Romantic Vacations in California

With one of the longest stretches of coastline in the United States and several iconic attractions within, California is a haven for tourists of all interests. Surfers, beach bums, aspiring musicians and actors all flock to the Golden State to make it big or to take advantage of the sunny weather and glistening oceanfront. Whisk your sweetheart away on a romantic vacation to California and give her a time the two of you will cherish forever.

Napa Valley -- Roman Spa Hot Springs Resort

Whether you prefer exploring Napa Valley by bicycle, by limo, by running/walking or even by hot air balloon, this area of North Central California is beautiful and romantic by nature. Walk hand-in-hand through the endless vineyards and sample the local wine straight from the source. For a truly romantic and pampered experience, stay at the Roman Spa Hot Springs Resort in Calistoga, which is located at the northern end of Napa Valley. Bask in the sunshine with a glass of wine by the large outdoor pool, which is kept between 92 and 96 degrees, or opt to soak in one of the two spas (one indoor and one outdoor). In addition, there are two Finnish saunas for your relaxing pleasure. Meander through the Mediterranean flowering gardens and patios, taking in the ponds and fountains. Choose the Romantic Weekend Getaway Package, which include champagne, chocolates and breakfast for two to complete your experience. Treat yourselves to pampering at the spa, making sure to experience a mud or mineral bath. You will certainly leave Napa Valley relaxed and rejuvenated.

Roman Spa Hot Springs Resort 1300 Washington St. Calistoga, CA 94515 707-942-4441 800-914-8957

Northern California -- Benbow Hotel & Resort

If your idea of a romantic getaway involves hiking through scenic forests, Northern California is for you. Explore the majestic redwoods in the Redwood National and State Parks. With five visitor centers, there is more to do than just stare at the giant trees. Hike along Enderts Beach and the Crescent Beach Overlook and take in the pounding waves of the Pacific Ocean. Steal a kiss while watching for the occasional gray whale. With plenty of salmon, seals, sea lions, sea birds and whales, this area is perfect for the nature-appreciating romantic. Rest your tired bodies at The Benbow Hotel, a Tudor-styled historic hotel that opened in 1926. If you are not out exploring during the day, enjoy the complimentary English tea and scones served in the afternoons or the complimentary hors d'oeuvres served in the early evenings. Borrow a bicycle and get your exercise around the resort grounds or relax by the outdoor swimming pool and whirlpool. If you both enjoy golf, take advantage of the Benbow Valley Golf Course, known as both challenging and beautiful. Arrange a massage for the ultimate in relaxation before embarking on your culinary journey at the hotel's fine restaurant, featuring locally grown produce, fresh seafood and an award-winning wine list. Book yourselves a Two-Night Romantic Package that includes one night's dinner, champagne and chocolate to help set the tone for your getaway.

Benbow Hotel & Resort 445 Lake Benbow Drive Garberville, CA 95542 707-923-2124 800-355-3301

Southern California -- Malibu Beach Inn -- Carbon Beach

Admit it; when you think of California, the glistening southern beaches come to mind. Book a romantic getaway to famous and scenic Malibu and treat yourselves to breathtaking sunsets, lazy days by the beach and fabulous dining. Stroll hand-in-hand through the picturesque Point Dume State Preserve, which features soaring cliffs, rocky coves and endless sand and water. (Guys: this is an ideal place to pop the question, if that's your plan.) Plan to stay at the Malibu Beach Inn and enjoy romantic walks along the beach and memorable views from your room. Choose from a Pier View King Bed room, an Oceanview Queen Bed room, a King Beach Suite or One-Bedroom Suite for your lodging comfort. Enjoy the rhythmic pounding surf from your own private balcony while sipping on wine from the seven-bottle in-room wine selection or spend quality time with your significant other in front of your in-room fireplace. Head over to the Cure Spa for luxurious massage treatments or renewing body treatments before noshing on grilled steak or fresh seafood at The Carbon Beach Club, an in-hotel restaurant with Pacific Rim flavor.

Malibu Beach Inn 22878 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu, CA 90265 310-456-6444

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Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, KJ Constance has always had writing in her blood. From writing and illustrating books in grade school to writing Web and advertising copy professionally, writing has always her passion. She received her bachelor's in journalism in 2002 and her master's in media arts and sciences in 2006. She moved to Seattle in 2009.

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