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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA
Romance factor: A three-hour drive southeast of San Francisco, Yosemite National Park in winter is hushed and quiet—a white blanket of snow that calls out for a pair of side-by-side snow angels. But you don't have to be a hard-core winter sport enthusiast: Plan a leisurely drive around the snow-capped sequoias, followed by a day of snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. Then see those iconic landscapes immortalized in black and white at the Ansel Adams Gallery.
Love nest: The splurge-worthy comforts of the Château du Sureau certainly trump camping when the temperatures drop. The ornately carved dark wood and elaborate tapestries evoke a European country house, but the setting at the base of the Sierra Nevada, 20 minutes from Yosemite's southern gate, is distinctly American. After a morning of snowshoeing in the Yosemite Valley, indulge in a couple's massage or a decadent four-course brunch with sparkling California wine.
Fuel for the fire: There's no reason to leave your cozy castle hideaway, when you've got the California-Med cuisine of hotel chef Karsten Hart on-site. Learn the secrets to his success by taking one of the Château's private cooking classes. Or let Hart's team do all the work for you, and sit back with a bottle of one of the more than 700 wines on offer.
Château du Sureau
Tel: 559 683 6860
Doubles from $385