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Snippet of Life: Santa Ynez Wine Country Guide

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Read below for the best, quick Santa Ynez Wine Country guide!! Ah Santa Ynez Wine Country, we love you! Our weekend started off a little rocky after my mother-in-law, Romeo and I were in a pretty crazy car accident. It could have been a lot worse, so thank God no one was hurt, but my car is practically totaled! We spent a few hours getting it towed, phone calls, etc… then got a rental and took off for a relaxing weekend, which is what we all needed after that! Zan and I absolutely LOVE it in Santa Ynez. We’ve been up there quite a few times and always have a wonderful time. I created a mini guide of some of my favorite restaurants, shops and wineries after the jump. This time we stayed in Solvang… an adorable little Danish town with charming buildings and home to Paula’s Pancake House. Oh my goodness, Paula’s has the best Danish pancakes and homemade whipped cream ever!! It’s one of those delicious greasy spoon places that you just have to treat yourself to once in awhile.

 

We ate at my favorite restaurant Full of Life Flatbread, but also had an incredible dinner at the Ballard Inn. We were all blown away with how savory our dinner was there and Chef Budi comes out to greet all of his guests, which is a nice experience while dining. In Los Olivos a new general store opened! You all know how much I adore a good general store and this one was just as perfect as all of the rest. My mother-in-law bought Romeo this cool book. We also tried a new winery that’s off the beaten path (those are always the best, right?) called Alma Rosa. I highly recommend this funky, Southwestern winery surrounded by rolling green hills and farm animals. They use certified organic farmers, organic grapes and the flight of Pinot Noir was very tasty. They were also featured in the movie Sideways : ) It was a beautiful weekend and I can’t wait to go back! Below is the best little guide and tips to Santa Barbara Wine Country and Santa Ynez Valley!

 

Food
Los Alamos Flatbread: Best pizza in the world and my favorite restaurant, ask for Debrah!
Ballard Inn Restaurant: Romantic restaurant with gourmet food located in the Inn.
Bell Street Farm: Great place for a quick lunch.
Grappolo: Yummy Italian food, located in a little Western strip.
Los Olivos Grocery: Great for a quick sandwich or to grab snacks for your day.
Paula’s Pancake House: Greasy spoon breakfast with the best Danish pancakes and whipped cream.

 

Top Wineries
Fess Parker: Amazing wines, giant fire place and fun Davy Crockett hats : )
Alma Rosa: Funky, certified organic winery off the beaten path. Peaceful scenery.
Zaca Mesa: Beautiful tasting room and delicious wines
Sunstone: Surrounded by oak and olive trees. A charming Italian building and great tasting room.

 

Desserts
Enjoy Cupcakes in Saarloos and Sons tasting room: Delectable mini-cupcakes that are soooo good!
Danish Mill Bakery: Stop by for a light and airy blueberry Danish, yum!!

 

Shops
Los Olivos General Store
Saarloos and Sons gift shop
Antique shops in Los Alamos

 

Farms 
Quicksilver Miniature Horse Farm: Stop by to look at the mini horses and take one home if you want!
Clairmont Lavender Farm: Great location for a picnic.
Seein’ Spots Farm: A sweet little donkey farm.
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12 responses to Snippet of Life: Santa Ynez Wine Country Guide

  1. January 15, 2013

    Looks like a lovely place for a weekend getaway! Where did you find Romeo’s little grey sweater in the first photo, he looks so adorable!

    1. January 16, 2013

      Hey Trisha!! I got his sweater at Zara baby!! Oh my goodness, it’s my favorite store to buy baby clothes from! You’ll go crazy 🙂 xo

  2. January 15, 2013

    Next time, you MUST visit Foxen Winery, just up the road from Zaca Mesa. Lovely, lovely wines and amazing people, where everyone knows your name. They have their original tasting room (a shack!) still standing, plus a gorgeous, big new tasting room just built a couple of years ago down the road. We are addicted. Highly recommend. http://www.foxenvineyard.com/

    1. January 15, 2013

      I’ve been to that one too!! Loved it! There are so many amazing ones in that area!

  3. January 15, 2013

    1.) Glad you are safe, drivers in Cali are so scary sometimes. 2.) Thanks for all the great travel recommendations, I pinned from your tropical vacation and I’m saving this post too! Wish I had this info while I lived in Los Angeles, husband and I would take the harley up to Santa Barbara a bunch but didn’t’ know any other cool/close places to explore.

    1. January 15, 2013

      Thanks Shauna!! Next time you’re out here you can make a little trip there. You’ll have the best time! Amazing food, great wine and fun shops!! Thanks for the sweet comment 🙂

  4. Skye
    January 15, 2013

    love it all, eden! The pics are adorable and I can vouch for more than half of those places too. Great list. Flatbread is the best pizza in Cali !!!

    1. January 15, 2013

      Skye!! You’ve been to Flatbread?! AMAZING, right??!! I DREAM of the food and atmosphere at least once a week, haha 🙂

  5. Anonymous
    January 16, 2013

    Thank God for your safety! That looks like a wonderful place to visit! I know my uncle in santa barbara loves it there too. Sharon

  6. January 16, 2013

    I LOVE Santa Ynez!!!!! My grandparents and my dad grew up there. My family is Danish, so Solvang is a big deal for us. Please tell me you tried some aebleskivers?? They are amazing. 🙂

    Glad you both are ok! Car accidents are the worst.

  7. Kim
    January 16, 2013

    Good to hear that everyone is safe! Beautiful photography as always! 🙂

  8. January 17, 2013

    awww!!!! First of all wanna say that god is always there for you glad that you guys are safe.. Look at your sweet little boy 🙂 and i must say you have got a wonderful family… your photography is my all time favorite.. Keep up the beautiful work.. Hugs.. Take care and god bless you!

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