I love visiting amazing hotels in the off season. You may not get perfect weather but you get great rates and quiet spots. This was particularly true of a February visit to Carmel Valley Ranch in Northern California. This spot has lavender farms and homemade honey on site with a signature bee experience. Visiting in February meant taking advantage of the in room fire places and bundling up for a hike to their inspiration point. Great for kids or a romantic vacation any time of year.
I suggest a two night stay with dinner at the hotel's great restaurant, with drink specials featuring on property ingredients and a quick stop into Carmel by the Sea for a long walk along the beach, drinks at legendary gold club Pebble Beach and dinner at one of the town's quaint little restaurants (SUPER dog friendly too).
(flying out of Monterey airport at sunset)