1. Big Bear
If you or your partner are a snow bunnies, then Big Bear is perfect this time of year! It’s also one of those destinations that is great for both adventurers and relaxation seekers. There are plenty of options but for a Valentine’s weekend, we would recommend a day on the slopes followed by a couples massage, dinner, and ending the night with a glass of wine by the fire.
3. San Diego
San Diego is a place that typically comes to mind for summer vacations, but in reality it never loses its charm. We’d recommend staying around Little Italy (because let’s be real, Italian’s know romance) and indulging in a great Italian dinner. After dinner take a walk hand in hand around town and maybe even indulge in some gelato. The following day, you have to stop for lunch at Filippi’s Pizza Grotto to eat some of the best pizza in town and check out their decor. End your trip with a boat ride to Coronado Island to walk off all the calories you’ve consumed on this trip.
4. Santa Monica
If you’re a lover of classic beach cities, it doesn’t get any better than Santa Monica. This is a great spot for a romantic weekend or even just a night. We’d recommend dinner and a walk down the iconic pier. Don’t forget to stop at Zoltar to get your fortune card! Okay, you don’t have to do that but we always do 🙂
5. San Francisco
6. Santa Barbara
For us, Santa Barbara screams romance. What more do you need than wine, the beach, and the cutest downtown you’ve ever seen? Take a wine tour during the day (we’d recommend Dee because she’s the best), a quick nap, and then spoil your boo with a romantic dinner in Downtown Santa Barbara.
7. Palm Springs
If the ocean or mountains aren’t exactly what you’re looking for, head to the desert! Depending on the vibe you’re going for, choose one of the many boutique hotels or Resort & Spas. Since it’s Valentine’s weekend, we’d choose to splurge on a couples massage at a resort. You don’t even have to leave your resort, order room service all weekend and enjoy each others company 😉
8. Long Beach
We’d recommend Long Beach for the couples who truly love activities. You have the Long Beach Aquarium, Whale Watching tours, the Queen Mary, beer tasting tours, and so much more. We loved this destination so much, we even have a whole blog on it here.
9. Lake Tahoe
10. Catalina Island
11. Napa Valley
If you really want to impress your significant other, whisk them away to Napa Valley. If you’re a wine enthusiast then look no further, you’ve found your perfect Valentine’s weekend destination. Stay in downtown or one of the resorts in the surrounding areas; we’d recommend The Meritage Resport and Spa as their rooms were spacious and the property simply stunning. Make reservations for dinner in Downtown Napa and be sure to set aside time for the Wine Train tour! Unfortunately we didn’t get to do the tour, but it is high on our list for the next visit.