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Recommended attractions along the central California coast

Arroyo Grande
Laetitia Vineyards, 453 Laetitia Vineyard Drive , 93420
Specializing in premium Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Blanc, Laetitia ages their wine in French oak for nine to ten months.
They also produce award-winning sparkling wines. Their tasting room has gourmet foods and the grounds here are the best picnic spot around.
Phone:  805.481.1772
Hours:  11AM to 5PM daily
Admission is free  
Bottles of wine from:  16USD

Talley Vineyards, 3031 Lopez Drive, 93420
Housed in an adobe house dating from the 1860s, Talley Vineyard?s tasting room is one of the most attractive in the Edna/Arroyo Grande region. Talley takes great care producing estate-bottles Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, which usually sells out quickly. They also produce several wines under the Bishop?s Peak label.
Phone:  805.489.0446
Fax:  805.489.0996
Hours:  10:30AM to 4:30PM daily
Tasting Fee:   5USD
Bottles of wine from:  12USD

Atascadero (San Luis Obispo)
Chalk Mountain Golf Course, 10000 El Bordo Road, 93422
18 holes/Par 27/6299 yards. Overlooking the Salinas Valley, ancient oaks, and a meandering creek, Chalk Mountain was designed by Robert Muir Graves.
Phone:  805.466.8848
Fax:  805.466.8208
Greens fees from:   29USD

Avila Beach (San Luis Obispo)
Avila Beach Resort, 6464 Ana Bay Drive, 93424
18 holes/Par 71/6500 yards. Located on the ocean between San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach, Avila Beach was designed by Desmond Muirhead in 1969. The front nine follow a creek through a canyon lined with oaks. The back nine skirts a tidal lagoon.
Phone:  805.595.4000
Greens fees from:   52

Big Sur
Andrew Molera State Park
There are wonderful trails through meadows, beaches, and hillsides at this ocean front park in Big Sur. At low tide, this is a good spot for tidepooling.
Phone:  831.667.2315
Parking:   4USD

Coast Gallery Big Sur, Highway 1
The Coast Gallery exhibits watercolors by Amerian author Henry Miller and paintings and crafts by other American artists.
Phone:  831.667.2301
Hours:  9AM to 5PM daily

Henry Miller Library, Highway One, 93920
Located in the former home of Emil White, Miller?s personal secretary and close friend, the Henry Miller Library contans documents relating to the author?s life and work as well as temporary exhibitions.
Phone:  831.667.2574
Hours:  11AM to 6PM Thursday through Sunday

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur Station #1, 93920
Take the quarter-mile Waterfall Trail that overlooks McWay Falls as it tumbles 80 feet from the cliffs into the ocean. On the way, you may spot the sea otters who like to hang out in McWay Cove.
Phone:  831.667.2315
Hours:  Open daily
Parking:   4USD

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, 47225 Highway 1, 93920
There are trails through meadows, and oak and madrona forests here with great views of the Pacific.
Phone:  831.667.2315
Hours:  Open daily
Parking:   4USD

Point Sur Lightstation
Standing atop a volcanic rock offshore, Point Sur Lightstation is National Historic Landmark. Built in 1899, it?s the only California lightstation that?s open to the public. There are numerous buildings in the compound, including a blacksmith?s shop, barn, assistant keeper?s house, and keeper?s house, in addition to the lighthouse. Volunteers lead the three-hour walking tours of the complex. There are also Moonlight tours available, visit their website for schedules.
Phone:  831.625.4419
Hours:  Tours at 10AM and 2PM Saturdays year ?round and Wednesdays in summer; 10AM Sundays year ?round and Thursdays in summer.
Admission:   8USD

Carmel Valley (Monterey Peninsula)
Galante Vineyards, 18181 Cachagua Rd., 93924
They grow more than grapes at Galante. There are more than 12,000 rose bushes here -- 90 varieties in all -- from mid-May through October. They also produce very limited quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc. Galante is recognized as one of the top-tier Cabernet producers in California.
Phone:  415.659.2649 or 800.425.2683
Fax:  831.659.9525
Hours:  11AM to 3PM daily by appointment
Tastings are free  
Bottles of wine from:  20USD

Heller Estate, 69 W. Carmel Valley Rd., 93924
Heller's attractive tasting room in an old ranch house also has a collection of dolls from Santon, France. You can taste their Estate-bottled Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, and Johannisberg Riesling, which are made from Certified Organically grown grapes.
Phone:  831.659.6220 or 800.625.8466
Fax:  831.659.6226
Hours:  11AM to 5:30PM Monday through Thursday; 11AM to 6PM Friday through Sunday
Bottles of wine from:   10USD

Carmel-by-the-Sea (Monterey Peninsula)
Carmel River State Beach, Off Scenic Road
The shimmering turquoise water here is as much an atttraction as the broad, white-sand beach. Next to the beach is a wildlife refuge where you can see all kinds of shore birds.
Phone:  831.624.4909
Hours:  9AM to dusk daily
Admission is free  

