4 Southern California weekend escapes
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( Kent Porter / Associated Press )
This wine country destination -- still usually mentioned with a reference to the movie "Sideways" -- can make for a fantastic getaway. If you like vino, you can while away the hours visiting tasting rooms in the little town and surrounding countryside. You'll also no doubt clock time at restaurants and galleries.
But you don't have to go high-end here, because camping is available in nearby Los Padres National Forest and Cachuma Lake Recreation Area. If you don't like the hotel prices in Los Olivos, check out what's offered in Solvang, about six miles south.
Distance from L.A.: 130 miles
Approximate drive time: Less than 2 1/2 hours
Costs: At Cachuma Lake, tent sites cost $20 a night, or you can spend $60 to $70 a night for a yurt (www.countyofsb.org/parks /parks05.aspx?id=13440). A sandwich at Los Olivos Café will set you back $12 to $15, plus tip and tax (2879 Grand Ave., Los Olivos;  946-3748, www.losolivoscafe).