Romantic Getaways in California

Five Amazing Weekend Destinations for You and Your Honey

California offers numerous romantic weekend destinations for you and your sweetheart to enjoy. Book a babysitter or call one of the grandparents to watch your kids for a few nights and take some much-needed time as a couple. From the beaches of Southern California to the quiet towns of Northern California, there is a lot to choose from when it comes to romance. Here are five great destinations to consider, especially if you've been saving up and are looking for a splurge.

San Luis Obispo's Madonna Inn

The Madonna Inn (100 Madonna Rd., San Luis Obispo, CA) is an experience like no other. The roadside resort hotel, located along California's Central Coast, has been around for over 50 years and features 110 whimsical guest rooms that are all varied in style and decor. It's kitschy and fun, with each room offering a different vibe. Opt for the romantic and ornate "Anniversary Room" or try the rock-covered "Caveman." There's a pool, spa, fitness center and horseback riding trails, as well as several eateries. Plan a date night at the hotel's infamous Gold Rush Steak House, which showcases live music every evening. It's nice in the summer, but just as cozy during the cooler months. Rooms start at $209 per night.

Half Moon Bay's Mill Rose Inn

Half Moon Bay is a charming seaside town just south of San Francisco. There are plenty of lovely hotels to pick from in the area, but the quaint bed-and-breakfast Mill Rose Inn (615 Mill St., Half Moon Bay, CA) is the best for a romantic weekend away. The inn has blooming gardens all year thanks to the temperate climate, and features six rooms to select from. There's a generous breakfast included in your stay, and you and your partner can partake in the enclosed garden jacuzzi. Rooms and suites range in price, from $230 to $360 per night.

Dana Point's Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel

For a beachside splurge, consider booking a room at the luxurious Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel (1 Ritz Carlton Dr., Dana Point, CA) in Dana Point, nearby Costa Mesa, CA. It's a chic property with several delicious restaurants (try the sustainably-sourced seafood at Raya), and you'll love the ocean-inspired decor and waterfront balconies. You and your honey can relax in bed or walk along the California Coast, enjoying the lovely weather year-round. Rooms average $734 per night in the summer and $587 per night in the off-season.

Sonoma's Ledson Hotel

If you're a couple who loves to indulge in some great wine, head to Sonoma, CA, a wine region that is less touristy than its neighbor Napa. Book into the Ledson Hotel (480 1st St. E, Sonoma, CA), a six-room boutique hotel that looks like something from the French countryside. It's intimate, quiet and completely relaxing, and you'll both enjoy the in-room fireplaces (perfect for a winter visit) and whirlpool tubs. The location alongside the Sonoma Plaza is ideal for exploring what Sonoma has to offer. Rooms start at $350 per night.

Carmel-By-The-Sea's Tickle Pink Inn

The seaside town of Carmel, CA is one of the most romantic places in California. It's a charming, lovely destination that gives you a feeling of luxury as soon as you arrive. The Tickle Pink Inn (155 Highland Dr., Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA) is a favorite hotel among honeymooners. It has private ocean-view balconies, outdoor hot tubs, wood-burning fireplaces in select rooms, and you are offered a bottle of champagne upon arrival. Northern California's coast can get chilly in the winter, but don't worry: You and your sweetie can snuggle by the fire and enjoy the view any time of year. Rooms start at $319 per night, but special deals are often available.

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