Top 5 Romantic Weekend Getaways Outside San Francisco
Mark Twain once said, ‘If you don’t like the weather in New England, wait a few minutes.’ In San Francisco, if you don’t like the weather, just drive a few miles. Forgo temperamental and chilly city weather this summer – grab your loved one, cross the bridge and wind up somewhere warmer in a few hours.
Head north and drive on the ‘royal road’ Highway 101, a scenic route from the Golden Gate Bridge toward the seafaring Marin town of Muir Beach. On your left, the Pacific coastal route veers into breathtaking terrain lined with California coastal hiking and biking trails. Spend the better half of your day climbing one of the many trails, and then reward the calorie-busting workout by picnicking on Muir beach with sand between your toes. The humble Pelican Inn is the perfect place to cap off your adventures for the night. The cozy, medieval stone-lit retreat is a local wedding venue favorite, making it enchanting for lovers, or those with a taste for legend and adventure. The Pelican is a maritime name that harks back to the days Sir Francis Drake first sailed from England. Some say the little inn is haunted with history, but that just makes it even more appealing.
Engagements, achievements, birthdays and family gatherings – you name it, the Boonville Hotel is the perfect place to celebrate with style and grace. Two hours north of San Francisco in the heart of Mendocino County lies a little village of peace and quiet with an old country pace. This retreat offers simple pleasures for travelers and honeymooners alike, who take refuge in the quaint B&B atmosphere and the house-warming nature of a dedicated staff. Their individually designed bungalow style rooms are made from the redwoods that surround them creekside, and include a private entrance, a private yard (pet friendly) and a porch with a hammock. In the morning, ditch your gadgets and walk tech free along the grounds, enjoying fresh flowers and scenery. Then, take in the incredible wine selection. Their signature wine room offers an eclectic array of local, regional and international wines at reasonable prices.
Enjoy a day at the spa together at the Indian Springs in Calistoga. Known as one of the most original spas in California, the hot springs are over a century old. As per ritual, guests are encouraged to enjoy the rare, 100 percent volcanic ash mud baths that are high in sulfur and believed to do wonders for the skin. The volcanic ash acts as an exfoliant to detox and de-stress the body. To supplement your relaxing experience, The Lodge also offers a varied selection of accommodations for its guests including: historic cottages, bungalows and mission revival buildings, built with comfort and adventure in mind.
If you are looking for unparalleled panoramic views of the Bay, then look no further than The Inn Above Tide, as it is just as it sounds: a charming hotel on the nook of a pier. The location is close to many Sausalito bars and restaurants, as well as chic boutiques and galleries. Be sure to take advantage of the hotel’s complimentary bicycles and ride along the waterfront promenade and the yacht harbor pathways. The Golden Gate bridge is only a mere five minutes away, and just a few steps from the hotel is a Ferry terminal that can get you to downtown San Francisco in approximately 20 minutes.
The unusual woodwoven work of art by Big Sur artist Jayson Faye is the epitome of glamping, or luxury camping. Accessible by golf cart only, the views to reach the Human Nest at Treebones are spectacular. The little futon mattress inside this circular tree fort is comfortable, and there is plenty of space for two people with a weekend of belongings. On a clear night, enjoy views of a pitch black sky against the clusters of stars.