California is always good for a scenic getaway. From wine to waves, head to these effortlessly cool locales this summer—plus my favorite activities in each city.

Head to Chinatown, as San Francisco’s most buzzed-about new dining hot spot, China Live, cannot be missed. An ambitious project by owner George Chen, China Live is a brilliant nod to both the city’s rich Chinese history, and northern California’s fixation on yummy farm-to-table dining. Yes, you read that right: this is a bustling Chinese restaurant that boasts organic produce and a menu that changes daily according to the freshest ingredients. China Live is also a cross between an open kitchen and an Eataly-esque food hall – diners are seated, but you can see the stations making your beautiful peking duck, dumplings, noodles, and more. Back to the peking duck: don’t miss it, or the signature “SJB” dumplings. Food like this deserves a wine list, and China Live has a great one, plus creative, top-of-the-line cocktails by the great Duggan McDonnell. For dessert: sesame soft serve with mango shaved ice and boba. – Huffington Post (04.01.17)