Wine and food lovers know Napa Valley—but since September is California Wine Month, try this more affordable alternative. Redeem American, British Airways Avios, or Delta miles to fly into San Luis Obispo. From almost anywhere along the West Coast, it is only 10,000 United miles each way, and a flight from LAX only costs 7,500 American miles or Avios points each way. From there, it’s a super-short drive to La Bellasera, a luxury hotel that can be booked via Rocket Miles (ideal for scoring bonus miles).

Make this your home base to explore the city’s numerous area wineries, such as Calcareous Vineyards, San Antonio Winery, and Jada Vineyard and Winery, with Uncorked Wine Tours. Foodies can busy themselves at places like Fromagerie Sophie and Limerick Orchards, whose walnut oil is used in cooking and beauty products. After filling your reusable grocery bags, use all your ingredients at Refugio Kitchen where you can learn to prepare a full meal to pair with the region’s excellent wine.

If you have always dreamed of foot stomping grapes, a la “I Love Lucy,” be sure to visit during Harvest Wine Weekend in mid-October.

When making a purchase, always consider the credit card you use. Chase Sapphire Preferred and Citi Prestige offer double points for dining while Citi Prestige also offers double points for entertainment. It all depends upon how the business is classified with the credit card company.

Article written by:  Ramsey Qubein

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