My partner and I are travelling from Australia to the US in January 2013 and need some help regarding California. We've got 3 nights in Santa Monica sorted out, and then have another 3 nights to go where we please before having to be back in LA to fly out to New York on the 16th. I know California is a big state so don't want to spend all our time driving (will hire a car). Any suggestions for a short 3 day trip from Santa Monica? Interested in the wine region if possible. No kids. Thanks.