A short drive north of Santa Barbara, along scenic Pacific Coast Highway, lies the quaint town of Lompoc (pronounced Lom-poke). Known as the “City of Arts and Flowers”, it has more than 40 murals in its historic old town area and reigns as the nation’s top source of fresh cut flowers thanks to its mild, year-round Mediterranean climate and cool coastal breezes. That makes it perfect for extraordinary Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, too, with more than 30 wineries spread throughout the Sta. Rita Hills AVA wine appellation region. In town, The Wine Ghetto district offers dozens of boutique wine tasting rooms and dining options. La Purisima Mission State Historic Park features the most extensively restored mission in the state and gives a glimpse of life in the 1800s. Cycling is big, here, too. If the beach is more your thing you can get some vitamin sea at nearby Surf Beach, Wall Beach or Jalama Beach County Park. In the summer, the Lompoc flower fields are the stuff of Instagram legend.