Valentine’s Day Getaways: NorCal Edition

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No matter what time of year, Northern California is always a great idea…particularly for those seeking a variety of options for a getaway of any nature. With Valentine’s Day around the corner and Presidents’ Day falling on the same weekend this year, our Travel Attaché team has curated a list of the season’s hottest last-minute destinations.

We at Luxury Attaché are proud to be the nation’s premier concierge firm, so it seemed only fitting to partner with a travel service of our caliber to drive our in-house travel program. In late 2014, we launched Travel Attaché in collaboration with global travel powerhouse First in Service, a branch of Tzell Travel Group and member of Virtuoso, the world’s leading luxury travel network. Together, we design the most uniquely extravagant itineraries and tailor each one to our clients’ tastes and preferences, and this roundup is no exception.

We’ve done all the legwork on where to go, but we thought it important to note that adding a special touch to any Valentine’s Day trip is always a good idea. Our Attachés are experts at taking any vacation to the next level, whether it’s having the room decked out in flowers from our favorite designers worldwide (check out Noir Hanna), laden in chocolates (we can’t get enough of Jacques Torres), or filled with bubbly (for both the glass and the tub, our top choices being Perrier Jouët Belle Époque and REN Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil, respectively) or even planning a special dinner at your destination’s hottest restaurant – these things are our territory and there’s no better time to share our wealth of expertise than those down-to-the-wire travel plans. Go forth with confidence this Valentine’s Day and make it a weekend he or she will never forget…from Lake Tahoe to Big Sur, NorCal’s hidden gems never cease to please.

1 Glamping | Treebones, Big Sur

Camping sans the trials and tribulations of life in the great outdoors...now that’s our cup of hot chocolate by the fire. Take in the panoramic views of the Big Sur coast at Treebones’ breathtaking property, made up of 16 circular fabric structures decked out with plush queen-sized beds, electricity, and running water. Domed ceilings canopy polished pine floors, plus a skylight and French doors opening into an expansive redwood deck. Cozy deck chairs and a sunrise, anyone?
71895 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920

2 R&R | Bernardus Lodge & Spa, Carmel Valley

Get pampered a deux at the breathtaking Bernardus Lodge & Spa in Carmel Valley. Part wine country, part peaceful retreat -- there’s a reason Spas of America named it among its top California spas, while also ranking in the top 10 percent of hotels in the country. Accolades don’t lie, and neither do the private gardens or balconies in each room.
415 W Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley, CA 93924

3 City Escape | Inn at The Presidio, San Francisco

Ever dreamed of a romantic retreat in the middle of a national park, yet still within reach of civilization? Us too. Built in 1903, this Georgian-revival-style building features 22 gorgeous guest rooms, 17 of which boast a roaring fireplace and all the bells and whistles of a true romantic staycation. Historic chic, as we like to call it.
42 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94129

4 Wine Country Getaway | Carneros Inn, Napa Valley

Cottages and wine tastings? Done and done. Napa’s Carneros Inn combines rustic elements with California cool, all wrapped up in the property’s glorious grandeur with what are arguably the best rooms in town. Choose from quaint cottages, spacious suites with fireplaces and all, or the coveted Carderos Courtyard Homes, the ultimate in luxury. Sun deck, here we come.
4048 Sonoma Highway, Napa, CA 94459

5 Lakeside Lounging | The Landing Resort & Spa, Lake Tahoe

Contemporary European design, superior service, and general 5-star worthiness collide in Lake Tahoe’s most exquisite resort. Named #1 among Condé Nast Traveler’s Top Resorts in Northern California, it’s no wonder this destination captures the hearts of each of its guests. Make it a spa weekend with The Spa at The Landing Resort’s therapeutic treatment packages, designed for the ultimate in R&R.
4104 Lakeshore Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
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