Los Angeles: Side Trips

Santa Ynez Valley

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Drive north two hours from L.A. for wine tasting in the Santa Ynez Valley, like they did in the movie Sideways. The restaurants in San Luis Obispo have gotten pretty good, and the wine — while not cheap — has gotten great. Eat at the Hitching Post II (just like in the movie) in Buellton and visit the beautiful Bridlewood Estate Winery. If you want a splurge, pick up a bottle of Whitcraft lagrein or Sea Smoke pinot noir.

On the way back, stop by Santa Barbara. It's a cute little beach town with rich people and a taco stand, La Super-Rica Taqueria, that was one of Julia Child's favorite restaurants.

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