So Cal proposal locations?

posted 2 years ago in West
Post # 2
295 posts
Helper bee

Hi Pantone,


Welcome to the site. I live in SD. In order to figure out the kind of location that might be best, tailor it to your girl, and your relationship. A couple questions, is she a mountain or beach person? Is she real into wine? Does she like country or city better? 

Post # 3
1158 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Pantone032:  My husband took me to brunch at Geoffrey’s in Malibu and then proposed on the cliffs overlooking El Matador Beach (also in Malibu). It was amazing! He had friends hiding in the tall grass along the cliff with DSLRs, so I have candid pictures of the whole thing from different angles. Then, he drove me along PCH to the Rosenthal Winery tasting room, where he had about 25 of our close friends and a TON of wine all waiting to surprise me with an engagement party! So we had a celebration with our best friends, a california sunset, and a view of the Malibu ocean. It was perfect!

If you’ve never been to el matador, google it! It’s the beach with all the big rocks and “caves” carved into the cliffs where they meet the sand. Amazing location for romantic beach picnics too 🙂

ETA: Here is the exact view from where he proposed (not my pic but im too lazy to find them) just to get an idea:

and here is what the brunch place looks like:


Post # 5
612 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

If you’re in OC, why not take her to CDM/Laguna/a beautiful beach.  Maybe lunch or dinner at The Beachcomber?  Gives the friends an awesome experience too.

Post # 7
108 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Pantone032:  I live in temecula and there are some gorgeous wineries here. If you really want to do it at a winery I would recommend Robert Renzoni winery. They have the best views and a beautiful building. Keep in mind if you plan to do it on the weekend you may have to deal with some spectators. Good luck!

Post # 8
718 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Church and University

Grant Park by the Cross in Ventura – overlooks the beach and has views of the entire city.  Do it at sunset and stay at the Crowne Plaza on the beach after – it’s magic!

Post # 9
2428 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

How do either of you feel about the desert? I am partial because I got married there, but Joshua Tree is always beautiful, quiet and low key. It’s a great place for your UK friends to visit too! It’ll be chilly in November, but you could just do a day hiking trip. There’s tons of scenic areas. Key’s View is one of my favorites. On a clear day you can see all the way to Mexico!

Post # 10
185 posts
Blushing bee

– Torrey Pines hiking trail

– Self Realization Garden in Encinitas

– Orfila Winery in Escondido (big lawn/patio area overlooking the vineyard)

– Mt. Soledad

– The Prado in Balboa Park

just to name a few places in SD. Oh and the Griffith Observatory in LA. Good luck!! 

Post # 11
4879 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2010


JT is beautiful.  Just be sure to look around for tire tracks.  You don’t want a bunch of dirt bikers blasting through your proposal.  So much open space & private property has been hijacked for ORVs up there.  Ok, my personal pet peeve aside.  There is the national park in JT to consider as well.

I’m also a fan of the Temecula wineries.  They are beautiful.  If this is going to be in November, the westher should be nice.

Post # 13
202 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

My FI proposed at the Getty Museum…it was amazing. But I am a hard core museum dork so it might not be for everyone but the grounds are amazing and the view that day was to die for. 

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