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Welcome An Overview of Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley.

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Visiting the Valley Touring the towns of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang.

22 Art & Ancestry Preserving the past and celebrating the present. 24 Fresh Fare An ever-changing food scene includes traditional favorites as well as emerging modern cuisine. 26 Amazing Grapes Sip and swirl through 4 appellations, 120 vineyards and a world of award-winning wines.

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30 Get Outside Bikes, hikes, horses and more. 36 Itinerary Ideas Great ways to experience the Valley. 41 Annual Events A complete calendar of the year’s celebrations. 42 Weddings & Events Tips for planning those special occasions.

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45 Visitor Resource Guide A comprehensive guide to dining, traveling and wine tasting in Santa Ynez Valley. 48 Lodging Guide Accommodations and amenities to fit every budget. 56 Wine Tasting Rooms Get the 411 on more than 80 tasting rooms throughout the Valley.

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58 Santa Ynez Valley Area Map

About the Cover: The Santa Ynez Valley is recognized worldwide for its outstanding vineyards producing world-class wines as well as for its impressive horse ranches and renowned training, breeding and veterinary facilities. Living the wine country and equestrian life is possible with experiences provided by tour companies such as Vino Vaqueros pictured on the cover--from front to back are Skye Hughes, Kelly LeBrock, Charmaine Bostwick and Matthew Ladin at the Fess Parker Vineyard in Los Olivos.

Published annually in cooperation with Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau (SCVB) and Santa Ynez Valley Visitors Association (SYVVA). All rights reserved. SCVB and SYVVA have made every effort to maintain the accuracy of information presented in this guide; but assume no responsibility for errors, changes or omissions. Laura Kath, Editor-in-Chief. Cheryl Crabtree and Nancy Ransohoff, Contributing Writers.

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Copyright Š 2012 SCVB and SYVVA. Printed in the USA.

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Welcome! Looking for a postcard perfect year-round playground with warm, sunny days and crisp, clear nights? World-class wine tasting? Bicycling and hiking with spectacular scenery? Outdoor fun such as horseback riding, golfing, boating, kayaking and fishing? Discover Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley—where it’s easy to be living this life! Savor warm hospitality from friendly folks, complemented by a breathtaking backdrop of sage-green and golden oak-studded hills.

his picturesque destination in Santa Barbara County, California, is less than two hours up the coast from Los Angeles yet feels like a world away—from the European village-style of the city of Solvang founded by Danish-Americans in 1911 to the charming, tiny gem of rural Ballard, the bustling gateway city of Buellton, the vintage western town of Los Alamos, the artsy, wine-infused community of Los Olivos and the turn-of-the-20th-century township of Santa Ynez—it’s easy to meander from one to the other, as they’re clustered closely together like wine grapes. Tour and taste at some of the more than 80 acclaimed wineries and tasting rooms offering Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah and other varietals—and pack a picnic with savories from a local farm stand. Shop at art galleries, clothing boutiques, specialty gift shops and antique stores, or recharge at a day spa. Or explore a lavender farm or horse ranch, an ostrich or alpaca farm, or get a hawk’s-eye view soaring from a glider ride. Then hit the town for a scrumptious meal—choose from farmto-table dining, elegant wine-country cuisine, Danish specialties as well as international and classic American favorites. Still have energy? How about a live concert, dancing or a experiencing a professional performance under summer stars at PCPA Theaterfest? Or take in live entertainment and glamorous gaming at the Chumash Casino Resort. When it’s time to turn in for the night, choose from 34 comfortable inns, cozy bed & breakfasts, luxury resorts or full-service hotels—each offering rates, amenities and seasonal or themed packages for every budget. At the end of your Solvang and Santa Ynez Valley getaway, the only thing you’ll be wishing for is a longer stay—so make plans to return soon to live this life to the fullest!

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Just 101 years ago, three Danish-Americans educators discovered a place in sunny California where land was plentiful and their culture could prosper—and founded Solvang (sunny field in Danish) as a 9,000+ acre enclave in the verdant Santa Ynez Valley.

nly 125 miles north of Los Angeles and adjacent to the 1804 Old Mission Santa Inés (now a National Historic Landmark District), Solvang thrived and settlers carried on Danish traditions of language, folk dancing, music, and cuisine. Bethania Lutheran Church, dedicated in 1928, was built in the architectural style of Denmark’s Bishop Grundtvig churches and features a wooden ship hanging from the nave, still popular with visitors today. Solvang feels like northern Europe, yet in the center of California. Just as it does in Copenhagen, Denmark’s national symbol the “Little Mermaid”

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bronze sculpture (in ½ size authorized replica) welcomes visitors at the intersection of Mission Drive and Alisal Road. As the 20th century progressed and Solvang’s population grew, more buildings began to reflect the Danish farm-style architecture—the crossbeamed bindingsvaerk, timbers framing either brick or stucco, handsomely carved eaves and doorways, and roofing of blue-green copper or thatch made of wood shingles cut jagged at the edges. Windmills of all sizes catch the first and last light throughout the village. Danish tradition holds that the presence of a stork on a rooftop wards off lightning and brings good luck—

that continues to smile on Solvang and all its visitors still. After the conclusion of World War II, idyllic Solvang was “discovered” by the media and described as a “spotless Danish village that blooms like a rose” and enticed travelers to experience it for themselves. The Danish Days annual festival emerged in 1936 and continues to commemorate Solvang’s heritage during the third weekend of every September. Festivals are traditional parts of Solvang’s charm—from the Taste of Solvang every March to the Old Mission Santa Inés Fiesta each August and Julefest during December. (See Annual Events on page 41)

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In 2009, Solvang was honored with the prestigious “Preserve America Community” award by the national Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. The Centennial Celebration throughout 2011 featured many special events— highlighted by a return Royal Visit in June 2010 of Henrik, His Royal Highness The Prince Consort of Denmark; and his dedication of Centennial Plaza —the starting point of The Heritage Trail, honoring those institutions, attractions, industries, and points of interest that tell the educational and entertaining story of Solvang’s rich heritage, especially vibrant at the not-to-be-missed Elverhoj Museum of History & Art.

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eries and more than 30 restaurants and cafes (See Dining Guide, pages 45-46). More than a dozen wine-tasting rooms, wine bars and gourmet food shops tempt palates with the bounty of nearby vineyards and wineries. For the area’s freshest fruits, veggies, flowers and local items, check out the downtown Farmers’ Market every Wednesday afternoon yearround near Solvang Park. Shopping in Solvang is like a kaleidoscope—turn in any direction within this pedestrian-friendly village and delight in an array of colorful items such as clogs, hand-made lace, clothing, ironwork, porcelain, elegant collectibles, beautifully crafted imports, vibrant arts and crafts, vibrant furnishings and classic toys in more than 150

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one-of-a-kind stores, art galleries and antique centers. The primary retail areas are along Mission Drive, Copenhagen Drive, Alisal Road and charming side streets beckon with wonderful clusters of shops in courtyards and squares. (Discover more about arts, culture and recreation on pages 24-32) Now in its second century, Solvang’s 5,200+ residents of many cultures still continue to enjoy the same traditions as the founders envisioned—embracing the warm, sunny weather, authentic Danish cuisine, hospitality, and old-world charm—while welcoming friends, family and visitors from around the world to share the joys of “California’s Little Denmark.”

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More to Explore Ballard Ballard is considered a tiny rural town (population 467), but it holds some of the valley’s most treasured gems. First off, a Little Red Schoolhouse that’s been educating young Ballard residents since 1883. Today it’s one the top-performing schools in Santa Barbara County and the school bell still rings to summon students. Plus, it’s home to The Ballard Inn & Restaurant—one of the most romantic B&Bs in the region with Chef/Owner Budi Kazali creating delectable wine-country fusion meals. It’s well worth a brief visit to Ballard to see historic homes, churches and experience the serenity and charm of a well-preserved country burg.

California history melds with modern-day art galleries, wine tasting rooms and upscale shops in Los Olivos, a picture-perfect country town in the northeast part of the valley (population 1,132). It’s a laid-back place where locals sit on wooden porches and chat with friends and visitors; and most people wear jeans, cowboy boots and casual attire. The town dates back to the 1860s, when the stagecoach route began to pass through. Historic Mattei’s Tavern was built to house and feed passengers and Victorian homes and businesses cluster nearby around the community hub at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Alamo Pintado Avenue, centered by a flagpole. Vineyards, lavender farms, orchards, ranches and horse trails surround the town. This is a fantastic place to visit for a one-stop wine country experience. Many historic structures hold distinctly modern enterprises. Sip local vintages at a tasting room (choose among more than 30 within a 5-block area) and sample locally grown olive oils (Los Olivos means the olives). Dine at a casual café or gourmet restaurant. Shop for contemporary art and locally made gifts. Pop into the Wildling Art Museum to view the best in American wilderness art with a variety of changing exhibitions and programs. 14

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Points of Interest

There are so many things to see, do, experience and taste throughout the Santa Ynez Valley, plan to stay an extra day or two. Arranged by location, here’s a sampling of some of the most popular attractions as well as farm stands (marked with symbol below

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to call for address, open/closing times and fees. For additional information on Dining, see page 45; for Tours, see page 54; for Wine Tasting, see page 56. (Listed alphabetically, all area codes 805).

