Under swaying palms at Santa Barbara’s Hotel Californian, time slips into a tranquil rhythm

of endless relaxation. To read more about this luxurious yet laid-back hotel, click here.

Enjoy part two of our travel guide featuring must-visit destinations for your next getaway. If you missed part one, click here. To read the entire guide now in our May issue, click here.

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Launch Your Journey

If you’re looking for a unique travel experience, Lompoc is your launchpad! It’s a great home base for exploring the Central Coast.

History and Art Come to Life— Outdoors: History buffs will love a trip to Lompoc, thanks to more than 30 murals across downtown. Don’t miss La Purisima Mission State Historic Park, with more than 20 buildings to explore and nearly 25 miles of trails perfect for hiking and biking.

Unique Climate, Incredible Wines: Blanketed in fog, windswept, and home to some of the most diverse soils in the world, the Sta. Rita Hills produce nearly 30 award-winning, small-production wines. Find your favorite while you’re here!

Blast Off for Fun: Lompoc is the best vantage point to catch rockets launching into orbit at nearby Vandenberg Space Force Base.

Get a Bird’s-Eye View: See the coastline, valley, and vineyard-dotted hillsides from an entirely new vantage point. Skydive Santa Barbara offers a bucket-list experience like no other.

With You can do it all in Lompoc! Hit the road and explore the wonders of the Central Coast. Explore off-the-beaten path adventures at your own pace, then rest your head at a hotel that fits your budget and style. Experience captivating murals, internationally acclaimed wineries, a restored Spanish mission, hiking in the great outdoors—and for the extra-adventurous, exhilarating skydiving. Follow a captivating trail of wildflowers along Highway 1 to Lompoc and chart your course for fine wine, rocket launches, California history, and awe-inspiring art.
For more information, visit explorelompoc.com.
A Laid-Back, California Beach Classic

Exuding classic charm and a laid-back vibe, Oceanside epitomizes California cool. This hub of surf and skate culture has evolved into one of San Diego’s most vibrant and creative beach destinations, garnering national acclaim for its hotels, culinary delights, and lively arts scene.

Luxury-seekers indulge in two exquisite beachfront resorts and an array of curated experiences, from helicopter tours to private sunset sails from the New England–style harbor.

Foodies savor a burgeoning dining scene, boasting three Michelin recognized restaurants, lively food tours, award-winning craft beer and beverages, plus sweet treats like hand pies from the iconic Top Gun house.

Families find joy in coastal vacation rentals close to sandy beaches, surfing lessons, and a picturesque wooden pier.

Cultural enthusiasts immerse themselves in historic boutique hotels and esteemed venues such as the Oceanside Museum of Art, California Surf Museum, and Mission San Luis Rey.

Exploring off the beaten path leads to South Morro Hills, home to the region’s only coastal vineyard and winery, along with family-owned farms offering agritourism experiences like strawberry picking, flower fields, and produce stands.

Oceanside’s vibrant culinary scene, known for its “flip-flop fine dining,” has garnered widespread acclaim. Valle, the modern Mexican restaurant helmed by Chef Roberto Alcocer at the Mission Pacific Hotel, recently clinched a prestigious Michelin star, marking a first for Oceanside and one of only five in San Diego. Nestled along the historic Coast Highway is another Michelin recognized gem, Dija Mara, earning a Bib Gourmand rating for its Balinese fusion cuisine blending Southeast Asian flavors with a Western twist. In the burgeoning design district, Matsu presents modern Japanese fare by Chef William Eick, set in an edgy yet sophisticated ambiance. Over in the trendy South O neighborhood, Heritage Barbecue delights patrons with its Michelin Bib Gourmand-rated barbecue and a curated selection of house brewed craft beers.
For more information, visit visitoceanside.org.
Enjoy a Wine Country Getaway

At ONX Wines, we have established a reputation for crafting blends that push the envelope of tradition while being dedicated stewards of our land. Earning certifications for our estates with the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, we are now focused on becoming certified organic farmers.

Indulge your adventurous spirit on a private Estate Vineyard Tour and Tasting. Your host will take you on an off-road vehicle ride through our vineyard where you will have the opportunity to savor the exquisite flavors of the wine right where it was nurtured and grown.

Stay at one of our three breathtaking Vineyard Stay properties. Surrounded by vineyard views, guests will enjoy our concierge service, where we take great care to create a customized itinerary to optimize your visit to Paso Robles.

Immerse yourself in our relaxing Tasting Room and Winery located in the heart of Tin City. Here you will be greeted with world-class wine and warm hospitality. You may even get to witness winemaking magic right before your eyes!

To book a Tour, Tasting, or Vineyard Stay please visit our website or call us at 805-434-5607.

ONX Wines experiences offer delicious wines, education, and respite from the busy world.

Tin City is a casual, industrial area with more than 20 amazing wineries. Experience ONX Wines with a tasting of current releases and special library selections (as available).

ONX cares for 19 historic varieties on its Estate Vineyards, each possessed of a unique character and attitude. Enjoy a private tour where your host will drive you around the vineyard, stopping to allow you to taste the wine right where it was grown.

Let a local plan your next trip to Paso Robles! Your stay with ONX Wines includes complimentary concierge services to curate the perfect trip just for you.
For more information, visit onxwines.com.
Classic California

Pismo Beach, the true Classic California beach town, is renowned for its world-famous pier, miles of beautiful white sand beaches, outstanding accommodations, and proximity to a rich wine region. With the Edna Valley AVA only minutes away, it’s easy to enjoy the beach and wine tasting in one fun-filled day. Many visitors who come to Pismo Beach are now calling it their Wine and Waves™ destination.

Pismo Beach also offers an outstanding selection of outdoor activities including kayaking, fishing, surfing, hiking, horseback riding, and biking, all surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Enjoy the beautiful 880-acre Pismo Preserve with more than 10 miles of trails that traverse through oak woodlands and coastal ridgelines, offering sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean.

Dine your way around town at restaurants offering original takes on world cuisines, coastal seafood specialities, and time -honored classics for everyone to enjoy. Pismo Beach hosts a variety of exciting events throughout the year. Mark your calendars for one of the largest Classic Car Show in California, May 31–June 2, in downtown Pismo.

It’s all here waiting for you—a gentle climate, where sand, sun, sea, and sky converge to create the ideal getaway.

You’ll find a wide variety of lodging to meet everyone’s needs and budget. Oceanfront hotels with stunning vistas, affordable motels, family-friendly vacation rentals, and award-winning RV parks are all available.

Pismo Beach is an excellent choice for celebrations, especially weddings, with both large and small venues from which to choose. Many oceanfront resorts offer very special event locations including The Cliffs Hotel and Spa, Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, Inn at the Pier, The SeaCrest Oceanfront Hotel, Kon Tiki Inn, and the newest property, Vespera Resort on Pismo Beach.

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For more information, visit experiencepismobeach.com.
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