Mission San Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmelo, Basilica Rio Road at Lasuen Drive
Founded in 1771, the Carmel Mission was the second of the 21 Franciscan missions built in California. And it?s one of the loveliest. Father Juniper Serro is buried here and the old stone church has been beautifully restored. The 14 acres of landscaped grounds surrounding the mission are a great spot for a stroll.
Phone:  831.624.3600
Hours:  9:30AM to 5PM Monday through Saturday; 10:30AM to 5PM Sundays
Admission:   5USD

Point Lobos State Reserve, Highway 1
There are dozens of trails leading through cypress groves overlooking colonies of sea otters, harbor seals, and sea lions.
Phone:  831.624.4909
Hours:  9AM to 7PM daily in summer; closes at 5PM off season
Parking:   8

Tor House, 26304 Ocean View Avenue
The former home of poet Robinson Jeffers, Tor House is a stone cottage dating from 1919. The estate includes Hawk Tower which Jeffers built for his wife using stones from all over the world, including the Great Wall of China. Reservations are recommended.
Phone:  831.624.1813
Hours:  Tours are given hourly between 10AM and 3PM on Fridays and Saturdays
Admission:   7USD

Channel Islands (Santa Barbara)
Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary
There are more than 2,000 species of plants and animals inhabiting these islands off the Santa Barbara coast. The surrounding waters are good for diving and snorkeling and you can see a variety of marine mammals from the trails on the shore. Transportation from Santa Barbara to the Channel Islands is provided by Truth Aquatics.
Phone:  805.658.5730

El Granada (Half Moon Bay)
California Canoe and Kayak, Pillar Point Harbor
You can explore Pillar Point Harbor by sea kayak with California Canoe and Kayak.
Phone:  800.366.9804 or 650.728.1803
Hours:  Trips leave at 10AM; call for dates and reservations
Kayak trips from:   49

Goleta (San Luis Obispo)
Sandpiper Golf Course, 7925 Holister Avenue, 93117
18 Holes/Par 72/7068 yards. Rated one of the Top 25 public courses in America, Sandpiper has ocean views from almost every hole. The rolling, links-style course was designed by William F. Bell in 1972.
Phone:  805.968.1541
Fax:  805.685.0044
Greens fees from:   59USD

Grover Beach (San Luis Obispo)
Arnie?s ATV Rentals, 171 North 2nd Street, 93433
You can rent ATVs for driving along the beach and through the 1,500 acres of sand dunes at Oceano Dunes State Vehicle Recreation Area.
Phone:  805.473.1610 or 800.213.1590
Hours:  Open daily
ATV rentals from:   48USD

Half Moon Bay
A Bicyclery, 101 Main Street
You can rent bikes and equipment here and get information about trails in the area, including the Coastside Trail which runs from Half Moon Bay to Pillar Point Harbor.
Phone:  650.726.6000
Hours:  9:30AM to 6:30PM Monday through Friday; 10AM to 5PM Saturdays; 11AM to 5PM Sundays
Bike rentals from:   16USD

Coastal Flower Market, Kelly Avenue and Main Street
This colorful Saturday market is a Half Moon Bay highlight.
Phone:  650.712.9439
Hours:  10AM to 4PM the third Saturday of each month

Coastal Repertory Theatre, 1167 Main Street, 94019
Founded in 1986, the Coastal Repertory Theatre (formerly This Side of the Hill Players) present plays year ?round. The season usually includes musicals, comedies, and classics. See their web site for performance schedules.
Phone:  650.569.3266
Hours:  Performances are at 8PM Fridays and Saturdays and 2PM Sundays
Tickets from:   20USD

Half Moon Bay Golf Links, 2000 Fairway Drive
Golfers can choose from not one, but two spectacular courses in Half Moon Bay. The Francis Duane and Arnold Palmer designed Links Course has been named one of the best public courses in the country, and it?s 18th hole is among the Top 100. The links-style Ocean Course was designed by Arthur Hills, and it?s one of Golf Digest?s "Top 10 Best New Upscale Public Courses." Tee times can be reserved up to three weeks in advance.
Phone:  650.726.4438
Hours:  Starting time is 7AM
Twilight greens fees:   75USD
Weekend greens fees:  145USD

Half Moon Bay State Beach, Off Highway 1
This four-mile stretch of sandy shore is comprised of Francis, Venice, and Dunes Beach. The Coastside trail runs all the way to Pillar Point Harbor and offers great views to hikers and bikers. The beach is great for combing, but not really suitable for swimming.
Phone:  650.726.8819
Hours:  8AM to sunset daily
Parking:   5USD

Obester Winery, 12341 San Mateo Road
This small, family-owned winery in Half Moon Bay produces award-winning Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sangiovese. On certain weekends, you can bring your own bottle -- or buy one there for one dollar -- and purchase wine for as little as 4.45 for 750ML.
Phone:  650.726.9463
Fax:  650.726.7074
Hours:  Tasting room is open from 10AM to 5PM daily
Bottles of wine from:   12.95USD

Oceanic Society Whale Watch, Pillar Point Harbor
The non-profit Oceanic Society offers whale-watching cruises staffed by expert naturalists from December through early May aboard the 56-ft. Salty Lady.
Phone:  415.474.3385
Hours:  Cruises leave at 9AM and 1PM Fridays through Mondays from December until early May; call for times and reservations
Weekend cruise:   38USD
Weekday cruise:  35USD

