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Shopping is a major pastime in the village. Boutique owners are hypersavvy about keeping their merchandise current -- and priced just a hair lower than in L.A. or San Francisco. This close-knit community has always attracted artists and artisans. For the finest handcrafted glass artworks, from affordable jewelry to investment-scale sculpture, head to Seekers Collection & Gallery, 4090 Burton Dr. (tel. 800/841-5250; www.seekersglass.com). Nearby, at Moonstones Gallery, 4070 Burton Dr. (tel. 800/424-3827; www.moonstones.com), you'll find a selection of works ranging from woven crafts to jewelry and an exceptional collection of woodcarvings and other crafts. The shopping highlight of the West Village is Home Arts, 727 Main St. (tel. 805/927-2781; www.home-arts.com), which offers an appealingly eclectic mix of country and contemporary home fashions and gifts. Fermentations, 4056 Burton Dr. (tel. 800/446-7505; www.fermentations.com), has wines, wine accessories, and gifts, plus Wine Country gourmet goodies open for tasting. Heart's Ease, 4101 Burton Dr. (tel. 805/927-5224), is inside a historic cottage and is packed with an abundance of garden delights, apothecary herbs, and custom-blended potpourris.

If Cambria has aroused your artistic instincts, a few miles south is another tiny artists' colony, called Harmony.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.