It’s nothing but California Dreaming with these romantic getaways. From luxurious pampering to jaw-dropping views, you’ll want to pack your bags as fast as you can to visit these California destinations with your special someone.
And with such a huge and gorgeous state, it’s hard to cut the list down. These getaways capture the very essence of all that is California: luxury, wine, celebrity, coast, and elegance. Here are our 15 favorite romantic getaway spots for California:
1. Meritage Resort and Spa
This is the ultimate getaway for when you want to dive into European luxury without leaving the Western Hemisphere. Say “ciao” to this beautiful Tuscan-inspired resort nestled into the Napa Valley, a perfect hideaway for couples wanting alone time to be spoiled.
At the resort’s one-of-a-kind 22,000 sq. ft. spa located 40 feet underground, wine is incorporated even in massages. There is a massage called “Vino Bello,” incorporating a grape seed scrub followed by a mineral and antioxidant-ruch wine and rosehip mud wrap to rejuvenate the skin. At the end of the massage, guests are covered in a soothing grape seed lotion. If this doesn’t scream Napa Valley to you, I don’t know what does.
Enjoy the view even more when you upgrade to a balcony room that overlooks the resort’s nine-acre vineyard.
2. Farmhouse Inn
Tucked into Northern California’s wine country, Farmhouse Inn gives you the cozy Bread & Breakfast feel perfect for a weekend with your sweetheart. In this intimate home-away-from-home, each of the 25 guest suites features private saunas, fireplaces, and whirlpool tubs. If that’s not enough to reel you in, consider the soothing spa services the Inn offers, focusing on all-natural, herbal spa products.
Outside of the Inn, enjoy a winery tour, hiking trains, canoeing along the Russian River, or visiting the nearby Armstrong Woods State Reserve to admire California’s famous redwood trees.
3. La Casa del Camino
Laguna Beach isn’t all high school drama. If you’re looking to turn up the heat, try bringing your loved one to this historic Mediterranean-style hotel just a block away from the stunning Southern California beach featured in the show. Established in 1929, this luxurious hotel emphasizes elegance and style, making it a favorite among Hollywood’s elite.
Couples can choose between Spanish-style rooms for when they’re feeling royal, Surf rooms to completely absorb the West Coast vibes, or sneak away into their own private cottage, called La Casita (The Little House).
4. The Westin St. Francis
If the Great Gatsby opened a hotel on the West Coast, The Westin St. Francis would definitely be it.
Opened in 1904, this destination flaunts its rich history with old-world marble, oak, crystal chandeliers, and vast murals. Celebrities, politicians, and the crème de la crème throughout the world have been visiting this swanky destination for over a century, and it seems it only gets better with age.
Indulge in sophistication at this spot located right in the middle of San Francisco. Grab your sweetie for a romantic dinner at The Westin’s elegant Oak Room Restaurant. Opened in 1913 as a ritzy spot for men to smoke cigars and drink whiskey, the Oak Room now welcomes all for posh American dining.
5. L’Ermitage Beverly Hills
Join the rich and famous at this AAA Five Diamond Award winning hotel in California’s famous Beverly Hills. Spend a day relaxing in a luxury cabana at the hotel’s rooftop pool before you drain your bank account on Rodeo Drive. If you still need to escape from life that is so hard outside of L’Ermitage’s walls, sink into a Swedish or Ayurvedic massage or destress in the hotel’s steam rooms.
With the “Remembering Romance” Package, L’Ermitage offers couples accomodations in a luxury suite, $150 dinner credit at their chic restaurant, Avec Nous, a bottle of champage, and $100 spa credit. It doesn’t get better than this.
6. Venice Beach Eco Cottages
Grab your significant other and slip away into your own private eco-bungalow just blocks away from the beautiful Venice Beach. When you visit the Venice Beach Eco Cottages, you support a green alternative to the typical hospitality experience.
Built with organic materials and adorned in bohemian décor, these cottages fit in perfectly with the artistic neighborhood of Venice Beach. By lodging here, couples can recharge while also helping to recharge the planet!
7. El Dorado Hotel and Kitchen
Take in the lively town from your own personal balcony at El Dorado, located right in the heart of Sonoma. Coupling wine-country charm with urban sophistication, El Dorado makes the perfect getaway for lovers in Northern California.
In this rustic location you can really show your affection with the “Rekindle Romance” Package. In addition to staying in a King guestroom, you are welcomed with champagne, locally homemade and artisanal salted caramels, and a bouquet. The property is a testament to the town of Sonoma and its laid back wine country spirit.
