Your best Valentine's Day

Sweep your special someone away with chocolate, flowers, and a romantic getaway

Top 20 romantic getaways

Make this Valentine's Day weekend—or any weekend—special at one of these dreamy retreats

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Griffin House Inn
Photo by Thomas J. Story; written by Dale Conour

Griffin House Inn, Elk, CA

In an unspoiled tiny town on a quiet stretch of the Mendocino coast, you'll spot Griffin House ― and its friendly, if somewhat worn, cottages. Set on a cliff's edge, looking out to sea, is our favorite: the recently renovated Kestrel. Bundle up and sink into the deck's weathered Adirondack chairs, and watch for gray whales. At dusk, sip (complimentary) wine and enjoy your private sunset. For dinner, saunter over to the inn's Bridget Dolan's Pub; in the morning, a light knock signals the arrival of breakfast. $$; griffinhouseinn.com

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