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15 Best Romantic Getaways in California (Beaches, Vineyards, & More)

Margaret Carter

Margaret Carter, Updated September 29, 2022

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California is known for its fresh air, relaxed vibe, and fantastic food. If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, the Golden State has a lot to offer.

From the quintessential and sunny hotels of SoCal to the luxurious vineyards of Napa Valley, California knows how to do romance right! You might even find the perfect condo overlooking the beach in Malibu.

Take long walks on the beach at night, a cliffside drive in a classic automobile for a mid-day picnic, spend hours snuggling in an in-suite jacuzzi, or see the homes of the biggest stars in America. No matter where you choose to stay, you’re sure to find something unforgettable.

For a budget-friendly vacation, try Cambria Lodge near Silver Peak Wilderness or Hotel Corque near Santa Barbara. For something a bit more daring and wild, Dream Hollywood will put you in the middle of the star-studded action.

For a once in a lifetime romantic getaway, Allegretto Vineyard offers the taste and feel of Italy along the coast with grounds that take days to explore.

With so many options available, all you need to worry about is which part of California you’d like to see. As one of the top tourist destinations in the world, you’re sure to find everything from luxury and intrigue to comfy and cozy for your dream getaway.

Take a look below at some of the top hotels and condos, and book your romantic vacation now!

1. Bahia Resort Hotel

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Located on Mission Bay in San Diego, the Bahia Resort offers plenty of options for true romance on the beach.

The rooms are luxurious, there are private daybeds along the water’s edge, and the resort hotel boasts one of the top Mediterranean restaurants in the area with a heated patio for those chilly nights on the beach.

The Bahia Resort has been featured in many guides on where to stay in San Diego, and its location offers a quick walk to Mission Bay Park and a short drive to the San Diego Zoo or the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

Live music is played nightly, as well, so there is no need to find evening fun off-site. You can also enjoy an evening cruise from the Bahia Marina.

Address: 998 W Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
Phone Number: (858) 488-0551
Website: https://www.bahiahotel.com
Things to Know: Smoke-Free Rooms; Pet Friendly; Resort Fee; Free WiFi
Booking.com Rating: 7.9

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2. SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel

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The SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel rests along five acres of beautiful sand in Pismo Beach, California. This is the perfect choice for a long and luxurious weekend without the hustle and bustle of city life.

The location is top-notch, with a short drive to Edna Valley Vineyard, known for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. You can even have local wine delivered to your room at any time of day.

Hearst Castle is within an hour’s drive, and there are several parks within walking distance for a romantic stroll.

The hotel boasts a rooftop terrace on the fourth floor, offering amazing views with secluded patios and fire pits. There is also an adults-only hot tub and a beautiful swimming pool that looks out over the water. There are yoga classes, couples massages, and private cabanas available, as well.

Address: 2241 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
Phone Number: (805) 773-4608
Website: https://www.seacrestpismo.com
Things to Know: Breakfast Included; Smoke-Free Property; Pet Friendly; No Resort Fee; Free WiFi
Booking.com Rating: 8.8

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Related Read: 70 Things To Do in Orange County, CA

3. Hotel Emblem San Francisco, a Viceroy Urban Retreat

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Located right on Union Square in San Francisco, this hotel rests in the heart of the theater district, offering luxury and entertainment for your romantic trip.

The hotel is themed for literature fanatics, with cozy furniture and original art. On-site, you’ll find the Obscenity Bar and Lounge, known for its cocktails and relaxed atmosphere.

While you’re there, take a ride on the iconic cable cars and visit Coit Tower for a breathtaking view of the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges.

You can also walk along the rolling roads hand in hand and try one of the many restaurants available. The staff of the hotel are well versed in the area and are happy to create a romantic itinerary for your stay.

Guests have only good things to say about the rooms, including a Nespresso machine, luxurious robes for each person, a smart TV, and 24-hour room service.

