5 Staycations on the Californian Coast You Can Actually Afford

Nicole Tj
February 23, 2022

If love is in the air and you’re looking for a romantic trip away, but don't know where to start, California is packed full of great destinations for all interests and budgets.

With plenty to see and do, you can enjoy luxurious stays in some of the most extraordinary hotels in the area that also take romance seriously. 

Read up below on some of our top picks for your next romantic trip in California.

‍San Luis Creek Lodge
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San Luis Creek Lodge

1941 Monterey Street San Luis Obispo, CA. From $269.

Whimsical mountain architecture mixed with rustic Los Angeles style means a truly memorable couples getaway is on the cards at San Luis Creek Lodge.

For those looking for something beyond the typical hotel stay in downtown L.A. or Malibu, it’s a world away from other stays, with a farmhouse aesthetic and exquisite architecture to impress. Experience awe-inspiring sights of the Central Coast, the nearby winemaking region or just cozy up in the bohemian flair of the lodge itself. 

White Water Cambria
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White Water Cambria

6736 Moonstone Beach Drive, Cambria, CA. From $414.

White Water Cambria is no doubt one of the best hotels in California for a couples getaway. Located north of Santa Barbara, the hotel is perfect for weekend stays or romantic holidays like Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, and honeymoons.

Situated in the stunning Moonstone Beach, you can fulfill your wanderlust needs among the serene landscapes that this destination has to offer. With a cozy lobby lounge and even hireable Linus bikes on offer, there are lots of features on offer to celebrate your love at this hotel.

Hotel Joaquin
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Hotel Joaquin

985 North Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA. From $459.

Hotel Joaquin is a boutique stay located in the heart of Hollywood. The resort is a luxury hotel offering French accents in its decor and intimate atmosphere, making it ideal for leisure and business travelers alike.

The location offers rooms with free Wi-Fi and views of the mega-mansions that overlook the Pacific coastline. We recommend taking up in-house adventure guru George Vitolo on his offer to head down for a trek through Laguna.

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Timber Cove Resort

21780 Highway 1 Jenner, California, 95450. From $359.

If you’re looking for the perfect place to stay on top of the Sonoma Coast, Timber Cove Resort just might fit the bill. Situated on a beautiful shoreline, this idyllic country inn offers everything you’re looking for in a romantic accommodation option. With 46 rooms on offer that include timber details and gorgeous ocean views, your stay here is sure to be both relaxing and memorable.

When you’re ready to get out, we also recommend exploring a handful of the 400 award-winning wineries surrounding the resort. 

P.S. The hotel is pet-friendly, so you can bring your pooch with you if you want them to be a part of your loved-up trip away.

Alila Napa Valley
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Alila Napa Valley

1915 Main Street, St. Helena, CA 94574. From $1495.

Alila is a very romantic and gorgeous boutique hotel in Napa, CA. Located in the heart of the wine region and surrounded by vineyards, this exclusive stay boasts rooms that provide beautiful views with private terraces and an onsite spa for absolute rejuvenation. 

The rooms themselves range from small to large and all with their own unique traits. In some, you’ll find a historical farmhouse aesthetic, complete with an open bathroom and mountain views, while others show off exceptional sights of the surrounding vineyards. 

The accommodation also checks all the right design boxes: crisp white linens, warm woods, and country-like charm on a luxurious scale. 

Final note

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