Experience wine country without the crowds in these under-the-radar spots for sipping
Beachgoer oenophiles will want to hit up this scenic region 90 miles north of Santa Barbara in Arroyo Grande and Edna Valleys. Beautifully balanced Chardonnays are the big draw, but then there are the Spanish and Rhône varietals, followed by oyster slurping on the coast. Favorite spots to sip include Baileyana (pictured; includes Tangent, Trenza, and Zocker), Chamisal, Claiborne & Churchill, Talley, and Wolff. For a natural diversion, go wildflower-watching at the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes in April (dunescenter.org). The Casitas of Arroyo Grande B&B, with fireplaces and a 25-meter swimming pool, make for a great stay (from $199; casitasag.com).