In advance of other posts on this theme, what say we list some of our favorite places where we live? These can be hotels, restaurants, attractions or events. Here's a starter from our Monterey Peninsula.
Post Ranch is on the right hand side (Ocean side) of scenic CA Highway 1, near Big Sur. Very pricey but worth a special occasion splurge, and the views (free) are incredible. Worth a trip down from Carmel. But stop and watch the curves along the way. Takes around 45 minutes if all goes well, but it is time well-spent.
You might also want to stop and check out this hidden gem of a State Park. At times it seems like you're alone, no airplanes zooming overhead, no traffic noise, just the Redwoods, the coastal plants, the rushing water and a sense of serenity that is missing in most locations that I have been.