Although Paris or Rome may come to mind when planning an amorous adventure, we suggest that for your next trip à deux, you skip international irritations and instead discover a dreamy domestic destination: California’s Carmel. This sultry spot ranked in Travel & Leisure’s top three most romantic cities across the globe, furthering our belief that the West Coast is indeed the warmest coast. Perched atop coastal cliffs, you’ll fall in love all over again under spectacular Pacific sunsets whilst sipping the state’s best bottles. Carmel boasts every weekend-getaway essential, from decadent restaurants to indulgent wineries to white sand beaches, all in a long weekend package.
Should you need a break from affairs of the heart, Carmel offers ample opportunity for deserved “me” time with soothing services at your hotel spa or via swipes of your credit card along trendy Ocean Avenue. While perusing the shops, don’t be surprised if you glimpse a few famous faces, as select celebs escape the Hollywood Hills for cool Carmel around the year. Even these boldface names are drawn by the area’s allure, Natalie Portman so much so that she gave it the ultimate romantic stamp of approval by making it the site of her wedding.
Though Carmel attracts clientele who tend to like a lavish lifestyle, in terms of fashion it’s the capital of casual chic. If you opt to stay in the warm sun of Carmel Valley, think flirty Chloé sundresses, silk separates from Equipment, and suede booties. We encourage your exploration of the Monterey Peninsula at greater length to both experience even more stunning landscapes and to find an excuse to bundle up in cozy Cuccinelli cashmere amidst the California fog. Wherever you stay, buzzy Carmel masterfully captures the charming scenery of the Cali coastline, without the scene of the 90210. Take our advice and grab your special someone for an unbeatable combination of romance, relaxation, revelry, and retail therapy. Carmel is calling.