“For romance in Capitola, California, visit Shadowbrook Restaurant, a 75-year-old eatery overlooking Soquel Creek, with a cable car that drops you at the restaurant’s entrance. Business casual or your Sunday best will fit right in, whether it’s a benchmark anniversary or a weeknight out. From the storybook entry to the massive stone fireplace, the mood is set for fun, food, and romance.” —David Schwoegler
“Our all-time favorite wonderful romantic restaurant in the west is the Beach Tree Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hualalai in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. Relax in gentle, warm breezes for lunch or dinner. The food is always predictably delicious. We are lucky to have this when in the islands.” —Lougene Baird
“The most romantic restaurant in the West has to be the Monte Vista Inn, a historic roadhouse one hour from Tahoe in Dutch Flat, California, along Highway 80. Owned by a local family for more than 50 years, the cozy fireplace room and friendly bar are seasonally decorated. The fabulous food makes it a great date night spot, plus they offer fun activities such as cribbage tournaments.” —Debby McClatchy
“A favorite restaurant for dinner for my wife and me is Different Pointe of View at the Hilton Phoenix Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix, Arizona. The restaurant sits at the edge of a bluff, so we always ask for a window table where we can look over Paradise Valley and Camelback Mountain, with its rusty rock formations, and the downtown Phoenix lights as the evening progresses. At the same time, we can watch the sun slowly set, painting the clouds in shades of red, yellow, and orange, setting the mood for a romantic evening.” —Jim Cullison
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