Blow everyone off and go to wine country

Tired of fighting crowds in malls, sparring for parking spaces and fielding phone calls from relatives you’re trying to dodge? Here’s an idea: just leave. Seriously-pack a bag, lock the door and get out of town for a while. Sonoma, CA is calling, and I’m willing to bet that wine country is much more appealing than the local big box store.

If you need a glass of wine to take the edge off this holiday season, tour a vineyard, stuff your face with cheese, and dash over to the ocean to see the seals barking. If you need a little help relaxing, visit one of the countless spas in and around Sonoma. Depending on your timing, you can still pick up some cheap seats. Right now, New York to San Francisco (which is about 30 miles from Sonoma) will set you back only around $400.