Glass in Moss Landing & Elkhorn Slough


Interesting jewelry, homeware and bowls from a well-regarded Californian glass company founded more than 30 years ago. Free studio tours run at 1:30pm from Thursday to Sunday, and Pour & Tour wine tasting ($10) …
Food & Drinks in Paso Robles


Located on a pleasantly winding back road in Paso Robles wine country, Pasolivo's olive-oil tasting room features bold and earthy oils flavored with basil, citrus and rosemary. The laid-back ranch-style surroundings…
Food & Drinks in Moss Landing & Elkhorn Slough

Martinelli's Company Store Tasting Room

Drop into Martinelli's for excellent apple juices and (non-alcoholic) ciders, and learn about the company's interesting local heritage. In cooler weather, the mulled spiced cider is a brilliant way to warm up. The t…
Food in Paso Robles

Paso Robles General Store

Stock up on picnic provisions such as California-made pistachio butter, fresh local baguettes, fruit jams and more, plus home goods like lavender soap. Many of the products are locally sourced, organic and sustainab…
Food & Drinks in Monterey

Wharf Marketplace

Inside an old railway station, this gourmet-food emporium carries bountiful farm goodness, artisanal products and wine from Monterey County and beyond. It's a good spot for a leisurely breakfast, too.
Art in Monterey

Monterey Peninsula Art Foundation Gallery

Taking over a cozy sea-view house, more than 30 local artists sell plein-air paintings and sketches alongside contemporary works in all media.
Books in Monterey

Old Capitol Books

Tall shelves of new, used and antiquarian books, including rare first editions, California titles and John Steinbeck's works.
Books in Santa Cruz

Bookshop Santa Cruz

Vast selection of new books, a few used ones, popular and unusual magazines, and ‘Keep Santa Cruz Weird’ bumper stickers.
Food in Santa Cruz

Donnelly Fine Chocolates

The Willy Wonka of Santa Cruz makes stratospherically priced chocolates on par with the big city. Try the cardamom or chipotle truffles. Pricey, but worth it we reckon.
Arts & Crafts in San Luis Obispo

Hands Gallery

Brightly lit downtown shop sells vibrant contemporary pieces by California artisans, including jewelry, fiber arts, sculptures, ceramics and blown glass.