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Little Red Schoolhouse

Cachuma Lake Recreation Area, 686-5050 & Nature Center, 693-0691

Seein’ Spots Miniature Donkey Farm & Petting Zoo, 688-2275 BUELLTON

Andre Organic Lavender Farm, 350-0593 Buellton Historical Society History Room, 260-8233 Classic Organic Farm and Produce Stand, 714-4420 Nojoqui Falls County Park,

Rancho Olivos, 686-9653 Rancho Oso Guest Ranch & Stables, 683-5686 Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum & Carriage House,

688-7889 Summerset Farms Windhaven Glider Rides, 688-2517

Oak Park, 688-7474

Santa Ynez County Park, 934-6123

Santa Ynez

Parks Plaza Movie Theaters, 688-7434

Is this 2012, or have we traveled in a time warp back to the days of blacksmith shops, feed stores, and stores with horses hitched to posts in the front? In the vintage cowboy town of Santa Ynez (population 4,418), it’s sometimes hard to tell. It looks much the same as it did in the late 1800s, with false-front buildings and of course, a historic saloon. However, this ole cowboy town also boasts plenty of conveniences for modern-day trail riders. Restaurants serve up various options for diners, from casual pancakes and waffles (beloved by locals) to steaks, Italian fare, Latin cuisine and high-end locavore feasts. Modern shops and galleries line horse-shoe embedded streets. Don’t miss the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society Museum and Parks-Janeway Carriage House for a fascinating dose of Old West heritage and myriad events year-round. The Chumash Casino Resort is adjacent to the township with 24/7 gaming, live entertainment, dining and a luxurious hotel. Old Santa Ynez Day every June is just one wonderful time to visit, when the town celebrates its heritage with a street fair, parade and country-western entertainment. Cyclists gravitate to Santa Ynez as well for the world-class training center, cycling tours or just the chance to ride a bike along serene country roads—there’s plenty to see and do in the town that gave the Valley its name (Saint Agnes in English.)

PAWS (Off-leash) Dog Park,

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Chumash Casino Resort, 686-0855

688-7474 Restoration Oaks Ranch/Santa Barbara Blueberries, 686-5718 River View Park, 688-7474 Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden, 688-7474 Santa Ynez Valley Farm & Petting Zoo, 350-8045 Santa Rosa County Park,

934-6123 LOS ALAMOS

Los Alamos County Park, 934-6123 Los Alamos Valley Historical Display & Depot, 344-3315 LOS OLIVOS

Clairmont Farm Lavender,

688-7505 Global Gardens, 693-1600

SOLVANG

Apple Lane Farm, 688-5481 Centennial Plaza, 688-5575 Elverhoj Museum of History & Art, 686-1211 Flag Is Up Farms/Monty Roberts, 688-9709 Hans Christian Andersen Museum, 688-6010 Hans Christian Andersen Park, 688-7529 Jelling Stone Museum/Actor’s Corner Center, 686-2409 Morrell Nut & Berry Farm, 688-8969 Old Mission Santa Ines & Museum, 688-4815 Olive House, 686-5159 PCPA Theaterfest Box Office,

928-7731 Quicksilver Miniature Horse Ranch, 686-4002 Solvang Park, 688-7529

Greenhaven Orchard /Dittmar Farms, 264-7100

Solvang Festival Theater, 686-1789

Lavinia Campbell Park, 693-5090

Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum, 686-9522

Los Olivos Homegrown Garlic, 448-1140

Sunny Fields Park, 688-7529

Olive Hill Farm, 693-0700 Wildling Art Museum, 688-1082

Wheel Fun, 688-0091

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Buellton (population 4,828) is an important gateway to the Santa Ynez Valley. It straddles both sides of US Highway 101 (north-south) at State Route 246 (east-west), and from this thriving hub, you have easy access to all regional destinations. Buellton provides essential travel/visitor needs—lodgings, shops, service stations, grocery stores—plus lots of extras, including a range of restaurants, serving everything from tacos and pancakes to sushi and western-style grilled steaks. Before US Highway 101 was built, the Pacific Coast Highway (now Avenue of Flags) traversed the town. Starting in 1924, Buellton’s Pea Soup Andersen’s Restaurant lured travelers off the highway with tasty split pea soup. It quickly became a popular stopover along California’s Central Coast. If you dine there, climb upstairs to view vintage photos in the Buellton Historical Society’s free History Room on the second floor. The Oscar-winning 2004 wine-themed road-trip movie Sideways was filmed in various locations around the Santa Ynez Valley and featured some iconic venues—a waitress in a restaurant? Check out Hitching Post II. The motel with the windmill? Days Inn. Funnylooking birds? Head over to Ostrich Land. They’re all in Buellton!

Los Alamos Surrounded by ranches, farms and vineyards at the northern “entry” to the Santa Ynez Valley, Los Alamos (population 1,890) is located at the junction of US Highway 101 and State Route 135. The main thoroughfare known as Bell Street is only seven blocks long yet reflects as much Old West heritage as any small town on California’s Central Coast. Founded in 1876, two ranchers each donated part of their land to create the town site. Named Los Alamos (Spanish for “the cottonwoods) that still grace the area, it looks and feels like an 1880s stagecoach and train stop—fortunately both have been preserved as the Union Hotel & Saloon and the Depot Antique Mall & Pub today. Other lodgings include two motels and a Victorian-style Bed & Breakfast. Buildings old and new house art galleries, one-of-a-kind shops, wine tasting rooms and restaurants for every type of diner from locavore to carnivore. In September, Los Alamos Old Days honors the town's 1876 founding with a weekend celebration including a parade—an excellent time to wrangle a visit with free fun for the whole family.

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Art & Ancestry Art is a strong thread woven into the rich, textured cultural fabric of the Santa Ynez Valley.

vibrant arts community thrives here with exhibitions, events, entertainment, museums and galleries galore. In Los Olivos, the Wildling Art Museum is dedicated to presenting and preserving American wilderness art with engaging seasonal exhibitions, naturerelated art classes, field trips, films and lectures. Art is even blended with wine at Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio in Los Olivos, where bottles are labeled with works of impressionist art and guests are invited to express themselves by painting on community canvases or sketching in art journals. Gallery Los Olivos displays the art of more 40 regional artists. St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church dates to 1943 when it was founded in Solvang and relocated to its current Arts & Crafts style building in Los Olivos in 1977; a cornerstone of the community offering a range of spiritual, arts, music and service programs. Ancestry also plays an important role in the communities of the Santa Ynez Valley—past is very much a part of the present. Solvang was founded in 1911 by Danish-Americans with a vision of a place to honor their Scandinavian traditions. The western-style towns of Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, Buellton, Ballard and Los Alamos each have their own personalities and colorful histories of ranching, agriculture as well as Native American, Spanish and Mexican settlements. Soak up Solvang’s Danish background at the Elverhøj Museum of History & Art in rooms brimming with historic photos, artifacts, Danish arts, crafts and period pieces. Docents periodically dress in authentic Danish costumes to create living history and rotating exhibits throughout the year along with creative programs stimulate the senses. The Hans Christian Andersen Museum honors the multi-talented Danish father of the modern fairy tale. A bronze statue of Andersen graces Solvang Park. Solvang’s Danish provincial-style architecture reflects its roots. Don’t miss the 1804 Old Mission Santa Ines, a National Historic Landmark District and the Mission Mills State Historic Park (being developed by the Santa Barbara Trust for

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Historic Preservation). Solvang’s Vintage Motorcycle Museum pays homage to two-wheeled wonders. Thomas Kinkade Signature Gallery in Solvang showcases the “painter of Light.” Solvang architectural treasures abound including Bethania Lutheran Church and the Little Mermaid bronze sculpture. A 1/3-size replica of Copenhagen’s famous 17th-century Rundetaarn (Round Tower) is nestled behind one of the village’s four large windmills at 436 Alisal Road. Take a moment to relax on the sladerbænken (gossip bench) located at1518 Mission Drive. Solvang’s world-famous chiming carillon clock tower atop at 486 First Street plays seasonal tunes—and serves as a reminder that there is always plenty of time to relax here. The Valley’s multi-cultural heritage is on display in Santa Ynez at the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum & Carriage House, with eight rooms of intriguing memorabilia from the Chumash Indians through 20th-century ranching days with the largest collection of horse-drawn vehicles west of the Mississippi. Western history reinvents itself in Los Alamos—the vintage train depot is now an antique mall & wine pub. (See listings on page 18 for more information).