Sea Horse Ranch, California Highway 1
You can rent horses here to take private or guided rides along the beach. Reservations aren?t necessary, and early morning is the best time to go.
Phone:  650.726.2362 or 650.726.9903
Hours:  8AM to dusk daily
Early-bird rides:   35USD

Foley Estates Vineyard & Winery, 6121 E Highway 246, 93436
Foley is located in a 3,500 square-foot tasting room and event center. You can taste award-winning Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. Their 2003 Pinot Noir won a Double Gold Medal at the 2005 San Francisco International Wine Competition.
Phone:  805.737.6222
Fax:  805.737.6923
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily
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Mission La Purisima Concepcion, 2295 Purisima Road, 93436
Built in 1787, La Purisima is the best restored of California?s missions. Today, the mission has displays showing how traditional mission crafts were practiced. And there are twelve miles of hiking trails on the lovely grounds.
Phone:  805.733.3713
Hours:  Open daily; tours at 1PM daily
Admission per vehicle:   4USD

Los Olivos (Santa Ynez Valley)
Curtis Winery, 5249 Foxen Canyon Rd.
The tasting room here is in a lovely white adobe surrounded by old oaks. Curtis is a sister to Firestone, but produces just 5,000 cases a year. They specialize in hand-crafted Rhone-style wines, particularly Syrah and Viognier. Nice picnic facilities.
Phone:  805.686.8999
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily
Tasting fee:   7USD

Fess Parker Winery, 6200 Foxen Canyon Rd., 93441
TV?s Daniel Boone is one of the most respected producers in the region. He has four vineyards on 700 acres producing 50,000 cases of wine a year. Parker?s Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah are especially appealing. And the winery is one of the area?s most inviting. You can picnic on the grounds with beautiful views of the valley.
Phone:  805.688.1545 or 800.841.1104
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily
Tasting fee:   5USD

Firestone Vineyard, 5000 Zaca Station Rd, 93441
Producing 250,000 cases a year, Firestone is the county?s largest producer and the oldest. Consequently, their facilities are the most ambitious. This is the closest thing you?ll find to a Napa tasting room. Prices range from reasonable to moderate. And Reserve tastings are available on weekends in the Reserve Tasting Room. Firestone Estate produces Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Riesling. Firestone Reserve produced Bordeaux-style wine.
Phone:  805.688.3940
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily; tours at 11:15AM, 1:15PM and 3:15PM
Tastings from:   5USD

Los Olivos Tasting Room & Wine Shop, 2905 Grand Avenue, 93441
If you want to taste hard-to-find wines, this is the place. Los Olivos Tasting Room pours wines from wineries that don?t have tasting rooms of their own. In business since 1987, LOTR has exclusives on many wines and cherry picks the best of the batch. The last tasting of the day is at 5:30PM.
Phone:  805.688.7406
Hours:  11AM to 6PM daily

Zaca Mesa Winery, 6905 Foxen Canyon Road, 93441
Best known for Syrah, Chardonnay, Z Cuvee and Z Gris, Zaca Mesa was one of the first to plant Syrah in Santa Barbara County and the first to blend American Syrah with Viognier. You?ll be greeted by the dog Zack at their low-key reception center. The rustic setting is a beautiful spot for a picnic.
Phone:  805.688.9339
Fax:  805.688.8796
Hours:  10AM to 4PM daily
Bottles of wine from:   15USD
Tastings are free  0USD

Montecito (Santa Barbara)
Lotusland, 695 Ashley Road, 93108
Once the home of Polish opera singer Ganna Walska, this 37-acre estate has fabulous gardens. Many of the exotic species here were planted in 1882, and the gardens include pools, fountains, topiary, and ponds. Reservations are required for the two-hour tours.
Phone:  805.969.9990 Reservations required
Hours:  Tours at 10:30AM and 1:30PM Wednesday through Sunday
Admission:   20USD

Monterey (Monterey Peninsula)
Adventures by the Sea, 299 Cannery Row, 93940
You can rent kayaks, bikes, or in-line skates for exploring Monterey here. They also offer some kayaking tours of Monterey Bay.
Phone:  831.372.1807 or 831.648.7236
Kayak trips from:   50USD
Kayay rentals from:  30USD

Maritime Museum of Monterey, 5 Custom House Plaza
Monterey?s Maritime Museum has model ships, prints, documents, whaling tools, and the gigantic lens from the old Point Sur Lighthouse -- it?s nearly two stories tall.
Phone:  831.372.2608
Hours:  10AM to 5PM Thursday through Tuesday
Admission:   8USD

