5 Best Places to Propose in San Jose

If you work and play in this capital of Silicon Valley, you already know that it is a fantastic place for opportunities, especially when it comes to dating in the Bay Area. Less than a year ago, the Pew Research Center declared San Jose the best city in America for women looking to marry. As you can imagine, bridal jewelry and wedding professionals are in high demand here.

Those considering popping the question have access to a number of scenic locations beyond the South Bay, but what if you are determined to keep your proposal a little more local? Here are our top picks for places to propose in San Jose:

Avaya Stadium

ayaya stadium

You know the saying, “Give a man a woman who loves soccer, and he’ll be happy for life”? No? Google it. Because if this sporty adage applies to the two of you, consider proposing at San Jose’s new Avaya Stadium. Don’t worry; you don’t have to be an exhibitionist or drop to one knee at the railing of the scoreboard terrace bar. If you’re willing to pay for privacy, try searching for exclusive seats at the resale page on the San Jose Earthquakes ticket website. Or, you can go through a reputable VIP ticket concierge service. Win or lose, the match result is secondary to your proposal, especially if your engagement ring has more sparkle than Wondo’s eyes after scoring a game-winning goal.

San Jose Heritage Rose Garden

san jose heritage rose garden

If you believe that spring is all about roses and romance, San Jose’s Heritage Rose Garden is one of the best places to propose in San Jose. This five-acre park is connected to the Guadalupe River Park, but it doesn’t attract the volume of weekend crowds typically found closer to the river. The roses here continue to bloom as late as November, but the color and intensity often peak around April. If you’ve prepared a speech to go along with your proposal, keep in mind the garden’s proximity to San Jose International Airport. You might need to time your delivery between the arrivals and departures of low-flying airplanes.

A Santa Cruz Mountain Winery

Ridge Vineyards, Lytton Springs, Dry Creek, Sonoma County

Why drive all the way north to Napa or Sonoma when you can get engaged at a winery in the highly acclaimed Santa Cruz Valley AVA? This area features roughly 200 individual vineyards. You’ll find Merlot, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel grapes but of all the wines produced here, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon remain the most highly acclaimed by oenophiles. Wineries in the hills around Saratoga and Los Gatos are easily accessible from San Jose, and some offer outdoor tables where you can pair a pre-packed picnic with your wine selections.

Hire a limousine and you can create a full day of wine tasting and take notes of your favorites along the way. After you find a favorite winery, pop the question or let your partner find their engagement ring while unpacking the picnic basket.

Los Gatos Creek Trail

Lexington Reservoir County Park
The Lexington Reservoir.

Riding bikes on the Los Gatos Creek Trail from Vasona Lake County Park to the Lexington Reservoir is a perfect way to work up both an appetite and proposal courage. If you start from Vasona Lake, you will find ample parking and keep the trail distance to a relatively short four miles between the lake and reservoir. The trail is paved around Vasona Lake but you will encounter varied terrain consisting of gravel and sometimes even wood planks as you get closer to the Lexington Reservoir.

In theory tandem bikes sound romantic, but tight 90-degree turns at gates, creek bridges and the Highway 17 overpass make a tandem difficult to handle. If biking seems too strenuous or the trail looks too congested, consider renting boats at Vasona Lake County Park. You could paddle out and propose to your partner on the water. If you are considering popping the question over the holidays, you can present your engagement ring one evening during the Fantasy of Lights. This is a visually stunning drive-through holiday light display that occurs every year in Vasona Park.

The Japanese Friendship Garden at Kelley Park

japanese friendship garden

The placid koi ponds and lush promenade at the Japanese Friendship Garden provide a scenic and affordable (read: free!) proposal location. This gorgeous garden sometimes requires a bit of reconnaissance and clever timing to ensure intimacy. This is because the walled garden is adjacent to the Happy Hollow zoo and amusement park. So, occasionally parents confuse it for an extension of a children’s play area and temporarily disrupt the calm ambiance.

Depending on the time of year, you will find fewer visitors here on weekdays close to dusk, which is just before the park closes. The City of San Jose also rents the garden for wedding ceremonies and limits public access during these events. If atmosphere and weather conditions are your highest proposal priorities, make a separate trip to the garden during the spring and summer months to check on how the look of the garden changes throughout the season, and to ask staff about any potential scheduling conflicts.

Are you still searching for the perfect engagement ring for your San Jose proposal? In San Jose, engagement rings with a solitaire setting have been the most popular recently. This is true for the entire state of California, as well. Solitaire engagement rings are an excellent choice for people with active lifestyles. They are known for their timeless elegance, and for positioning the center diamond as the ultimate focal point of the ring.