Santa Barbara Wine Country – June 2015

Who doesn’t love a drive up the coast? Okay maybe it wasn’t quite up the coast but my friend had never explored the Santa Barbara area wineries so we planned a long weekend to celebrate our birthdays back in June.

I broke out the trip into 4 areas to visit: Santa Barbara with the Funk Zone and Urban Wine Trail,  Solvang & Los Olivos, a tour of the vineyards of the Valley via Wine Canyon Tours, and finally a quick stop in Lompoc.   I could spend days in each of those areas but I wanted to give her the full experience. We even were able to get a sunset at Stearns Wharf, a hike at inspiration point AND a massage done in between our eating and drinking!

The pictures tell the story, if you want any more information let me know!

Important to note-  Rick at Wine Canyon Tours was able to help us in a pinch by providing us a tour guarantee – should the minimum for a group tour not be hit, we could still do the “group tour” with a small additional fee.  This worked great as the Sunday we were out –  there were very few tours operating.  He sent the “other” Rick for our tour, he listed to what we liked and picked a great final stop in Buellton when we said we were okay with a tasting room experience.

Places visited-

Santa Barbara Locations – Pali Wine Co, Santa Barbara Wine Collective, Jaffurs Wine

Los Olivos – Blair Fox Cellars, Dragonette Cellars, Tensley Wines, Saarloos and Sons, Barbieri Wines, Toccata Wines (Solvang)

Wine Canyon ToursLincort Wines, Brander, Beckmen Vineyards, Loring Wine Company and Cargasacchi

Lompoc-  Turiya Wines

Accommodations – Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara,  Hadsten House Solvang

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