Head to California for Romantic Valentine’s Day Getaways

Balboa Bay Resort

California is full of romantic resorts, restaurants, beaches and places to explore with your sweetheart. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to steal your significant other away on a weekend getaway. Here are some ideas for celebrating February 14.

The Portofino Hotel & Marina in Redondo Beach

If you are planning to pop the question this Valentine’s Day, The Portofino Hotel and Marina’s event planners can help to create the perfect sunset proposal aboard the resort’s new El Rey Catamaran with a “Sail into Forever” package. The special package includes champagne upon arrival, a complimentary appetizer, ocean view suite for one night, photographer to capture the special moment and personalized monogram robes with the bride and grooms’ initials. Book and prices at 310.798.5856.

Alisal Ranch in Solvang

This luxury dude ranch in the hills of Santa Ynez Valley is offering a special Romance at the Ranch package. Included is a two-night stay; special activities including a Valentines Equus Workshop and dance class; breakfast and dinner;  in-room flowers, sparkling wine and chocolates; wine tasting and cheese pairing class and two activities per night including horseback riding, golf, archery and sir rifle. Prices start at $1,235, book at

SLS Beverly Hills

SLS Beverly Hills in Beverly Hills

Head to the 90210 for SLS’s Couples Challenge package. This blend of luxury, romance and friendly competition includes a welcome bottle of Veuve Clicquot and rose mousse; an in-room questionnaire with massage oil; a romantic dinner for two at Nook restaurant; a couple’s massage at Ciel Spa; breakfast in bed and a Selfie Challenge to earn free drinks. Offered February 9 to 18, for prices and to book call 310. 247.0400.

Balboa Bay Resort, Newport Beach

Head to Newport Beach for a delicious 5-course Moet Hennessy Wine Dinner on Valentine’s Day from 7 to 9pm or sail into the sunset on their Cupid’s Harbor Cruise. Check into the resort and enjoy their Romance Package which includes chocolate covered strawberries, sparkling wine and a dozen roses delivered to your guestroom, prices and booking at


VEA Newport Beach

Also in Newport beach is the ultra chic VEA resort offering the ultimate romantic travel escape with their Sea to Ski Package available for booking through March 20. 2024.Through this uniquely package, guests can enjoy both a romantic Southern California beach getaway and  a ski-filled holiday, including an overnight stay in VEA’s signature four-room Cosmopolitan Suite, followed by a stay at luxury ski-in, ski-out property The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch in Beaver Creek, Colorado, with private jet transfers between the two resorts.  Coupled with an exclusive, personalized private shopping experience at Fashion Island in Newport Beach,  guests will be well-equipped to enjoy both destinations in style, book at Vea Newport Beach. 

Viceroy Santa Monica, Santa Monica

Head to Santa Monica for the Viceroy’s Life Extraordinary package including a two-might stay in the newly renovated Royal Suite featuring full ocean views and a luxury master bath; Lamborghini to cruise the beach; a personal Malibu wine tour for two, private poolside cabana, seaside picnic and photography session and a Tantra Journey couples treatment, book at

Shaena Engle

Shaena Engle is the lifestyle, food and travel editor for Perception Magazine and also writes for the Los Angeles Times, Pasadena Magazine, M Magazine, Los Angeles Times Las Vegas Magazine, The Daily Meal, AOL, WeHo Times and other outlets. She has authored The Best Places to Kiss in Southern California, The Cheap Bastard's Guide to Las Vegas and other outlets. She writes about travel, food, welln...(Read More)

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