Cream of the Carp: A day in Carpinteria

Cream of the Carp: A day in Carpinteria

Carpinteria may just be one of California’s best kept secrets. Join Kerstin Kuhn as she explores the best of one of our favorite little beach towns along the Central Coast.
By Kerstin Kuhn

If there’s one thing California is renowned for across the globe, it’s the iconic coastline and laid-back beach lifestyle. From the rugged beauty of the Northern Coast to the legendary surf breaks of Southern California, our Golden State is a treasure trove of seaside attractions with dramatic cliffs, pristine beaches, and enchanting little beach towns dotted along the way.

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Lompoc: The Central Coast’s Best-Kept Wine Tasting Secret

Lompoc: The Central Coast’s Best-Kept Wine Tasting Secret

Story and photos by Katherine McMahon

Heading north just after the Gaviota Pass, State Route 1 splits from the California 101 to curve west, passing through serene valleys in the Santa Ynez Mountains and along Salsipuedes Creek to the City of Lompoc. Lompoc sits in its own valley surrounded on the north and west by Vandenberg Air Force Base. On the east side of the city is the Santa Rita Hills which contain some of the best grape growing conditions in the region. Yet when Lompoc was founded 150 years ago, it was established as a temperance colony where the manufacture, sale, and consumption of liquor was prohibited. Fortunately, that stage in Lompoc’s history didn’t last long and today there is a rich local wine culture. Part of what makes the area special for winemaking is the significant presence of diatomaceous earth, which is a white, rocky soil formed from ancient deposits of sea life, much the same way that Paso Robles is known for its calcareous soils. But what stood out for me on my visit to Lompoc was the devotion and passion of the artisans making wine.

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Cayucos

Cayucos

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Arroyo Grande

Arroyo Grande

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On the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail

On the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail

Story and photos by Katherine McMahon

Years ago when I worked in Beverly Hills, my best friend Stacy would convince me to escape to wine country on our days off. She was a lover of life, laughter, and good wine, and got me out of my shell when I just wanted to be a sloth at home. Together we would drive up Highway 101, stop for the night in the Santa Ynez Valley, and spend the next day driving country roads, visiting wineries all afternoon, and finish with dinner at the Hitching Post to talk about our favorite moments.

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Los Olivos

Los Olivos

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