12/21/2010 02:46 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Big Sur: A Northern California Getaway

If you're a suave Jake Gyllenhaal sort (at least in your dreams), you grab your sweetie, book a Big Sur escape at a modern-rustic clifftop hotel, and spend the rest of the weekend watching condors from your hot tub and sealing the deal. Of course not all of us can soar with the condors, but it's hard to imagine a better escape than spending a few days hitting Big Sur's secret beaches, hidden forest hot springs, and post-punk rock concerts at the Henry Miller Library.

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