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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
SANTA YNEZ VALLEY, CALIFORNIA -- There's literally something for everyone!
Nestled in picturesque Central California and dotted with numerous vineyards, the SANTA YNEZ VALLEY was featured prominently in the 2004 movie "Sideways" which not only engaged wine-lovers and romantics alike, but which also became synonymous with quintessential California wine touring.
Vineyards and Vistas reprinted with permission
The beauty of the Santa Ynez Valley lies in its many enchanting wineries -- some of which are housed in replicas of opulent European chateaux and villas -- and in its magnificent countryside which provides views of vistas from the inland valley to the Pacific Ocean. It's the perfect destination for an extended relaxing trip, and also boasts of wonderful restaurants, rustic small towns, and unique shopping opportunities.
Olive Oil Tasting reprinted with permission
While in the Valley, you can also discover the charm of the town of Los Olivos with its "Old West" main street where you can visit an olive oil maker to sample many varieties of unique olive oils. Our personal favourite is the walnut-flavoured olive oil with its smooth, buttery taste.
There is also the town of Santa Ynez known for its "Old West" architecture. It is in stark contrast to the quaint village of Solvang settled just over 100 years ago by Danish educators and pastors. Solvang is the perfect "base" from which to take day trips to regional wineries, some of which are sustainable vineyards.
Taking scenic Hwy 154 southeast from Solvang winds through landscapes dotted with both miniature and thoroughbred horse farms and vineyards down to beautiful, sophisticated Santa Barbara known for its red-tiled roofs and Spanish architecture, its world-class art museum, fabulous regional cuisine, gorgeous beach, historic Spanish Mission, and its numerous local artisan shops and galleries. Restaurants offer outstanding dining experiences featuring fresh produce from nearby sustainable growers and often coupled with award-winning varietals from local area wineries, including (but not limited to!) Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Merlot.
With a moderate climate, beautiful scenery and peaceful country living, it’s no wonder the Santa Ynez Valley has become a favourite destination of our travelers over the years.