Big Sur may be my favorite place in the world. It's absolutely magical! Perfect for a trip with someone lovely or with some friends (who hopefully are lovely as well). If you haven't seen it, plan your trip now.
Both times we've been, we flew to the Bay Area (once to SFO and the other time to SJC). Then you have to drive south for about three hours. You can also fly into LA and drive north.
We first went to Big Sur for Beau's 30th birthday back in 2008. We stayed at the breathtaking Post Ranch Inn. It consists of a bunch of bungalows sitting on a wooded ridge between the mountains and the ocean. Incredible.
With very cool architecture:
And beautiful Pacific views from the rooms we couldn't afford. :)
But I guess the view from the restaurant is OK, too:
If you're looking for something romantic, this is it.