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Best Romantic Getaways Close To Orange County

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Perfectly located between gorgeous mountain woodlands and dozens of beautiful beach cities, Orange County offers direct access to some of the most romantic locales in California. A cabin in the woods, wine tasting, hot air balloons and seaside vistas are all available to make your romantic getaway the most memorable ever. Paris and Rome are great, but there is no need to break the bank for a passionate getaway. Escape with your loved one and still stay close to home at any one of these luxurious and romantic destinations.

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Idyllwild Inn
54300 Village Center Drive
Idyllwild, CA 92549
(888) 659-2552

Perfectly located in the middle of a stunning forest landscape, the Idyllwild Inn provides the perfect atmosphere for rustic romance. Cozy up next to the fireplace with your lover in one of the Idyllwild Inns rustic suites or theme rooms, designed for ultimate comfort. The rustic suites offer Jacuzzi tubs for two and a private deck where lovebirds can nuzzle up right next to nature. A dreamy hand-held walk into town will lead you to museums, shopping and the must-visit Café Aroma, which serves up an amazing spread made with local ingredients, paired with local brews and featuring the outstanding work of local artists. For a wintertime romantic getaway, take advantage of the Idyllwild Inns winter specials, good on weekends January through March.

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Marriott - Newport Coast Villas
23000 Newport Coast Drive
Newport Coast, CA 92657
(949) 464-6000

Nothing says romance like Newport Coast Villas huge beds, oversized tubs and a spacious two-room villa overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean. With a full-service kitchen, lazy lovebirds wont even need to step foot outside of their room. Those who do, however, can take a romantic seaside drive down Pacific Coast Highway, do some shopping at Fashion Island or take a romantic cruise out of Newport Harbor. At the end of the day, lovers can enjoy a succulent dinner at Andrea Ristorante, located close enough for a romantic 15-minute walk from the Newport Coast Villas.

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Casa Laguna Inn And Spa
2510 S. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 494-2996

A visit to the Casa Laguna Inn and Spa just might be the most amorous staycation a couple could take. Guests can maximize their alone time in Casa Lagunas expansive suites as they cuddle and watch the sunset over the gorgeous Pacific Ocean. Leaving the suite doesn't even need to be an option in the Laguna Suite, complete with a gas fireplace and a spa tub built for two. For couples with cabin fever, however, Laguna Beach is one of the most artistic and romantic cities in California. Going for a walk on the beach, dining outside in the ocean air and taking a stroll through any of the dozens of museums will stoke the flames of romance and make for a memorable weekend of love.

Related: Budget Date Ideas In Orange County

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Hampton Inn And Suites Temecula
28190 Jefferson Ave.
Temecula, CA 92590
(951) 506-2331

Wine and dine your sweetheart with a visit to the Hampton Inn, located in the middle of SoCals wine country. Take advantage of the Fireplace or Whirlpool suites to enhance the romance either before or after a day of wine tasting at any of the 20 local award-winning wineries. Elevate your ardor with a hot air balloon ride and enjoy the gorgeous landscape from a new perspective as you fly through the sky with your loved one. For the more earthbound lovers, there is plenty of shopping available at the Lake Elsinore Outlets or the Promenade mall. After a day of flying, shopping and wine tasting, guests can enjoy award-winning dining at Café Champagne – a must-visit restaurant located at the Thornton Winery featuring dishes that combine elegant traditional French recipes with a modern touch.

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Pelican Cove Inn
320 Walnut Ave.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 434-5995

A romantic seaside escape is waiting for you at the Pelican Cove Inn. Situated about an hour south of Orange County, this bed and breakfast is just the right distance for a nice getaway without an extensive means that dining, shopping and a starry-eyed sunset walk on the beach are all within walking distance from your cozy accommodations. After a romantic evening, guests can curl up in front of the fireplace located in each room before snuggling up in downy soft feather beds, and unlike most bed and breakfasts, visitors get their own private bath in each room.

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David McDonald is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on
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