3 romantic weekend getaways for a magical stay in Southern California

By Jessica Benavides Canepa, Jan 2020

Couple enjoying the sunset in Southern California

Southern California is the ideal backdrop for romantic weekend getaways thanks to its spectacular seaside and cliffside views, scrumptious cuisine and luxury pampering offerings. If you're ready to create memories with your special someone, here are a few romance-sparking suggestions for your stay in Los Angeles, San Diego or Orange County.

The Griffith Observatory and Los Angeles city skyline at twilight CA

Take in a panoramic view of Los Angeles with your partner at the Griffith Observatory.

Los Angeles

Eat: Inn of the Seventh Ray

Located in the heart of Topanga Canyon, the Inn of the Seventh Ray offers couples a postcard-perfect oasis far removed from the bustle of city life. Book a table on the inn's whimsical garden patio, which is surrounded by fragrant trees, a fireplace and twinkling lights, and enjoy a locally sourced menu and the chirping serenade of resident frogs.

Sleep: Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

Opened in 2017, the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills' modern Art Deco styling, exclusive La Prairie Spa and inviting rooftop deck make the hotel one of L.A.'s most romantic weekend getaways. While every room features elegant decor and personal concierge services, splurge on the Hollywood Suite and treat yourself to its indulgent luxuries, such as a soaking tub and sensational views.

Do: Griffith Observatory

Featured in the modern romance classic "La La Land," the Griffith Observatory is the perfect spot for a date under the stars. Arrive just before sunset for an awe-inspiring panoramic view of the city, and stay past twilight to observe the cosmos through any of the public telescopes.

Alcazar Gardens in Balboa Park, San Diego, California

Take a stroll with your partner through Balboa Park's picturesque gardens in San Diego.

San Diego

Eat: The Marine Room

Nestled on the sandy stretches of La Jolla Shores, the Marine Room's head-to-toe windows highlight dramatic ocean views. Come at high tide, when the sound of crashing waves accompanies a menu stocked with specialty seafood, organic meat and plant-based mains. Top off your meal with a tasty medley of sweets for two.

Sleep: Fairmont Grand Del Mar

If you're seeking a secluded stay away from the daily grind, book a spacious suite at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar, an old-world style hotel surrounded by Del Mar's lush, rolling hills. After a day of golfing, swimming or horseback riding at the on-site facilities, retire to the Mizner Suite complete with a king-size bed, his and hers bathrooms and a terrace featuring a private fireplace.

Do: Balboa Park Botanical Gardens

One of San Diego's most treasured landmarks, Balboa Park features a wondrous collection of lush garden spaces that you can explore with your significant other. With over 2,000 plant species found in and around the photogenic Botanical Building, lily pond and lagoon, highlight activities include lounging by authentic koi ponds, visiting exotic cacti sites, strolling through aromatic rose gardens and hiking the endless trails past fountains, mini canyons and a glistening waterfall.

The Huntington Beach Pier in Huntington Beach, California.

Walk out to the pier at Huntington Beach for gorgeous ocean views.

Orange County


For a special night out, the beachside restaurant SPLASHES offers striking ocean views from every vantage point. Weather permitting, grab a seat on the heated patio, enjoy a cocktail or two and nibble on surf and turf bites while watching the sweeping waves.

Sleep: Kimpton Shorebreak Huntington Beach Resort

For those who equate romantic weekend getaways with seaside activities, rent beach supplies and cruisers during your stay at Kimpton Shorebreak Huntington Beach Resort and enjoy surfing, volleyball or a lazy linger on the nearby beach. For a memorable stay, be sure to book an Oceanview Suite King featuring enchanting views and a generous bathtub for two.

Do: Gondola Adventures

Experience old world-style romance on a scenic ride around Newport Harbor with Gondola Adventures. Each canal cruise offers sparkling cider or sparkling wine and chocolate; some come with a full three-course meal. An authentically attired gondolier and lavish boat complete the adventure.

No matter where you're headed in SoCal, there's romance to be found in every corner: especially when you bring along someone special.

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