Monterey Bay Aquarium, 886 Cannery Row, 93940
Exhibits like Saving Seahorses, the one-million-gallon Outer Bay where you?ll see open-ocean creatures like sharks, tuna, and sea turtles, and the three-story Kelp Forest make this a must see even for those with no particular interest in marine life. Among the 350,000 marine plants and animals you?ll see here are penguins, otters -- in their own 55,000-gallon playpen -- rays, which you can pat, jellyfish, and octopi. Avoid weekends if you can and circumvent the long waits by buying your tickets in advance. You can order them through their web site or by calling 831.648.4937.
Phone:  831.648.4888
Hours:  10AM to 6PM daily; opens at 9:30AM in summer and on holiday weekends
Admission:   21.95USD

Monterey Bay Kayaks, 693 Del Monte Avenue
You can rent kayaks for exploring Monterey Bay here. They also offer kayak trips.
Phone:  800.649.5357
Hours:  9AM to 6PM daily; kayaking trips leave at 9:30AM and 1:30PM
Kayak trips from:   60USD
Kayak rentals from:  30USD

Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art, 559 Pacific Street, 93940
This museum has exhibits in two locations. The Pacific Street gallery, known as "Civic Center," has a wonderful collection of work by photographers Ansel Adams and Edward Weston, as well as a collection of folk art from all over the world. The other location, on Via Mirada, is known as "La Mirada" and displays Asian and California art in an adobe house surrounded by lovely gardens.
Phone:  831.372.5477
Fax:  831.372.5680
Hours:  11AM to 5PM Tuesday through Saturday; 1PM to 4PM Sundays
Admission:   5USD

Monterey State Historic Park, 20 Custom House Plaza, 93940
When the U.S. Flag was raised here in 1846, 600,000 square miles were added to the Union. The buildings here served as the capital of California under Spanish, Mexican, and finally U.S. Rule. The park contains ten historic buildings including the 1827 Customs House which is California?s oldest surviving building. There are several nicely restored adobe buildings including Casa Soberanes, the Cooper-Molera Adobe, and three other houses. You can get information about the two-mile Path of History walk that leaves from the Customs House next to Fisherman?s Wharf.
Phone:  831.649.7118
Hours:  10AM to 4PM daily
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Old Del Monte Golf Course, 1300 Sylvan Road, 93940
18 holes/Par 72/6357 yards. Designed by Charles Maud in 1897, Old Del Monte is the oldest continually operating golf course west of the Mississippi. The course still hosts the California State Amateur and it is one of three courses to host the Callaway Pebble Beach Invitational.
Phone:  831.373.2700
Greens fees from:   105USD

Old Monterey Farmer?s Market and Marketplace, Alvarado Street between Pearl and Del Monte
With more than 100 vendors, the Monterey Farmer?s Market has a little bit of everything. There?s food, wine, jewelry, collectibles, and lots of local color.
Phone:  831.655.8070
Hours:  4PM to 7PM Tuesdays; open until 8PM in summer
Admission is free  

Robert Mondavi Coastal, 400 Camino Aguajito #2, 93940
Legendary California winemaker Robert Mondavi discovered the unique qualities of the Monterey County climate and soil six years ago and launched their "Coastal" label. Though the winery is not open to the public, you can sample wine at their Monterey tasting room. They produce Sauvignon Blanc, Fume Blanc, Chardonnay, Johannisberg Riesling, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Syrah.
Phone:  707.226.1395

Ventana Vineyards, 2999 Monterey-Salinas Hwy., #10, 93940
Ventana bills itself as the "Most Award Winning Vineyard in America." And their estate-grown and bottled wines are very good. They produce Chardonnay, Dry Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Riesling, Syrah, and Merlot. You can picnic on their atttractive patio.
Phone:  831.372.7415 or 800.237.8846
Hours:  11AM to 5PM daily
Tastings are free  
Bottles of wine from:  10

Morro Bay
Montana de Oro State Park, Pecho Road
With 8,000 acres of cliffs, sandy beaches, and meadows, there?s something for everyone at this beautiful state park. Good trails for hikers and bikers and great beach combing.
Phone:  805.528.0513 or 805.772.7434
Hours:  Open daily

Natural History Museum at Morro Bay State Park, Morro Bay State Park Road, 93442
The Natural History Museum has exhibits about local geography, flora, fauna, and Native American culture.
Phone:  805.772.2694
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily
Admission:   2USD

Moss Beach (Half Moon Bay)
James V. Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, California Ave. and North Lake Street, 94062
This marine reserve established in 1969 is one of the best intertidal areas along the California coast. You can discover all kinds of marine life -- including anemones, urchins, starfish, and limpets -- in the tide pools along the shore, or hike the cliff-side trail through the Cypress forest. There's also a pretty beach. For the best tide-pooling, try to visit at low tide.
Phone:  650.728.3584
Hours:  8AM to dusk daily

Pacific Grove (Monterey Peninsula)
Pacific Grove Municipal Golf Links, 77 Asilomar Boulevard, 93950
18 holes/Par 70/5732 yards. Opened in 1932, this Scottish links-style course was designed by Chandler Egan and Jack Neville of Pebble Beach fame. The front nine is forested; the back nine is bordered by sand dunes. Great value for money.
Phone:  831.648.5777
Fax:  831.648.577
Greens fee from:   35USD
Twilight rates from:  20USD

