The Scene: Nowhere in America do food, nature and wine come together quite as magically as in Central California. For lovers of all three, the elegantly rustic Ventana Inn is the perfect excuse to build an entire weekend around meals. After you've hiked among wildflowers, breathed in the crashing surf, and unwound even further in the heated pools, curl up with a hot toddie by the restaurant's copper fireplace before you refortify with local, sustainable ingredients from the Cali coast.

Aphrodisiac Effect: Woodsy lodge, brown leather and a fireplace? It's basically a commercial for a '70s love song anthology.

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