California Bed and Breakfast Road Trip to Romance

Road trips and romance remain popular pastimes for couples. California’s climate and coastline provide a perfect venue to combine those elements. American Historic Inns and designed a California road trip to romance with stays in San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Carmel-By-The-Sea.

By Shirley Anitra Swagerty

Fuel the tank and crank up the tunes as you hit Pacific Coast Highway on your California road trip to romance. This trifecta of overnight stops presented by American Historic Inns and includes San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Carmel-By-The-Sea. The basic itinerary provides an added appeal of allowing you to go where you want to go, when you want to get there. An important aspect of great road trips is to leave room in the schedule for serendipity, those pleasant surprises that create a lifetime of memories. So whether you are on a brief getaway or a leisurely vacay, let the sweet sparks of romance accent your stay at White Swan Inn, Petite Auberge, The Darling House and Adobe Inn.

White Swan Inn and Petite AubergeSan Francisco, California 
petiteaburgeSan Francisco is known as one of the world’s top tourist destinations, truly offering something for everyone. Couples can picnic at Golden Gate Park, tour Alcatraz, visit Fisherman’s Wharf and attend a game at the ballpark. Choose from the many popular attractions in this vibrant city. Stay at the English country White Swan Inn or French provincial Petite Auberge, both romantic Joie de Vivre hotels located three blocks from Chinatown and Union Square in the heart of downtown. Sophisticated, lavish amenities will refresh and pamper at both locations. The gourmet breakfast buffet, fresh-baked cookies and evening fireside wine with appetizers highlight generous hospitality and award-winning customer service. Indulge in a Pure Romance Package that includes a one-night stay with complimentary upgrade, champagne, chocolates, dinner for two atop Nob Hill at Venticello Restaurant and a cuddly teddy bear souvenir.

The Darling HouseSanta Cruz, California  
carwithibikesOverlook the Monterey Bay at this romantic ocean-side bed and breakfast in Santa Cruz. Relax amid a peaceful elegance in lavish accommodations that pamper sweethearts with upscale amenities and thoughtful details like fresh flowers, an ice bucket and wine glasses. It is an easy stroll to Lighthouse Point, Steamer Lane, Cowell’s Beach and the Boardwalk. The Santa Cruz Mountains grow some of the finest grapes boasting the oldest continuing California winemaking family among more than 70 other area vintners. The Darling House offers romantic packages that include gourmet wine dinners showcasing different award-winning local wines served with four courses and attending house concerts filled with energy and passion.

Adobe InnCarmel-By-The-Sea, California
carmelThe Adobe Inn provides a respite from the driving with a complimentary underground parking structure so you can park and stay. Stroll through the quaint village of Carmel-By-The-Sea that boasts a European flair with secluded courtyards and cafes. Browse through boutique shops; explore alleyways and art galleries. Ocean Avenue, Scenic Drive and the pristine beach creates a scenic setting for a romantic walk. This boutique hotel has a heated outdoor swimming pool and a dry sauna. A special Romance Package includes an expanded continental breakfast for two delivered in-room, 45-minute couple’s massage, premium box of chocolates, $75 dinner certificate at the onsite, highly rated Fresh Cream restaurant and luxurious accommodations with a fireplace, private balcony or patio. Golfing companions will want to play the world-renown Pebble Beach course.

These three locations are within 130 miles from the first inn to the last along the incredible Northern California coastline, so no matter which direction you come from, it is an inviting California road trip to romance. If you live a long distance with a daunting drive just to get to the area, you can fly into San Francisco, rent a car and start the rendezvous with the Pure Romance Package at the White Swan. Then drive south along the Pacific Ocean to enjoy The Darling House in Santa Cruz before heading to the Adobe Inn in Carmel-By-The-Sea. Wander hand-in-hand along the Point Lobos State Reserve reflecting on romantic road trip highlights. For the return trip north, stop at the places you missed along the way then check in at Petite Auberge to experience one last romance package before flying home with love in your heart.

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