Don’t have time for a quick Valentine’s Day jaunt to Provence? (It’s OK, neither do we.) Fortunately, this elegant inn surrounded by vineyards makes for an easy alternative to a Mediterranean getaway—and it’s only an hour’s drive north of San Diego and 90 minutes southeast of L.A.
Inspired by the romantic wine-country lodgings of Spain, France, and Italy, The Inn lets you bask under the Temecula sun on a property set among grapevines and citrus groves. The 10 rooms in the mission-style building are named for assorted varietals, and have private balconies or French doors that open to panoramic views. (The Cabernet Sauvignon suite, with its heart-shaped spa tub and brick fireplace, makes for a particularly romantic couples escape.) Innkeeper and chef Dean Thomas incorporates ingredients grown on the property into his changing breakfast menus. Extra touches include a chance to visit surrounding vineyards with a local sommelier—a great way to taste and learn about the region’s diverse wines.