San Luis Obispo, California
GET THERE: The wine and surfing community is about 200 miles from both Los Angeles and San Francisco.
STAY: The 17-room industrial chic Granada Hotel and Bistro, which opened on SLO’s main drag last fall, is the city’s only luxury boutique hotel. Be sure to check out the roof-deck lounge. (From $179; granadahotelandbistro.com)
CHEAP THRILL: Wine tasting. SLO, which is located within California’s third-largest vino region, is small enough that it’s only a 20-minute drive to and from any vineyard in the area. try Tolosa (tolosawinery.com), Edna Valley (ednavalleyvineyard.com), Baileyana (baileyana.com), or Chamisal (chamisalvineyards.com), where tasting fees range from $5 to $15.