Take the 101 Northbound for about 3 hours out of town. This turns into Highway 1 when you reach the ocean. When you reach Highway 46 it leads to Cambria and Hearst Castle. Along Highway 46 there are about 5-6 great wineries where you can sample some really good stuff. (If you had gone on the 46 east, there are more wineries but not the best IMO) Stay on the 46 west until you reach Cambria. This is a small town surrounded by pine trees and right next to the beach, which is covered in black sand and gigantic pieces of driftwood. Some pieces are the whole damn tree! I just spent a few days up there. The weather was perfect. If your eye catches it, there is a Firestone micro brewery right before you get to Highway 46 on your right hand side. Good stuff. Make sure to get the "sampler", which consists of 4 different brews they make. About $5/set. When you turn in your "paddle", you get a free pint glass to take home. Make sure to bring a fine woman with you.
When in Cambria, stop by Caren's Corner for some awesome ice cream.