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      01-30-2011, 06:28 PM   #1
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Ideas Needed for a Long Weekend in SoCal

My girlfriend and I are coming to LA next week from Thursday to Sunday for a long weekend before a conference I'll be attending the week after.

We were hoping to get out and do some relaxing. Maybe get out to some wine country. I don't know what's within reasonable driving distance from LA though. Any help or ideas are greatly appreciated.

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      01-30-2011, 06:32 PM   #2
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temecula has a nice wine country feel. not too far from la either maybe 1.25 hour south.
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If your into wine and wine tasting I live in a town called Solvang. Its a huge wine area the Chumash Casino is also here as well. Its a cool little town perfect for couples get aways.
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If your into wine and wine tasting I live in a town called Solvang. Its a huge wine area the Chumash Casino is also here as well. Its a cool little town perfect for couples get aways.
This is a good getaway place, nice wine area around Solvang and north of Santa Barbara. Fun driving roads if you have your own car. Really a lovely area.
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I would highly reccomend Santa Barbara or Laguna. No wineries in Laguna but it's super nice, high end, and close to Newport in case you need some more action.

Santa Barbara is absolutly gorgeous and some pretty good wineries within a 15-20 min drive of the city. if you go to SB, and have the means, stay at the Four Seasons Biltmore or Bacara.
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If your into wine and wine tasting I live in a town called Solvang. Its a huge wine area the Chumash Casino is also here as well. Its a cool little town perfect for couples get aways.
Santa Barbara and the surounding area would make for a great weekend.
Great wineries, great restaurants, nice back country roads.
You have to eat at the Los Olivos Cafe at least once.
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      01-31-2011, 05:50 AM   #7
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MAJOR +1 for Solvang and Santa Barbara! its a must if you're into scenary, wine, culture, beach, mountains, country roads etc etc!!!!
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take a tent if you are planning to stay somewhere..that is quite adventurous...
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+1 For Santa Ynez wine country. We've been going there for years. Excellent wineries including Babcock, Foxen and Hitching Post. Fun back country roads with a great drive along Lake Cachuma. We like Hotel Corque which is convenient to town.
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^^next time you head up this way shoot me a buzz maybe we can meet up.
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Thanks a bunch for all the ideas. This definitely gives us something to go on. If anyone has anything else, feel free to chime in.
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temecula... sorry but, lulz
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if you're going to hit up Temecula, you might as well go a little more south and visit the San Diego area as well. I heart SD
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+1 For Santa Ynez wine country. We've been going there for years. Excellent wineries including Babcock, Foxen and Hitching Post. Fun back country roads with a great drive along Lake Cachuma. We like Hotel Corque which is convenient to town.
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if you're going to hit up Temecula, you might as well go a little more south and visit the San Diego area as well. I heart SD
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Thanks again for all the info. We're booked at a B&B in Santa Barbara. I'm pumped! Looks like the weather will be decent. Much warmer than here in Denver. -2 Degrees right now.

I want to try and check out Solvang one day if possible. If anyone has any suggestions on restaurants, wineries or other activities in the area, I'm all ears. We have nothing planned at this point. I'm looking into Babcock, Foxen and Hitching Post.
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If your gonna go all the way to Temecula like others had said, mite as well come down here to San Diego.

I love living down here.
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Thanks again for all the info. We're booked at a B&B in Santa Barbara. I'm pumped! Looks like the weather will be decent. Much warmer than here in Denver. -2 Degrees right now.

I want to try and check out Solvang one day if possible. If anyone has any suggestions on restaurants, wineries or other activities in the area, I'm all ears. We have nothing planned at this point. I'm looking into Babcock, Foxen and Hitching Post.
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