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Clock­wise from top left: Clos Lachance vine­yard, Gizdich Ranch; Nita Gizdich’s fa­mous ap­ple pies; Clos Lachance win­ery; lime and salt for Vic­tor Palma’s tequila tast­ing; Phil Digiro­lamo’s fa­mous seafood stew; grapes on the vine at Clos Lachance vine­yard, Phil’s Fish Mar­ket; Vic­tor Palma

Cal­i­for­nia dream­ing While the cen­tre­piece of this beau­ti­ful re­sort is a cham­pi­onship golf course, the sur­round­ing 700 hectares of mead­ows, un­du­lat­ing hills, creeks and wa­ter­falls make it an ideal re­treat for cou­ples seek­ing a ro­man­tic hide­away in the north­ern Cal­i­for­nian coun­try­side. If you can bear leav­ing your sump­tu­ous hill­side bun­ga­low—ap­pointed with goose-down com­forters, orig­i­nal art­work, fire­place, whirlpool tub and sunny pa­tio over­look­ing the golf course—then lace up your sneak­ers and hit the hik­ing trails that me­an­der through the val­ley and rise into the foothills of the Santa Cruz Moun­tains. Pause for a tast­ing at the re­sort’s on-site win­ery and vine­yard, Clos Lachance, ad­ja­cent to the sixth hole. Lo­cated just 30 min­utes south of San Jose and 45 min­utes north of the Mon­terey Penin­sula, this hid­den gem is in the heart of wine coun­try, and the concierge can ar­range tours of other pop­u­lar vine­yards, plus lo­cal or­chards and fam­ily-run farms.

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