Top 10 Romantic Places in Northern California

by Jenny on June 7, 2011

A walk down the streets of romance is what awaits you at these Northern California romantic places.  Every step is a guaranteed footprint to happiness and every corner is a secluded pocket of quaint kisses. From the perpetual blooming flowers in San Francisco streets to the adventurous slopes of Lake Tahoe to the mystic silence of the Napa and Sonoma Vineyards, Northern California offers couples of any age and taste an experience that is sure to create memories and reinforce romance that will last for years to come.

Here are some romantic places you can check out.

Shasta Cascades
In the Shasta Cascades, Northern California you will find romantic places like the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway. This 500 mile stretch from volcano to volcano is a journey of a thousand discoveries. Here you will experience the peaceful ending of nature’s violent process. You can visit Lake Almanor to experience water paradise. You can sit quietly with your loved one while fishing, run around freely with your dog, hike and bike before retiring to a lakeside campsite. Not far is the Lassen Volcanic National Park where you can witness boiling mudpots and steaming fumaroles of Northern California Bumpass Hell, Boiling Springs lakes and Terminal Geyser. If hot and steamy aren’t your thing, it also has 150 miles of green land you can hike, warm water you can take a dip in and romantic restaurants you can check out.

Lake Tahoe
To not include Lake Tahoe Northern California on any list of romantic places is unforgivable. It is a true escape from the chaos of everyday life. You can share the experience of sliding down the cotton like slopes with your love, scream and shiver as you brave the rugged waters on your rafting trip, glide and giggle as you swim through the clear water, and swift the sky as you para-glide and skydive. Lake Tahoe offers other romantic places where you can fall in love again with life and with each other.

Redwood Forest
The glamorous mystery that Redwood Forest offers is a stark contrast to the bubbly fun that San Francisco Northern California is known for. The romantic places you will find in the Redwood Coast is nature’s visual feast with trees taller and older than the Statue of Liberty, endless miles of hiking trails with a bonus epic-like view of towering cliffs, heavenly camping and picnic sites with the lullaby of crashing waves, and breathtaking Northern California wildlife like bears, elk and deer.

Abigail’s Victorian Mansion
It won’t be the first time for Abigail’s Victorian Mansion to be called the ultimate Northern California lodging experience and one of the most romantic places in Northern California but I say it is more of a ticket to the Victorian Royalty experience. The large beds, spacious bathrooms and a place full of memorabilia can take you through the decades of years passed.

Farmhouse Inn & Spa in Sonoma County
When you feel like rushing back in time, The Farmhouse Inn & Spa in Sonoma Country Northern California can transport you to the time and era where working men hung out in rustic barns with their gritty clothes and tired hands reaching for a mug of foamy homemade beer. Its rustic view doesn’t say much about the comfort it offers though. You can spoil yourselves with organic spa treatments, fresh gourmet meals, and bucolic winery treat.

Yosemite
Yosemite, Northern California is almost hypnotic. There are many romantic places here. You can opt to go to High Sierra Camps for the warmth and comfort. It is as natural as nature can get. Being accessible only by foot or saddle, you will find yourself breathing the forest’s clean air for five kinds of hikes to camp. There are more romantic places available, like The Ahwahnee which offers a more elegant vacation. It is preferred by royals, Presidents, and celebrities. It is perfectly designed to evoke elegance from its architecture to its food service. From almost any point of the hotel, you can see the Yosemite Falls, Half Dome and Glacier Point.

Mendocino
Mendocino Northern California is a town that offers serenity. It descends upon you the peace and tranquility that modern living often steals. The town is full of romantic drama as it feels like it intentionally suspends modernity in favor of its pastoral living. It is known for its romantic restaurants, whale watching, fishing festivals, the cliffs and forest line ideal for hiking, biking and kayaking, and its local chocolate, coffee, cookie, ice cream and wine tasting trips.

Bodega Bay
“Stop and smell the roses” is an expression that has been thrown around so much, humanity has lost in its soul what it truly means. Bodega Bay Northern California can remind you what it means especially to couples looking to rediscover love. Bodega Bay is home to different romantic places like county farms and gardens. The Green String Farm is a sustainable farm that works with nature to grow crops. You can shop for raw honey and other exquisite goods at the Lavender Bee Farm, and there is the Vintage Gardens Antique Roses where you can literally walk through the garden of blooming flowers.

Fort Bragg
Fort Bragg is north of Mendocino Northern California. It offers many romantic places that allow any couple a smooth escape from the smoke and hustle of the city to a clean glimmer of the morning sun. You can trout the clean blue water of Shasta and let the cabins nestle you like a baby. To hike, to fish, to walk the path of nature-filled mountains… to dine, to dance, to play some sports surrounded by the protective arms of strong and tall trees. This part of Northern California has other romantic places like Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, romantic restaurants, the famous Skunk Train from Fort Bragg to Willits, and other activities like whale watching, sports fishing, kayaking, and beachcombing, along with bird-watching, horseback riding, hiking and biking can put any couple in an atmosphere of honeymoon.

Eureka
Eureka Northern California is an old town that gives you every reason to be nostalgic and fall in love with the past. Its many romantic places are actually restored from its ancient past that proudly carries its history. Walking with your love one hand in hand in a lazy afternoon will never be as exciting. Even its hiking trails feel relaxing that it almost makes you feel like it is a perfect time to snuggle close to each other.

I hope you find your perfect romantic spot of your own.  Northern California is full of romantic places.

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