8. Korakia Pensione
Something about California and historic Mediterranean-style resorts. They just can’t get enough of them! Korakia, a luxurious Palm Springs villa dating back to 1924, combines the romance of the Mediterranean with the exotic taste of North Africa. Lined with Middle Eastern lanterns and fire pits, it’s no wonder Forbes Traveler named Korania one of the “Sexiest Hotels in America.”
In the morning, you’re greeted with a Moroccan-style breakfast, while in the afternoon you’re refreshed with Moroccan tea service. Escape to your own Arabian Nights fantasy at Korakia, complete with Moorish wooden double doors, a heated pool, Moroccan day beds, and romantic courtyard.
9. Autocamp Santa Barbara
Decked out in retro gear, Autocamp has served as a refuge for the American wanderlust road trippers since 1922. Using Airstream trailers for lodging and emphasizing classic Americana décor, this spot prides itself in creating comfort for the adventurous spirits passing through California.
Experience the beautiful outdoors without sacrificing comfort when you stay at Autocamp for a romantic weekend trip with your special someone.
10. North Block Hotel
There’s nothing like California’s remarkable Napa Valley. Indulge in the North Block Hotel’s romantically chic experience with Tuscan architecture, heated floors, and a couple’s massage.
And the North Block also satisfies your craving for romance with their “Petals & Pampering” Package. With this addition, enjoy a Deluxe King room, a bottle of champagne, a dozen roses, a one-hour couple’s massage, and a box of artisanal chocolates.
11. Sir Francis Drake Hotel
Bringing back the style and sophistication of old San Francisco, the Sir Francis Drake Hotel pairs Renaissance architecture with renowned hospitality to make your stay in the city as regal as possible. World-class shopping awaits you at this hotel, with Tiffany & Co, Gucci, Prada, Giorgio Armani, and Saks Fifth Avenue just steps outside your door.
Treat yourself and your special someone to a lavish night out on the town, 1930s style. On the 21st floor of the Sir Francis Drake, this decadent accommodation houses its famous Harry Denton’s Starlight Room, where Harry Denton Starlight Orhestra plays live music below crystal chandeliers with a 180-degree view of San Francisco. It’s the kind of place you don’t leave without a ring on your finger.
12. Sycamore Mineral Springs Spa and Resort
To get away from it all, the Sycamore provides you with the ultimate retreat getaway in Central California. The gem of this place is their hot mineral spring tubs, located on every private balcony or patio. These hot tubs are all natural, streaming from 100 acres of natural, underground resources. You’ll feel like a whole new you after soaking in this pool of divinity.
When you’re rejuvenated enough to socialize, the Sycamore offers yoga, Pilates, and Tai Chi classes daily. Reconnect with your inner core and your partner at this revitalizing resort.
13. L’Auberge Del Mar
This Southern California resort is so romantic that they’ve already planned a package deal for lovers coming to their destination to propose. L’Auberge Del Mar provides your proposal with white rose petals, candles, chocolate-covered strawberries, champagne, and personalized attention for reserving the perfect location for that very special moment.
If you’re not going on vacation to pop the question, you can still enjoy every single inch of this resort. Nestled on the cliffs of quintessential Del Mar, California, L’Auberge allows you to take in the breathtaking beach views while indulging in upscale cuisine caught fresh daily.
14. Cavallo Point
Get your front-row ticket to San Francisco’s skyline—without having to deal with city life—at Cavallo Point. In this romantic lodge in the quiet backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge, you can enjoy all the peace away from the hustle and bustle of reality. Cavallo Point served as a WWI Army base during construction of the Golden Gate, but has since been converted into luxury lodging for the whimsical. Travel and Leisure voted Cavallo Point “#1 Best Hotel in the San Fransisco Bay Area” in 2015 for a reason.
For “The Ultimate Date Night” Package, you get lodging, a gourmet 4-course dinner, breakfast in the morning, and a room with a fireplace. Time to cuddle up to your loved one in this sweet oasis!
15. Sacred Rock Resort
Escape off the beaten path, past “Northern California,” to the real Northern California of Elk, a town known for—you guessed it—its excessive amount of elk. Four hours north of San Francisco, Elk, California sits peacefully on the Mendicino coast away from the usual flood of tourists.
At Sacred Rock, you and your sweetie get your own private cottage burrowed high on cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Relax at the low-key resort, complete with a pub for non-pretentious, home-cooked dining.
Further reading: Most beautiful places in California