Ten must do’s for honeymooners in California

By: | Published: July 17, 2015 5:56 PM

From vineyards to palm-fringed beaches to luxe desert hideaways, honeymooners and romance-ready travellers alike can strike gold in California

From vineyards to palm-fringed beaches to luxe desert hideaways, honeymooners and romance-ready travellers alike can strike gold in California. Capture all the elements of your honeymoon get started to head towards California, the most exuberant destination for honeymooners. Here’s 10 things honeymooners must do in California.

Pamper yourself in the arms of pure luxury:

Honeymooners will of course like to stay somewhere outstanding, a place that defines style, a place where one can just get lost. California will be more than willing to help the soulmates find that special place and make it their own. From Mediterranean-style resorts to craftsman-inspired hideaways, California’s luxurious hotels and resorts offer an incredible range of ways to spend the night in style. There’s the scenery, of course, with spots along the North Coast overlooking rugged, hidden coves, while hotels in Southern California let you wake up to views of sand, surfers, and dolphins. Posh spas, fine dining, pools, classes, golf courses, and other hotel amenities add on to the luxurious stay. California offers an array of experiences, whether your fantasy is hot air ballooning together over Lake Tahoe; wine, dine and wow in San Francisco and Napa; or an island escape on sunny Catalina Island.

Urban excitement:

California’s iconic urban centers are filled with unrivaled adventures to inspire and delight. For activities, there truly is nothing as amazing as a cable car ride down Powell Street. Also San Francisco’s iconic sights like the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz from your own chartered helicopter add to the city wonders. Bay area companies like Bay Aerial Helicopter will make sure you get breath-taking bird’s eye views.

Shopping:

California is a fashion-forward state, and is a home to many stores that carry high-end and couture fashion brands. What many visitors don’t know is that the Golden State is also home to a plethora of stores featuring high-end fashion brands at an affordable price. The destinations include consignment shops, vintage shops, resale boutiques and boutique outlets.

Romantic dinner:

The food scene in California is an array of almost every cuisine, with chefs creating globally influenced creations that celebrate the ultimate in fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Even in restaurant some chefs create meals and settings that are so magical, so completely perfect and unforgettable, that they should be on every visitor’s wish list. Some top choices for memorable dining experiences to start your new life together include legendary Napa restaurants and bistros like the French Laundry and Bistro Jeanty offering candle light dinner with soft music around to set a perfect ambience for the couple.

Wine country

From northern appellations like the Anderson Valley to San Diego’s neighboring Temecula Valley, each serves up an array of experiences as distinct as its varietals and the local culinary scene. Of course everyone knows California’s most renowned wine country: Napa and Sonoma, which overflow with options that include tastings at top-shelf wineries such as Schramsberg Vineyards and California’s oldest commercial winery, Buena Vista Carneros. You can also try your hand together at a “crush camp” like the one offered at the Sonoma County Grape Camp.

Coastal escapes

With over 1,200 miles of coastline to enjoy, a romantic escape to California’s beaches and bays is a sure way to celebrate new life together. The choices are almost as endless as the curves on the storied 17-Mile Drive that winds between the sea and redwoods south of Monterey. In Northern California, towering redwoods and sea pines cling to coastal bluffs and cliffs as wave’s boom below. Here one can retreat with that someone special to cozy hideaways such as the Redwood Coast’s Turtle Rocks Inn in Humboldt County. Guestrooms have spectacular ocean views and private decks where one can toast each other, serenaded by the barking sea lions below, have a sunset dinner after a boat tour of the Klamath River or visit the village of Trinidad with its rustic collection of small galleries, shops and working pier.

Surfing:

It’s the unmistakable look and vibe of a California surf town, places that live and breathe for that next big break. With a nickname like “Surf City, USA,” Huntington Beach is the most ideal place for the nine-day, sun-and-wave extravaganza which is the world’s largest surf event.

Discreet retreats

Hollywood might not be the first place you think of for discreet anything, but tucked above West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip amidst the excitement of clubs, top restaurants, poolside dining on a private deck with the city lights scattered below and the balcony suites make this the perfect Hollywood hideaway. East of San Diego, go back to a simpler, more romantic era by enjoying a horse-drawn carriage ride down Julian’s small and inviting main street, brimming with cozy cafes, galleries and boutiques. Northern California abounds with secluded retreats perfect for couples, such as Napa Valley’s Auberge du Soleil.

Outdoor adventures:

Mountains, desert, oceans and islands everything one can find in California. Lake Tahoe, America’s largest alpine lake, offers almost unlimited adventures that span the seasons. Winter getaways offer world-class skiing, boarding and snowshoeing at a variety of mountain resorts for all levels including Heavenly, Northstar, Squaw Valley and Sierra-at-Tahoe. One can get the big picture of the sapphire blue lake and the ultimate couples’ selfie via a hot-air balloon flight thousands of feet over Lake Tahoe that finishes with a champagne toast. Yosemite remains a classic adventure destination because of its vistas, incredible array of activities ranging from bike tours to photo safaris. If you like adventures on the wet and wild side, Catalina Island, located 26 miles off of LA’s Palos Verdes Peninsula, offers surf and turf options that range from a network of mountain bike and hiking trails that criss-cross the island to every water sport imaginable. Onshore, check-out out Avalon’s boutiques and galleries cruising the streets in a golf-cart, take a tour to the wild windward side to see the island’s famed bison, or stake your spot in paradise in a private cabana at Descanso Beach Club.

Luxury with romance:

California is a one stop destination not only for its opulent landscapes but also for its desert resorts that can enrich the experience in more than thousand ways. One can find resorts in all styles–from lavish opulence to sleek modernism-with many lodgings reflecting the era they were built. The Parker Palm Springs, the former ranch of singing cowboy Gene Autry, has the sleek, low-slung coolness of Mid-century modern design. The flower-filled courtyards and red-tiled adobe casitas at the expansive La Quinta Resort & Club, opened in 1926, hint at romance under a desert moon. At The Willows historic Palm Springs inn, once a millionaire’s private retreat, terraced gardens beckon. And everything old is new again at the styled-to-the-roughing-it-nines at Sparrows Lodge, where vaulted wood ceilings, stone details, and restored horse troughs for bathtubs give a relaxed ranch feel–though no luxury is spared.

At Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage, settle into a suite with contemporary furnishings and mountain views, and then play a round of golf before enjoying a body treatment featuring desert herbs and minerals.

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