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40+ Romantic Getaways for SoCal Moms and Dads

Updated for 2023

Whether you’re celebrating a wedding anniversary, trying to find a spot to have a babymoon, or you just want to get away and have some time away from the kids, there are dozens of romantic getaways for couples in Southern California. Read on to get ideas!

Once you become a parent, finding time to nurture your relationship can be a challenge, but it’s a challenge that’s worth taking on. Taking a trip — even a short one, even if you don’t go far — and getting away someplace without your kids in tow is a great way to remind yourselves who you were in the before times — before having kids.

Living in Southern California means you have options for romantic vacations in the mountains, by the ocean, at nearby wineries, or at one of the many resorts here. Whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation, SoCal has it all. Check out all of these romantic getaways near Los Angeles!

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Romantic Stays in Malibu

Malibu is famous for surfing and celebrity hideaways, or so they say, and it’s a super romantic spot for a getaway. There are beautiful beaches for swimming and strolling, or hikes in the hills overlooking those beaches. With its long stretches of open space, Malibu can feel like it’s a world away, even though it’s really only a few miles from the Valley or Santa Monica.

Enjoy the sunset and a terrific meal at one of Malibu’s famous beachfront cafés and restaurants, and maybe do some shopping at one of the tony boutiques. Don’t be surprised if you see celebrities on the beach or at the store — they’re really just like us!

Hillside Malibu Home with a Panoramic View of the Pacific Ocean

hillside Malibu VRBO

This beautiful hillside home overlooks the ocean with 180-degree views and will feel like a magical place to spend time with the ones you love, enjoying the view and each other.

Elegant Oceanfront Penthouse on Dry Sandy Carbon Beach — Orca

elegant oceanfront penthouse VRBO in Malibu

You’ll get an unobstructed panoramic view of the ocean with this rental that’s right on the sand. Close to restaurants, with vaulted ceilings, a patio, 2 bedrooms, a fireplace, a garage, and more, I think there’s no more to say — enjoy!

Exquisite Oceanfront Home

Exsquisite oceanfront VRBO home in Malibu

This spot is private, with a rooftop hot tub, fire pit, and grill. Inside it’s spacious and has room for a family. Enjoy the fireplace, multiple decks, and ocean views. Sounds romantic to us!

Romantic Stays in Beverly Hills

Hotel Bel-Air
701 Stone Canyon Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90077

Hotel Bel-air swan lake

The Hotel Bel-Air is well-known as one of the most romantic places in Los Angeles, whether you’re planning a stay or just want to dine in their amazing restaurant. Nestled in wooded hills, the hotel is the epitome of understated elegance, and perfect for a private getaway, whether you stay by the pool or the swan lake.

The Beverly Hills Hotel
9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

The Beverly Hills Hotel

This iconic pink hotel, famous for its many Hollywood legends and movie appearances, promises a blend of vintage glamour and modern luxury. Known for their attention to detail and high standards of service, you’re sure to have an unforgettable romantic stay here.

Romantic Stays Along the Coast

Southern California’s coastline is long and gorgeous, and there are many different beach communities to choose from when picking a place to stay. From Santa Monica to the Palos Verdes peninsula, you can have a low-key or luxury experience, depending on what you like best.

Feel like sailing? What about spending the afternoon kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding on the Pacific Ocean? Maybe hunting around the tide pools is more your style, or shopping and dining at one of the many seaside spots. Whatever makes it romantic for you, enjoy.

Shutters on the Beach
1 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

Shutters on the Beach

Right on the beach in Santa Monica, this hotel has it all: dining, pool, spa — and the ocean. With a design that evokes a cottage on the East Coast, this hotel is a delightful romantic getaway for a SoCal couple.

Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey
4375 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Ritz Carlton Marina del Rey

Overlooking the yachts in the marina, this hotel offers a romantic stay with an ocean breeze. Stroll past the boats on a leisurely walk and be on the lookout for harbor seals sunning themselves on the docks. There are many beach activities to sample, as well as terrific dining options nearby.

Terranea Resort
100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Terranea Resort

This sprawling resort overlooks the Pacific and has amenities to speak to all of your needs, with on-site dining, a spa, and nearby beach combing. A short drive from the famous Wayfarers Chapel, it might just put you in the mood to renew those vows.

Romantic Stays in Pasadena

Pasadena is perfect for visiting places like the Huntington Gardens and Library, the Norton-Simon Museum, or the Gamble House — this time without the kids. There’s plenty of culture to be had, and in such a beautiful setting.

Get your daily steps in by walking around the famous Rose Bowl, or trace the route of the equally famous Tournament of Roses parade. Or drive a short distance to have some of the best Chinese food in SoCal. Or just find a quiet spot at your hotel or Airbnb and relax.

Langham Huntington Hotel
1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106

The Langham Huntington

With a glamorous history and impeccable luxury, the Langham is a wonderful place for a romantic getaway. The enormous property begs to be explored.

Romantic Stays in Temecula

Visiting Temecula means getting a glimpse of what the old west was like, seeing a bit of California’s history still visible, and also watching the changes happen as more people settle in the region. You can spend time strolling, shopping, and dining in the quaint Old Town area, or you can sample some of the terrific wines from the local wineries.

