10 Romantic Getaways


Napa Valley, Calif.

Can California plus wine equal anything else but romance? Find out the answer to that question by visiting Napa Valley, a swath of ground 30 miles (48 kilometers) long and just a few miles wide in the heart of the state's world-famous wine country. The region hosts several hundred wineries, many of which offer tours -- one such spot, the Spring Mountain Vineyard, was voted one of Napa's best by Food and Wine magazine. Its tour, which costs $25 per person, takes you through caves, vineyards, a barn-full of winemaking artifacts, and ends with a tasting at the Victorian mansion once featured on the 1980s soap opera "Falcon Crest."

For a classic Napa dining experience, make a reservation at Angele, an elegant French bistro in a delightfully weathered, 100-year-old former boathouse. Sit out on the patio in the shade of trellised grapevines, and enjoy dishes like roast chicken with mustard seed gnocchi and summer berry clafoutis as you look out over the sparkling Napa River. For your romantic stay in the valley, nowhere provides the rustic privacy of the Calistoga Ranch in northern Napa Valley. The resort is located on 157 acres (0.6 square kilometers) of a secluded side canyon just outside the town from which it gets its name. Guests stay in separate cabin-style bungalows, giving you and your sweetheart the alone time that you need.