California Dreamin’: Exploring Socal’s Hidden Gems in a Mercedes S-Class

How the 2023 Mercedes S-Class Can Set the Mood for a Perfect Date in SoCal

There’s a “California Dreamin’” theme that we all know and love—the one where the sun-kissed coastal breeze tousles your hair and the open road stretches before you, not a care in the world. And while the classic Corvette often accompanies this image, at least in Barbieland, we’re convinced that the latest Benz is the definitive way to cruise in style. With so many hip and Socal Romantic Destinations for couples to discover in Southern California, there’s no better car to make the journey than a 2023 Mercedes S-Class.

A pinnacle of luxury, innovation and advanced technology, this powerhouse of a vehicle will turn heads as you and yours cruise from one hotspot to another. Majestic proportions, signature details and a windswept sportiness unite in a car that’s all things modern yet unmistakably an S-Class. The gleaming Star stands proud above the iconic grille, a beacon of inspiration for all cars to follow. With this luxe driving experience, there’s always a reason to dress up and head out for a sexy night on the town. Go from zero to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds as you roll away from home for these six SoCal dates.


Wine Tasting at Europa Village

Monica Powers
Credit: Monica Powers

Why fight the crowds in Napa when Temecula’s wine scene is at your doorstep? Always perfect for a romantic getaway, Europa Village is ready to indulge you with good wine, good food and well-deserved relaxation. You’ll be arriving in style, riding into the village with massaging front seats and ear-level speakers, already setting the mood for a leisurely tasting. In fact, it’s the noise canceling technology of the 2023 Mercedes S-Class that will have made you forget the city before you even pull up. Use your voice to power down the vehicular infotainment and sidle up to a tasting room or two before heading into the vineyard for a tour. Your advanced multiscreen, multitouch digital cockpit will respond to your natural voice and recognize your fingerprint.

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The 90-minute romp serves as a taste of Europe, with pairings hand-selected by the vineyard’s sommelier. Finish your day with tapas and paella at Bolero Restaurante, a culinary escape to the Spanish countryside. We recommend the mixed seafood and spanish chorizo paella. Finally, cozy up for the night at the Inn or Bolero Casitas at Europa Village before hitting the road to your next destination.

Location: Temecula


Weekend Getaway at The Richland

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With its evolving sense of class and deeply rich history, Old Towne Orange just keeps getting better. Cruise down to the Orange Circle and show off the majestic silhouette of your 2023 Mercedes S-Class—think graceful lines, bold grille and sleek lighting—before checking into Orange’s cutest new boutique hotel. The Richland perfectly blends tradition, modern comfort and timeless style—not unlike a classic Benz. With only 12 rooms,

The Richland feels cozy, intimate and exclusive. The 150-person event space is elegant and certainly worth visiting if you’re planning an extra special day (wink wink). Even though the hotel is a short walk from the best restaurants in the area, The Living Room Bar & Lounge has everything you need. The curated cocktail list—try the Wish You Were Here—plus dinner and weekend brunch options really round out the experience. Your luxury sedan, with its fuel-efficient hybrid engine model, will be waiting for you, gassed up and ready to continue the weekend tour.  

Location: Old Towne Orange



Explore the Orange County Museum of Art

Credit: Orange County Museum of Art

Costa Mesa centers around coffee, art and beach culture. For a perfect Costa Mesa day, drive your sought-after 2023 Mercedes S-Class to the up-and-coming OC cultural center, grab a cup of joe and go see the latest exhibit at the brand-new museum. Open for less than a year, Orange County Museum of Art offers frequently rotating exhibitions—a near-guarantee there will be something new to see no matter how often you visit.

Two current installations—Tony Lewis’ “CASUAL T” and Alice Neel’s “Feels Like Home”—are worth the trip. Head to the rooftop bar and patio to discuss your favorite pieces before catching the latest show at nearby Segerstrom. After all this artful stimulation, let your luxury sedan’s augmented reality navigation guide you to your next spot.

Location: Costa Mesa


Couples Massage at Spa Calamigos

Credit: Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club

Next stop, The ‘Bu! As we all know, LA traffic can be a beast, but fortunately your 2023 Mercedes S-Class has systems and a network of sensors that look ahead into adjacent lanes and tap into GPS and real-time data to sharpen anticipation and quicken reaction. And as if the smooth and refined ride quality of your 2023 Mercedes S-Class didn’t put you in the mood for  a little relaxation, then leave the rest to the spa at Calamigos Guest Ranch. Calamigos has the best of both worlds: a 250-acre ranch and a private beach club.

This is the life—hanging out with your honey, soaking up the sun, indulging in the spa and taking in everything the ranch has to offer. Much like the vehicle you arrived in—both grounded and evolved—the value of the ranch is found in being fully present in the experience. At Spa Calamigos, the menu is thoughtfully designed to address a range of physical, spiritual and emotional needs for both you and your partner. Couples can select from shared options that focus on aromatherapy, deep tissue and chakra alignment—or if you can’t bear to be away from your Benz for any longer, then opt for the outdoor massage.

Location: Malibu


Sunset Cocktails at La Lo La Rooftop

In the same way driving is more fun in a Mercedes, we cannot argue that food tastes better with a view. Residing well over 300 feet above downtown Los Angeles atop the new AC Hotel, La Lo La Rooftop is a happening spot for tapas, drinks and entertainment. Every Friday and Saturday night, celebrated local DJs spin records and cultivate all those good weekend feels. Check out their happenings calendar to see what’s coming up.

Hit the roof for a premier cocktail (or if you’re driving, check out the mocktail selection), delicious tapas and vibes that can’t be beaten. As for the food, it’s hard to go wrong with the Marcona almonds and grilled steak skewers. Finish with a selection of churros served with ganache, hazelnuts and dulce de leche for a truly remarkable sunset date. All the while, you won’t have to worry about your baby (your other baby)—the hotel valet will secure your vehicle while you dine, and the car itself even provides advanced self-protection.

Location: Downtown


High-Tide Dinner Date at The Marine Room

Credit: La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club

To truly impress your bae on date night, get behind the wheel and head down the coast to San Diego’s most romantic restaurant. Sitting above the crashing waves of La Jolla’s pristine waters, The Marine Room sets a new standard for elevated romance.

Executive Chef Mike Minor has gone above and beyond to craft a locally inspired, farm-fresh menu that will delight your taste buds. Indulge in the sustainable local seafood, such as the diver scallops or whole sea bream, and pair it with a house old fashioned. This summer—alongside the wildest tides of the year—The Marine Room is offering special seating and a prix fixe menu to experience where nature and cuisine collide. Watch the moon rise over the ocean and pull the waves to shore while sitting across from your love, either in the restaurant or from the comfort of your ride. The 2023 Mercedes S-Class even comes with a mood lighting feature!

Location: La Jolla

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