Luxury suites, vineyards and a winery vie for star billing at this relaxing SoCal retreat.
Between Los Angeles and San Diego (closer to the latter), Carter Estate Winery and Resort makes a dazzling first impression. The sprawling gated property greets guests with a beautiful setting defined by scenic vineyards and luxuriant landscaping. Jim Carter, the owner and resident vintner, has created a true oasis for wine lovers here. All of the 42 charming Mediterranean-style bungalow suites feature elegant décor, marble bathrooms with soaking tubs, premium mattresses sheathed in high-end bedding, and private decks or balconies (the perfect spot to relax and drink in the Southern California sunshine while sipping a tasty red or white varietal). Visitors can while away a pleasant day without ever having to leave the property. First, a dip and some cabana time by the pool, followed by customized al fresco spa treatments, then sampling the award-winning Carter Estate wines in the tasting room. For meals, guests can feast on organic “field-to-fork” California fare in the comfort of their own suites or at the Vineyard Grill; many dishes showcase ingredients grown in a two-acre garden right on-site.