San Luis Obispo, Left: Alice Waters protégé Brian Collins is lighting up the scene at Ember, his off-the-beaten-path spot with a wood-fired grill that highlights local bounty; 805-474-7700. Humboldt, Right:Folie Douce pours from local wineries and pulls from local waters, like Humboldt Bay oysters with horseradish, lemon sorbet, and edible flowers; 707-822-1042.
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San Luis Obispo, Left: Guadalupe/Nipomo Dunes are perfect for windswept strolling (and played the sands of Egypt in the film The Ten Commandments). Humboldt, Right: You could spend a week roaming redwood country, but if you're tight for time, check out Elk Prairie and Gold Bluffs Beach, both in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.
5 of 5Photo: Courtesy of Chris Leschinsky/Summerwood Winery & Inn; Courtesy of Matthew Lovette/Jumping Rocks, Inc.
San Luis Obispo, Left: SummerWood Winery & Inn has a demonstration kitchen and offers 20% off for wine club members. Rates start at $300; 805-227-1111. Humboldt, Right: The lovely Carter House Inns also has a great restaurant that features Humboldt County wines. Rates start at $209; 800-404-1390.