Seventeen Mile Drive, Off Sunset Drive
One of the most legendary drives in the country, the Seventeen Mile Drive offers some of the most breathtaking views in the world. In addition to Point Joe, Bird Rock, China Rock, Fanshell Overlook, Cypress Point Overlook, and Crocker Grove, you?ll pass multi-million dollar estates and several golf courses. You can access the drive from five guarded entrances between Pacific Grove and Carmel. It?s free to bicyclists.
Admission:   8.50USD

Paso Robles
Adelaida Cellars, 5805 Adelaida Rd., 93446
Wine Enthusiast magazine named Adelaida one of America?s great Chardonnay producers. But their Pinot Noir and Zinfandel will please red wine lovers too. Reservations are required to tour the winery, but you can visit the tasting room in an old ranch 2,300 feet above sea level.
Phone:  805.239.8980 or 800.676.1232
Fax:  805.239.4671
Hours:  11AM to 5PM daily

Antique Emporium, 1307 Park St., 93446
There are more than 50 dealers in this 12,000 square-foot old building in Paso Robles.
Phone:  805.238.1078
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily

Arciero Winery, 5625 Hwy 46 East, 93446
Surrounded by 700 acres of vineyards, Arciero is one of the most attractive wineries in the Paso Robles appellation. It?s one of the largest family-owned vineyards in the valley. Noted for their Italian varietals, their Merlot won the Gold Medal at the New World International Wine Competition in 2000. There?s lots to do here. Frank Arciero is a former race car driver and you can check out his race car exhibit, shop for gourmet goodies or Italian crafts in the Mediterranean Marketplace, wander the garden, and take the self-guided tour. Nice picnic area.
Phone:  805.239.2562 or 800.249.9463
Fax:  805.239.2317
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily
Admission is free  

Eberle Winery LTD, Highway 46 East
In many ways, Eberle is the granddaddy of Paso Robles wineries. Their redwood reception center sits on a small hill overlooking the vineyards. Beneath the building, 16,000 square feet of caves are used to age their red wine. You can tour the caves and taste their award-winning Chardonnay, Rhone, and Syrah blends.
Phone:  805.238.9607
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily; open until 6PM on summer weekends
Admission is free  

Great American Antiques, 1305 Spring St., 93446
There are more than 40 dealers in this 9,000-square-foot complex in Paso Robles.
Phone:  805.239.1203
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily

J. Lohr Winery, 6169 Airport Road, 93446
Although J. Lohr has been producing wines in Paso Robles since 1988, they opened their reception center here in the summer of 2001. Their Cabernet Sauvignon was one of only three California Cabs to win a Gold Medal at the 1999 International Wine Challenge, and their Chardonnay is a consistent favorite.
Phone:  805.239.8900
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily
Admission is free  

Justin Vineyard & Winery, 11680 Chimney Rock Rd., 93446
Justin produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Sangiovese, Syrah, and Nebbiolo, as well as a couple of white wines. Their Bordeaux-style Isosceles was named one of the Top Ten wines of the year by Wine Spectator. You can sample their barrel fermented Chardonnay and estate-grown reds in their attractive tasting room. You can picnic in the English-style gardens.
Phone:  805.238.6932 or 800.726.0049
Fax:  805.238.7382
Hours:  10AM to 5PM; Tours daily by appointment at 10:30AM and 2:30pm
Admission is free  
Tours from:  10USD

Meridian Vineyards, 7000 Hwy 46 East, 93446
The largest producer in the Paso Robles appellation, Meridian makes the Number One Santa Barbara coast Chardonnay. Their lovely stone winery has beautiful views of vineyards, and you can sample classic, reserve, and small-lot wines in their beautiful tasting room. You can find everything you need for a first-class picnic in their store and then dine al fresco under 200-year-old oaks.
Phone:  805.226.7133
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily

Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce, 1225 Park Street, 93446
You can get maps and information about touring the area's wineries and other attractions here.
Phone:  805.238.0506

Pebble Beach (Monterey Peninsula)
Pebble Beach Golf Links, 17-Mile Drive, 93953
18 holes/Par 72/6737 yards. Ranked number one public course in the country by Golf Digest in 2005, Pebble Beach was designed by Jack Neville in 1919. Eight of the holes are ocean front, so your game will have to hold up to the weather. The best way to get a tee time is to stay at either the Lodge at Pebble Beach or the Inn at Spanish Bay -- guests have first dibs.
Phone:  800.654.9300
Fax:  831.644.7960
Greens fees from:   450USD

Spyglass Hill Golf Course, Stevenson Drive & Spyglass Hill Road, 93953
18 holes/Par 72/6862 yards. Ranked number five best public course in the country by Golf Digest in 2003 and 2004, Spyglass Hill features fantastic views of the Pacific from the first five holes, which wind through sand dunes and Monterey pines. It was designed by Robert Trent Jones in 1966.
Phone:  800.654.9300
Fax:  831.644.7960
Greens fees from:   300USD

