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.
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.
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.
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.