The Monterey Peninsula is justly famous as a golf destination, but this rugged fist of land thrust into the Pacific has magnetic appeal for romantics. Couples tend to gravitate to the low-slung, 270-room Inn at Spanish Bay, its ivory white stucco buildings sheltered by pines off a picturesque section of 17-Mile Drive. A blend of Old Monterey and Spanish California styles, the Inn’s guest rooms, with their plush duvets, gas fireplaces, and patios or balconies, are exceedingly comfortable. The resort’s meandering boardwalk leads to hidden coves and sandy beaches, though golfers will want to save their legs for the Links, a memorable test parted through high rolling dunes that leads to the sea on both nines. After the round, listen for the kilted bagpiper as he paces the stone terrace to skirl his notes in the gloaming. Afterwards, enjoy delectable Hawaiian fusion cuisine at Roy’s, which overlooks the fairways and sea.
Pebble Beach, Calif.