The Links at Spanish Bay, 2700 17-Mile Drive, 93953
18 holes/Par 72/6820 yards. This Scottish links-style course was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Tom Watson, and Sandy Tatum in 1987. The rolling fairways are bordered by sand dunes and the views of the ocean are spectatcular. Your best shot at a tee time is to stay at the Lodge at Pebble Beach or the Inn at Spanish Bay.
Phone:  800.654.9300
Fax:  831.644.7960
Greens fees from:   240USD

Ano Nuevo State Reserve, Off Highway 1, between Pescadero and Davenport
Ano Nuevo is the home of the world?s largest mainland breeding colony of northern elephants seals. During breeding season -- from mid-December through March -- you can only explore the reserve on a guided two-and-one-half hour walking tour. Advance reservations are required. The rest of the year, you can do the three-mile loop trail on your own. The seals are here year ?round.
Phone:  800.444.4445 or 650.879.0227
Hours:  8:30AM to 3:30PM; closing at 3PM from September through November
Admission:   5USD

Pigeon Point Lighthouse, Highway 1 and Pigeon Point Road, 94660
Lighthouse buffs should plan a visit to Pigeon Point, one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world. The 115-foot tall tower has been in operation for more than 129 years. The lighthouse has a five-wick, lard oil lamp and a first-order Fresnel lens with 1,008 prisms.
Hours:  Grounds are open from 8AM to sunset daily; Guided half-hour history walks of the lighthouse grounds are available 10am to 4pm Fridays through Sundays, except on rainy days; the lighthouse is currently closed to the public
Tours:   3USD

Princeton-by-the-Sea (Half Moon Bay)
Riptide Sportfishing, Pillar Point Harbor
This charter operator out of Pillar Point Harbor offers salmon, rockfish, and tuna fishing trips.
Phone:  888.747.8433 or 415.469.8433
Hours:  Call for times and reservations
Fishing trips from:   60USD

Salinas (Monterey Peninsula)
National Steinbeck Center, One Main Street, 93901
Opened in 1998, this $11 million, 37,000-square-foot museum features interactive exhibits and exhibitions about Steinbeck?s life and work.
Phone:  831.796.3833
Fax:  831.796.3828
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily
Admission:   10.95USD

San Gregorio (Half Moon Bay)
San Gregorio General Store, Highway 84 and Stage Road, 94074
You can find all sorts of things at this country store in business since 1889. It?s something of a local community center and there?s live music Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Phone:  650.726.0565
Hours:  Open From 9:00am to 6:00pm, every day.

San Luis Obispo
Alamo Bicycle Touring Company, 1108 Vista del Lago, 93405
You can rent bikes at this San Luis Obispo bike shop.
Phone:  805.781.3830
Fax:  805.543.2269

Claiborne & Churchill, 2649 Carpenter Canyon Road (Hwy. 227), 93401
Claiborne & Churchill produces Alsatian-style wines from Gewurtztraminer, Riesling, and Muscat grapes. The wines are aged in German and American oak and many are barrel fermented. The actual winery was the first straw-bale structure in California.
Phone:  805.544.4066
Fax:  805.544.7012
Hours:  11AM to 5PM daily
Admission is free  
Bottles of wine from:  12.50USD

Dairy Creek Golf Course, 2990 Dairy Creek Rd, 93405
18 holes/Par 71/6108 yards. Designed by John Harbottle, Dairy Creek is one of three new courses operated by San Luis Obispo County. Built on rolling hills, the undulating course rises and falls 300 feet twice. Lots of water hazards and nice views of the El Chorro Valley. Reserve one week in advance.
Phone:  805.782.8060
Greens fees from:   34USD

Edna Valley Vineyards, 2585 Biddle Ranch Road, 93401
Edna Valley is the baby of the Paragon Valley Company and the Chalone Wine Group of Napa. With production around 100,000 cases a year, it?s one of the biggest wineries in the region. Edna Valley uses traditional Burgundian winemaking techniques including fermenting the wine in French oak barrels. Their tasting room, which has lovely views of the vineyards, was named "Best in SLO County" by the local paper.
Phone:  805.544.9594
Hours:  10AM to 5PM
Admission is free   0

San Simeon
Hearst San Simeon State Historic Museum, 750 Hearst Castle Road, 93452
California?s second most popular attraction (after Disneyland), Hearst Castle was built over a 28-year period at a cost of $400 million in today?s dollars. Spanning 127 acres that rise from the Pacific, the castle was designed by Julia Morgan and it?s an amalgamation of Spanish, Moorish, Italian, and French styles. Guests are driven from the Visitor?s Center up the hill to the main house. Hearst filled his castle with treasures from all over the world. And the two swimming pools are sensational. There are a variety of tours available. Tour 1 is best for first-time visitors. It takes about one hour and 45 minutes. Reserve well in advance through their 800 number.
Phone:  800.444.4445 for tour reservations
Hours:  Open daily; first tour at 8:20AM; last tour at 3:20PM
Tours from:   24USD

Santa Barbara
Andree Clark Bird Refuge, 1400 E. Cabrillo Blvd.
There are several trails through this lagoon north of East Beach.
Hours:  open daily
Admission is free  

