Whether you are looking for a romantic city break, a trip to the beach or an outdoor experience, California really does have it all. With some of the most spectacular views and romantic locations, it is a place sure to make you fall deeper in love.
If you are planning a romantic getaway, one destination that is an absolute must on your trip is Newport Beach. Known as the backdrop for teen drama ‘The O.C.’ this vibrant coastal town is every bit as dreamy as you expect it to be. Stay at the luxurious Resort at Pelican Hill where you can haul up in your private bungalow and enjoy luscious SPA treatments. Rent a private yacht and explore the beautiful and extravagant seafront house from the water, once you are out at the open ocean you will soon find yourself surrounded by dolphins, whales and seals who all frequent the waters here. The fine dining, high-end boutiques and close proximity to California’s wine country complement your once-in-a-lifetime trip perfectly!
For more information please visit www.visitnewportbeach.com
The calm waters of Huntington Harbour provide the perfect setting for couples wanting to learn how to master paddle boarding together by day, or enjoy a romantic sunset gondola ride at sunset. Rowed by National Champion Gondoliers, the ride explores the canals and islands of Huntington Harbour and Sunset Beach. An ice bucket is at the ready for all couples to join with their own wine of choice, with glasses and cosy blankets ready for you to settle in and enjoy the ride. 40 minute gondola rides are available from $60, with a Valentine’s Day one hour Gondola Ride at $140. Local pro surf and SUP champion, Rocky McKinnon, offers couples a one hour paddleboard lesson for $150.
For more information please visit www.surfcityusa.com
The city of San Francisco has everything to offer a foodie couple, with flavours from all around the world. Experience the culinary side of the city for yourself whilst exploring the city’s diverse neighbourhoods. Visit the hip Latino Mission District for a taste of burritos from La Taqueria, visit Chinatown (the largest Chinatown outside of Asia) for classic dim sum served at Yank Sing or noodles made right in front of your eyes at China Live, or visit Fisherman’s Wharf for traditional Clam Chowder at Boudin Bakery served in their famous sourdough bread.
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West Hollywood offers an alternative experience for the active couple. Explore the city during the day with Bikes & Hikes, or head over to Runyon Canyon for an intense hour long hike with gorgeous views over the Greater Los Angeles area and the Hollywood sign. Follow this with the ultimate couples pampering session at the Spa at Sunset Marquis and end your day with an evening of star gazing from some of West Hollywood’s most popular rooftop bars including Catch LA and E.P.+L.P. with panoramic views of the city.
For more information please visit www.visitwesthollywood.com
The Great Outdoors
For the ultimate ‘Glamping’ experience visit Treebones in Big Sur. Treebones Resort caters for the coastal dwellers and the keen outdoors. Ranging from Yurts to Twig huts, Treebones creates a magical experience surrounded by spectacular views of the ocean combined with luxury camping and amenities. Try a night in the cocoon named ‘The Autonomous Tent’ secluded on the edge of the resort with your own private deck and outdoor fire pit, you’ll experience some of the greatest sunsets in Big Sur.
Big Bear Mountain Resort
Big Bear Mountain Resort boasts beautiful scenery surrounded by snowy topped mountains with plenty to do and see. Begin the romance by staying in a Big Bear Cool Cabin on the mountain. They have many cabins to choose from with fireplaces, hot tubs and even Netflix for a cosy night in. Alternative to a night in, the resort also offers ‘Movies in the Meadow’. Sit next to the fire pit with a blanket and watch your favourite moves on the big screen under the stars. Starting from 5pm means you can catch a table for two at the Pines Lakefront restaurant after. Originated in the 1920s the restaurant has a unique vibe with unobstructed views of Big Bear Lake, guests looking for a romantic Big Bear getaway can enjoy dining inside with a fireside ambiance or outside on the heated patio.
For more information please visit www.bigbearmountainresort.com
The recently re-opened luxury resort, The Oasis at Death Valley is undergoing further renovation occurring within three phases, including the accommodations, public spaces and facilities, accessibility, landscaping, energy conservation and more. The Inn at Death Valley will complete one of the phases, increase the 66-room property by an additional 11 two-room casitas surrounding the spring-fed pool and lush oasis gardens. The exterior of the property will feature a terraced garden, additional cabanas, a poolside bar and café, and a new wellness centre. The Inn is also undergoing an extensive renovation of its famous dining room, adding pergolas for guests to enjoy the breath-taking landscape surrounding the property.
Greater Palm Springs
Couples can camp under the glittering dome of stars, planets and passing meteors in the California desert, with Joshua Tree National Park having become a designated International Dark Sky Park in 2017, with several campsite options. For those looking for a cosy retreat after a night of stargazing rather than sleeping out in the open, the Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage is the perfect spot for looking out across Coachella Valley from its mountain perched swimming pool.
For more information please visit www.visitgreaterpalmsprings.com
Stay just outside of Joshua Tree National Park in one of the coolest desert hudeaways. Read our review of Rimrock Ranch here
With the new Sip, Cycle and Soar tour, Sonoma County offers an exciting culinary and nature experience for adventurous couples looking to experience the region from both land and air. The day starts before sunrise with coffee and freshly-baked pastries at the Healdsburg SHED, in delightful downtown Healdsburg. From there guests will be transported to the launch site, where they’ll watch a kaleidoscope of colours inflate as the flight crew prepares the balloon for an airborne adventure. Guests will enjoy unparalleled views of the renowned Sonoma landscape from above during the 45-60-minute flight. After the flight there is brunch and sparkling wine back at the Healdsburg SHED, toasting the start of the day.
For more information please visit www.sonomacounty.com
Yosemite Mariposa County
The stunning Tenaya Lodge, just outside the southern entrance of Yosemite National Park in California, is your gateway to four seasons of Yosemite adventure. Hidden between the trees it will give you a combination of privacy and luxury with the park and its adventure offerings right at your doorstep. The newly added a collection of luxury cottages, a short walk from the main lodge and surrounded by towering Sugar Pines and Incense Cedars are perfect for lovebirds. The 53 Cottage Rooms feature a picturesque fireplace for romantic evenings by the fire and most include patio areas or balconies for soaking up the surrounding natural landscape. The updated contemporary meets nature’s elements design inspires relaxation with a neutral colour palate complemented by reclaimed wood, stone, and leather accents.
For more information please www.yosemite.com
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