- By Kevin
- On May 10, 2017
- North America
- Travel Tips
Just trun back from a meaningful San Francisco travel, I'd like to share my experience about 7 romantic getaways nearby San Francisco, California with you, which are right for you and your family for a comfortable weekend.
An active and functioning fishing village and former center of the canning industry in the area, Monterey is today taken over by the tourists. Join the crowds and stroll through the colorful, vibrant Fisherman's Wharf with gift shops, seafood restaurants and clam bars. Explore the historic Cannery Row immortalized by John Steinbeck and let yourself get enthralled by all the wonderful underwater creatures at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Monterey State Historic Park tells the story of California and its history with 12 well-preserved historic buildings such as the Custom House, one of the oldest structures in California. Stretch your legs or bike the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail that meanders along the coast, or rent a kayak from the Adventures by the Sea and explore the area from the water. Antique hunters should not miss the Cannery Row Antique Mall, one of the largest on the Central Coast. A visit to the Monterey Museum of Art, with the permanent collection of more than 14,000 art pieces, is a must for the art lovers.
San Diego is a modern, vibrant city drenched in history. Hike to the Cabrillo National Monument above the San Diego Bay which commemorate Cabrillo’s arrival and enjoy the magnificent view of the city below and the ocean stretching to the horizon.
Stroll through the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park to see some of the city’s Victorian architecture and learn about its history and heritage. Visit Seaport Village, a 100 year old beautifully restored building now filled with great shops, restaurants and galleries. Take the kids to SeaWorld to get thrilled with this oceanic park’s rides, shows and attractions. In the spectacular San Diego Zoo animals live in their natural habitats, without cages. Dine at great San Diego restaurants on your trip.
Explore the shops and galleries of Sausalito while enjoying views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Check into Cavallo Point which offers several specials for couples and families. The Muir Woods is home to hundreds of acres of redwoods, some of which are 1,000 years old. Stay at the romantic Inn Above Tide.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
Yosemite National Park is a must-see for nature lovers, attracting couples and families alike. See the famous Yosemite Falls which are made up of three separate falls, and the 3,000-foot granite face of El Capitan. Ansel Adams Gallery displays the famous photographer's amazing photos of the park. Evergreen Lodge is a beautiful place to stay right in the park where you can unwind surrounded by trees and the songs of birds.
Santa Cruz is a great destination for surfing, old carnival rides and vintage shopping. Relax and enjoy the view from Seabright State Beach. Stay at Chaminade Resort & Spa, a AAA 4-Diamond mission style resort in the Santa Cruz Mountains overlooking the Monterey Bay (chaminade.com). The resort features contemporary Spanish furnishings and is close to golf courses, the beach and downtown Santa Cruz. Visit some of the area wineries such as the Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard which makes European-style wines or Testarossa Vineyard in downtown Los Gatos. Sample local wine paired with cheeses and other delicious eats.
HALF MOON BAY
Half Moon Bay, 45 minutes from San Francisco, features some of the most stunning coastal scenery on the West Coast. Check into one of the ocean view rooms at The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay and schedule a romantic couples treatment at the hotel spa. Stay in and order room service or explore attractions in the area, including the Santa Cruz Mountain Wineries and the Filoli Estate and Gardens. Browse more family-friendly ideas.
GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE VIEWS
Check into one of the elegant rooms at Cavallo Point and enjoy scenic views of the Golden Gate Bridge on your family getaway. Resort amenities include shuttle service to San Francisco and Sausalito, access for parents to Healing Arts Center & Spa and outdoor meditation pool, morning yoga class and valet parking. The lodge is offering several great packages for families.
If you don't have a car, go on a one-and-a-half hour-train trip to Sacramento where you can go shopping, sample delicious cuisine at local restaurants and visit the California State Railroad Museum. Take the kids to Gunther's Quality Ice Cream and Vic's Ice Cream. The Westin Sacramento has rooms with scenic river views. The newly renovated Hyatt Regency Sacramento is a AAA Four Diamond hotel located near the California State Capitol.