One perfect day in Felton, CA

Head to this small town to see the redwoods and soak up the California vibes

Elizabeth Jardina

Fly through a forest: Even if you’ve been wandering through redwoods your whole life, the perspective from 100 feet up is heart stopping. At Redwood Canopy Tours in Mt. Hermon, zipline through the treetops on a two-hour jaunt that sends you down six lines—one longer than 400 feet. $80;

Hike along a creek: Stroll through a verdant understory of oxalis and ferns at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park’s Fall Creek Unit. A network of well-marked trails brings you to eerie stone kilns where 19th-century workers produced lime, used to make mortar. The easy 3.2-mile round-trip hike traces the spring-fed creek’s path. Enter on Felton Empire Rd., about 0.5 mile west of State 9;

Brunch beneath the trees: Grab a lawn table at Oak Tree Ristorante. On a menu stuffed with appealing choices, we like the guanciale breakfast panini, made with Italian bacon and eggs on a toasted bun (shown at right), and the Del Bosco frittata with English peas, mushrooms, melted mozzarella, and truffle oil. $; 5447 State 9; 831/335-5551.

Sip wine in the sun: One of the oldest wineries in the Santa Cruz Mountains, family-owned Hallcrest Vineyards is also home of the Organic Wine Works, the first certified organic label in the States. Drop by the cottagey tasting room for splashes of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir on the sunny patio. On weekends, the staff pairs powerful Zin with warm oatmeal chocolate-chip cookies. $7 tasting; 379 Felton Empire Rd.; 831/335-4441.

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