Carmel escape: Heading to Carmel for a midweek getaway? The Vendange Carmel Inn's two-night "One Tank Wonder" package includes a $50 gift card to fill your gas tank and wine (to refuel you) through June 30. Also very cool: In addition to cottage suites and deluxe rooms, Vendange offers wine-themed rooms -- aided and abetted by 15 Monterey County wineries. Book the Ventana Vineyards room, for example, and you'll find the minibar tucked inside a Ventana wine barrel and stocked with vineyard snacks and, of course, Ventana wine. Make reservations at and click the "One Tank Wonder" button on the final page or call 831-624-6400.

Golf getaway: Rory McIlroy and 134 other top-ranked pro golfers will be playing at the Open from Oct. 6 to 12 at Napa's Silverado Resort, which Golfweek named one of the best resort courses last year. Starting July 1, Silverado will be offering a "Play Where the Pros Play" package ($539 and up) that includes a two-night stay, breakfast, two rounds of golf, golf lessons and golf schwag. Find details (and the fine print) at or call 707-257-0200.

-- J. Burrell, Staff