Overnighter: Santa Barbara

STAY | Belmond El Encanto. Private bungalows with two-person tubs and views of all of Santa Barbara. The saltwater pool is also quite nice.

EAT | The Lark’s porch is lovely, but the communal table is where the party's at. Plan to meet new folks and eat spicy pineapple and jalapeño octopus.

PLAY | The Funk Zone: Hit the Guitar Bar for sick vintage and custom guitars. Then go to the Santa Barbara Wine Collective, a tasting room with delicious wines you’ve never heard of.

Overnighter: Del Mar

STAY | The races are a party. You want a house, on the water, with a big grill and a pool — like Visions of Paradise.

PLAY | The ponies will kick up dirt starting July 16th at the Del Mar Racetrack. The area’s top brewers are on tap this year and bands play the after parties, so stick around.

EAT | Though you should eat most meals at the house, do plan to grab some tangy ceviche and a malty Peruvian beer for lunch at Café Secret, in the middle of town.

Weekender: Sequoia

STAY | Tents. TICLA tents are simple to erect and take down. Shoot for Crystal Springs Campsite. Little further in but better spots and fewer people.  

PLAY | See Sherman’s Tree (widest) and Grant’s Tree (tallest). Then hike the Trail of the Sequoias for some solace within the lush ferns.

EAT | On the way home, stop at Milt’s Coffee Shop in Bakersfield for a country breakfast. Biscuits and gravy are top notch.

Weekender: Seattle

STAY | Check in to the Italian-themed boutique Sorrento. It has the romance of Fellini (see the roof) and lies in the heart of the city.

PLAY | Comedians lead Bill Speigle’s Underground Tour, an hour-long walk through the city’s former sewers, which tramps, hustlers and bootleggers used to call home. Tour ends at a pub.

EAT | The pork chop at Single Shot is done with spaghetti squash and a pomegranate glaze. Go to Canon after for some of the best cocktails in the land.