Surf culture rules in SoCal, but there are also gorgeous hiking trails. Scaling the 6,140-foot Mt. Palomar requires a 13-mile climb.
Stay: Yoga instructors are on call all day at the Sofia Hotel, but those who seek a place for midnight meditation can hit the hotel's yoga studio 24/7.
Eat: Top Chef finalist Brian Malarkey opened the 7,000-square-foot, farmhouse-inspired Searsucker in 2010, serving dishes like chicken with smoked corn, snap peas and carrots.