Top 5 Romantic Getaways in California

Posted Dec 14th 2010 11:00 AMUpdated Jan 13th 2011 05:03 PM

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California has no shortage of romantic destinations. From the stunning coastline to the gorgeous city views, romantic getaways in California offer everything from world class culture and cuisine to adventure sports and natural habitats. The mild climate makes California a top choice for a romantic escape. These top five hot spots will bring some fire to your getaway in the Golden State.

Best Romantic Getaways in California - San Francisco

If city views, museums, shopping, and amazing seafood is on your romantic weekend to-do list, then plan a trip San Francisco. Stay at The Four Seasons on Market Street or the Clift Hotel on Geary and plan your adventure in the city by the bay. Visit the Ferry Building to sample gourmet foods at Boccalone, Hig Island Oyster Company, Miette and more. Shop in Hayes Valley and stop into Absinthe for a cocktail. Visit the de Young Golden Gate Park and stop into the Japanese Garden.

Best Romantic Getaways in California - Big Sur

This is the place for a quiet romantic getaway in California with stunning coastal views. Nestled on the cliffs over the ocean, the Post Ranch Inn is known to be one of the most romantic getaway locations in the world. More stunning views from Sierra Mar at Post Ranch in where chef seasonal ingredients are prepared by Chef Craig von Foerster. Visit the Carmel State Beach, Point Lobos State Reserve, and Point Sur Light Station. as well as several state beaches and parks. Or just enjoy the view and breath.

Best Romantic Getaways in California - Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara offers more beautiful California coastline and more delicious California wine. North of Santa Barbara Bacara Resort is close to the wine country. Heading further South the historic Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore offers sophisticated classic California architecture, Chef Joel Huff unique cuisine in Tyde's Restaurant, and access to the Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club. Also close by, walking along Butterfly Beach and shops and cafes in the quaint town of Montecito makes a weekend in Santa Barbara one of the best romantic destinations in California.

Best Romantic Getaways in California - Los Angeles

From the big city views to lazy days by the beach, for a romantic getaway in Los Angeles start down town at the new Ritz-Carlton LA Live. Every room offers stunning city views and a central locations close to some of the best downtown restaurants, bars, and sites. In Beverly Hills stay among the stars at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills and dine on modern Italina crudo and fresh pasta at the Culina. For a beach getaway, Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica or the Malibu Beach Inn at Carbon Beach offer California design and ocean views.

Best Romantic Getaways in California - The Napa Valley

This world famous wine region is home to home to lush vineyards, creative chefs, and plenty to explore. From the spa at Auberge du soliel to the fire places in the Meadowood cottages, a Napa Valley getaway could not be more romantic. Take a hot air ballon ride over the vineyards. Shop in Saint Helena. Take a day trip over to Sonoma to take a private tour of Hanzell or to have lunch at Charlie Palmer's Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg. Then sit back relax and enjoy glass of local chardonnay.

Photo by Julie Wolfson

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