California Day Trips: Exploring Agua Dulce

Agua Dulce is a town in the Sierra Pelona Valley region just outside Los Angeles. While it’s less than an hour from the city, a visit here feels like a real escape. With its farms and ranches, rustic town center, and famed jagged rocks all surrounded by rolling hills, you’ll feel like you’re a world away.

Here’s your guide for what to do on a day trip in Agua Dulce, California.

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Above: Vineyard at Agua Dulce Winery

Go wine tasting

Make your way to Agua Dulce Winery to get a taste of the local vino. They specialize in red wines, but there are plenty of varietals for any sort of palate. They offer a tour which takes you into the cellar where you taste straight from the barrel and learn about the operations of the winery. (The tours do require a reservation, so make sure to book ahead of time.) If a tour isn’t for you, just post up in the tasting room and try what they’re pouring. They also host a variety of events, such as summer concerts, wine and painting night, and a Lucy look alike contest. With 90 acres of property, there’s plenty of room to roam. Grab some snacks in the gift shop, say hi to the llamas, play horseshoes, and enjoy the wine.

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Above: The wine cellar at Agua Dulce Winery

Visit the town

Be sure to make a pit stop in town. Right along Agua Dulce Canyon Road you’ll find a small selection of restaurants and shops. Peruse the wares at Bullwinkel’s Gifts and Antiques. They have a variety of lovely vintage pieces in addition to new items. Grab lunch next door at Sweetwater Bar & Grill. The friendly staff and comfort food will help refuel you for the rest of your journey.

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Explore nature

Agua Dulce is surrounded by natural beauty. There are a number of hiking trails near town, including the Pacific Crest Trail, which runs all the way from Mexico to Canada. It’s also home to Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park, an area of more than 900 acres and home to jagged rock formations. The rocks have been featured in a wide variety of movies and television shows, from The Flintstones to Star Trek. Take a trip to the rocks for a nice hike and a piece of Hollywood history.

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When you’re looking for a quick escape from LA, head on up to Agua Dulce. Its old west atmosphere, natural beauty, and abundance of wine will have you feeling relaxed in no time.

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