Resort with Golf Course Overlooking Gibraltar of the Pacific
Known as the Gibraltar of the Pacific, Morro Rock rises from the shores of Morro Bay like the dorsal fin of an enormous beast. It’s 576 feet in height, and you can see its peak from the dunes surrounding the bay and from the golf course at Sea Pines Golf Resort, a charming hotel in a quiet seaside village. Two options in this Getaway include a golf package or a wine package, giving you a chance to explore the region's landscapes.
The golf option includes one day of unlimited golf for two with a cart. Each hole at Sea Pines Golf Course boasts stunning views of the estuary, Morro Rock, and the coastal dunes. The course also has a skills area—including a driving range, putting greens, and a chipping area—as well as the Clubhouse Grill, where you can enjoy a complimentary breakfast or lunch. The chefs craft classic American fare, including pancakes, sandwiches, and burgers.
Baileyana Winery in Edna Valley specializes in pinot noir, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, syrah, and zinfandel. With the tasting vouchers included in the wine package, you'll be able to sample some of these blends in the winery's hillside tasting room. A bottle of Sea Pines private-label wine and two souvenir glasses are also included.
After spending the day on the greens or in the vineyards, retire to a lodge room and enjoy views of Morro Bay.
Los Osos, California: Picturesque Fishing Town with Pristine Beaches
Los Osos is set along Highway 1, about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. This tranquil fishing village has miles of unspoiled and uncrowded beaches that serve as prime launching points for sailing, surfing, and kayaking adventures. The climate is similar to that of the Mediterranean, which accounts for all the wineries as well as a thriving olive-oil industry. You can sample both at one of several tasting rooms.
Hearst Castle, located in nearby San Simeon, sits on a 250,000-acre estate that once belonged to newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst. The extravagant design took more than 30 years and $10 million to bring into being. Today, you can tour the rooms, cottages, and kitchens and leaf through Hearst's leather-bound sudoku books.
There are a number of vineyards in the Edna Valley open for tours. One of them, Baileyana Winery, boasts five labels and is located less than 13 miles from the Pacific Ocean—one of the best spots in the state to grow grapes for chardonnay and pinot noir.