Elevated spirits.

SOUTHERN California PROVES ONCE Again IT’S MORE THAN JUST A GORGEOUS Coastline, SO DON’T MISS THIS BESPOKE CHOCOLATE ATELIER, DYNAMIC ART EXHIBIT OR SPRAWLING WINERY ESTATE. BUT DON’T FORGET TO PACK YOUR SUIT, JUST IN CASE!

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MORAGA WINERY

Nestled on 16 acres in the Santa Monica Mountains is one of Los Angeles’ most beloved wineries, Moraga Estate. Proprietors and native California’s Tom and Ruth Jones have cultivated these grounds to perfection, ensuring everything is properly managed and delicately raised. A tour of this vast estate is sure to leave you awe-struck by its rolling grape fields and juxtaposition of the untamed and manicured landscape.

PINK LADY

Coined the jewel of La Jolla,

La Valencia Hotel lives up to its reputation, boasting big, glorious views of the Pacific Ocean and old-world charm. This 112-room boutique hotel is perched on Prospect Street minutes from downtown La Jolla and steps from the majestic coastline. Indulge in one of the ocean villa suites and cocktails at La Sala.

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SENSE OF HUMOR

Launching this summer at the famed Laguna Art Museum, «Faux Real» is an exhibit that mimics reality with a playful point of view expressed through sculpture. Composed of off-beat materials and unlikely subject matters, this installation—formed by a multitude of artists—cleverly brings to light ordinary objects conveyed as art through illusionist, as shown here. This is a definite do-not-miss, on display through September 29.

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SWEET TOOTH

The Frosted Petticoat doesn’t make your ordinary chocolate. They whip up inventive creations with the usual suspects (cocoa, sugar, milk) but add a pinch of whimsy. This L.A. sweet shop was created in homage to sugary tastemakers like Willy Wonka with a dash of Marie Antoinette thrown in for good measure. These quirky chocolate showpieces are often too pretty to eat, but if you do cave to temptation, it’s impossible to stop at just one…trust us!

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