Return to Pure Romance in San Luis Obispo County, California

{Photo by Amy Joseph of Central Coast Pictures}

{Photo by Amy Joseph of Central Coast Pictures}

If you haven’t yet acted on your New Year’s resolution to rekindle romance with your partner, San Luis Obispo County‘s got you covered this Valentine  s Day and beyond.

Located mid-way between San Francisco and Los Angeles on California  s Central Coast — San Luis Obispo County – known as SLO County to the locals — invites lovers to slow down and savor the moment with pure play.  After a visit to our soul-stirring beaches, pristine forests, majestic mountains and charming coastal and wine country towns, couples will learn why our area in recent years was named the“Happiest Place in North America” – and take that feeling home long after Valentine’s Day is over.

To get you started – and see why Peter Greenberg of CBS NEWS just named our region as “Best of 2014” — Visit San Luis Obispo County has rounded up some special Valentine’s Day hotel and activity packages, from rustic to racy romance:

The Madonna Inn

The Madonna Inn

Hotel Packages

Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo:  Starting at $847.65 the “Rustic Romance Package” includes a scenic horseback trail ride, overnight stay in one of the celebrated themed rooms, bottle of champagne, personalized mini-heart cake, one-hour couple’s massage, $100 dining credit from Gold Rush Steak House and more. Good throughout February.

The Cliffs Resort & Marisol, Pismo Beach:  Get in the mood with the “Suites for your Sweet!” package, starting with a three-course Aphrodisiac Dinner prepared by Chef Wangard. Have dessert sent up to your oceanfront suite, where red wine and other indulgent treats await during your overnight stay. Offer is goodFeb. 14-16 and costs $459. Package available in February without dinner starting at $249.

Blue Dolphin Inn, Cambria:  Wine and waves lovers can book the “Coastal Romance Package ” which includes a two-night stay and a four-hour Wine Wrangler Tour of Paso Robles, which was just named2013 Wine Region of the Year. Starting at $425, the package also includes a complimentary bottle of wine, artisanal chocolate-covered strawberries and gourmet Picnic Breakfast to Go.

Paso Robles Hotel Month: During this special month, lovers can “Stay Two Nights and get the Third Night Free” during February and get a bottle of local Cabernet Sauvignon wine and special amenities from each of the eight participating hotels.

Click here for more hotel packages.

The Hearst Castle

The Hearst Castle

Activity Packages

Nature Corps’ Valentines Eco-Voluntours & Wine Tasting Weekend, Morro Bay:  Find romance through voluntourism Feb. 14-16, where couples can restore beautiful coastal habitat, go wine tasting, kayak on the bay and tour Hearst Castle. Book by Jan. 31 and save $200.

Margarita Adventures, Santa Margarita: Sweep your sweetie off their feet with a “Zipline Tour of the historic Santa Margarita Ranch .” For just $99 per person, you’ll soar over vineyards, learning about the ranch’s sustainable winegrowing practices, wildlife habitats and role as part of California’s famed Mission Trail. Cap it off with a tasting at Ancient Peaks Winery.

Breakaway Tours, Paso Robles/San Luis Obispo:  Be your own Valentine with a “Singles Only Wine Tour  in Paso Robles (Feb. 15) and/or San Luis Obispo (Feb. 16) and make new friends.  For just $119per person, these five-hour tours include tastings at several wineries, a winery picnic lunch, candy and wine pairing and a fun surprise at the last winery.

Point San Luis Lighthouse Tours, Avila Beach:  Set in Avila Beach – recently named among Sunset magazine’s Top Winter Wonderland destinations – these trolley tours of the historic lighthouse make the perfect romantic setting.

Hearst Castle Tour – Travel back in time and experience America’s renowned castle on the “Enchanted Hill” in San Simeon.  Famous for William Randolph Hearst’s celebrity-packed parties, you can easily imagine Charlie Chapman, Clark Gable and Greta Garbo walking the romantic grounds. Tours start at $25per person. If you want to really wow your Valentine, pre-arrange a private four-hour tour of the Castle for$750 (up to three couples in one tour).

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