6 Last-Minute Summer Getaways

Haven't been to a beach or pool yet this season? Is the only sun you've seen lately through your office window? Then it's seriously time for a vacation. Here are six spots around the country with the perfect 48-hour trip equation: short travel time to your destination minus a car once you get there — plus, everything you need for your visit packed into one small bag. And you won't even have to submit your time-off card or break the bank.


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    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.

    Courtesy of Tolosa Winery
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