Address: 562 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA  94102
Phone Number: (415) 433-4434
Website: https://www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/emblem
Things to Know: Smoke-Free Property; Dog Friendly; Resort Fee
Booking.com Rating: 8.4

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4. Dream Hollywood

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Nestled in Hollywood with the famous mountain sign as a backdrop, Dream Hollywood is an upscale hotel that offers romantic dining, luxurious rooms, and a great location.

The rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and are mid-century modern, giving it more of a condo feel than a hotel.

The rooftop bar and pool, Highlight, is one of the best relaxed date night experiences around, with the Hollywood sign and Los Angeles skyline adding that true California feel. The lounge offers unparalleled nightlife with hand-picked DJs and live performances on-site.

There are two restaurants in the hotel, the Tao Asian Bistro, and the Beauty & Essex, both of which offer fine dining and private rooms upon request.

Since the hotel is such an incredibly popular place for a date night, be sure to make your reservations at the restaurants or Highlight Lounge as soon as you book your room.

Address: 6417 Selma Ave, Hollywood, CA 90028
Phone Number: (323) 844-6417
Website: https://www.dreamhotels.com/hollywood
Things to Know: Smoke-Free Property; Dog Friendly; Resort/Parking Fee
Booking.com Rating: 8.2

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5. Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa

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If sunsets on the beach and a full spa experience sound like peak romance, the Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa is the accommodation you’ll want.

Located just a short walk from Cannery Row, you’ll be able to experience some of the most incredible coastal sea life, such as otters, or rent a kayak to paddle out into Monterey Bay.

The hotel is also less than half a mile from Monterey Bay Aquarium, one of the biggest attractions in the area.

Not only are there fun things to do, but there are dozens of local seafood restaurants that have perfected the art of everything from ceviche to bisque. If dining out is high on your list, Monterey Bay offers an amazing array of choices.

The hotel sits out over the water, held up on fortified stilts. The decor is classic with modern touches, and the rooms are spacious with amazing views.

Address: 400 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA  93940
Phone Number: (831) 920-6710
Website: https://montereyplazahotel.com
Things to Know: Smoke-Free Property; Resort/Parking Fee; Free WiFi
Booking.com Rating: 9.0

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6. Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa

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Located a short drive from the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld, the Catamaran Resort is an excellent option for those wanting a romantic getaway on a budget that still has a private beach and great amenities. 

In fact, one of the things that guests love the most about the Catamaran is the location. There are wonderful places to brunch and lunch nearby, as well as quite a few parks to enjoy.

The scenery is gorgeous, and the hotel grounds are pristine and well kept. It’s also central to not one but three beaches, including Sail Bay, Pacific, and Mission.

You have many room options, from tower rooms with great views to ground rooms that have undergone recent updates that guests truly love. Whichever you choose, be sure to call the hotel to find out what your room layout is and ensure it’s what you need.

Address: 3999 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA  92109
Phone Number: (858) 488-1081
Website: http://www.catamaranresort.com
Things to Know: Smoke-Free Property; Pet Friendly; Resort Fee
Booking.com Rating: 7.4

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Related Read: 25 Romantic Getaways in San Diego

7. Allegretto Vineyard Resort Paso Robles

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Nothing speaks romance in the States quite like a vineyard nestled in the lush green valleys of California. Allegretto Vineyard Resort has that classical beauty that feels like stepping back into time but with enough modern twists to make it a marvelous and unforgettable experience.

Enjoy exploring the property, seeing the art, partaking in wine tastings, and simply relaxing outside in the cool evening air by a beautiful fountain and fire pit.

The pool is surrounded by day beds with their own vine-covered pagodas, and an outdoor restaurant, Cello Restaurant and Bar, that brings Tuscany to your table.

The rooms are gorgeous, and the staff goes above and beyond in their duty to ensure your stay is welcoming. You can order the vineyard wine to your room and get a couples massage at Spa Allegretto for a truly romantic getaway.