El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park, 123 East Canon Perdido, 93101
This state historical park contains El Presidio Chapel, the Commandant?s Office, and El Cuartel adobe. Dating from 1788, it?s the second oldest building in California.
Phone:  805.965.0093
Hours:  10:30AM to 4:30PM daily
Admission:   3USD

Mission Santa Barbara, 2201 Laguna Street, 93105
Established in 1786, the Santa Barbara Mission was rebuilt after a devasting earthquake in 1812. Today, it?s one of the loveliest in California. It?s been continuously operated by the Franciscans since its founding.
Phone:  805.682.4713
Hours:  9AM to 5PM daily
Admission:   4USD

Rancho San Marcos Golf Course, 4600 Highway 154, 93105
18 holes/Par 71/6752 yards. Opened in 1998, the area?s newest course was rated one of the Top 30 California courses by Golf Digest. Robert Trent Jones designed the course on the site of the old San Marcos Ranch, and its fairways are surrounded by rolling hills and century-old oaks. Beautiful views of Lake Cachuma.
Phone:  805.683.6334
Greens fees from:   65USD

Rincon Point, Bates Road off of the 101
15 minutes south of Santa Barbara off of the Pacific Coast Highway, Rincon Point is known world wide as a top surfing spot.

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, 1212 Mission Canyon Road, 93105
More than five miles of paths lead through the 65 acres of gardens representing eight distinct habitats. There are more than 1,300 species of plants here and it?s beautiful any time of year.
Phone:  805.682.4726
Hours:  9AM to 6PM; closing one hour earlier in winter; guided tours weekdays at 2PM, weekends at 11AM and 2PM
Admission:   7USD

Santa Barbara County Courthouse, 1000 Anacapa Street
Opened in 1929, the Santa Barbara County Courthouse is one of the most beautiful you?ll ever see. The Spanish/Moorish building features hand-painted tiles, fabulous murals, and a spiral staircase. The clock tower provides 360-degree views, including the Channel Islands and Santa Ynez Mountains. The "Red Tile" historical walking tour leaves from here.
Phone:  805.962.6464
Hours:  8AM to 5PM Monday through Friday; 10AM to 4:30PM Saturday and Sunday; tours at 10:30AM Monday, Tuesday and Friday, and at 2PM Monday through Saturday
Admission is free  

Santa Barbara Golf Course, 3500 McCaw Ave., 93105
Holes: 18 holes/Par 70/6037 yards. Designed by Lawrence Hughes, Santa Barbara Golf Course opened in 1958. The course has wonderful views of the Channel Islands and the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Kikuyu grass makes the course play longer than it is.
Phone:  805.687.7087
Greens fees from:   26USD

Santa Barbara Historical Museum, 136 East De la Guerra Street, 93101
Occupying a recreated hacienda, the Santa Barbara Historical Museum has all sorts of interesting objects documenting the area?s 200-year history. You?ll see everything from a Pony Express saddle to a Chinese altar, as well as traveling exhibits.
Phone:  805.966.1601
Fax:  805.966.1601
Hours:  10AM to 5PM Tuesday through Saturday: noon to 5PM Sundays
Admission is free  

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State Street, 93101
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art shows interesting traveling exhibits and a permanent collection that includes work by Matisse, Braque, Bonnard, Chagall, John Singer Sargent, and William Merritt Chase. The museum also has important antiquities from Egypt, Greece, Rome, and Sumeria.
Phone:  805.963.4364
Fax:  805.966.6840
Hours:  11AM to 5PM Tuesday through Sunday
Admission:   9USD

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol Road, 93105
This attractive, small museum has interactive exhibits pertaining to geology, paleontology, anthropology, and the flora and fauna of the region. Skeletons on display include a Pygmy Mammoth and a 72-ft. Blue Whale. And there are nature trails through eleven acres of Live Oak woods.
Phone:  805.682.4711
Fax:  805.569.3170
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily
Admission:   8USD

Santa Barbara Tasting Room, Stearns Wharf
If you can find this shop upstairs at Stearns Wharf, you can sample a nice selection of local, California, and international wines.
Phone:  805.966.6624
Hours:  10AM to 6PM daily
Tasting of six wines:   5USD

The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, 21 West Anapamu Street, 93101
The Karpeles Library owns many of the world?s most significant documents. Their Santa Barbara museum displays manuscripts related to Edison, the Civil War, Mark Twain, the Spanish American War; original scores by Mozart and Verdi; and old cartoons from the Disney Studio.
Phone:  805.962.5322
Hours:  10AM to 4PM daily
Admission is free  

The Wine Cask, 813 Anacapa Street
Affiliated with the outstanding restaurant of the same name, the Wine Cask was rated the number one wine store in Southern California by Zagat. Specializing in Santa Barbara County wines, they also have rare wines from all over the world. In addition to wine tasting, they sell wines by the glass at the bar.
Phone:  805.966.9463 or 800.436.9463
Hours:  Noon to 3PM daily

Truth Aquatics, 301 W. Cabrillo Blvd., 93101
Truth Aquatics offers hiking, kayaking, and diving trips from Santa Barbara to Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary.
Phone:  805.962.1127
Fax:  805.564.6754
Hours:  call for schedule

