Double Take: San Luis Obispo vs. Humboldt
Face-off: San Luis Obispo vs. Humboldt
LEFT: San Luis Obispo: Hip and scenic, the home of gorgeous white wines
RIGHT: Humboldt: Redwoods-rich and funky, the land of robust reds
Sip and Buy
San Luis Obispo, Left: In a cozy cluster of more than 30 wineries, Peloton Cellars and Sinor-LaVallee are nearest the water. Use Slo Wine Country's interactive map to plan your adventure.
Humboldt, Right: Briceland Vineyards' award-winning wines (and charming digs) are well worth the twisty drive from Highway 101; 707-923-2429.
Taste the Best
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.
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.
Sleep it Off
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.