Why it’s so great: Perfect weather, unspoiled beaches, and... um, do you really need more than that? Encinitas is all about the 1960s beach culture vibe, but even if you’re not grabbing your board to hit Swami’s (the most popular surf break), you’ll still find plenty to do, like swimming, beach volleyball, paddle boarding, barbecuing beachside, or lighting up a bonfire after dark. You’ll also want to hit up Lou’s Records if music stores are your jam.
Must-eat foods: The shrimp, bacon, and chorizo taco from Bull Taco and a breakfast burrito from Pipes Cafe.
Why it’s so great: Everyone loves to go to Napa, but the cool kids know that when it comes to wine country, Healdsburg’s where it’s at. This small town has everything you could want within walking distance, PLUS amazing wineries just a short drive away. While you’re there, reserve a cabana by the pool and play bocce at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery. And, if you’re up for it, bike one of the wine-cycling loops.
Must-eat foods: Go to Spoonbar for farm-to-bar cocktails, Barndiva for crispy Sonoma duck leg on the patio, and Healdsburg Bar & Grill for its famous burger.