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Fresh Fare Whether you’re looking for a romantic wine-country dinner or a signature Scandinavian family meal, you’ll find it—along with much more—in the Santa Ynez Valley. From casual to upscale and Japanese to Greek, the password here is variety.

long with that variety is an ever-changing culinary scene that has evolved to embrace the locavore and farm-to-table movements. Mild, sun-soaked winters and a year-round growing season make the valley a ripe location for eating fresh and local. Chef Bradley Ogden of Root 246 notes, “The local farms and growers have always been there, but it’s growing by leaps and bounds…they are so supportive of the local restaurants.” The sophisticated Root 246, adjacent to Hotel Corque in Solvang, features Ogden’s signature farm-to-table cuisine and extensive selection of local wines. You’ll find Ogden and other local chefs prowling the bustling Solvang Village Farmers’ Market every Wednesday afternoon year-round. Seasonal farm stands also offer overflowing bins of fresh produce, lavender, olive oils and more throughout the valley. (See listings on page 18.)

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Hungry yet? The intoxicating aromas at Solvang’s authentic Danish bakeries such as Olsen’s Danish Village Bakery and Mortensen’s Danish Bakery will lure you in. Pastries, kringles, marzipan, almond rings, cakes, cookies, tarts and breads are the traditional treats, and some of the bakers are third- and fourth-generation Danes. Sample traditional Danish and American specialties at such long-time local favorites such as the Greenhouse Café and Bit O’Denmark in Solvang. River Grill at The Alisal serves up savory California classics with a western flair for breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with a panoramic golf course view. The casual yet elegant Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Café, spotlighted in the movie “Sideways,” offers fresh, local wine-friendly cuisine for lunch and dinner daily, along with over 500 local and international wines in its retail shop. The focus at Fresco Valley Café in Solvang is on fresh, organic ingredients in salads, sandwiches, burgers and entrees, with made-from-scratch soups, salad dressings and delectable pastries. Succulent Cafe and Trading Company in Solvang has fresh delicious comfort foods with a flare.

For a perfect picnic to take to nearby vineyards, Cachuma Lake or Nojoqui Falls, among the many options of places to grab your fixing’s is El Rancho Marketplace, an upscale grocer featuring full-service meat counter, delicious deli sandwiches, fresh local organic produce, wines and spirits. Don’t-miss specialty food shops include everything from locally-made chocolate and fudge to olive oils. Global Gardens in Los Olivos features an exclusive line of extra-virgin olive oils, fruit vinegars, appetizer spreads, glazes, savory snacks and confections, along with daily tastings of locally-grown organic California extra-virgin olive oils. The amazing culinary cornucopia continues with Chinese, Mexican, Italian and German restaurants, along with family-friendly pancake houses, sandwich shops, brew pubs and even a café located in an art gallery. (For complete details, dig into the Dining Guide on pages 45-46.)

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Wine tasting and touring throughout the Santa Ynez Valley is one of the most delicious avocations—and former high-tech executive Karen Steinwachs made it her vocation—since working her first Santa Ynez Valley wine harvest in 2001. Karen is now living her dream as winemaker at Buttonwood Farm Winery in Solvang.


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Amazing Grapes Planted and nurtured with exceptional care, Santa Ynez Valley grapes are lovingly crafted into world-class wine sipped and savored around the world.

ine tasting and touring is a unique, memorable and not-to-be-missed experience here. Santa Ynez Valley is one of four distinct American Viticultural Areas (AVA)—also known as wine appellations—in Santa Barbara County’s wine country. The others are Santa Maria Valley, Sta. (Santa) Rita Hills and Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara (tucked in the east end of Santa Ynez Valley). Together, they comprise 23,000+ acres of grape vineyards that annually produce more than a million cases of wine—including popular Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah, but also top-notch Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier and dozens of other varietals. The unusual east-west orientation of the area’s coastal mountains creates transverse valleys that funnel cool Pacific Ocean air and fog inland during the late afternoon and evening. The resulting hot sunny days and cool nights are a winning combination for both wine grapes and wine tasters. Since missionaries planted the first wine grapes here in the early 19th century, through Prohibition to the “modern” era of viticulture that began in the 1960s, area winemakers have combined traditional techniques with cutting-edge innovations, most recently with an emphasis on sustainable and organic methods. The Oscar-winning 2004 movie Sideways shone a bright Hollywood spotlight on the Central Coast wine scene and spurred visitors to explore the region, which now rivals other blockbuster wine-touring destinations. (For a list of tasting rooms and wine bars open to the public without appointments, see the Wine Tasting Guide on page 56.)

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Touring Wine Country Most of the 90+ wineries here are small boutique operations and many are family-owned. Visitors enjoy the relaxed, friendly atmosphere where it’s not unusual to end up chatting with the winemaker or owner in the tasting room —either at the winery or in town—all within a 2- to 20minute drive. Hit the wine trails (design your own itinerary

or sign up with a local tour company for a professionally guided tour in a limousine, jeep, van or private sedan. The locally-owned and operated Stagecoach Company Wine Tours is one of the dozens that offer daily wine-tasting excursions (See Touring on page 54). On-site vineyard tasting rooms range from rustic converted barns to lavish Mediterranean-style villas. At Sanford Winery & Vineyards in Sta. Rita Hills, the tasting room and its spacious terraces are adjacent to the stone and adobe winery and estate vineyards. Foley Estates Vineyard, also in Sta. Rita Hills appellation, is home to a 3,500- square-foot tasting room and event center with spectacular vistas of mountain ranges and oak-studded hills. Bridlewood Estate Winery blends rustic, Spanish-style architecture with a modern, artisan winery in a former Arabian horse ranch.

Sippin’ In Town Buzzing vino venues include the charming artistic town of Los Olivos, which is home to more than 30 tasting rooms surrounded by restaurants and art galleries. Avant Tapas & Wine in Buellton pours wines from more than 30 Central Coast vintners, many of which are made in the Terravant Wine Company’s adjacent custom crush facility. Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. next door offers craft beers, ales and wine tasting, too. In Lompoc, the “Wine Ghetto” is a loose collection of small wineries, boasting many production facilities and more than a dozen tasting rooms in a two-block industrial complex. You can also sip and savor a variety of wines in convenient downtown Solvang tasting rooms—all within a cork’s toss from each other. Dascomb Cellars, Lucas & Lewellen and a cluster of other wineries offer tastings and sales of their own labels. Wandering Dog Wine Bar, Tastes of the Valleys Wine Bar and Valley Vino Wine Bar & Merchant feature a diverse array of wines for any palate with a focus on the Central Coast. Vinhus is a destination for Danish specialty foods, cheeses and wines. There are hundreds of wine-related events each year. See events calendars on www.SolvangUSA.com and www.VisitTheSantaYnezValley.com

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S.B. WINE COUNTRY CYCLING TOURS, LLC Santa Barbara Wine Country Cycling Tours is a locally based bicycle touring company that offers both multi-day and daily guided bike tours in the wine country. Road and hybrid bike rentals are also available. Corey Evans & Tim Gorham, Co-Owners 3630 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez, 888-557-8687 www.winecountrycycling.com

DASCOMB CELLARS The Dascomb family owns one of the oldest vineyards in the County and has been producing hand-crafted wines since 1976. New in 2012 is an on-site gourmet cheese shop! Enjoy wine, gourmet cheese, as well as pairings in a welcoming atmosphere! Located at the corner of First & Copenhagen in Solvang. 1659 Copenhagen Dr., Solvang 805-691-9175 www.Dascombcellars.com

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Intimate wine cellar, tasting room and shop. Taste Au Bon Climat, Arcadian, Margerum, Happy Canyon, and wines from the Central Coast and beyond. Open late daily. Available for parties and events. Bring ad in for 20% discount on all flights. 1672 Mission Dr., Solvang, 805-688-7111, Corner of First St. and Mission Dr. (Hwy 246), www.tastesofthevalleys.com

Paint while you taste wine at our working artist studio in Los Olivos. Artiste Winery blends wine and art in a unique way that makes for a memorable tasting experience. Open daily, 11am – 5:30pm. Photo courtesy of www.santaynezwineclub.com. 2948 Grand Ave, Studio E Los Olivos, 805-686-2626 www.Artiste.com

WANDERING DOG WINE BAR Unique flights of wine, beer and champagne! 40+ local and imported wines by the glass. Blind tasting every Thursday. Sparkling flights every day. Gourmet cheese and antipasto platters too! Open late and live music on weekends.

1539 Mission Dr. "C", Solvang, 805-686-9126, www.wanderingdogwinebar.com

FIGUEROA MOUNTAIN BREWING CO. Come visit our tasting room and brewery where you can see the beer being made within arm's reach. Fun for the whole family. Live music, food, and scheduled brewery tours. 8 beers on tap brewed by award winning brewer AJ Stoll.

