(Closed) A romantic 2-3 day getaway within Southern California?

posted 8 years ago in Los Angeles
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I would recommend Temecula for wine tasting and good relaxed time.  There are places to get massages.

Catalina Island is also fun but doesn’t have a big night life after about 8 or 9 when restaurants close.

San Diego is always fun but more upbeat than mellow. 

 

Any more particular preferences on what you’re looking for . I can give more specific suggestions, if you can tell me what you like.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I would suggest Santa Barbara. It’s beautiful up there near the ocean and plenty of places to have a romantic getaway. Great restaurants, beach activities, wineries and night life. 

I don’t really have a particular hotel to recommend but I know there are resort-types to smaller bed and breakfasts depending on what you want. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I agree I love Santa barbara, I went to college there! I can suggest some hotels, but I have no idea what your price point is. San ysidro ranch is absolutely amazing, but is also expensive. The double tree, four seasons, and the biltmore are all downtown and very nice. One of my favorites is the Canary Inn. Its located right near state street and is a new hotel. My Fiance and I stayed there when he proposed to me =).

In sandiego theres also alot of great places to stay. The W hotel is downtown and around alot of restaurants, shopping, and night life. Rancho bernardo Inn is more secluded and a quiet romantic getaway.

I know of more places if you need any other suggestions! I lived in both santa barbara and sandiego.

 

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper

I was also going to suggest Catalina, or Monterey can be super romantic (my ex and I used to go there every year; it feels weird to recommend it to someone now) if you want to drive a little ways, it’s about 3 hours north of LA.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Theres also places for wine tasting in santa barabara if youre interested.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We’re going to be in San Diego for the last bit of our honeymoon in June.  My Fiance has family there and has been several times, he says it’s great.  I’ll check and see if he has any suggestions.

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper

If you love wine, head to Solvang/Santa Ynez.  It’s much more romantic and relaxed than Temecula.  Temecula is a little too dessert and forced when it comes to the wineries.  Santa Ynez is rolling hills, country side, lazy picnics, etc.  You can spend all afternoon in Los Olivos, enjoy one of the many wine trails – (I’m a big fan, can you tell)?!  You can also head north if you want to go to Pismo or Paso Robles or San Simeon.

For where to stay – depending on budget – from the most high end – there’s the all inclusive Alisal Ranch that I haven’t stayed at but heard amazing things about… there’s Fess Parker’s Inn, Ballard Inn… to get you started.  We once stayed at the Hadsten House in Solvang- it’s a converted motel – but if you get a Jacuzzi suite you’ll feel like you are in a 5-star hotel.  Plush beds, pillows, linens – huge suite with amazing tub, 2 fireplaces, etc.  Just make sure you aren’t close to the road (too much road noise).

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

If you want secluded and relaxing, Big Sur. It’s gorgeous up there and great for a weekend or long weekend trip. It is a bit of a drive from LA, but the drive is beautiful too.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I concur on the Santa Barbara recommendation. We went for our first dating anniversary and stayed at the Eagle Inn which has big rooms with in-room jacuzzi tubs, fireplaces, and dual head showers. Unfortunately, there was a forest fire at the time and the sky was yellow and the air acrid, but we get that in LA too.

I also really like Catalina but it can feel a bit claustrophic. Two to three days is perfect and my in-laws had their honeymoon there.

Both SB and Catalina are good for just being able to walk out the door of the hotel and go to a bunch of shops, restaurants, bars. Solvang and that area seem to require more driving to a get a good variety.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Is Solvang worth the visit? I heard it’s quite lame, but hopefully that isn’t true?

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I live in San Diego and go to Temecula all the time…it’s only 40 minutes so you can see both places!

I like the Temecula Creek Inn…it’s not a B&B, but a spread out complex with 2 story buildings.  Very pretty.

You can also stay at Pechanga, the Indian Casino if you want something slightly more fun at night…It’s the nicest Indian Casino I’ve been too and we often stay there when we go to Temecula (10 minute drive away from most wineries).

A lot of people stay at South Coast Winery…they have a small hotel.

I have also stayed at The Inn at Churon winery.  It was fantastic the first time, seemed a little run-down the second.  I would check pictures or reviews first.

PM if you want specific wineries to visit.  I loooove wine!

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2010

How about the El Morocco Inn & Spa?  It’s north of Palm Springs.  Here are some reviews on Yelp and Trip Advisor!

Santa Barbara is nice too!  If you do go, try the garlic rolls at Palazzio on State Street!

I wouldn’t make a special trip out just to see Solvang.  We were wine tasting in the area and happen to spend a day there and it was pretty boring.  It’s more of a tourist vibe than a getaway place.   However, if you find yourself in Los Olivos, bring or rent bicycles to go from winery to winery!  

Happy mini-moon! 🙂

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