San Francisco Bay Area
European style cities and villages, deep blue
waters, a golden bridge, and vast areas of natural wilderness.
The golden side of the Golden Gate. Across the Golden Gate Bridge,
this arty hill-coated haven combines the quaint and
alluring with the mighty and majestic. A landscape graced
by the Bay Area's tallest mountain peak and boasting water views
every-which-way-you-look, beautiful Marin County prides itself on its organic and sustainable lifestyle.
Muir Beach, California
T: +1 (415) 363-6000. 7 rooms. US$ 195-
Captures the spirit of l6th century England's west country;
rooms have draped tester beds, Turkish rugs and old world antiques.
Located in Golden Gate National Park, between the ocean and
the giant redwoods of Muir Woods.
Mountain Home Inn
810 Panoramic Drive
Mill Valley, California
T: +1 (415) 381-9000. 10 rooms. US$ 195-
Perched high on a Mt. Tamalpais ridgeline between the ocean
and San Francisco Bay, this Northern California romantic hotel
overlooks quaint woodsy villages, S,F, Bay and distant mountain peaks.Trailheads right outside its door lead into Muir Woods and Mt, Tam parks..
meets West in this vibrant bohemian city.
2160 Green St.
San Francisco, California
T: +1 415 563 3600. 14 rooms, US$ 375-
Elegant and luxurious romantic hotel located in residential
San Francisco neighborhood. (Note: this house has recently been
bought by the Ann and Gordon Getty family and may be temporarily
or permanently removed from the hotel market.)
California's premier wine-growing regions offer top restaurants
and intimate lodgings.
11775 Sonoma Hwy.
Glen Ellen, Sonoma, California
T: +1 707 996-6501 5 rooms, b&b. US$ 150-
Step back in California's history at this rustic white clapboard
farmhouse with a wrap-around veranda, set among the peaceful
Sonoma vineyard countryside. Antique cast-iron beds, local artwork and breakfast made with eggs laid by the ranch's chickens. Owned by the fourth-generation descendants.
Auberge du Soleil
180 Rutherford Hill Road
Rutherford, Napa, California
T: +1 (707) 963-1211. 50 rooms; US$ 295-
Luxury Mediterranean-style California hotel in the heart of
the Napa wine country.
Northern California coastal community favored by artists.
T: +1 (707) 937-0241. 6 room b&b. US$ 120-
1976 farmhouse surrounded by gardens and trees and found at
the end of a quiet country lane. Just 1.5 miles from the artsy
town of Mendocino, its setting has a special appeal for sun
lovers: the inland location keeps it out of the fog most of
This park is a paradise that makes even the loss of Eden
seem insignificant. John Muir
Yosemite National Park
123 rooms. US$ 366-
A grand national park hotel built with towering beams and massive
Chateau du Sureau
48688 Victoria Lane
T: +1 (209) 683-6860. 9 rooms. US$ 250-
Romantic Provencal-style manor house located near south entrance
of Yosemite National Park.
Post Ranch Inn
Big Sur, California
T: +1 831 667 2200. 30 rooms, US$ 700-
High end rusticity in a dramatic coastal setting 1,200 feet above the Pacific.
Cass House Inn
222 N. Ocean Ave.
T: +1 805 995-3669.
5 room inn & restaurant.$165-
Former 1867 Sea Captain's home located within walking distance of the beach and shops in a small surfing town, Freshly renovated with William Morris prints, Schumacher textiles and arts & crafts detailing, the romantic inn is run by identical twins and their husbands, a chef and wine specialist, all under the age of 30.
A photogenic sea of surf, hills, and Mission-revival styled
Simpson House Inn
121 East Arrellaga St.
Santa Barbara, California
T: +1 805 963 7067. 14 rooms, US$ 160-
This Southern California romantic getaway is an elegant 1874
Eastlake home, with period Victorian antiques. Secluded within
an acre of tall hedges, stone walls, lawn and gardens, a five
minute walk from downtown Santa Barbara.
San Ysidro Ranch
900 San Ysidro Lane
T:+1 (805) 969-5046. 44 rooms; US$ 375-
John and Jackie Kennedy spent a romantic honeymoon here in a
bungalow hideaway amidst the orange trees and eucalpytus in
the Montecito foothills of Santa Barbara.
The lowest and hottest place in the western hemisphere (in
1913 temperatures reached 134° F), it received its name
from 49er gold miners who succumbed to the temptation to use
it as a short cut to the Sierra gold fields. Today it is a national
park and its stark desert beauty draws a million visitors a
Furnace Creek Inn & Ranch Resort
Death Valley, California
T: +1 (619) 786-2345. 66 rooms; US$ 235-
A garden oasis with sweeping views of salt flats.
Noted for its Mission and midcentury modern architecture. During
its heydaythe 1920's through 1950'slegendary Hollywood
stars from Barrymore to the Rat Pack made Palm Springs their
second home. Its decline
thereafter help freeze in time its midcentury look and the town
is undergoing a preservation revival today.
Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn
412 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, California
T: +1 619 320 0771. US$ 250-
1927 Mediterranean style villa. When it was still a private
home, guests included the honeymooning Clark Gable and Carole
Palm Springs, California
T: +1 760 864-6411.US$ 175-
Originally built in the 1920's to recreate the Tangier ambience
of its artist owner's Moroccan years.
1330 E. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, California
T: +1 760 327-2300. 20 rooms. $100-
This former 1950's motor lodge has been expertly recreated by the couple that founded the Korakia Hotel into a stylish old-time ranch hotel with rusted tin roofs, vintage swiss army blankets and a salt water pool. There's a no-kids policy but dogs are allowed.
Colony Palms Hotel
572 N. Indian Canyon Road
Palm Springs, CA
T: +1 760 969-1800. US$ 190-
Avoid the poolside hotels filled with children and stay at this hip romantic hotel boasting a large pool and excellent restaurant.
Bel-Air, Los Angeles
Exclusive L.A. suburb.
701 Stone Canyon Rd.
T: +1 310 472 1211. 103 rooms, US$ 575-
Located on eleven acres, scattered villas containing 4-10 rooms
and suites each.
California character and Mediterranean charm, just north of
La Valencia Hotel
1132 Prospect Street
La Jolla, California
T: +1 858 454 0771. 117 rooms. US$ 300-
La Jolla's landmark "pink beauty" building evokes
Eight craggy rock
islands spread out off the Southern California coast; the northern
five making up the Channel Islands National Park. The islands
are popular with California's hiking, diving and kayaking set.
Marine life found there includes the endangered blue whale,
the largest animal living on earth.
A 75 minute catamaran ride from Newport Beach brings you to
Avalon, a cobblestone town and harbor on California's largest
Inn on Mt. Ada
Catalina Island, Channel Islands, CA
T: +1 310 510 2030. US$ 330-
Once the summer home of chewing gum magnate William Wrigley,
this romantic mansion has panoramic views over the harbor and