45 Industrial Way, Buellton, 805-694-2252 www.FIGMTNBREW.com

VALLEY VINO WINE BAR & MERCHANT We invite you to share with us, some of our favorite wines from the Valley. Made from the most creative and passionate winemakers. Come in for a taste, a glass, or some bottles. Beer on tap, and unique merchandise. Offering hospitality and a great vino experience! Open everyday. 1557 Mission Dr., Solvang 805-691-9548 www.valleyvinowinebar.com

BRIDLEWOOD ESTATE WINERY A destination all its own, Bridlewood blends a modern, artisan winery with rustic Spanish-style architecture reminiscent of California’s historic missions. Bring in this ad for one complimentary classic tasting. 3555 Roblar Ave., Santa Ynez 800-467-4100 www.bridlewoodwinery.com


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Enjoying the great outdoors on two wheels is just one way of experiencing the area’s gorgeous year-round weather and scenery. Caught taking a break in front of Rusack Vineyards during a Santa Ynez Valley Cycling Club ride are Kirk Nordgren, Carmichael Training Systems-Santa Ynez; Corey Evans, Santa Barbara Wine Country Cycling Tours; and Jamie Levin, cycling enthusiast.


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Get Outside The call of the outdoors is loud and clear in the Santa Ynez Valley where mild weather and an abundance of sunny days year-round make it easy to get out and have fun.

he golden and sage-green hills and Santa Ynez and San Rafael mountain ranges that hug the valley provide spectacular aah-inspiring scenery along with outdoor opportunities galore. There’s something here for all ages and interests. (See listings on page 18 for options.)

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On Wheels Bicycling (road and mountain) are popular sports and with good reason—year-round blue skies, warm sun, quiet roads, stunning scenery and challenging climbs. Several 25/50/100mile amateur cycling rides are held throughout the year and the area proudly hosted the Individual Time Trial stage of the professional cyclists’ Amgen Tour of California in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011. Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and many pro bicycling teams train on valley roads and mountain passes. Take a spin on bicycles and four-wheeled surrey cycles from Wheel Fun Rentals. Or hop on a daily guided tour, complete with winery tasting and picnic lunch; a cycling vacation or custom cycling package with Santa Barbara Wine Country Cycling Tours. For a different set of wheels, take a 4-wheel thrill-ride at Nojoqui Falls ATV Tours or check out the Skatepark for “boarders” at Solvang’s Hans

Road. Sedgwick Reserve is a 5,896-acre historic ranch that offers seasonal guided hikes and programs as part of the University of California Natural Reserve System. Cachuma Lake Recreation Area, 10 minutes south of Santa Ynez, has easy-to-moderate trails and Saturday weekly hikes led by docents. The lake is a popular spot for overnight stays in campgrounds, tents, yurts and cabins.

On Horseback Saddle up at Rancho Oso Guest Ranch & Stables for yearround horseback riding, with or without an overnight stay. Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort in Solvang offers their guests private horse-back riding experiences. Vino Vaqueros (pictured on cover) takes guests on exclusive vineyard horseback rides. The Santa Ynez Valley is known in the equestrian world for its

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Christian Andersen Park.

On Land Take a hike and take your pick—whether easy, moderate or challenging, you’ll find picture-perfect scenery to keep you going. Energetic hikers can climb to Gaviota Peak, offering a stunning view of the Pacific coastline, and take a dip in a hot sulfur spring just a short hike from the trailhead. Or take a picnic to nibble next to a seasonal waterfall—it’s an easy 15-minute hike at Nojoqui Falls County Park. Los Padres National Forest has hundreds of miles of trails that meander through mountains, rivers and streams, and includes the federally designated Dick Smith Wilderness and the San Rafael Wilderness. Spring wildflowers provide vivid splashes of color throughout the valley, especially off Figueroa Mountain

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Wondrous Wildlife Checking out fascinating fauna is fun for kids of all ages! Places are open to the public (some fees may apply). Start at the Petting Zoo at Santa Ynez Valley Farm on Santa Rosa Road in Buellton

for a variety of four-legged encounters in this

horse ranches, with a focus on quarter horses, thoroughbred and Arabian breeds, as well as respected training, breeding and veterinary facilities.

On Water Water activities are sure to float your boat, especially at Cachuma Lake Recreation Area, which offers boating and fishing, and now welcomes kayaks and canoes. Guided nature cruises are offered year-round aboard the Osprey, a 49-passenger pontoon boat. If you’re yearning for salt water and

surf, you’ll find it nearby, just 11 miles south of Buellton off US Highway 101 at Gaviota State Beach Park. The oceanfront park is a popular spot for swimming, picnicking, hiking, camping, fishing and scuba diving.

family-owned and operated friendly place; then try Ostrich Land, a 33-acre breeding farm to see/feed more than 100 ostriches and some emus up close. Flag Is Up Farms, home of Monty Roberts, the “Man Who Listens to Horses,” is where visitors are welcome to see the equine facilities and trainers in action. Discover Quick-

Up in the air Get a bird’s-eye view of the valley on a glider ride. Birding throughout the valley takes flight with hundreds of species, including yellow-billed magpie, red-tailed hawk and bald eagles.

silver Miniature Horse Ranch, a fascinating

breeding facility for 34-inch-and-under horses that welcomes visitors daily for free viewing from 10:00 am–3:00 pm and visit Seein’ Spots Farm, breeders of miniature donkeys and mules.

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Where can you find a giant red clog to sit in (and be photographed by your adoring parents?—at the corner of Copenhagen Drive and First Street in downtown Solvang. What’s a great way to wear out the folks? Pedal around Solvang by bicycle or four-wheeled surrey cycles available for rental daily at Wheel Fun. For a two-horse powered ride, hop aboard the Solvang Trolley—a historic wooden streetcar pulled by a pair of magnificent draft horses providing 20-minute guided tours around the village. Parks & playgrounds—all with free admission—are all around the area. Check out Solvang Park at the corner of Mission Drive and First Street (center of action for September's Danish Days, Julefest in December and Free Friday Night Movies in summer); Hans Christian Andersen Park on Atterdag Road is a woodsy green space with picnic areas, tennis courts, a playground and Skate Park for boarders; and the whimsical playground and ball field at Sunny Fields Park on Alamo Pintado Road is a family favorite. There’s plenty of room to run, jump and play at Buellton’s River View, Oak Park and Santa Rosa County Park; Los Alamos County Park and Santa Ynez County Park or take an easy hike to a waterfall at Nojoqui Falls County Park. (See listings on page18). To visit some fascinating fauna such as ostriches, emus, alpacas and miniature horses, check out the Wondrous Wildlife info on page 32.

Before, during or after a day of play, kids of all ages enjoy cool treats. With more than a dozen ice cream and frozen yogurt parlors throughout the Valley, you’re never more than five minutes from satisfying the need. In Solvang, check out Café Dolce; the new Cold Cravings, Ingeborg’s Ice Cream Parlor; Old Danish Ice Cream; Solvang Trolley Ice Cream Parlor

and Whip-A-Peel; in Los Olivos, visit Corner House Coffee. In Buellton, there’s Kate's Yogurt and Woody's Frozen Yogurt Company.

Girls’ Day Out Awaken the senses with a soothing spa treatment—perhaps a warm stone & sage massage at the Chumash Casino Resort Spa—followed by a facial and mani-pedi at one of the numerous day spas dotted around the Santa Ynez Valley such as Serenity Skin Spa or Haven Day Spa. For a truly fun gal pal experience, reserve a limo, van or jeep and let a driver/guide take you to some of the 80+ wineries and tasting rooms— knowing you can really relax and leave the driving to a local pro; be sure to pick up some treats and dine al fresco amongst a vineyard. And who doesn’t like a good bargain? Download the “Vintages Week” map at www.VisitTheSantaYnezValley.com/vintagesweekmap to discover a multitude of shopping options to bond over. 2012 SOLVANG & THE SANTA YNEZ VALLEY Visitors Guide

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Guilty Pleasures Begin your “indulgent” day in Solvang with aebleskiver—mouthwatering Danish pancake balls dusted with powdered sugar and served warm with raspberry jam from one of the authentic restaurants such as the Greenhouse Cafe. Linger over dozens of delectable pastries, breads, cookies and cakes at a genuine Danish bakery such as Olsen’s or Mortensen’s. Then stroll through the flower-lined village streets filled with more than 150 boutiques and art galleries such as Mendi Jewelers to discover that treasure you never thought you’d find—or perhaps never even thought of before. And for the ultimate guilty pleasure, experience freshly hand-made truffles at Ingeborg’s Danish Chocolates. Satiated yet? Mosey over to Santa Ynez and stop by Back at the Ranch or Forever Posh to experience artistic and retail “therapy” at specialized jewelry and art galleries. Then head to Los Olivos for boutiques such as the fabulously creative J. Woeste or Waxing Poetic; perhaps combining with tantalizing wines purveyed at more than 30 tasting rooms; or experience organic olive oils and gourmet food tasting at Global Gardens or an Enjoy Cupcakes delicacy infused with syrah or chardonnay.

