Santa Barbara, Calif. from Romantic Rendezvous: 5 Romantic Destinations Slideshow

Romantic Rendezvous: 5 Romantic Destinations Slideshow

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Santa Barbara, Calif.

Without a doubt, Santa Barbara, Calif., and its surrounding wine country, is one of the most naturally romantic places in California. Rolling hills dotted with grapevines, winding roads, and hotels ranging from country chic to the luxurious — you can’t go wrong. Santa Barbara proper offers a range of California wine country fare as well as lesser known gems, such as Ca’Dario Italian. Homemade pastas, an intimate environment, and its special terra-cotta baked chicken make for an unforgettable evening. You may have to wait for a table there, but they’ll likely pour you a glass of wine on the house while you wait. If you’re looking for something more California-French fusion, check out Bouchon for an amazing wine list and an atmosphere reminiscent of a secret garden.