2 hours from LA: Bike from beach to winery in Santa Barbara
5PM: Tuck the car keys away once you pull into the two-story Presidio Motel, with its mid-century mod twist. Request room 14 for a peekaboo view of the mountains. From $139, including breakfast; 805/963-1355.
6PM: Choose a local wine from Cantwell’s Gourmet Market (1533 State St.; 805/966-3902), then uncork it on the Presidio’s rooftop before homemade pasta at Julienne ($$$$; closed Mon–Tue; 138 E. Canon Perdido St.; 805/845-6488).
9AM: Sign out a complimentary beach cruiser for a ride to the farmers’ market (8:30–12:30 Sat; Santa Barbara St. at Cota St.). Then cruise the beachside bike path to the harbor and the Santa Barbara Sailing Center (single kayak $10 per hour; 800/350-9090) for a paddle with the sea lions.
3PM: After lunch at Paradise Cafe ($$; 702 Anacapa St.; 805/962-4416), you’re ready for wine. A dozen tasting rooms have moved into downtown, saving you a winding ride into the Santa Ynez Mountains.
Pedal up to Santa Barbara Winery ($5 tasting fee; 202 Anacapa; 800/225-3633), then hit Oreana Winery (tastings from $7; 205 Anacapa, 805/962-5857).