefer a bigger boat and a more casual feel! Let them do the sailing and cooking while you sit back and relax.

Vintage Skating Rink in Redding California

Photo Credit: Christopher Michael Everett

9) Rock the Rink at Viking Skate Country

Glide along the rink at Viking Skate Country, surrounded by the sounds of classic love songs. Feel transported back in time to a simpler era of old-fashioned roller skating and romance. Holding hands and laughing, create memories to cherish for years to come in this nostalgic atmosphere.

10) Take The Adventure Challenge 

One of Redding’s most successful and fast-growing companies in recent times, The Adventure Challenge has taken the world by storm with its inspired approach to bringing couples together through inspiration, adventure, and connection. Buy the book and take up the challenge! Order the couples edition for your next dating adventure.

Couple eating calamari with micro greens at View 202 in Redding California

View 202 | Photo Credit: Christopher Michael Everett


There really is no substitute for great food and even better company, sharing a romantic dinner for two, and Redding has plenty of options when you want to wine and dine someone special.

Here’s just a handful of options:

Moonstone Bistro: Che Stedman serves stunning, world-class gourmet plates using only the freshest, seasonal local ingredients.

Nello’s Place: Think classic Italian, think Nello’s, and it’s become a west coast institution over more than four decades.

Karline’s Restaurant & Bar: One of Redding’s hidden gems, Karline’s combines elegance and ambiance with classic dishes to suit every taste.

Taroko Asian Bar & Grill: One of Redding’s hottest new additions, you’ll head to Taroko for the vibe and return to try more of their unique and diverse dishes.

View 202: Enjoy luxurious, elevated American dishes astride the most glorious view of the Sacramento River. 

C.R. Gibbs American Grille: A buzzing eatery with an eclectic menu and excellent service, all located within the Best Western Plus Hilltop Inn.

Vintage Public House: Atmospheric venue in downtown Redding with modern American fare, eight rotating craft beer taps, and a wine list to die for.

Couple in the Sheraton Redding at the Sundial Bridge lobby enjoying wine.

Photo Credit: Sheraton Redding at the Sundial Bridge


There’s always somewhere special for couples to stay in Redding, no matter what your occasion or budget, including:

Sheraton Redding Hotel at the Sundial Bridge: Stay in the romantic heart of Redding, dine at the classy Mosaic Restaurant, and complete your evening with a stroll across the Sundial Bridge—one of the best places to watch the sunset.

Best Western Plus Hilltop Inn: Enjoy a sumptuous steak, salad, or pasta at C.R. Gibbs American Grille before enjoying a nearby hotel room where comfort and style collide.

Hope Inn Redding: Enjoy the peace and tranquility of this majestic, old world 4000 square foot Tudor-style guesthouse, consistently rated the best hotel in Redding. It is a truly special experience for couples.

Bridgehouse B & B: The pride and joy of Janelle and Kendall Pierson since 2007, who renovated two 1936 homes on Riverside Drive. A memorable getaway awaits in one of four beautifully outfitted rooms.


Whether it’s a first date or a 40th wedding anniversary, the Redding dating scene has what it takes to ignite the spark! So why not plan a trip to this fantastic place and create lasting memories with your loved one?

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