There are countless things to love about California and its variety of enchanting getaways is certainly one of them. If you’re making Valentine’s Day plans or simply mapping out an ordinary weekend for two, make your time away extraordinary by getting to know one of the top California romantic getaways. From oceanfront relaxation and wine country romance to small-town charm, you’ll find it all in California without traveling too far from home.

Enough talk. Are you ready to win major brownie points? Let’s explore, learn, and book by the end of this blog.

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1. Napa Valley 

Wine lovers must take a sojourn to Napa Valley for at least one Valentine’s Day in their lifetime. An ideal place to begin is the Bardessono Hotel | Restaurant| Spa in the Napa Valley ($504/night and up) . Whether a novice or coinsurer, you and your sweetheart will appreciate being within walking distance to tasting rooms both in the hotel and down the road. Voted the “Most Romantic Hotel in the U.S.” by TripAdvisor, Bardessono blends legendary service with rustic elegance to deliver memorable experiences sought by guests again and again. Indulge in rejuvenating spa services, excite your palate with local cuisine at the hotel’s Lucy Restaurant & Bar, or spend the entire day indoors in one of the spa-suites complete with 100% Egyptian cotton Filadoro Linens, fireplace, and custom-crafted furniture. Check out current packages and offers, then contact Bardessono to reserve your experience.

You might even want to consider living in Napa Valley year-round–perhaps this enchanting Italian Villa will inspire feelings of romance? If nothing else, it will make you feel as if you’ve escaped to the hills of Southern Italy for a weekend. The 5-acre estate is represented by Suzy Anderson for $3,495,000.

Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur Courtesy Of: www.cntraveler.com

Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur Courtesy Of: www.cntraveler.com

3. Big Sur

Few locales in California are more romantic than Big Sur, with its awe-inspiring ocean views, sweeping mountains and rustic privacy away from it all. Post Ranch Inn’s serene elegance and effortless comfort creates the perfect escape for couples throughout the year ($595/night and up). Accolades include the Condé Nast Traveler Platinum and Gold Circles, which means you’ll definitely want to immerse yourself and get a taste of this seaside paradise for yourself. Spa services include a broad range of therapeutic treatments, the hotel’s Sierra Mar restaurant pushes culinary boundaries with it’s “unconventional fine dining”, and other hotel-sponsored Big Sur activities include yoga, morning meditation, and guided hikes. Explore Post Ranch Inn online then check availability to plan your escape.

Clearly, everyday life on Big Sur Coast is nothing short of spectacular, but the day may come when you want a few days to turn into a few years. This 4-bedroom, 5.5-bath, 12,000-square-foot sea cliff residence is your answer, since it offers a gorgeous spa overlooking the windswept rocks and white water. Priced at $10,800,000, the 9,849 square-foot residence is represented by The Heinrich Team.

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4. Montecito

Located minutes from Santa Barbara, the charming city of Montecito is a gem waiting for your discovery. One of the many places you’ll want to explore here is the luxurious and opulent San Ysidro Ranch. It has been named the 4th best hotel in the world by Travel + Leisure magazine. Starting at $695/night, the five-star Montecito hotel is tucked in the foothills and offers amazing vistas. Forty-one unique romantic hideaway rooms present either ocean, hillside, or garden views. Onsite amenities include The Stonehouse restaurant. Offering a blend of “organic inspiration and culinary artistry,” The Stonehouse features a full bar and separate dining room with a romantic wood-burning fireplace. At San Ysidro Ranch, you can expect to disconnect from your hectic world and take-in the site’s surrounding hillside creek and tree-lined paths. Before booking online, take a peek at special hotel offers.

When you’re ready to make your stays in Montecito more permanent, there is always this newly built, never occupied Montecito residence. You’ll be surrounded by pure romance with ocean and mountain views, sweeping lawns and a gorgeous pool and pavilion. Represented by Randy Solakian for $11,450,00, you and your love will have the opportunity to lead the indoor/outdoor Montecito lifestyle in pristine privacy.

Casa Laguna Inn Courtesy Of: www.bedbreakfasthome.com

Casa Laguna Inn Courtesy Of: www.bedbreakfasthome.com

4. Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach, located in coastal Orange County, has all of the ingredients for romance: beautiful beaches, ocean views and breathtaking landscapesTerraced on a hillside in Laguna Beach, Casa Laguna Inn & Spa ($197 and up) was designed with couples in mind. With zero meeting and event rooms plus a limit to no more than two people per room, the Inn caters to couples and offers all the services and amenities to keep your romance kindled. Casa Laguna Inn & Spa is a casually elegant bed and breakfast with 1920s-style Mission architecture, verdant gardens, a heated pool and Jacuzzi spa that can be reserved for a private sunset soak with champagne. After enjoying a full gourmet breakfast in the Palm Court, guests can schedule a couples massage, stroll over to nearby Victoria Beach, or head to Laguna Beach’s beloved shops, restaurants, or art galleries. Casa Laguna Inn & Spa was also recognized with a Trip Advisor 2013 Traveler’s Choice Award. Check out romantic room and spa specials to find deals on reservations and services.

Laguna Beach is one of Southern California’s most coveted neighborhoods. Couples vacationing here would consider it a dream come true to call this seaside enclave home. This 3-bedroom, 3-bath, 7,500-square-foot home is nestled on a bluff overlooking breathtaking California oceanfront. This and other properties like it abound on www.californiamoves.com.

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Hotel Del Coronado Courtesy Of: www.hotelsidekick.com

5. Coronado 

Coronado sits just outside of San Diego and is home to the region’s historic Hotel del Coronado. Known as The Del, this venue enjoys a storied past and was once vintage Hollywood’s vacation haven. Built in 1888 and deemed a National Historic Landmark, the legendary beach resort’s signature red turrets set off this Victorian beauty; its ocean-front location is beyond compare. Hotel Del has been ranked one of the top 10 resorts in the world by USA Today. Rates start at $250/night, and you can usually find a promotional offer. When making reservations, your toughest decision may be choosing a luxury room in the elegant Victorian building or a room at one of the Ocean Towers and California Cabanas.

Or, stay a while instead in this contemporary masterpiece right on the waterfront. Represented by Brunilda Zaragoza for $3,700,000, it’s a water loving couple’s dream with a private boat slip able to moor up to 65′ yachts.

Don’t these California destinations spark at least a greater desire for your partner or perhaps a greater desire to own a home in the city of your favorite Valentine’s Day getaway? Which place is the most romantic in your opinion?