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Four Romantic Getaways in Southern California

Select Registry - December 30, 2021

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When it comes to romantic getaways in Southern California, there are quite a few options – all of the great! Like many vacations, romantic getaways in southern California are highly personal, so what you like may not be right for your friend next door.  

With Select Registry properties, though, we have plenty of options to choose from, ensuring you find exactly what you’re looking for. There are four different Select Registry properties to consider, each of which offers something distinctly different for your romantic getaways in Southern California. 

If you’re looking for a warm-weather escape where you can lounge poolside, shop ’til you drop, and indulge in high-end spa treatments, perhaps Palm Springs is a great choice for your romantic getaways in Southern California? Or there’s Catalina Island just off the coast of LA, where you’ll feel as though you’re a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of this busy city. 

Of course, we can’t talk about romantic getaways in Southern California and not talk about wine country!  Though California’s famed Napa Valley is found in the north, there are two wonderful Southern California wine destinations that make for excellent getaways:  Paso Robles and Santa Barbara. 

Wherever it is you choose to spend your romantic getaways in Southern California, Select Registry is the perfect lodging partner.  We offer a range of distinguished Inns in Southern California, each of which will ensure an exceptional experience catered to your every desire. Continue reading about these four amazing souther California getaways, and then go book your stay as soon as you’ve landed on a favorite!

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Romantic Getaways in Southern California

There are some pretty wonderful places to visit in the vast state of California. Still, if you’re looking for romantic getaways in Southern California, you might want to consider our Select Registry Bed and Breakfasts in either Palm Springs or Catalina Island.

Both offer a luxurious escape to a beautiful destination and are perfect for your upcoming romantic getaways in Southern California. 

Palm Springs

Luxury and Palm Springs are synonymous, and Palm Springs has long been a preferred getaway for Hollywood celebrities and elites. The high-end nature of Palm Springs, complete with excellent shopping, indulgent spas, beautiful poolside retreats, and exceptional restaurants, makes it an ideal candidate for your romantic getaways in Southern California. 

There is a bit of something for everyone in Palm Springs. Soak up the beautiful desert scenery at the famed Joshua Tree National Park, or on one of many hikes in the Palm Springs area, ride the historic Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and admire the views, meander your way from one boutique to the next on Palm Canyon Drive, dine under the stars at one of the many outdoor patios at top restaurants, or otherwise indulge to your heart’s content in this incredible desert getaway.  

Art and design lovers will also delight in the local midcentury modern architecture around town, not to mention the incredible Palm Springs Art Museum and the numerous art galleries downtown. At the end of your long and romantic day, indulge in something special with your partner at a local spa – there’s no better way to treat each other on your romantic getaways in Southern California. 

Catalina Island

Like Palm Springs, Catalina Island isn’t too far away from the hustle and bustle of downtown LA – and that is one of the many things that makes it a great candidate for romantic getaways in Southern California!  

Catalina Island is located just 22 miles off the coast of LA, but it won’t feel like it once you get here. You’ll feel as though you’re on a far-flung island getaway, relaxing and indulging in precisely the way you need. 

Step back in time in Avalon, the historic heart of Catalina Island. It’s a great place to do a little shopping and enjoy the island’s restaurants, and otherwise, enjoy the charm of this friendly town. If you’re looking for a bit of adventure, Catalina Island is an excellent place for it! Scuba or snorkel in these famed waters and hotspots like Lovers Cove, hop in a boat and tour the island from the water, relax on one of the beautiful beaches, or explore these protected lands on a hike

However you enjoy spending your romantic getaways in Southern California, Catalina Island is a great place to do it!

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Romance in California Wine Country

If you’d rather head north and enjoy different kinds of romantic getaways in southern California – perhaps those that include sensational food and wine experiences – then consider visiting the charming wine destinations of Paso Robles and Santa Barbara. 