Address: 2700 Buena Vista Dr, Paso Robles, CA  93446
Phone Number: (805) 369-2500
Website: https://www.allegrettovineyardresort.com
Things to Know: Smoke-Free Property; Dog Friendly; Free Wifi
Booking.com Rating: 9.2

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8. Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa

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With three restaurants on-site and a spa experience like no other, the Hyatt Regency Huntington sets out to prove why Hyatt is the choice to make.

The Spanish architecture with poolside cabanas, large guest rooms, and beachfront property come together for a romantic getaway you won’t want to miss.

If you’d like to do some sightseeing, the resort is a short five-minute walk from 10 Mile Beach and Pacific City, as well as Huntington Beach Pier, which boasts three restaurants that guests love.

Many rooms have luxurious sitting areas with oversized couches and chic coastal balconies that overlook the Pacific.

You can also have spa services come to the room to enjoy a massage in private before taking a stroll through the palm-laden grotto outside.

Address: 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA  92648
Phone Number: (714) 698-1234
Website: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/california/hyatt-regency-huntington-beach-resort-and-spa/hunrh
Things to Know: Smoke-Free Property; Pet Friendly; Free Wifi
Booking.com Rating: 8.9

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9. Cambria Pines Lodge

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Located along the southern border of the Silver Peak Wilderness, the Cambria Pines Lodge was made with romance in mind. It rests on 25 acres of beautifully forested land, just minutes from Moonstone Beach.

The spa and heated outdoor pool are just two of the amenities that guests love, while the restaurants offer a Dinner Escape Package that allows you to worry less and enjoy more of your romantic stay. 

The hotel is only ten minutes from Hearst Castle and close to many local wine tasting experiences. There is live entertainment nightly on-site, as well as a bar with a lively atmosphere that still feels cozy and unique.

The rooms are spacious and designed to accommodate guests with pets, and many of the public areas are adorned with large fireplaces.

Address: 2905 Burton Dr, Cambria, CA  93428
Phone Number: (805) 927-4200
Website: https://www.cambriapineslodge.com
Things to Know: Designated Smoking Areas; Pet Friendly; Complimentary Breakfast; Free Wifi
Booking.com Rating: 8.4

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Related Read: 29 Top Treehouse Rentals in California

10. Hotel Corque

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With Sunday brunch on-site, farm-fresh dishes, and several things to do within a short drive or walk, this boutique hotel offers the perfect weekend away.

You can visit the Chumash Casino, drive through the Santa Barbara vineyards, or hike the Santa Ynez hills before coming back to eat at one of the two on-site restaurants.

The hotel itself has a modern European vibe with outstanding staff, and the rooms are spacious and welcoming. While you’re there, be sure to visit Hans Christian Andersen Park or Nojoqui Falls to see beautiful live oaks that are over a century old.

You’ll also find beer and wine tastings on-site and vineyards to explore just a short walk away. If you feel like an equine excursion or a game of golf, speak with the concierge, and they can help you find the perfect experience.

Address: 400 Alisal Rd, Solvang, CA 93464
Phone Number: (805) 688-8000
Website: https://www.hotelcorque.com
Things to Know: Designated Smoking Areas; Free WiFi
Booking.com Rating: 9.1

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11. Chancellor Hotel on Union Square

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With many shopping opportunities just a block away and downtown nightlife at every corner, the Chancellor Hotel on Union Square is the perfect choice if you like the hustle and bustle of city life.

The central location means it’s easy to walk to the theater district or see Chinatown’s Dragon Gate. There is also a beach less than a mile down the road.

The on-site bar, Clipper Ship, offers a daily cocktail hour, and the San Francisco Giants’ hometown stadium, Oracle Park, is a cable ride away.

Guests are ecstatic about the cleanliness of the rooms and how friendly the staff is, as well as the twelve different pillow selections available with a call to the front desk.

For transportation around San Francisco, the cable car line picks up and drops off right at the front door, so you can easily explore the surrounding city without any trouble at all.