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Under the Stars When stars emerge in the clear night sky, unique Valley venues brighten evenings with top-notch dining, dancing and live entertainment. Be sure to check the annual events calendar on page 41 and access www.VisitTheSantaYnezValley.com and www.SolvangUSA.com for current listings and special happenings. Here are just a few of the options (listed alphabetically). Chumash Casino Resort—24/7 gaming including poker, blackjack and slots plus the Samala Showroom (1,300 seats for unobstructed views) playing host to top headline entertainers such as Toby Keith, Billy Idol, Santana, Cheryl Crow, Russell Brand; world championship boxing contests; exciting monthly bingo events; dances; and more; Buellton’s Avant at Terravant Wine Co. and Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. offer live music on weekends. Firestone Vineyards hosts free outdoor concerts on summer “first Friday” evenings. Free Outdoor Movies are Friday nights from June-September in Solvang Park & Buellton’s River View Park; Maverick Saloon & Dance Hall has live country-western and rock music, dancing, lessons, free concerts on the deck—you haven’t experienced Santa Ynez Valley night life if you haven’t tacked a dollar bill on the ceiling of the Maverick! Music on the Green at New Frontiers offers free summertime Thursday afternoon concerts. 2012 marks the 48th season of the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (PCPA) Theaterfest in Solvang —the only professional resident theater company on the Central California coast where from June-September, nights sparkle with PCPA’s world-class theatrical productions in the 700-seat open-air Solvang Festival Theater—which hosts many other concerts and events yearround such as the Nativity Pageant, Oktoberfest, Halloween Haunted House. Tales from the Tavern is a seasonal, mid-week concert series featuring singers & songwriters (traditionally at the Maverick Saloon); Solvang Brewing Company offers live entertainment, karaoke and big screen TV viewing; Vineyard House Restaurant features jazz on the outdoor deck and Winner's Circle Lounge at Santa Ynez Valley Marriott highlights big screen sports and happy hours.

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2012 ANNUAL EVENTS Every season shines with something for every age and interest; including special theme weeks and multi-day itineraries (www.VisitTheSantaYnezValley.com/planyourtrip). For complete listings and specific information, access the “Events Calendar” at www.SolvangUSA.com or www.VisitTheSantaYnezValley.com (tba=to be announced)

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24-26: Farstrup-Mortensen Lecture Series—Bethania Lutheran Church hosts public programs featuring renowned philosophical & spiritual leaders (Solvang, 688-4637).

June

24-26: Solvang Greyhound Fest/West Coast Greyhound Gathering—dogs and their human companions enjoy a range of activities (688-6144).

2-9: Santa Ynez Valley Trails Week—featuring National Trails Day with free hikes and guided walks sponsored by Santa Ynez Valley Visitors Association (686-0053).

Cachuma Lake Nature Cruises highlight area wildlife, flowers and birds; aboard a 45-passenger pontoon boat with a naturalist (686-5050 weekdays, 686-5055 weekends). Solvang Village Farmers Market; every Wednesday afternoon rain or shine, across from Solvang Park at First Street and Mission Drive (962-5354). Solvang Third Wednesday Celebration: “Shop, Save Money and Have Fun” at over 60 stores, restaurants and wine tasting rooms offering special discounts. (245-0626) June through September

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PCPA (Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts) Theaterfest presents critically acclaimed, professional live theater under the stars at Solvang Festival Theater. (922-8313).

SPRING March 3-10: Santa Ynez Valley Free Museums Week—Free admission at area museums and more; sponsored by the Santa Ynez Valley Visitors Association (686-0053). 10: SCOR Solvang Century and Half-Century—annual 50- or 100mile amateur bike ride for charity (562-690-9693).

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14-18: Taste of Solvang—‘walking smorgaasbord,’ dessert party and wine tasting events sponsored by the Solvang Visitors Bureau (688-6144).

December

April

1-23: Solvang Julefest—a holiday celebration with tree-lighting, parade, Nativity Pageant, Santa visits, Wine About, concerts and more, sponsored by the Solvang Visitors Bureau (688-6144).

27-28: Santa Ynez Valley Mountain Bike Classic Race—Los Olivos (896-0673).

tba: Los Olivos Olde-Fashioned Christmas—caroling & tree-lighting by an “angel” (315-1292). tba: Buellton Tree-Lighting Party—traditional merriment on Avenue of Flags (688-7829). January 6: Solvang Annual Christmas Tree Burn/Fire Safety Demo— in the fields of Old Mission Santa Ines (686-8184). 22-28: Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Week—Dine on $20.12 special menus and enjoy culinary activities, sponsored by the Santa Ynez Valley Visitors Association (686-0053).

28: Solvang Custom Knife Show— sponsored by Nordic Knives (688-3612).

2: Los Olivos Jazz & Olive Festival—annual celebration of olives, food, wine&, music (895-0476).

9: Old Santa Ynez Day—parade, food, arts & crafts and live entertainment (688-3448). 15-17: Live Oak Music Festival—concerts & camping with stars on stage and in the sky (781-3020). July 4: Independence Day Parade, Festival & Fourth of July Fireworks— Solvang (688-6144). August 19: Old Mission Santa Inés Fiesta—Food, games, dancing, music and family activities in (Solvang, 688-4815). tba: Los Olivos Quick Draw Arts Festival—view competing artists create a masterpiece in an hour plus more (688-0658)

tba: Vintners Festival—sponsored by Santa Barbara County Vintners Association (688-0881). May 5: Rancheros Visitadores—”visiting ranchers” blessing at the Mission, trek & encampment (962-3000). 12: Wine Country Half Marathon—runners race thru Santa Ynez/Los Olivos/Solvang (688-6144).

tba: Celebration of Harvest— sponsored by Santa Barbara County Vintners Association. (688-0881). tba: Los Olivos Day in the Country—food, art, entertainment, book faire downtown (688-0658).

FALL September

tba: Cachuma Lake Trout Derby—fishing fun for the whole family (693-8381).

dance, drums, food, art at Live Oak Camp (688-7997).

14-16: Solvang Danish Days— celebrating 101 years of Scandinavian heritage including Living History exhibits at Elverhoj Museum (688-6144). tba: Los Alamos Old Days— honoring the town’s 1876 old western roots (344-1717). October 26-28: Santa Ynez Valley Artists Studio Tours—sponsored by Wildling Art Museum (688-1082). tba: Chumash Inter-Tribal POW WOW—Native American music,

tba: Halloween Haunted House at Solvang Festival Theater—scary, wholesome family fun courtesy of Solvang Parks & Rec (688-PLAY). November 9-11: Vaquero Show & Sale— celebrating and preserving western heritage at Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum (688-7889). tba: SCOR Prelude Bike Ride— 25, 50 or 100 mile amateur cycling event (562-690-9693). tba: Elverhoj Museum of History & Art Queen of Arts Show & Sale (Solvang, 686-1822)

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footage and amenities. Numerous wineries and vineyards, as well as ranches and estates, are available for weddings, receptions and corporate events. Some popular area options include Fess Parker’s Vineyard & Winery, Firestone Winery, Foley Estates Vineyard & Winery, Gainey Vineyard, Lincourt Winery, Sanford Winery and Sunstone Winery. See the Wine Tasting Guide on page 56 for contact information.

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Dining Solvang and Santa Ynez Valley area dining options suit any palate—from gourmet wine-country and farm-to-fork, to signature Scandinavian and international fare as well as traditional American favorites. Arranged by location and listed alphabetically, each editor-selected entry includes a brief description, address and phone number. Please call the restaurant directly for serving hours, reservations and specials. Enjoy this opportunity to savor the area’s culinary delights and make delicious dining memories. (All area codes 805) BALLARD ➤ Ballard Inn Restaurant 2436 Baseline Ave., 688-7770 AAA 4-diamond-rates; award-winning Executive Chef/owner budi Kazali’s innovative fusion cuisine. BUELLTON AJ Spurs 350 East Highway 246, 686-1655 Family-friendly dining with huge portions, specializing in steaks, chops, poultry; full bar. A-RU Japanese Restaurant 225 McMurray Road #1552, 686-9001 Very fresh sushi, sashimi, rolls and traditional favorites for lunch and dinner. Avant Tapas & Wine at Terravant Wine Company 35 Industrial Way, 686-9400 Innovative, fresh wine-country cuisine ‘bites’ complemented with 30+ boutique wines. China Panda 272 East Highway 246, 686-9888 Open daily for lunch and dinner featuring traditional Chinese cuisine; family owned. Ellen’s Danish Pancake House 272 Avenue of Flags, 688-5312 Friendly local diner with breakfast served all day; American & Danish comfort foods. ➤ Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company 45 Industrial Way, 694-2252 Award-winning craft beer tasting and light fare daily; live entertainment on weekends. Firestone Walker Brewing Company & Taproom 620 McMurray Road, 686-1577 Since 1996, showcasing medal-winning beers & gourmet American cuisine in a casual atmosphere. Flavors Restaurant 225 Mcmurray Road, 688-0204 Good food. Fast. Friendly and casual. Gino’s Pizza 383 Avenue of Flags, 688-9442 NY style pizza and pasta. Family friendly. Good value. Open daily. Hitching Post II 406 East Highway 246, 688-0676 Dine on red oak-grilled steaks, seafood, duck, ostrich and Chef/Owner Frank Ostini’s famous wines. Mother Hubbard's Restaurant 373-A Avenue of Flags, 688-3912 American home-style cooking served fresh daily for breakfast, lunch & dinner.

