Six romantic spots, selected unscientifically, ordered unalphabetically, offered with no guarantees:
The Ojai Valley Overlook, on California 150 approaching Ojai from Santa Paula
A scenic panorama. "That would definitely be the spot" for a roadside rendezvous, said Bonnie Dohrn, dispatcher in the Ojai sheriff's station. Dohrn said, however, that deputies have found that some younger couples favor Creek Road, south of town. "I think they come across quite a few there, because it's pretty isolated. . . . Of course, I'm 50. I don't know about those things."
It's on the water, and it's the longest wooden pier in the state. "You do see a lot of couples out here, especially on the weekends," said Steve Bixler, general manager of the Pier Fish House. Weekends, the pier's bait and tackle shop opens, making it possible to take a stroll and pick up a pound bag of frozen anchovies for $2. "If you're inclined to do that," Bixler said, "yeah."
The Red Onion, Thousand Oaks
Every relationship has to begin somewhere. "Let's say 1,000 people come in on a Friday and Saturday night," marketing director Amber Schwab said. How many embark upon relationships? "I'd say 500. I don't know how long they last. . . . But I see women come in here single and walk out with people."