Just in time for Valentine's Day, travel magazines and websites are lauding the locations that rank for romance. With its beautiful scenery and intimate locations ripe for canoodling, Monterey County is a top couples' getaway — and two of the county's hotels have been recognized as the Most Romantic!
Cannery Row's Spindrift Inn was, for the second year running, named the top U.S. hotel for romance in the 2011 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Hotel Awards. Voters called it "refreshing, calm and peaceful" and lauded "the fireplace and the view of the ocean." The Spindrift Inn's Romance Package, which includes sparkling wine, chocolates, an in-room massage for two and dinner at the renowned Sardine Factory, is a perfect way to experience the seductive charms of this top romantic hotel.
Glen Oaks Big Sur, located under the redwoods next to the Big Sur River, was named one of the top 25 romantic hotels in the world by Travel + Leisure! Glen Oaks Big Sur, featured in the Country Retreat category, was one of only four United States hotels to make this elite list. Travel + Leisure says the inn "was made for sybaritic nature lovers," lauding its beautiful setting, its "sustainable touches" and its proximity to "hidden Pfeiffer Beach."
The truly discerning romantic, of course, must put these kudos to the test. Which hotel should truly be number one in the hearts of ardent lovers? Book a stay at each and find out for yourself!