Southern California landscapes are among the most romantic in the world. Our coastline is rimmed with beautiful resorts overlooking glistening Pacific sunsets and wave-washed sandy beaches from San Diego to Santa Barbara.
If you live in or near San Diego, check out the award-winning Westgate Hotel’s offerings. It’s featuring French-inspired getaways in several price categories such as Je t’aime (I Love You) which includes a four-course dinner with wine pairing for two, a premiere room complete with a red rose, chocolate truffles and split of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne. Complimentary parking is also included. Mon Amour (My Love) upgrades you to an executive suite and full bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne. The ultimate package, Etre Amoureux (Be in Love), elevates you to the Presidential or Governor Suite, adds a dozen red roses, the four-course dinner and wine pairing served by your private chef, an in-room butler, and breakfast in bed the next morning. For information on these and other festivities, go to www.westgatehotel.com/events-promotions/special-events/.
Further up the coast on the Palos Verdes Peninsula overlooking sweeping panoramas of the Pacific, Terranea Resort offers lots of activities such coastal hikes, paddle boarding, an award-winning spa and golf to supplement your sweetheart getaway. There’s romantic dining under the stars and 228 inviting fireplaces and fire pits by which to cuddle.
Romantic escapes include luxury accommodations, dinner for two at signature restaurant mar’sel, rose petal turndown, sparkling wine and chocolate covered strawberries. The Romance Package includes luxury oceanfront accommodations, sparkling wine and strawberries, rose petal bath, and daily breakfast for two at Catalina Kitchen. The Spa at Terranea is also celebrating the month with romantic-themed rituals to expedite relaxation and rekindle magnetism. The restaurants also offer Valentine’s menus. All packages are available Feb. 1-28. Valentine’s Day Getaway Package or call 1-310-265-2740.
Overlooking the Pacific in Santa Monica stands the iconic Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, which has welcomed discriminating world travelers for decades. Its Romantic Coastal Comfort Package includes overnight luxury accommodations, a romance amenity delivered to your room, and an intimate dinner for two at the award-winning FIG Restaurant. Afterwards, you and your partner will enjoy spectacular coastline views from the Santa Monica Pier’s towering Ferris wheel, then breakfast in bed the following morning. Click here for details.
If you are just looking for a romantic date night, how about a cruise aboard Island Packer’s 64-foot catamaran around Ventura Harbor and Ventura Keys? There’s entertainment by local guitarist Steven Sunnarborg, cheese and cracker snacks, a complimentary beverage, and no-host beer and wine bar. Advance reservations are recommended. Call 805-642-1393 or book the cruise online at www.islandpackers.com.
If you are near The American Riviera in Santa Barbara, you can celebrate Valentine’s Day all month at the long with an memorable weekend at the luxurious Bacara Resort & Spa. Award-winning accommodations, legendary 42,000-square-foot spa and wellness center, fine dining, tennis, host of resort activities, and nearby golf complete the setting of this Pacific paradise.
The Love by Bacara package includes overnight accommodations, bottle of sparkling wine, chocolate-covered strawberries, rose petals and valet parking. An additional daily resort fee includes a bottle of wine, use of the resort’s fitness center, internet access, in-room coffee and other perks.
Cover photo: Terranea Resort, photo courtesy Arthur Coleman
Above (left to right):
Bacara Resort Balcony, photo courtesy Bacara Resort & Spa / Island Packers Evening Cruise, photo courtesy Island Packers / Miramar Pool, photo courtesy Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows