Cobblestone streets, shady courtyards, and intimate cafés would make even a walk across the street feel romantic in San Miguel.
In winter, colorful gardens and houses are a welcome antidote to short days, and the cosmopolitan vibe―a blend of the best parts of Santa Fe, Siena, and Seville―means people still dress up for date night.
When the summer throngs depart, you get this seaside arts town and its beaches all to yourself, making it an idyllic spot for a fall or winter vacation. Just 50 miles south of L.A., Laguna Beach has galleries galore, romantic hotels, and jaw-dropping views of the coast.
The iron-red mesas, warm days, and miles of miles of hikes into some of the most stunning landscape in the country make it a great winter getaway. And it’s just two hours north of Phoenix; less than an hour from Flagstaff.
Yes, Santa Barbara can be a tourist magnet, but the temperate California city has pockets that are blissfully all yours (think pool-side cabanas, pastry, and plenty of Mediterranean-inspired architecture).
Gorgeous beaches, surfer dudes, and the zoo? Always. But they no longer define San Diego. America’s Finest City? More like America’s Coolest City, with lovely winter temperatures that will make you want to extend your stay.