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Got two hours? Drive north of Los Angeles to a little one-horse town called Los Alamos and you’ll be in a different, wonderful, wine-soaked world. It’s our latest discovery for a no-pressure, all-pleasure weekend.

Home to rows of grapes we’d never heard of (Mourvèdre, where have you been all our lives?), casual tasting rooms, a street full of antiques shops and a funky motel with a fire-pit cocktail hour, Los Alamos is pretty much our idea of heaven. Check out your itinerary here.


Stay at the Alamo Motel, a charming ’50s-era spot with rooms that have been renovated in clean, modernist bleached wood and brass lights. Lounge in an Adirondack chair next to the fire pit and listen to the DJ spin tunes while sampling the latest vintage.

425 Bell St.; 805-344-2852 or


Sign up for a plein air painting class from Gypsy Studios, a full-service art studio on wheels that takes students to vineyards and scenic coastal overlooks for two-hour classes.

805-990-2105 or


Stop in at the Casa Dumetz vineyard and tasting room and have a glass or two of the well-regarded Rhone varietals created by owners Sonja Magdevski and her husband, Emilio Estevez. We’re partial to the blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre grapes.

388 Bell St.; 805-344-1900 or


Next-level food isn’t what you expect from a converted country store with an inviting front porch. But that’s what you’ll get at Full of Life Flatbread. Start with the chicory-and-radish salad with house-cured speck, wild boar and Scotch egg with beetroot catsup.

225 W. Bell St.; 805-344-4400 or


Poke through a selection of funky art, vintage lighting and old farm equipment at Gentleman Farmer. Ask to see the selection of canine art to add to your gallery wall.

363 Bell St.; 805-344-4111 or

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