Address: 433 Powell St, San Francisco, CA  94102
Phone Number: (800) 428-4748
Website: https://www.chancellorhotel.com
Things to Know: Smoke-Free Property; Free WiFi
Booking.com Rating: 8.7

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12. The Garland

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Located on the outskirts of Los Angeles in Northern Hollywood, The Garland offers the glitz and glam of the Hollywood aesthetic without the high prices.

The on-site restaurant, The Front Yard, offers classic California cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, while the Lobby Bar or Lounge has a wide array of beer and wine for a great date night.

From the hotel, you can take a twenty-minute walk to Universal Studios Hollywood or spend an hour trekking up to the Hollywood sign. In the evenings, if there is a chill, you can sit beside a fire pit and enjoy the fresh California air.

The rooms are reminiscent of the retro era, with beige and orange as a predominant theme, and the pool is absolutely gorgeous. Guests are incredibly pleased with the layout of the hotel and the easy access to entertainment.

Address: 4222 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91602
Phone Number: (818) 980-8000
Website: https://www.thegarland.com
Things to Know: Smoke-Free Property; Pet Friendly; Free WiFi
Booking.com Rating: 8.9

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Related Read: 15 Best Waterfalls Near Los Angeles

13. Vintage N Vines

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If a hotel doesn’t strike your fancy, you can try this fantastic experience in a private vineyard. Vintage N Vines is a two-person trailer with a hot tub, patio, fire pit, and amazing scenery.

The vineyard is a small four-acre lot with gorgeous sunsets and the chance to see hot air balloons in the sky at dawn. Guests tout it as the perfect romantic getaway, with access to many surrounding vineyards and privacy galore.

The inside of the trailer is spacious and welcoming, with a queen-sized bed and kitchenette. Even during those hot California days, you can stay cool and comfortable.

The vineyard itself is located in SoCal Temecula Wine Country, between Los Angeles and San Diego. Be sure to sign up for a few vineyard tours as soon as you book! With a car rental, you can take day trips to either city and explore everything SoCal has to offer.

Website: For VRBO listing, click here.
Things to Know: Smoke-Free Property; No Pets Allowed
VRBO Rating: 4.9/5.00

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14. Romantic Beachfront Apartment in Malibu

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Nestled right on the coast and hovering over the water, this idyllic condo in Malibu has had over 1,000 guests experience the romance it has to offer.

Watch dolphins and seals frolic from the front porch, walk along the sand, and enjoy the fresh ocean air.

The host, Connie, is incredibly kind and ensures the setup is perfect before you walk in the door.

The house itself has an expansive covered wooden deck and a beautiful indoor living room, with a spacious kitchenette and large windows that overlook the beach and sea.

The condo has been listed as one of Condé Nast’s top rentals in Los Angeles.

While you’re there, be sure to check out the Getty Villa Museum or spend the day renting a classic car and touring the countryside.

Website: For AirBnB listing, click here.
Things to Know: Smoke-Free Property; No Pets Allowed; Free WiFi
AirBnB Rating: 4.99/5.00

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15. Quiet Cabin in Northern California

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For a trip to the Northern California redwoods, consider this beautiful cottage just a short drive from the city of Fort Bragg on the coast.

It’s located on 15 acres, half a mile from a beach where you can find sand dollars and explore unique beachside rock formations.

It has a private deck and hot tub with a fire pit, making it perfect for a romantic evening for two. There is an apple orchard on-site, hiking trails in abundance, and a deck for stargazing.

If you want a quiet getaway with a full kitchen and barbecue pit, this is the right choice.

Be sure to take a drive down to Glass Beach in Fort Bragg to see all the colorful stones that line the coast. You will also be close to MacKerricher State Park.

Website: For AirBnB listing, click here.
Things to Know: Smoke-Free Property; Free WiFi
AirBnB Rating: 4.95/5.00

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