➤ Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Café 2879 Grand Avenue, 688-7265 Cal-Med menu emphasizing local, organic ingredients for lunch & dinner daily; plus popular wine bar.

Pea Soup Andersen’s Restaurant 376 Avenue of Flags, 688-5581 Family favorite since 1924, serving famous split pea soup, American/Danish fare for 3 meals daily. ➤ Starting Gate Restaurant/Winner’s Circle Lounge at Santa Ynez Valley Marriott 555 McMurray Road, 688-1000 California cuisine for breakfast, lunch & dinner daily plus holiday buffets, theme nights, entertainment. LOS ALAMOS Bell Street Farm Eatery & Market 406 Bell Street, 344-4609 Farm-fresh local fare for lunch; wine & beer tasting, picnic baskets, gifts, country casual.

• Panino Los Olivos 2900 Grand Avenue, 688-9304 Gourmet sandwiches, soups & sandwiches. Open daily for lunch/take-out. Also in Solvang and Santa Ynez. • Petros Restaurant at Fess Parker's Wine Country Inn 2860 Grand Avenue, 686-5455 Featuring the eclectic California-Hellenic gourmet styling of chef/owner Petros Benekos. SANTA YNEZ

Café Quackenbush 458 Bell Street, 344-5181 Patio or dining in art gallery; Chef Jesper’s creative breakfasts & lunches; espresso bar, wine tasting.

• Cold Spring Tavern 5995 Stagecoach Road (off Hwy 154, San Marcos Pass area), 967-0066 Since 1886; serving steaks, burgers & bison in the log cabin daily; weekend breakfast & popular bar with live entertainment.

Full of Life Flatbread 225 Bell Street, 344-4400 Organic made-on-premise pizzas, salads & desserts plus local wines/ales served Fri–Sun evenings.

➤ Chumash Cafe at Chumash Casino Resort 3400 East Highway 246, 686-0855 Open 24 hours/7 days a week serving hearty, casual foods from American to international items.

➤ Union Hotel & Saloon 362 Bell Street, 344-2744 Hearty dinners, local wines, brews & drinks in an 1880 historic landmark stagecoach stop.

➤ Creekside Buffet at Chumash Casino Resort 3400 East Highway 246, 686-0855 All-you-can-eat lunch and dinner daily offering American and ethnic specialties.

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➤ Dos Carlitos Restaurant & Tequila Bar 3544 Sagunto Street, 688-0033 Lunch & dinner daily features authentic grilled and prepared Latin-style especiales, salsas and drinks. Indoor and outdoor dining.

Brother’s Restaurant at Mattei’s Tavern 2350 Railway Avenue, 688-4820 Historic ambience combined with the famed culinary talents of sibling chefs Jeff and Matt Nichols.

Danish Food Delights Solvang’s Danish heritage is displayed in the culinary delights found in numerous restaurants that offer frikadeller (meatballs), medisterpølse (Danish sausage), rødkaal (red cabbage) and the Smorgaasbord (buffet). Solvang’s famous bakeries create Danish pastries, kringles, marzipan, almond rings, cakes, cookies, tarts and breads year-round at Danish Mill Bakery (1682 Copenhagen Dr., 688-5805), ➤ Mortensen’s Danish Bakery (1588 Mission Dr., 688-8373), ➤ Olsen’s Danish Village Bakery & Coffee Shop (1529 Mission Dr., 688-6314) and Solvang Bakery (460 Alisal Rd., 688-5713). Besides the acclaimed Danish baked treats, sweet offerings include ➤ Ingeborg’s Danish Chocolates using authentic recipes for handmade confections since 1961 and featuring an old-time ice-cream parlor, too (1679 Copenhagen Dr., 688-5612). For a new Solvang Sweet Treats Trail Map, visit www.SolvangUSA.com and see page 37 for more details. 2012 SOLVANG & THE SANTA YNEZ VALLEY Visitors Guide

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Longhorn Coffee Shop 3687-A Sagunto Street, 688-5912 Plentiful breakfast & lunch choices at reasonable prices starting at 5am daily.

Cecco Ristorante 475 First Street, 688-8880 Chef/Owner David Cecchini offers rustic ItalianMediterranean creative cuisine at lunch & dinner.

Maverick Saloon, Dance Hall & Hayloft Grill 3687 Sagunto Street, 686-4785 Authentic old-west atmosphere with live entertainment plus famous chili, burgers, beers & wines.

Fresco Valley Café 442 Atterdag Road, 688-8857 Freshly prepared gourmet-American food for lunch & dinner; indoor & outdoor patio casual dining.

Red Barn Steakhouse 3539 Sagunto Street, 688-4142 Famous for prime-rib and choice meats; traditional western-style lunch & dinner items and full bar.

➤ Greenhouse Café—A Nordic Bistro 487 Atterdag Road, 688-8408 Danish & American cuisine served for 3 meals daily. Indoor/outdoor seating; friendly & locally owned.

The Burger Barn 3621 Sagunto Street, 688-2366 Casual, comfortable, full breakfast & lunch menus—popular burger and fries.

➤ Hadsten House Inn Restaurant 1450 Mission Drive, 688-3210 Innovative gourmet dinners and local wines served in a chic, contemporary atmosphere nightly.

➤ The Willows at Chumash Casino Resort 3400 East Highway 246, 686-0855 Rated AAA 4-diamonds; epicurean dining nightly in a stylish setting featuring local wines & cocktails. Trattoria Grappolo 3687-C Sagunto Street, 688-6899 Tuscan-style Italian regional foods, pastas and wood-fired pizzas emphasizing fresh ingredients. Vineyard House Restaurant 3631 Sagunto Street, 688-2886 Victorian home with outdoor verandah serving California cuisine for lunch and dinner Wed–Mon. SOLVANG Belgian Café 1671 Copenhagen Drive, 688-6630 Featuring famous crispy waffles and crepes as well as full breakfast & lunch menu choices daily. Bit O’Denmark Restaurant & Bar 473 Alisal Road, 688-5426 Historic 1911 building; popular Danish Smorgaasbord & extensive menu, full bar, lunch & dinner daily. ➤ Café Provence at the Petersen Village Inn 1576 Mission Drive, 688-3121 Wine-country fare by Chef Erminio Dal-Fuoco served in the upscale bistro-style dining room nightly.

Heidelberg Inn Restaurant & Beergarden 1618 Copenhagen Drive, 688-6213 German, Danish, American foods & brews; indoor/outdoor seating; laid-back atmosphere. Kabuki Japanese Restaurant 443 Second Street, 693-8289 Sushi, sashimi, tempura & traditional Japanese cuisine served in cozy setting. Little Mermaid Restaurant 1546 Mission Drive, 688-6141 Traditional Danish foods (including aebleskiver & open face sandwiches). 3 meals served daily. Manny’s Mexican Restaurant 1693 Mission Drive, 691-9137 Family owned/operated and friendly;serving extensive menu of South-of-the-Border favorites. ➤ Mirabelle Inn Restaurant 409 First Street, 688-1703 Master Chef Norbert Shultz offers intimate winecountry dinners paired with a select wine list. Paula’s Danish Pancake House 1531 Mission Drive, 688-2867 Features traditional pancakes and medisterpolse (Danish sausage) starting at 6am daily. ➤ Red Viking Restaurant 1684 Copenhagen Drive, 688-6610 Danish Smorgaasbord plus American food for breakfast/lunch/dinner daily; full bar.

