A RO U N D T OW N
ANOTHER WORLD Owner Vicky Kallen welcomes guests to her eclectic boutique.
PHOTOGRAPH BY MICHAEL GARDNER
Escape to the Santa Ynez Valley for a taste of the latest wineries, recently opened restaurants, new boutiques, renovated hotelsâ€”and some fun for the kids along the way.
AROUND TOWN A R T I SA N S ’ G A L L E RY
C A R R W I N E RY VALLEY GRIND
S.Y.V. HOT SPOTS
What was once an abandoned silversmith’s
shed is now home to Artisans’ Gallery, 805-452-2128, filled with owner Vicky Kallen’s handcrafted leather goods and jewelry, as well as Mexican treasures from Guadalajara, Oaxaca, and Chiapas.
At Succulent Cafe & Trading Company, 805-691-9235, succulentcafe.com, chef Cynthia Mi-
randa believes in community, farmers markets, regulars, and eating off one another’s plates. Stop by for a breakfast biscuit, or lunch on the patio with the cumin-spiced pork belly sandwich
The area’s newest coffee joint, Valley Grind, 805-688-1506, is already a hip stop. What you’ll
($11.50) and homemade lemonade. Don’t leave without a jar of artisanal jams, pickles, and more.
find: locals lounging on comfy couches, sipping on a signature lavender-infused latte and
Carr Winery, 805-688-5757, carrwinery.com, has opened its second tasting room, dubbed the
browsing local artwork.
Warehouse. This multiuse facility is also where the bottles of wine are waxed, labeled, aged,
Get reacquainted with the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn & Spa, 805-688-7788, fessparkerinn
.com, recently renovated by eco-friendly interior designer Shannon Scott. Escape into one
Indulge in a taste of California and the local region at the Ranch and Reata Roadhouse, 805-
of the 20 new rooms—including seven suites—decorated in a romantic yet simple style, or
637-6205, ranchandreataroadhouse.com. This rustic restaurant offers live music, an in-house ra-
rejuvenate in the tranquil Champagne Spa. After indulging in a Vino Therapy massage ($140),
dio station, and comfort food such as Figueroa Mountain Brewery beer-battered fish and chips.
which uses locally blended grape-seed oil, relax by the remodeled pool with Grecian fare from Petros Los Olivos.
Flower-child star turned Malibu winemaker Sonja Magdevski is becoming known for her Casa Dumetz wine (not just her famous fiancé Emilio Estevez). Babi’s Tasting Room, 805-344-1900, casa-
Nestled among 415 acres in the valley, Refugio Ranch prefers to keep it all about the terroir
dumetzwines.com, specializes in Viognier, Syrah, Grenache, and her sparkling Syrah rosé ($35).
with a 26-acre vineyard producing notable red and white wines. Visit the new tasting room, 805-688-5400, refugioranch.com, in Los Olivos and sip on the Barbareño ($42), a Syrah/Petit
Hop to it and start making artisanal beers at home with the help of Valley Brewers, 805-691-
9159, valleybrewers.com. Choose from an array of ingredients, kettles, and bottling equipment
Get crafty with your wee ones at Solvang’s Knit Fit, 805-688-0686, knitfit.org, where you can
as well as cheese and wine-making kits.
choose from projects such as wood burning, needle felting, painting on silk, making friendship
With the help of Santa Barbara-based SFA design firm, the newly remodeled Chumash Casino
bracelets, tie-dying, and even creating your own stick-on glitter tattoos. (Can’t make it over the
Resort Hotel, 800-248-6274, chumashcasino.com, boasts 106 rooms that have been redesigned to
hill? Check out the new Carrillo Street outpost.)
include luxurious woven leather furniture and tribal accents. –SARAH YOUNG
REFUGIO RANCH FESS PARKER