For stressful times to cozy romantic getaways, we've compiled a list of the best places for "nesting." Most have spas and restaurants on premises or nearby, and all have beautiful views and comfortable rooms. Some have pools and other amenities. Don't blame us if you don't want to come home at the end of your stay.
The destinations below are in the San Francisco area, but we also have some great Southern California Hideaways.
Sit down beside the beautiful swimming pool and contemplate the rolling vineyards and mountains beyond. Get a spa treatment. Have a meal in the on-premises restaurant, in nearby Boon Fly Cafe, or in FARM restaurant. Lie back on the chaise on your private patio and count the stars.
What could be better than waking up with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge? Besides storing those views as visual memories to sustain you on a stressful day, you can take a hike in the surrounding hills, go bicycle riding or kayaking in the bay, or bliss out at the on-premises spa.
CordeValle stands among California's top resorts. Others have similar amenities, nice rooms, and good service, but none have the beautiful surroundings of this remote spot just south of San Jose.
This place is so nice and relaxing that you'll be glad you went, even if you never make it all the way to Yosemite. Don't get the wrong idea: Even though it's located in the woods off the main road, it's also one of the closest places to the park entrance.
End the 17-mile drive in Pebble Beach with great views, oceanside hiking trails nearby, and a Scottish bagpiper ushering in the end of the day.
One of our favorite places for Sunday brunch is also a great spot to chill out for a few days. Located just outside of downtown Carmel on property that was once a dairy farm, Mission Ranch is a cozy place. Some rooms offer private patios and views of the ocean, and the grounds are beautifully landscaped, yet with a natural feel.
Many properties claim that they're good for everyone, but Solage Calistoga is one of the few that pull it off successfully. During our visit, we saw families with small children, starry-eyed lovers of all ages, and a birthday girl who must have had more than 80 candles on her cake all having a wonderful time.
It's been a Big Sur classic since writer Lawrence A. Spector built it in 1975 with his earnings from the film Easy Rider. Simple pleasures are the best at the Ventana Inn: taking a walk in the woods, reading a book beside a real wood fire, cuddling with your sweetie, sipping wine while watching wild turkeys strut on the lawn at dusk. You can enjoy them most if you just stay put; they have an on-premises spa and restaurant to help you do that.