Or how about Tahoe? I've never been but I've heard lots of good things about it.
oh yeah, tahoe. we went there on our honeymoon and it was GORGEOUS!! we had a house with a hot tub on the deck overlooking the lake. we drove to carson city one day and saw an old mining town, we drove to yosemite another. absolutely amazing!!! i hope to make it back there some day. i really do love the mountains. i guess if had to pick between the ocean and the mountains it would be a very hard choice to make.