Wine Time, 1227 State St., Victoria Court.
Wine Time serves as the tasting room for Santa Barbara wineries who don?t have their own. You can sample excellent wines by Jaffurs, Chimere, and many others here.
Phone:  805.568.0010
Hours:  10AM to 7PM Sunday through Thursday; open until 9PM Fridays and Saturdays

Santa Cruz
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave., 95060
Any book lover will enjoy an hour browsing the stacks at this outstanding bookstore. There?s an adjacent coffee shop so you can have something to drink while you peruse your purchase.
Phone:  831.423.0900
Hours:  9AM to 10PM daily; open until 11PM Friday and Saturday

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 400 Beach Street
The last ocean-front amusement park in California, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has 34 rides and attractions, including the 1924 Big Dipper roller coaster.
Phone:  831.423.5590
Hours:  Open daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day, usually from 11AM to 11PM; Open on weekends off season, usually from 11AM to 6PM
Admission is free  
Rides from:  1.95USD

Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse West Cliff Drive , 95060
This museum located in the Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse has lots of old photos, surfboards, and other objects relating to the history of surfing. The views of Monterey Bay are great too.
Phone:  831.420.6289
Fax:  831.420.6451
Hours:  Noon to 4PM Thursday through Monday; open Wednesdays in summer
Admission is free  

Santa Maria (Santa Ynez Valley)
Foxen Vineyard, 7200 Foxen Canyon Road, 93454
Foxen?s rustic tasting room practically sits on Foxen Canyon Road. It?s a pleasant, laid-back spot where you can sample their hand-crafted Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, and Cabernet Franc. You?d never know from looking at the weathered wood structures, but Foxen produces 10,000 cases a year.
Phone:  805.937.4251
Hours:  11AM to 4PM daily
Tastings from:   5USD
Bottles of wine from:  20USD

Santa Ynez (Santa Ynez Valley)
Sunstone Vineyards & Winery, 125 Refugio Road, 93460
If you only visit one winery in the Santa Ynez Valley, make it this one. The mission-style buildings are just gorgeous and are perfectly complemented by the beautiful grounds. It will remind you of Provence or maybe Andalusia. If that?s not enough, the wines -- which are produced from Certified Organic estate-grown grapes -- are terrific. The care used here -- hand-harvesting the grapes, aging in French oak for up to 18 months -- really shines through. All in all, a wonderful spot.
Phone:  805.688.9463 or 800.313.9463
Hours:  10AM to 4PM daily
Tastings from:   7USD

Seaside (Monterey Peninsula)
Bayonet Golf Course, 1 McClure Way, 93955
36 holes/Par 72/7003 yards. There are two courses here: Bayonet and Black Horse. Thirty of their thirty-six holes have views of Monterey Bay, so weather is always a factor here. The course was originally built for the military in 1954 and today, it?s a great value.
Phone:  831.899.7271
Fax:  831.899.7169
Greens fees from:   64USD
Twilight rates from:  50USD

Black Horse Golf Course, 1 McClure Way
18 holes/Par 72/6396 yards. Built for the military in 1962, Black Horse opened to the public in 1997. Many of its holes have spectacular ocean views and it?s a great value.
Phone:  831.899.7271
Fax:  831.899.7169
Greens fees from:   64USD
Twilight rates from:  50USD

Soledad (Monterey Peninsula)
Estancia Estates Winery, 1775 Metz Road, 93960
Named "Top Estate Winery of 1999" by Wine & Spirits magazine, Estancia produces Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from three vineyards.
Phone:   707.967.2100
Fax:  707.967.2129
Hours:  Currently closed to the public

Hahn Estates/Smith & Hook Winery, 37700 Foothill Road, 93960
Hahn produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Chardonnay. Smith & Hook produces Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, Voignier, and Merlot.
Phone:  831.678.2132
Hours:  11AM to 4PM daily

LinCourt Vineyards, 1711 Alamo Pintado Road, 93463
Producing just 5,000 cases a year, LinCourt is Foley?s baby sister. Located on the grounds of an old dairy farm and their tasting room is in the restored farmhouse dating from the turn of the century. They produce Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Voignier, and Syrah. It?s a great place for a picnic and the wines are first rate.
Phone:  805.688.8554
Fax:  805.688.9327
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily
Tastings from:   5USD
Bottles of wine from:  14USD

Rideau Vineyard, 1562 Alamo Pintado Road
Located in the Alamo Pintado adobe dating from 1884, the Rideau tasting room is one of the most atmospheric in the Santa Ynez Valley. The home is furnished in the style of the period and it alone is worth a visit. Rideau produces award-winning Rhone-style wines including Vognier, Tempranillo, and Chateauneuf Cuvee.
Phone:  805.688.0717
Hours:  11AM to 4:30PM Friday through Sunday and by appointment
Tastings from:   10USD Includes souvenir glass

Cat Ballou , Av. Alvear 1702, Recoleta
Beautiful original fashions in yummy fabrics like crushed silk and velvet, hand dyed by the owners.
Phone:  11.4811.9792
Hours:  11AM to 8PM Monday through Friday; 10:30AM to 4:30PM Saturdays