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Best Wineries to Visit
These are the vineyards to visit with a tasting room and a beautiful venue to sip one, that are all close by.
You can sit outside and sip their amazing rose, and even purchase cheese and crackers, while gazing off into the unadulterated hills filled with grapes and cows.
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Rusack Vineyards
1819 Ballard Canyon Road
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You can sit outside and sip their amazing rose, and even purchase cheese and crackers, while gazing off into the unadulterated hills filled with grapes and cows.
This wine tasting is in their 'cellar' setting and so it's a nice break on a hot day, and their wines are fabulous.
Gainey Vineyard
3950 California 246
This wine tasting is in their 'cellar' setting and so it's a nice break on a hot day, and their wines are fabulous.
In Los Olivos. They support local viticulture and honor old world wines that have naturally high acidity and are not masked by many of the modern day manipulations, plus, their tasting room is ALSO an amazing homegoods boutique in case you’d like to take a little somethin’ home with you. Note: Anavo Farm guests will receive a 2 for 1 tasting card, placed near your complimentary bottle of wine and the Welcome platter of cookies.
Liquid Farm Tasting Room
2445 Alamo Pintado Ave
In Los Olivos. They support local viticulture and honor old world wines that have naturally high acidity and are not masked by many of the modern day manipulations, plus, their tasting room is ALSO an amazing homegoods boutique in case you’d like to take a little somethin’ home with you. Note: Anavo Farm guests will receive a 2 for 1 tasting card, placed near your complimentary bottle of wine and the Welcome platter of cookies.
Carhartt Vineyard
2990 Grand Avenue
Epiphany Cellars
2974 Grand Ave
Best Places to Eat
This is a short list of the best places to eat, because let's face it, besides drinking good wine, eating good food is everything!
This is the quintessential restaurant of Los Olivos, and yes it was the one in Sideways movie where they went through a LOT of bottles. The food is quite nice, the service is fantastic, and their front patio is filled with good vibes.
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Los Olivos Wine Merchant Cafe
2879 Grand Ave
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This is the quintessential restaurant of Los Olivos, and yes it was the one in Sideways movie where they went through a LOT of bottles. The food is quite nice, the service is fantastic, and their front patio is filled with good vibes.
Over the top amazing food in the charming little cowboy town of Santa Ynez. The chef hails from Italy and his fares are all exquisite yet simple. And don't miss out the bread starter which is made by the infamous Bob of Bob's Well Bread.... it is to die for!
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S.Y. Kitchen
1110 Faraday Street
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Over the top amazing food in the charming little cowboy town of Santa Ynez. The chef hails from Italy and his fares are all exquisite yet simple. And don't miss out the bread starter which is made by the infamous Bob of Bob's Well Bread.... it is to die for!
This is a great place for satisfying lunch or dinner, in the heart of Solvang. Sit on the front porch for people watching.
Solvang Brewing Company
1547 Mission Drive
This is a great place for satisfying lunch or dinner, in the heart of Solvang. Sit on the front porch for people watching.
If you love local meat & seafood and/or flatbread pizza made in the open ovens, this place is more than worth the 17 minute drive.
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Industrial Eats
181 Industrial Way
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If you love local meat & seafood and/or flatbread pizza made in the open ovens, this place is more than worth the 17 minute drive.
First & Oak
409 1st St
The Baker’s Table in Santa Ynez is a wonderful place for pastries and to-die-for quiche.
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The Baker's Table
3563 Numancia Street
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The Baker’s Table in Santa Ynez is a wonderful place for pastries and to-die-for quiche.
A great place for lunch is the “Hitching Post 2” in Buellton. They have a sweet BBQ & picnic area (and of course, wine tastings but the wine isn’t that great). They even have a Beyond Meat™ burger, and it’s pretty fab. You can sit and overlook the fields of ostriches and Santa Barbara mountains.
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Hitching Post 2
406 East Highway 246
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A great place for lunch is the “Hitching Post 2” in Buellton. They have a sweet BBQ & picnic area (and of course, wine tastings but the wine isn’t that great). They even have a Beyond Meat™ burger, and it’s pretty fab. You can sit and overlook the fields of ostriches and Santa Barbara mountains.
If you’re up for a very scenic 20-minute drive to Los Alamos: Bob’s Bread… but go early on the weekends, it’s very popular. (Los Alamos is a fantastically funky little cowboy town often featured in Sunset Magazine. Allow time to stroll around the vintage shops and little galleries, as well as check out the Union Hotel - it’s been operating since 1880 when it really was cowboys on the range, packing pistols.)
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Bob's Well Bread Bakery
550 Bell Street
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If you’re up for a very scenic 20-minute drive to Los Alamos: Bob’s Bread… but go early on the weekends, it’s very popular. (Los Alamos is a fantastically funky little cowboy town often featured in Sunset Magazine. Allow time to stroll around the vintage shops and little galleries, as well as check out the Union Hotel - it’s been operating since 1880 when it really was cowboys on the range, packing pistols.)
Another great lunch place is called Petros, and it’s in the heart of Solvang. It offers a light Greek fare, and a nice outdoor patio for people watching.
Petros Kafe Solvang
2860 Grand Ave
Another great lunch place is called Petros, and it’s in the heart of Solvang. It offers a light Greek fare, and a nice outdoor patio for people watching.
Right down the street from Anavo Farm is the Ballard Inn’s “Gathering Table,” which lays claim to nationally-renowned Chef Budi Kazali who artistically melds Asian and French cuisine. He and his team work hard to feature seasonal, locally sourced produce.
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Ballard Inn & Gathering Table
2436 Baseline Avenue
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Right down the street from Anavo Farm is the Ballard Inn’s “Gathering Table,” which lays claim to nationally-renowned Chef Budi Kazali who artistically melds Asian and French cuisine. He and his team work hard to feature seasonal, locally sourced produce.
Fun things to do
If you are looking for additional things to do besides wine taste, here are some ideas!
Go taste some olive oils, made hyper locally!
Global Gardens
380 Bell St
Go taste some olive oils, made hyper locally!
Best lavender products around, plus the farm is worth a pop in just to see what a lavender farm looks like!
Clairmont Farm Lavender Co
2480 Roblar Avenue
Best lavender products around, plus the farm is worth a pop in just to see what a lavender farm looks like!
Right down the street, this non profit allows you to come into the animal pens and interact with them for a voluntary donation.
Seein' Spots Farm
2599 Baseline Ave
Right down the street, this non profit allows you to come into the animal pens and interact with them for a voluntary donation.
How many times in your life are you able to feed these bad boys? Go and have lunch at the Hitching Post Cafe after...
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Ostrichland USA
610 E Hwy 246
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How many times in your life are you able to feed these bad boys? Go and have lunch at the Hitching Post Cafe after...
Sit at the bar for happy hour and order fun cocktails and apps
Mad & Vin
1576 Mission Dr
Sit at the bar for happy hour and order fun cocktails and apps
Food scene
Pony Espresso is a new addition to the old cowboy town of Santa Ynez. They serve delicious coffee, offer free internet, and even have fresh juices and fantastic sandwiches - especially the tuna melt. (Note, the “Corner House Cafe” in Los Olivos used to be the go- to, but new management has ruined it.)
Pony Espresso
3558 Sagunto St
Pony Espresso is a new addition to the old cowboy town of Santa Ynez. They serve delicious coffee, offer free internet, and even have fresh juices and fantastic sandwiches - especially the tuna melt. (Note, the “Corner House Cafe” in Los Olivos used to be the go- to, but new management has ruined it.)