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Whether it’s dirty diapers, back-to-school shopping or that post-honeymoon flurry, when it’s time for a breather with your honey, Orange County is the place to be. Time restrictions cause tension between you and your significant other, which can only mean one thing: It‘s time for a romantic getaway. The best places for rekindling the romance promise everything couples need to get right back on track.

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The Gondolas at Newport Beach
3101 West Coast Highway, Suite 110
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 646-2067

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Nothing rekindles the romantic fellowship like a gondola cruise. The gondolas at Newport Beach offer two different methods of rowing, traditional and electric, that set the atmosphere for love. Take a trip to — or revisit the memories of — Italy as you float past area sites and attractions. Book a trip at sunset with the Gondolas at Newport Beach for a getaway like none other right here in the O.C.

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The Cellar
305 N. Harbor Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92832
(714) 525-5682

Wine and fine dining make for a great romantic getaway perfect for any night. Winner of the Dirona Award, The Cellar lets guests experience the richness of European cuisine tucked away in an intimate setting. The restaurant is perfect for moms and dads hoping to take a break from the typical family restaurant as it celebrates fine dining instead of noise. In addition to great food and a wonderful atmosphere, guests also have the opportunity to enjoy some of the best wine that Orange County has to offer.

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Las Brisas
361 Cliff Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 497-5434

Established in 1938, Las Brisas is the premiere attraction for any couple looking for a romantic getaway. Formerly known as the Victor Hugo Inn, Las Brisas serves a delicious variety of foods guaranteed to make your taste buds rejoice. The fine dining cuisine also boasts a scenery that overlooks the beach, making it great for special dates that require a memorable view. Day or night, the sights and flavors here promise deep-seated, oceanside romance.

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The Balboa Bay Club & Resort
1221 Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 645-5000

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The Balboa Bay Club & Resort offers exquisite rooms for short- and long-term stays. From guest rooms for overnight getaways to apartments for extended visits, Balboa Bay offers everything you need if it’s time to spend away weekend away from it all. All guests receive 24-hour room service, and access to the best dining in town. Balboa offers special discounts to individuals who decide to become members of the club as well.

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Dick Simon Yachts
34571 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 493-2011

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Spark romance while floating on the ocean in awe of nature’s most timeless creatures. Dick Simon Yacht offers amazing charters that take you to the whales for an up-close view. The best thing about the chartered yacht experience is its personalization. While there are many whale watching adventures, Dick Simon is one of the few that offers private charters to guests. Enjoy everything this romantic experience has to offer without kiddos and fellow families underfoot.

Sarie Robertson is a California native living in Los Angeles County. She is a freelance writer and graduate from Loyola Marymount University who has contributed to various media outlets. Her work can be found atExaminer.com.