For a one-horse town, Los Alamos, Calif. (population 1,890), has an impressive assortment of art galleries, antiques shops and tasty restaurants. The picturesque community, near the Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara County, also has two fun wine-tasting rooms that offer a breezy respite from those in nearby tourist-clogged wine towns.
The 1880 Union Hotel (362 Bell St.;  344-2744, http://www.1880unionhotel.com; rooms for two, from $105) was built in 1880 as a stagecoach stop — and it looks as if it hasn't changed much since. Each of its 14 rooms has its own cozy country-home design scheme; some have sinks only, with bathrooms down the hall. The hotel also has a lovely back garden, a sitting room worthy of your finest smoking jacket and a rowdy saloon with a pool table.
There are two must-eat restaurants in Los Alamos: Full of Life Flatbread (225 W. Bell St.;  344-4400, http://www.fulloflifefoods.com; no single item more than $25) and Bell Street Farm (406 Bell St.;  344-4609, http://www.bellstreetfarm.com; no single item more than $14.50). The former, an organic frozen flatbread-pizza maker during the day, transforms into a restaurant four nights a week (5-10 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, and 4- 8 p.m. Sundays) when it serves up a fine menu of flatbreads and other entrees made from local, seasonal ingredients. Waits can be as long as two hours, so arrive early. The latter is a lovely market/restaurant serving delectable sandwiches, salads and rotisserie chicken (10 a.m-6 p.m. Fridays-Mondays).