Great Gay Honeymoon Hotels in San Diego, Palm Springs, and Lassen National Forest
3 sumptuous California suites: Highlands Ranch near Lassen Volcanic National Park, Riviera Palm Springs, and Solamar San Diego
Highlands Ranch Resort, Mill Creek (Lassen National Forest)
The Vibe: Escape from the hustle and bustle with a few days of R&R in the luxurious yet rustic Serenity Cottage (from $289). It’s the most romantic of seven lovely bungalows at this intimate woodland hideaway minutes from Lassen Volcanic National Park and four hours’ drive north of San Francisco. Your private outdoor Jacuzzi overlooks a tranquil meadow that’s home only to grazing cattle and the occasional bear or bald eagle.
Favorite Features: Bathroom with heated floors and walk-in natural stone shower, gas fireplace, cozy loft with large windows for stargazing, hearty full breakfast.
Featured image by Wowizowi Photography, courtesy of Highlands Ranch Resort,
in Lassen National Forest, Mill Creek.
The Vibe: Channel the ghosts of the Rat Packers who used to hang out at this fab mid-century resort while residing in the palatial Premium Suite (from $1,189), the ultimate desert crib, complete with soaring two-story foyer and private outdoor hot tub.
Favorite Features: Living room with gas fireplace, several balconies overlooking pool, plush beds for your pooch on request.
Kimpton Hotel Solamar, San Diego
The Vibe: A 750-square-foot hideaway in Kimpton’s boutique-chic Solamar, the airy Luna Suite (from $356, hotelsolamar.com) has ample space for entertaining and an enviable location in the trendy Gaslamp Quarter. Don’t miss the stellar brunch at Jsix, off the lobby.
Favorite Features: Large and comfortably furnished patio, wet bar with stools, 75-inch flat-screen TV.
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