Picnic Fixings There are plenty of choices for perfect picnic settings and ingredients around the Valley! Consult the Area Map for parks, all free and open to the public. Many wineries and tasting rooms offer picnic places for their patrons as well. Here’s where to shop for palate pleasing items including gourmet cheeses, local fruits, breads, sandwiches, deli, salads and desserts—Nielsen’s Market (Solvang, 6883236); El Rancho Market (Solvang, 688-4300). Los Olivos Grocery (Los Olivos, 688-5115). New Frontiers Natural Foods Deli (Solvang, 639-1746). Olive House (Solvang, 686-5159). Vin Hus (Solvang, 688-7117). 46

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Coffee Houses Take pleasure in flavorful java and teas at Bulldog Café (Solvang, 6869770), Coffee Cabin (Buellton, 686-1717), Coffee Cup (Buellton, 686-4800), Corner House Coffee (Los Olivos, 688-1722), Cassidy’s Coffee (Solvang, 686-5678), Santa Ynez Valley Coffee Company (Solvang, 688-3543), Starbucks at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott (Buellton, 688-1000) Sunrise Coffee (Buellton, 688-3694) and Valley Grind (Santa Ynez, 688-1506)

➤ River Grill Restaurant & Bar at the Alisal 150 Alisal Road, 688-7784 California cuisine, wines, cocktails served with panoramic golf course views. Indoor/outdoor seating. ➤ Root 246: A Restaurant by Bradley Ogden 420 Alisal Road, 688-9003 Features Chef Ogden’s signature farm-to-table gourmet dishes served in sophisticated, luxe settings. Solvang Brewing Company & Viking Room 1547 Mission Drive, 688-2337 On-site craft brewery, family-style casual dining for lunch/dinner; full bar & entertainment; open daily. Solvang Restaurant 1672 Copenhagen Drive, 688-4645 Home of Arne’s Famous Aebleskiver; serving traditional Danish & American food daily starting at 6am. Succulent Café & Trading Company 1555 Mission Drive, 691-9444 Fresh, delicious comfort foods; soups, salads, sandwiches, snacks & sides. Indoor/outdoor dining. The Mandarin Touch 1635 Mission Drive, 688-1538 Chinese cuisine served daily for lunch & dinner; full bar. Outdoor patio overlooking Solvang Park. Tower Pizza 436-C Alisal Road, 688-3036 NY-Style pizza, pasta, salads. Very casual, family-friendly plus arcade. Viking Garden Restaurant 446-D Alisal Road, 688-1250 Authentic Danish-American & ethnic foods for casual breakfast/lunch/dinner daily; draft beers on-tap.


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Camping in the Valley Cachuma Lake Recreation Area offers year-round RV hook-ups, tent, cabin and yurt camping, picnicking, boating, fishing, rentals and general

store (Hwy. 154, 10 minutes south of Santa Ynez, 686-5050). Rancho Oso Guest Ranch & Stables, adjacent to Los Padres National Forest, offers cozy bunkhouse cabins or covered wagon lodging. Bringing your own horse allows RV or tent camping on-site. Heated pool, spa, trail rides and camp store are amenities. (3750 Paradise Road, Santa Barbara/Santa Ynez Valley, 683-5686). Flying Flags RV Park has 260 pull-through sites with utilities, cable TV, tent campsites, 3 RV cabins, store, heated pool, whirlpools, play area, showers, restrooms and laundry (180 Avenue of Flags, Buellton, 688-3716). Gaviota State Beach Park, 11 miles south of Buellton on the ocean, has 40 campsites accommodating tents, trailers up to 25 ft and RVs 27 ft (no hook-ups). Call for seasonal availability and details (968-1033).

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Numerous wineries and vineyards, as well as hotels, inns, resorts, ranches and estates, are available for weddings, receptions and corporate events. Some popular area options include Fess Parker’s Vineyard & Winery, Firestone Winery, Foley Estates Vineyard & Winery, Gainey Vineyard, LinCourt Winery, Sanford Win-

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ery and Sunstone Winery. See the Wine Tasting Guide on page 56 and the Lodging Guide on page 49 for more specific information. VENUES UNIQUE-TO-THE-VALLEY:

Santa Rosa County Park, 934-6123

SERVICE PROFESSIONALS:

Santa Ynez County Park, 934-6123 Bethania Lutheran Church, 688-4637

Santa Ynez Vacation Rentals, 245-9667

Buellton Community Recreation Center, 688-1086

Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum & Carriage House, 688-7888

Buellton’s Oak Park, 688-7474 Buellton’s River View Park, 688-7474

Santa Ynez Valley Presbyterian Church, 688-6323

Cachuma Lake Recreation Area, 686-5050

Solvang Festival Theater, 688-4813

Circle V Ranch Camp, 688-5252

Solvang Veterans Memorial Hall, 688-7529

Clairmont Farms Lavender, 688-7505 Elverhoj Museum of History & Art, 686-1211

Solvang’s Hans Christian Andersen Park, 688-7529

Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse, 877-431-5200

Solvang’s Sunny Fields Park, 688-7529

Los Alamos County Park, 934-6123

St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church/Stacy Hall, 688-4454

Los Alamos Valley Men’s Club, 344-2267 Nojoqui Falls County Park, 934-6123 Old Mission Santa Ines, 688-4815

The Station at Los Alamos, 268-2374

For more detailed information including additional contacts for audio/visual rentals, caterers, churches, coordinators, day spas, décor, equipment, florists, photographers and officiants, access www.SolvangUSA.com and www.VisitTheSantaYnezValley.com Classic Party Rentals, 686-1115 La Fleur Weddings & Events, 688-7805 Rani Hoover Wedding & Event Planner, 245-8199 Releve Unlimited, 688-1434 Santa Barbara Wine Country Weddings & Events, 637-7788 Serenity Skin Spa, 686-9393 The Little Guest, 688-1812 2012 SOLVANG & THE SANTA YNEZ VALLEY Visitors Guide

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Touring Options Relax and enjoy guided tours of Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley via bicycle, limo, jeep, van or horse. These businesses are based in the Santa Ynez Valley or offer regularly scheduled pick-up service in the Valley. For more detailed information, access www.VisitTheSantaYnezValley.com and www.SolvangUSA.com (Listed alphabetically, all area codes 805).

Transportation

Adventure Company of Santa Barbara, 884-9283

Arriving here and getting around is relatively easy, yet leaving the scenic

Carl’s Promenade Cab Wine Tours 450-4588 Captain Jack's Wine Country Tours, 564-1819

beauty and warm hospitality may be difficult! (All area codes are 805)

Cloud Climbers Jeep Tours, 646-3200 AIRPORTS —Santa Ynez Airport (IZA), non-commercial flights (688-8390). Nearby full-service

Los Olivos Limousine, 245-1509

general aviation, corporate and public facilities are Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA), as well as Santa Maria Public Airport (SMX) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Nojoqui Falls ATV Tours, 765-1288

BICYCLE RENTALS/SERVICE —Dr. J’s Bicycle Shop (688-6263), Santa Barbara Wine Country

Pete’s Preferred Promenade Taxi Wine Tours, 403-5912

Cycling Tours (877-557-8687) and Wheel Fun Rentals (688-0091). BUS —Regularly scheduled mini-bus routes by Santa Ynez Valley Transit Monday–Saturday starting

at 7am serves Ballard, Buellton, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang (688-5452). COLT Wine Country Express serves routes from Lompoc to Buellton and Solvang Monday–Friday (736-7666). Chumash Casino operates shuttle service to/from Solvang, Buellton, Santa Barbara, Lompoc and Santa Maria—call for current schedule (800-CHUMASH). CAR RENTALS —Hertz office at Santa Ynez Valley Marriot serves entire area (688-4398). PARKING —FREE everywhere throughout Solvang and Santa Ynez Valley. Designated FREE tour bus parking is located behind the Solvang Post Office (430 Alisal Rd.) and daytime FREE RV parking is located at the Solvang Veterans Memorial Hall lot (1745 Mission Dr.).

Santa Barbara Backroads, 705-0562 Santa Barbara Wine Country Cycling Tours, 877-557-8687 Santa Ynez Valley Horseback Riding /The Little Big Riding School, 886-2215 Santa Ynez Valley Wine & Horse Tours, 688-5984 Serenity Limousine & Sedan Service, 688-7746 Solvang Trolley, 794-8958

ROAD/TRAFFIC CONDITIONS —1-800-GAS-ROAD or 1-888-SBROADS. TAXIS —A-Taxi/Casino Cab/Santa Ynez Valley Taxi/Solvang Taxi (688-0069); Pete’s Preferred Taxi (403-5912); Promenade Cab Co. (616-0032). TRAIN —Amtrak offers daily connecting Thruway motor coach service to downtown Solvang (bus stop at 1630 Mission Dr.) from Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. (800-USA-RAIL or www.amtrak.com).

Stagecoach Company Wine Tours, 686-8347 Sustainable Vine Wine Tours, 698-3911 The Grapeline Wine Country Shuttle, 888-894-6379 Vino Vaqueros, 559-4232

WHEELCHAIR RENTALS —Valley Tool Rental (Buellton, 688-7213) and Wheel Fun Rentals

Wildlife & Wine, 331-8348

(Solvang, 688-0091)

Wine Edventures, 965-WINE

Visitor Information Here’s some fast facts to enhance your stay. For additional information, access: www.SolvangUSA.com and www.VisitTheSantaYnezValley.com EMERGENCY SERVICES —Dial 9-1-1 from any phone to reach police,

VISITOR CENTERS —Solvang: 1639 Copenhagen Drive; open daily

fire or ambulance at any time. Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital, 24-hour emergency medical care, 2050 Viborg Road, Solvang; 688-6431. Buellton Medical Center, walk-in care Mon-Thurs 8 am-7 pm, Friday 8am -4:30pm Saturday 9am-2pm, 185 W. Highway 246, Suite 102 (686-8555).