Beautiful Wine Country Villa

Beautiful wine country villa VRBO in Riverside County

This fabulous villa could possibly be one of the most romantic spots we’ve ever seen, with mountain views and thousands of vines all around. Big enough for a couple or a small family to rent, it’s sure to feel extra romantic to have it all to yourselves.

Villa Magnifica — Resort Style

Villa Magnifica VRBO in Temecula

Book early to get this fabulous villa for your romantic getaway: it is super popular — and we can see why!

Stunning Wine Country Estate with Pool

pool at stunning wine country estate VRBO in Temecula

The name and pool photo say it all — this place is stunning and we want to go right now.

Via Vino Vineyard Estate

Via Vino Vineyard Estate VRBO Temecula

Vintage N Vines Unique Retro Trailer Stay

vintage n vines trailer stay VRBO in Temecula

This stay is perfect for lovers who share an affinity for the Vintage look and who like close quarters, staying in a unique spot, and having fun!

Romantic Stays in Downtown Los Angeles

DTLA can be one of the most romantic places in SoCal, if you like that sort of thing — like a night skyline illuminating the skyscrapers, trendy restaurants and shops, plus the vibrant arts and culture scene. Feeling the pulse of the city may be just the thing to spark a romantic getaway.

The Millennium Biltmore Hotel
506 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90071

Millenium Biltmore Hotel

This hotel offers classic elegance and a storied past, set in the heart of Downtown LA, right on Pershing Square. A few blocks’ walk from Grand Central Market for casual dining, or a number of restaurants offering fine dining, the historic Bradbury Building for a tour, or a stroll through the nearby jewelry district for a few new baubles, maybe?

The Ritz-Carlton at LA Live
900 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015

Ritz Carlton Downtown Los Angeles

A relatively recent addition to the LA skyline, this luxury hotel would make for a great romantic getaway, perfect for a couple who wants to be at the center of activity, nearby concert venues and Staples Center, as well as dining and the Grammy Museum.

Romantic Stays in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is like LA’s fancy aunt to the north. While smaller than Los Angeles, there is a more luxurious feel to the city, and it’s just far enough away — and just different enough — to feel like a real getaway. Lovely strolls along State Street, fine dining, visiting museums and galleries, and wine tasting at the local wineries’ tasting rooms are all terrific ways to spend time there.

The Ritz-Carlton Bacara
8301 Hollister Ave., Santa Barbara, CA 93117

Ritz Carlton Bacara

Set on 78 acres along the Pacific in Santa Barbara, the Ritz-Carlton Bacara offers a luxurious stay. Stroll along the 2 miles of beach the hotel faces, take a dip in one of their 3 pools, or enjoy the 42,000-square-foot spa. Some rooms have a firepit on the patio for extra romance.

Dreamy Beach Cottage

dreamy beach cottage VRBO in East Mesa

Spectacular Ocean View Villa

spectacular views VRBO Santa Barbara

Near wine tasting and beaches — and the view!

Sunny Oceanfront Beach Cottage

sunny beachfront cottage VRBO Santa Barbara

Sitting on the couch, watching the view, enjoying each other’s company. What could be better?

Romantic Stays in Ojai

Ojai feels like a hippie hangout that’s been upgraded into the 21st Century. Couples can spend time hiking, biking, meditating, visiting a spa, or just spending time together. It’s a beautiful place to visit.

Ojai’s Sage Ranch Villa

Sage Ranch Villa VRBO in Ventura County

Unplug from stress and plug into your relationship again in this ranch setting.

Romantic Stays in Palm Springs and the Desert

Whether you like to play golf or hang out by the pool, this desert oasis community can be a perfect spot for a trip away for two. You can find hikes, explore nature at Joshua Tree, or search for mid-century modern architecture while summoning your inner Bob Hope or Dinah Shore.

Some may find it’s too hot in the desert, but to that we say: air conditioning, baby. Stay indoors and enjoy.

Lido Palms Resort & Spa
12801 Tamar Dr., Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240

Lido Palms Resort & Spa

This fabulous hotel has three natural hot mineral springs on the property, so it may be an ideal spot for a romantic getaway. Come for the water, stay for the romance.

Casa Agave — Chic Adobe-Style

Casa Agave VRBO in the desert

This beautiful home was designed by a Los Angeles Mom and is a beautiful place to spend quality time with the one you love.

Private Modern Retreat with Outdoor Kitchen and Plenty of Lounging Space

private modern desert VRBO stay with pool

Any place that has plenty of lounging space is calling our name! And the idea of sitting by this pool makes us feel romantic already!

Gorgeous Mountain Views in Vista Las Palmas

mountain views in the desert VRBO

This Mid-Century home is sure to make you feel in the mood for romance!

Mid-Century Martini Weekend

mid century VRBO home in the desert

With a name like this and a view like this, you know it’s going to be a romantic getaway at this VRBO.

Mid-Century Wexler Movie Colony Home in the Desert

Wexler home in the desert VRBO

Take your sweetie to the desert and play out all your Hollywood Rat-Pack fantasies in this one-of-a-kind home.

5 Star Luxury Villa Overlooking Palm Springs

5 star luxury stay in the desert VRBO

Everything about this VRBO stay sounds romantic and makes us want to book it every weekend!

Romantic Getaways in San Diego

La Jolla Shores Luxury Home

sunset at La Jolla shores VRBO San Diego

Breathtaking views and romance to spare.

romantic getaways sunset on the beach

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