Paso Robles

Paso Robles is a burgeoning destination for wine enthusiasts, most often compared to what Napa and Sonoma were like in their earliest days of growth. Paso Robles is best described as the perfect confluence between high-end food and wine experiences and traditional wild west California cowboy culture. It’s been named a must-visit destination by the NY Times, among others, and for a good reason. 

When it comes to romantic getaways in Southern California, few things beat wine tasting through the beautiful countryside. The wineries of Paso Robles are at the forefront of the modern wine industry, crafting innovative and exciting wines, which of course, makes for a fascinating wine-focused adventure. 

Wine isn’t all Paso Robles has to offer, though. There are plenty of charming small towns to explore in the area, not to mention plenty of outdoor spaces to explore. Take a scenic hot air balloon ride over vineyards, visit an active olive farm (and maybe do some other tastings while you’re there), or take a scenic drive to the California coast, which isn’t too far away.

Finally, where there’s good wine, there’s often good food. The restaurants in Paso Robles certainly don’t disappoint. What an incredible place to wine and dine your sweetheart. These are the things that romantic getaways in Southern California are made for!

Santa Barbara

Located on the stunning central coast of California, the town of Santa Barabara practically begs you to spend some romantic time with your sweetheart. Framed by the Santa Ynez Mountains and the dramatic coast, Santa Barbara is also home to a unique wine region. 

Much like Paso Robles, Santa Baraba is a delightful place to wine and dine your sweetheart. The wineries in the Santa Barbara area are diverse, depending, of course, on their geographic location. When you’re not sipping and swirling your way through the best Santa Barbara tasting rooms, there’s plenty more to keep you busy during your romantic getaways in Southern California.

With its rolling hills and pristine beaches, Santa Barbara is also a great place for adventurous couples to have a bit of fun together. There’s great hiking in the mountains and, of course, plenty of beautiful beaches to comb on a sunny afternoon. 

If you’re looking for a bit of shopping or other cultural activities, don’t miss the bustling State Street in downtown Santa Barbara. You really won’t run out of things to do in this charming coastal town, and that is what makes it the perfect destination for romantic getaways in Southern California. 

Southern California Bed and Breakfasts

The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn

Mere moments from the excitement of downtown Palm Springs yet worlds away from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life, maybe found one of the California desert’s most unique hidden treasures- The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn. Originally, a millionaire’s private luxury hideaway, The Willows is a dream of peace and serenity 

For decades this secluded paradise delighted some of the world’s most famous figures who found healing repose within its sheltering embrace; lingering amongst its lush terraced gardens and gazing with wonder at the breathtaking panoramas stretching out before them.

Today, The Willows has been reborn as a small luxury hotel in Palm Springs.

The Avalon Hotel on Catalina Island

The Avalon Hotel was built in 1925 and features Craftsman-style architecture in a modern setting with unique artwork and handmade hardwoods.

Remodeled in 2003, its 15 rooms offer a garden, balcony with partial ocean views, and full ocean view rooms. Its rooftop terrace has panoramic vistas of the harbor and is an ideal setting for a small wedding. It accommodates up to 35 people and can be reserved with full rental of the hotel.

A complimentary breakfast is served on the garden patio, where guests can also enjoy a fire pit, secluded seating, intricate landscaping, and a fountain.  We are your bed and breakfast destination is heading to Catalina Island.

The Ballard Inn & Gathering Table

The Ballard Inn & Gathering Table is located just 35 minutes north of Santa Barbara California, offers outstanding upscale and elegant accommodations in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County’s renowned wine country. 

With its warm and comfortable atmosphere, the Ballard Inn’s award-winning restaurant, The Gathering Table is the perfect place for friends and family to come together. Enjoy California wine country cuisine for a truly delectable menu that features seasonal, locally sourced produce, seafood and meat. 

Whether you are looking for peace and quiet or an active and fun vacation, The Santa Ynez Valley has something to offer everyone. The Santa Ynez Valley has much more than wine to offer its visitors, like horseback riding, cycling, golfing and more, it’s truly a remarkable destination to visit in southern California.

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