Vacation escapes are harder and harder to come by these days-more difficult to pay for, seemingly more onerous to our Earth’s fragile ecology. But a new book can help fix all that, B.L. Homsy’s Green Getaways: A Guidebook for Families and Couples to Agricultural Activities on the California Central Coast. Author Homsy claims, “This small book demonstrates how eating local and being involved in agri-tourism can help reduce the carbon footprint of one’s diet, help educate our youngsters in the farm to table trail, and be a guide to getting back to nature. All in all, it explains how everyone can win!” The book offers write-ups of spots where you can hang with alpaca or tiptoe through the orchids, camp on farms that supply our farmers’ markets, or check out a goat dairy and witness artisanal cheese-making. See greengetawaysguide.com.