You’ve been cooped up in the house all winter long. Work hours have blurred from one day to the next. Everyone’s patience has frayed to the point they’re about to snap. With spring arriving in a big way across the lower elevations of the High Sierra, why not use this time to plan some romantic spring break getaways! To help, here’s a few ideas to consider.

Let Water Falls Wash The Stress Off Of You

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Photo by: Rachid Dahnoun – Image appears courtesy: Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority

The booming sound of liquid falling from up above. The electric smell of freshness coming from the moving water. The icy cold feel of the torrential mist. The visual beauty of it. Water falls in the High Sierra in every sense wash those daily stresses away. For a spring romantic getaway, consider checking out Eagle Falls in Lake Tahoe. The crowds will be smaller. The falls will be bigger. And you can finish off by snuggling up in a rustic cabin or even a hot tub soak at a lakefront resort.

A Cozy Chalet Up High In The Eastern Sierra

Skier Glen Plake leaping into the unknown at Mammoth Mountain
Skier: Glen Plake – Image appears courtesy: Mammoth Lakes Tourism

Nestled nearly 8,000 feet above sea level, Mammoth Lakes embodies the quintessential high mountain retreat. Picture a cozy cabin adorned with knotty pine walls, beds decked in red-plaid blankets, and a crackling fire in the living room. While winter brings the powder, springtime holds a special secret: a chance to experience the warmth of the California sunshine, non-existent lift lines at the ski resort, and what we cherish almost as much as powder – corn snow! To make the most of your spring skiing adventure, peruse Visit Mammoth’s spring skiing tips page. Plus, with the sun shining higher in the sky, you’ll have more time for outdoor activities beyond the slopes.Top of Form

Tip Toe Through The Tapestry Of Wildflowers

spring in Yosemite Valley
Photo by: Kenny Karst – Image appears courtesy: Yosemite Mariposa County Tourism Bureau

Flowers are romantic. Instead of buying a bouquet to show your affection, gift that special someone with a visit to the High Sierra and take in Mother Nature’s bounty instead. Imagine a meadow filled with sunny oranges, fiery reds, and majestic purples. That’s WAY better than a bunch of flowers in hand. And near the top of every person’s wish list for wildflower viewing should be Yosemite. Instead of just a short window for wildflower season. Yosemite’s is months long due to its HUGE elevation gain. To catch the natural fireworks in early spring, focus on the foothills in places like Hite Cove. Not enough? Here’s a few more wildflower hiking opportunities across the entire California High Sierra.

Tee Off To Some Wine Tasting In Calaveras County

Saddle Creek Golf Resort hole 11
Image appears courtesy: Calaveras Visitors Bureau

There’s nothing more that says a romantic spring couple’s getaway than a visit with your partner to Calaveras County. Tucked in the foothills of the Sierra, this time of year unveils luscious emerald-green rolling hills, blossoming wildflowers, sun-kissed days, and balmy nights. Tee off at one of the numerous award-winning golf courses then spend a leisurely afternoon exploring the region’s charming wineries. Elevate your experience by booking a stay at one of the many well-appointed B&Bs housed in elegant Victorians. For further inspiration on how to savor spring, explore Calaveras County’s Spring Itineraries page.

Take A Stroll Through America’s Fruit Basket

Visalia blossoms tour
Image appears courtesy: Visit Visalia

Couples seeking a cosmopolitan spring escape can take a romantic stroll through downtown Visalia. Situated in the heart of America’s fruit basket, this city is a foodie’s dream. Immerse yourselves in a day of discovery amidst the Visalia Blossom Trail, showcasing over 120 crops from the world’s most diverse agricultural region. Then in the evening, indulge in the charm of the historic Fox Theater and meander through the array of quaint restaurants, bars, galleries, and shops. Each of the local businesses offer a unique glimpse into what makes this area truly special.

Contemplate Life From A Vista

Alabama Hills Spring at dawn
Photo by: Dennis Jahn – Image appears courtesy: Bishop Visitor Center

Scenic overlooks for some reason slow down time. Maybe it’s because the sun is slowly setting or that you’re just enjoying a moment in life with someone you love. Regardless of the many reasons, a great place to explore and take in a romantic view is the Alabama Hills just an hour south of Bishop. You’ll find plenty of activities to go along with it too like hiking, biking, and even bouldering. If it’s good enough as a backdrop for hundreds of Hollywood flicks, it’s good enough for us. To embark on a tour of of all the places where movies have been shot in the region, check out Bishop Visitor Center’s Tour of Movie Road.

Gaze Upon Some BIG Trees

Dawn coffee toast at Moro Rock
Image appears courtesy: Visit Visalia

Sometimes we get caught up in all the drama of our daily lives. That the laundry isn’t cleaned or dishes put away. We need something to shake us up and put things into perspective that our time on the planet is short. A great place to do this is by strolling through the Giant Sequoias within the legendary Grant Grove in Sequoia National Park. Seeing these majestic giants at over three thousand years old will make you appreciate and savor the moments we have with our loved ones.

Sure, you could have a candle-lit dinner or buy flowers to express your love, but why not take it up a notch and go for a romantic spring getaway. Or if you’re visiting in the winter, be sure to check out our winter romantic getaway ideas as well.

Author: Alex Silgalis

Alex founded Local Freshies® in 2014 to be the #1 website providing the “local scoop” on where to eat, drink & play in mountain towns throughout North America. When he’s not writing and executing marketing strategies for small businesses & agencies, he’s in search of the deepest snow in the winter and tackiest dirt in the summer.

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