With it being Valentine’s Day this week and all, love is in the air, and a weekend getaway is a perfect way to spend some quality time with your special someone. Weekend trips are great any time of year, getting away for a couple of days can help you relax and connect with your partner. Whether you are exploring somewhere new or relaxing at the spa, quality time with your person is important. And they say, couples who travel together, are super cool.
Here are a few of my favorite destinations around California for a romantic weekend getaway.
Big Sur might be one of the most beautiful places in California. The dramatic coastline along Highway 1 is iconic and worthy of a few photo stops. If you are going for a “treat yo self” kind of weekend The Ventana Inn is the place, relax with a day at the spa and enjoy a gourmet dinner at the restaurant.
If you are looking for a more rustic experience check out the Big Sur Campground and Cabins. Be sure to cruise down the coast to see McWay Falls and take a walk around Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.
San Francisco is great for a weekend getaway with your favorite, with tons of bars, restaurants, and things to do there’s no way you could get bored. To keep it mellow, stroll through Golden Gate Park and take in the panoramic views of the city from the De Young Tower (the tower is free, but the museum is cool too if you want to check that out for $15), and finish off the day with drinks and dinner and a view of the Pacific Ocean at Beach Chalet.
Or to go all out San Francisco style, start off with brunch at Brenda’s Meat & Three then head to Alamo Square wait out the food coma and take in the city views for the afternoon. For dinner head down to Hayes Valley to Rich Table for some classic California cuisine, and end the night with a cocktail and an epic view at The View downtown.
Take in the epic views of Yosemite Valley with your love, it’s one of the most majestic places in the state. If you are the outdoorsy type, connect with nature and camp in the summer or fall. You can go for hikes around the valley during the day and get cozy roasting marshmallows at night.
Winter in the park can be just as beautiful, stay at the Ahwahnee Hotel and stroll through snow-covered trails and take in the awesome snow-capped mountains or go ice skating at the rink at Curry Village.
What is more romantic than wine and beautiful countryside? Not much. Northern California’s wine country is simply the best. Sonoma County has over 400 wineries so there are plenty to choose from. Some of my favorite wineries are Scribe, Domaine Carneros, Buena Vista, Cline, and MacRostie.
Make sure to grab some lunch in Sonoma Plaza to keep your belly full, the Sonoma Cheese Factory has a great deli and sandwiches, and be sure to try the Girl and the Fig for dinner, you won’t be disappointed.
Margaritas on the beach sound perfectly romantic to me, and San Diego is the perfect place to bask in the sun with your hunny (ew really? Did I just use that word?). Keep things chill by grabbing a couple of burritos and cruising down to any one of San Diego’s beautiful beaches for the day.
Then for happy hour hit up either Wonderland in Ocean Beach or PB Shore Club in Pacific Beach for cocktails and a good view of the sunset. If you are feeling fancy try Cucina Urbana for dinner, it’s modern Italian cuisine and wines are perfect for a date night.
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