California is a great place for vacations: beautiful beaches, serene forests, and sophisticated cities all packed into one gorgeous state.
If you’re on a trip with your honey, where should you stay? Here are a few options for romantic hotels in California:
Wine Country is high on the must-do list for lots of couples, but if you’ve tried to stay there, you know it can be exceptionally expensive. Best Western Sonoma Valley Inn is surprisingly affordable ($179 king bed rates in December, a steal ’round these parts) and centrally located in Sonoma, a perfect home base for your explorations. The rate includes complimentary breakfast and use of the pool and hot tub; better yet, the hotel is in walking distance of the town square, which has great restaurants.
For a romantic retreat in woody Big Sur, I recommend Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn, a charming retreat with furniture handmade by the Norwegian owner in the 1930′s. Each room is unique–we loved “Grandpa’s Room,” which felt like a tree house with a wood-burning stove and runs at $200 per night.
Way down the coast in Los Angeles, try the Omni Los Angeles’ “Sugar and Spice Package,” available through January 4. This includes 25% off your room rate (because worrying about money is anti-romantic!) and Mexican hot chocolate delivered to your room. Delish!