Living La Vida Lompoc

Living La Vida Lompoc

by Nicole Leonetti

I have been lucky enough to visit Lompoc a number of times in my never-ending search for wonderful wines. Recently, however, I was eager to take a deep dive into all things Lompoc, and am excited to report that, while the wine is indeed phenomenal, there is much more to Lompoc!

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Flower power: Santa Barbara International Orchid Show

Flower power: Santa Barbara International Orchid Show

Current show president Lauris Rose first remembers coming to this show as a little girl, when she snapped countless photos of the displays. The Santa Barbara native returned year after year, developing such a passion that she and her husband James eventually purchased the renowned Cal-Orchid Inc. Joining Lauris is Olivia Sorgman, who is taking over the reigns as the new show manager this year. Together, they’re bringing fresh ideas to engage the next generation of orchid lovers.

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Highway to Hops Central Coast Beer Festivals

Highway to Hops Central Coast Beer Festivals

By Mike Miller

California’s Central Coast is home to some of the best beer festivals on the planet. Widely known for its wineries, the Central Coast also offers a diverse range of beer, ciders, and spirits, and there are plenty of festivals and celebrations for them all. These celebrations offer a fun-packed day whether you are a true beer lover or a novice taster.

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Winter Wings

Winter Wings

By Michele Roest

Winter birdwatching on the Central Coast offers opportunities to see old favorites and spot new ones

When the days grow short and the weather turns cool, bird watchers look for migrating songbirds, shorebirds, and raptors to appear along California’s central and southern regions. Some remain for the winter, while others stay for just a few days before continuing further south to even milder climes. They need safe places to rest and feed while they gain strength for the next stretch of their migration. Some migrations are hundreds of miles in distance, while others may reach thousands of miles.

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Sipping in San Simeon

Sipping in San Simeon

History, wine, and nature on the Central Coast

Photos and story by Adam Nuñez

California’s Central Coast Highway 1 boasts some of the greatest sights in the entire country. Numerous idyllic beaches and forested mountains lay sprawled along this road with stopping points like Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Cambria. Travelers from far and wide flock to these destinations for the world-class wine and food. Wine enthusiasts, or really anyone who enjoys wine tasting and beautiful views, won’t want to miss a very special tasting room just 10 minutes north of Cambria. It’s the Hearst Ranch Winery in San Simeon located right on the William R. Hearst Memorial State Beach. It’s an ideal place for wine tasting or sharing a bottle with friends and family while soaking up the beach views directly in front of you. And by directly, I mean only about 20 yards from your comfy umbrella chair.

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Super Soak

Super Soak

Relaxation (and romance) at Avila’s Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort & Spa

For thousands of years, humans have known the healing properties of mineral hot springs. The ancient Egyptians and Romans lauded these natural wonders for their ability to soothe body aches, relax tension, and even revitalize skin and hair.

While the Central Coast has several natural hot springs, one of our favorites is Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort & Spa. This peaceful little slice of paradise sits on the hillside above Avila Beach, where oak and sycamore groves shade private tubs fed by hot mineral springs. Guests can rent a tub by the hour or choose to stay longer in one of many room options — all of which have their own private hot tubs on the patio or balcony. With a spa, restaurant, gorgeous grounds, and plenty of activities nearby, Sycamore Mineral Springs is great for a romantic getaway — or just a quick pit-stop on your drive on the 101.

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