9am–5pm. Walk-in or call 1-800-468-6765 or 688-6144. Buellton: 597 Avenue of Flags, Unit 101; open Mon–Sat 9:00am–4:30pm; Sun 10am–2pm. Walk-in or call 1-800-324-3800 or 688-7829.

POPULATION —(2010 U.S. Census): Ballard (467); Buellton (4,828); Los

Alamos (1,890); Los Olivos (1,132); Santa Ynez (4,418) and Solvang (5,245). TIME ZONE —Pacific Standard, 8 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time

(GMT-8), Daylight Savings Time from November-March (GMT-7).

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WEATHER —Solvang and Santa Ynez Valley’s temperate climate has al-

most year-round sunny days and cool, crisp nights. Average annual temperatures are from 76 F/32 C to 54 F/12 C degrees. Summer highs can reach into the high 80s F and winter lows into 40s F. Warmest months are generally June-October. Annual rainfall seldom exceeds 12 inches.


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Hartley Ostini Hitching Post Wines Q-14

WINE TASTING Around theValley

406 E. Hwy. 246, Buellton, 688-0676

Rusack Vineyards K-17

4892 Hapgood Rd., Lompoc/Sta. Rita Hills 736-3854

1819 Ballard Canyon Rd., Solvang, 688-1278

Jalama Wines O-1

Saarloos & Sons F-19

308 N. 9th Street, Unit C, Lompoc, 735-8937

2971 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 688-1200

Sanford Winery & Vineyards P-3

Carivintas Winery R-17

2922 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 688-9665

476 First St., Solvang, 688-2298

Imagine Wine Tasting Room & Art Gallery P-28

Andrew Murray Vineyards F-19 2901-A Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 693-9644

Casa Cassara Winery & Tasting Room O-9

3563 Numancia St. #103, Santa Ynez, 688-1769

Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards P-12

291 Valley Station Dr., Buellton, 688-8691

Kaena F-21

Alta Maria Vineyards G-19 2933-A Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 686-1144

Arthur Earl Winery F-19

Casa Dumetz Wines at Babi’s Tasting Room C-4 448-B Bell Street, Los Alamos, 344-1900

2922 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 693-1771

Central Cal Wine Tasting Room O-27

Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio F-19

3553-A Sagunto St., Santa Ynez, 691-4094

2948-E Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 686-2626

Coghlan Vineyard & Jewelers F-19

Avant at Terravant Wine Co., P-7

2366 Alamo Pintado Ave., Los Olivos, 686-2395

35 Industrial Wy., Buellton, 686-9400

Cold Heaven Cellars N-10

Babcock Vineyards N-3

92-A Second St. Buellton, 686-1343

5175 E. Hwy. 246, Lompoc/Sta. Rita Hills, 736-1455

Consilience/Tre Anelli Wines F-19

Ballard Inn Tasting Room K-20 2436 E. Baseline Ave., Ballard, 688-7770

Beckmen Vineyards J-22 2670 Ontiveros Rd., Los Olivos, 688-8664

Bedford Winery C-4 448-A Bell St., Los Alamos, 344-2107

Bernat Vineyards & Winery F-19 2879 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 688-7265

Bin 2860 International Wine Shop F-19 2860 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 688-7788

Blackjack Ranch Vineyards & Winery L-20 2205 Alamo Pintado Rd., Solvang, 686-4492

2939 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 693-9686

Dascomb Cellars R-17 1659-C Copenhagen Dr., Solvang, 691-9175

Depot Antique Mall & Wine Pub B-5

2445 Alamo Pintado Ave, Los Olivos, 693-0077

2901 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 688-0558

2401 North Refugio Rd., Los Olivos, 688-2455

Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard C-13

1500 Alamo Pintado Rd., Solvang, 688-3032

Byron F-19 2367 Alamo Pintado Ave., Los Olivos, 938-7365

Carhartt Vineyard F-19 2990-A Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 688-0685

Carina Cellars F-19 2900-A Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 688-2459

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LinCourt Vineyards L-21

Longoria Wines F-20 2935 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 688-0305

Los Olivos Tasting Room F-20 2905 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 688-7406

Los Olivos Wine Merchant F-20 2879 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 688-7265

1645 Copenhagen Dr., Solvang, 686-9336

Brander Vineyard H-23

Buttonwood Farm Winery M-21

6855 Santa Rosa Rd., Buellton, 688-7921

Dierberg/Star Lane/Three Saints M-5

2963 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 686-2424

3555 Roblar Ave., Santa Ynez, 688-9000

Lafond Winery & Vineyards Q-7

Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards R-18

Dragonette Cellars F-19

Evans Ranch (Gainey) F-19

6200 Foxen Canyon Rd., Los Olivos, 688-1545

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. P-8 45 Industrial Way, Buellton, 694-2252

Firestone Vineyard P-13 5000 Zaca Station Rd., Los Olivos, 688-3940 Foley Estates Vineyard & Winery N-4 6121 E. Highway 246, Lompoc/Sta. Rita Hills, 737-6222

Melville Vineyards & Winery N-4

1576 Copenhagen Dr., Solvang, 693-9200

Shoestring Vineyard & Winery R-17

1636 Copenhagen Dr, Solvang, 688-1717

Stolpman Vineyards & Winery F-19 2434 Alamo Pintado Ave., Los Olivos, 688-0400

Sunstone Vineyards & Winery R-23 125 N. Refugio Rd., Santa Ynez, 688-9463

Tastes of the Valleys Wine Bar R-17 1656 Mission Dr., Solvang, 688-7111

Tensley Wines F-19 2900-B Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 688-6761

Tercero Wines G-20 2445 Alamo Pintado Ave. #104, Los Olivos, 245-9584

Tessa Marie Wines (E & T Wines) F-19 2901-C Grand Ave. Los Olivos, 688-6081

Toccata (Formerly Mandolina) R-17 1665 Copenhagen Dr., Solvang, 686-5506

Transcend Wines O-2 313 N. F St., Lompoc, 689-5258

5185 E. Hwy. 246, Lompoc/Sta. Rita Hills, 735-7030

Vin Hus R-17

Mosby Winery R-11

Valley Vino Wine Bar & Merchant Q-19

9496 Santa Rosa Rd., Buellton, 688-2415

440 Alisal Rd., Solvang, 688-7117

1557 Mission Dr., Solvang, 691-9548

Olive House R-18

Wandering Dog Wine Bar R-17

1661 Mission Dr., Solvang, 686-5159

1539-C Mission Drive, Solvang, 686-9126

Pacific Ridge G-20 2890 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos, 245-5198

Zaca Mesa Winery C-11

Palmina O-1

6905 Foxen Canyon Rd., Los Olivos, 688-9339

1520 East Chestnut Ct, Lompoc, 735-2030

Presidio Winery R-18 1603 Copenhagen Dr. #1, Solvang, 693-8585

Prodigal N-11 92 Second St., Suite A, Buellton, 688-0476

Qupé/Verdad/Ethan F-20 2963-B Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 686-4200

Fontes & Phillips Wines F-19

Rideau Vineyards & Winery M-22

2366 Alamo Pintado Avenue, Los Olivos, 688-2030

1562 Alamo Pintado Rd., Solvang, 688-0717

Gainey Vineyard Q-30

Roblar Winery J-24

3950 E. Hwy. 246, Santa Ynez, 688-0558

3010 Roblar Ave., Santa Ynez, 686-2603

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Sevtap Winery R-17

Sort This Out Cellars R-17

515 Bell St., Los Alamos, 344-3315

1280 Drum Canyon Rd. @ Hwy. 246, Lompoc/Sta.Rita Hills, 736-0757

2933 San Marcos Ave., Los Olivos, 686-5450

800 East Highway 246, Solvang,

1659 Copenhagen Dr., Solvang, 693-5466

Daniel Gehrs Wines F-19

Scott Cellars F-19

5360 Foxen Canyon Rd., Los Olivos, 693-8384

Lions Peak R-18

5249 Foxen Canyon Rd., Los Olivos, 686-8999

5010 Santa Rosa Rd., Lompoc/Sta. Rita Hills, 735-5900

Koehler Winery C-14

2884 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 688-1500

Epiphany Cellars F-19

Bridlewood Estate Winery I-26

343 N. Refugio Rd., Santa Ynez, 693-8864

Coquelicot F-19

2902-B San Marcos Ave, Los Olivos, 691-1678

329 N. F St., Lompoc, 735-9184

Kalyra Winery R-25

2923 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 691-1020

Blair Fox Cellars F-19

Brewer-Clifton O-2

2933 San Marcos Ave. # 107, Los Olivos, 451-6037

1711 Alamo Pintado Rd., Solvang, 688-8554

Curtis Winery C-13

1651 Copenhagen Dr., Solvang, 693-1740

Huber Vineyards & Cellars O-4

Alexander & Wayne F-19

7250 Santa Rosa Rd., Buellton, 688-9090

Royal Oaks Winery R-17

Tasting room hours and days are subject to change so be sure to call ahead and confirm. All numbers are (805) area code. (Wineries listed alphabetically).

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