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My idea of the perfect spot for a romantic getaway is quiet, with lots of time for holding hands, watching the sunset, flirting over a scrumptious dinner and time for a little afternoon delight. The places on this list were chosen with this in mind.

Ideas for a Romantic Weekend Getaway in California

  • Big Sur: Crashing waves, sunsets and lodgings from cozy cottages to world-class hideaways.

  • Carmel: Its storybook architecture may inspire your own romantic story. Walk on the beach, stroll through town, cuddle at sunset.

  • Catalina Island: With a cute, walkable downtown, beautiful ocean views, cozy bed and breakfasts and the amazing Inn on Mt Ada, it's our top pick for a romantic getaway.

  • La Jolla: One of the most beautiful coastal settings in Southern California, fine restaurants and a romantic cliffside walking path give La Jolla all the ingredients for a perfect getaway - just add you sweetie.

  • Laguna Beach: Stay in a hotel on the beach, watch the sunset and fall asleep counting wave crashes instead of sheep.

  • Malibu: All those gorgeous beaches provide plenty of places for a romantic stroll.

  • Mendocino: Wild scenery, charming accommodations and lots of time (and places) to gaze into each others' eyes in front of a roaring fireplace.

  • Napa Valley: Besides the obvious wine and food-related activities, you can have fun getting muddy (with or without the kids).

  • Occidental: Occidental has it all: a sensational spa nearby, a cute little downtown tailor-made for strolling hand-in-hand and an exquisitely beautiful bed and breakfast hotel.

  • Ojai: Cuddle like kittens in this cute little nest in the Santa Ynez Mountains.

  • Pebble Beach: California's best coastal scenery... beachcombing... and a bagpiper at sunset.

  • Santa Barbara: Movie stars have been planning romantic trysts here (on and off screen) for almost a century and it's easy to understand why.

  • Santa Ynez Valley: Stay in tiny Los Olivos, go wine tasting in town, take a little stroll and go to bed early.

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