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El Capitan Canyon, 11560 Calle Real, Santa Barbara; (805) 685-3887, This 300-acre refuge, 20 miles north of Santa Barbara, is outfitted with cedar cabins and canvas safari tents. There's also a restaurant and store. From April through November, most cabins are $225-$355 a night, safari tents $155. Rates drop $10-$40 December-March.

Ocean Mesa at El Capitan, 100 El Capitan Terrace Lane, Santa Barbara; (805) 879-5751, Bring your own tent or RV; it supplies the heated swimming pool and laundry room. 20 tent sites $40-$50; 80 RV sites $70-$90.

Cold Spring Tavern, 5995 Stagecoach Road, Santa Barbara; (805) 967-0066, Dinner main dishes $21.50-$31.

Greenhouse Bistro, 487 Atterdag Road, Solvang; (805) 688-8408, Lunches up to $13.50.

Succulent Café & Trading Co., 1555 Mission Drive, Solvang; (805) 691-9235, Lunches top out at $11.50. Dinner main dishes $18-$26.

Old Mission Santa Inés, 1760 Mission Drive, Solvang; (805) 688-4815, Admission $5 for a self-guided tour.

Mirabelle Inn & Restaurant, 409 1st St., Solvang; (805) 688-1703, Eleven rooms and suites, many with fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. Breakfast is included. The restaurant serves dinner Thursdays through Sundays. Rooms for two usually $185-$295.

Hamlet Inn, 1532 Mission Drive, Solvang; (805) 688-4413, Formerly the Hamlet Motel, this hip spot went Danish Modern and added free bikes. Fifteen units, $79-$199.

PCPA Theaterfest (a.k.a. the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts), 1100 S. Bradley Road, Santa Maria, and 420 2nd St., Solvang; (805) 922-8313, Live theater in Santa Maria and Solvang, depending on the season.

Hitching Post II, 406 E. Highway 246, Buellton; (805) 688-0676, Dinner only. Main dishes $22.95-$49.95.

Figueroa Mountain Brewing, 45 Industrial Way, Buellton; (805) 694-2252, Beer samplers for $6, pints for $5.

Pea Soup Andersen's Inn, 51 E. Highway 246; Buellton; (805) 688-3216, Ninety-seven rooms, heated pool, putting green. Rooms for two $69-$149; family suite $99-$169.

Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort, 1054 Alisal Road, Solvang; (805) 688-6411, All rates include breakfast and dinner. Rooms and suites $515-$680 a night, plus $55-$85 for each child age 3 or older, plus12% service charge. Two-night minimum.

Los Olivos Wine Merchant Café, 2879 Grand Ave., Los Olivos; (805) 688-7265, Nice big spinach salad for lunch. Dinner main dishes $14-$28. Wine list: 37 pages.

Jedlicka's Saddlery, 2883 Grand Ave., Los Olivos; (805) 688-2626, Hats, boots, shirts, saddles, etc.

Artisans' Gallery, 2432 Alamo Pintado Ave., Los Olivos; (805) 452-2128, Art and crafts in a charming shed.

Wildling Museum, 2928 San Marcos Ave., Los Olivos; (805) 688-1082, Outdoorsy art.

Quicksilver Ranch, 1555 Alamo Pintado Road, Solvang; (805) 686-4002, Miniature horses.

Rusack Vineyards, 1819 Ballard Canyon Road, Solvang; (805) 688-1278, Tasting room open daily 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tasting $9.

Sides Hardware & Shoes, 2375 Alamo Pintado Ave., Los Olivos; (805) 688-4820, Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tuesdays through Sundays. Dinner main dishes $18-$28.

Ballard Inn & Restaurant, 2436 Baseline Ave., Ballard; (805) 688-7770, 15 rooms, individually themed, $245-$315 a night. Restaurant offers dinner Wednesdays-Sundays. Main dishes from about $30.

Santa Ynez Inn, 3627 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez; (805) 688-5588, Twenty rooms in a modern building with Victorian trappings, priced $225-$495.

ForFriends Inn (formerly Edison Street Inn), 1121 Edison St., Santa Ynez; (805) 693-0303, Seven units in three buildings, including a Water Tower suite. Rates $250-$295.

Full of Life Flatbread Pizza, 225 W. Bell St., Los Alamos; (805) 344-4400, Organic pizzas. Open for dinner Thursdays-Sundays. Main dishes $14-$25.

Bell Street Farm Eatery & Market, 406 Bell St., Los Alamos; (805) 344-4609, Sandwiches, salads, sweets up to $12.50. Picnic baskets, wine-tasting, kitchen products. Open Fridays-Mondays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Café Quackenbush, 458 Bell St., Los Alamos; (805) 344-5181, Breakfast, soups, salads, sandwiches. Main dishes $9.95-$21.95. Adjoins the Art Brut Gallery.

1880 Union Hotel, 362 Bell St., Los Alamos; (805) 344-2744, Fourteen historic rooms, creaky floors, vintage lobby, restaurant and saloon. Rooms for two $135-$215, more for a suite.

Skyview Motel, 9150 U.S. Highway 101, Los Alamos; (805) 344-3770, Thirty-two rooms, pool. Rooms for two $75-$85.

Jalama Beach County Park, 9999 Jalama Road, Lompoc; (805) 736-3504, Beach, camping, general store and grill serving breakfast and lunch, including beloved burgers. Admission $10 a vehicle (unless you stay less than an hour and eat at the store). Campsites $20-$40. Cabins $100-$200 night a night.

Wine Ghetto, 1501-1597 E. Chestnut Ave. and nearby, Lompoc; Nineteen tasting rooms, most of them open Thursdays-Sundays, but no restaurants.

La Purisima Mission State Historic Park, 2295 Purisima Road, Lompoc; (805) 733-3713, Admission $6 per vehicle.

Foxen Winery & Vineyard, 7600 Foxen Canyon Road, Santa Maria; (805) 937-4251, Solar-powered winery and tasting room open daily 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A $10 tasting includes five wines. Foxen also does tasting at 7200 Foxen Canyon Road.

Hitching Post; 3325 Point Sal Road, Casmalia; (805) 937-6151, Steaks $25-$46, more for lobster.

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