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Why go: They call Santa Barbara the American Riviera, and it’s a lot easier—and cheaper—to get to than the French Riviera. The Santa Ynez Valley is known for its award-winning vineyards (even weekenders would be wise to get the $40 Santa Ynez Summer Pass for one wine tasting at 15 local winery tasting rooms), farm-to-table restaurants, and hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and more.
Where to stay: Channel road trip vibes at the Skyview Los Alamos, which was formerly a 1950s hilltop motel set right off California’s iconic Highway 101 on the fringes of Santa Barbara wine country. The property has 33 rooms, all with modern amenities; the motel’s original retro pool; free bikes; a working vineyard; and weekend rosé parties.
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