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Northern California Honeymoon
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The variety of experiences on offer in north California makes for a fantastically varied honeymoon, without the need for too much travel. If you go outside the popular summer months you will be rewarded with fewer crowds and better prices, along with crisp bright mornings and cosy romantic evenings. San Francisco is one of the world's best-loved cities, and, with its famous hills and views across the bay to the Golden Gate Bridge, it is certainly one of the most romantic. Cosmopolitan and sophisticated, with a laid-back, west coast atmosphere, San Fran has various different neighbourhoods to explore, many of which are accessible by the city's streetcar system.
Napa Valley is bursting with fruitful vineyards. World class boutique hotels lie in the hills overlooking the valley or in small villages which are home to some of California's best and most innovative restaurants. Back in your room, you can light the fi re and enjoy a bottle you picked up during the day.
Honeymoon Highlights of Northern California
- Take an exhilarating helicopter flight over the dramatic Big Sur coastline to see it in all its rugged glory.
- Enjoy a private wine tasting at Napa Valley's boutique vineyards.
- Take a hot air balloon flight over the 'Wine Corridor' for panoramic views. Explore San Francisco's Crissy Field, popular with locals who come for a picnic as the sun sets over their beloved city.
- Famous for its martinis, the rooftop lounge at Top of the Mark affords fabulous views of San Francisco's skyline.
Driving south from Napa towards the Pacific Coast, you could stop in Monterey and stroll down Cannery Row in Steinbeck's footsteps, and maybe have lunch in the lovely Carmel-by-the-Sea. Highway 1 runs down the Californian coast, incorporating some of the most beautiful coastal scenery in the US. Based at one of our favourite hotels, you can explore fantastic hiking trails or head out onto the Pacific for some of the best whale-watching America has to offer.
In this part of the world, the great outdoors is never far away. Walking below the towering Redwoods –the tallest trees on Earth –is a humbling experience. In the summer months, national parks tend to be busy, but in spring it can be idyllic;bird migrations enhance the redwood groves, while the Rhododendrons blossom.
The remote wilderness of the interior is enchanting. With lush forests, lofty mountains and pristine lakes, the Shasta Cascade region is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise, without crowds. At the southern end of the region, the Lassen Volcanic National Park's volcanoes, steam vents and mud pots provide yet another landscape to enjoy.
Post Ranch Inn
Big Sur, California
Napa Valley, California
Auberge Du Soleil
Napa Valley, California