Why Visit Santa Ynez Valley?

Why Visit Santa Ynez Valley?

In the Santa Ynez Valley, there are six picturesque, pedestrian-friendly towns, farmland as far as the eye can see, and welcoming locals. Pair that with grown-there world-class wines and dining, why are you at home reading this? It’s about two hours from the L.A. metro area and four from the Bay Area.

There are other reasons to visit the heart of Santa Barbara County’s wine country. There’s a craft beer scene, as well as hiking, cycling, horseback riding, spas, shopping, gallery hopping, and lounging (as in lay around and do nothing).

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Pour Me Some Paso

Pour Me Some Paso

By Misty Hall

Ah, Paso Robles. Dubbed by some as the “new Napa,” Paso has exploded into the wine scene in recent years. But despite its growing fame, Paso has managed to keep its rural cowboy charm and laid-back California vibe.

Here are three Paso wineries that have caught our eye — and a few others from across the Central Coast, too.

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Camp the Central Coast

Camp the Central Coast

By Misty Hall

Some of my earliest, and happiest, memories are from camping trips with my family on the Central Coast. Memories of sunburns and s’mores, of long days and warm nights, making friends with the kids in the next campsite, and roaming. Free-range roaming, sans parents, with a gang of little twerps on bicycles through the campgrounds and surrounding hills. Getting gloriously dirty, trying to catch fish with a pole and bullfrogs with our hands and a flashlight.
When I became an adult, my love for camping continued. There’s just something simple and beautiful about being outside all day, whether it be way up in the mountains, at the lake, or down at the beach. In today’s increasingly internet-dependent world, we all need to spend more time unplugged, just BEING, with the ones we love.

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Summer Festivals

Summer Festivals

There’s something glorious about a festival. People from all walks of life gather together to honor traditions, or celebrate regional flavors and products, or just to revel in the sheer, sometimes quirky, joy of their passions. Festivals are part of human civilization the world over and, since time immemorial, they have taken us out of the mundane and given us the spectacle, color, music, and variety we crave in life. We mingle and eat and browse and eat and marvel and eat and eat and eat! In our bounteous region, local foods and specialties are some of the things we celebrate most, but summer festival season is also the best time of the year to soak up the rich diversity of activities and culture the area has to offer.

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Go Modern Boho at Kariella

Go Modern Boho at Kariella

By Misty Hall

Amara Bessa has always loved fashion. Growing up in Ojai, she cultivated a love of clothing that reflected her hometown: modern, bohemian, and flawlessly Californian. That’s how she stocks her three clothing boutiques which she named Kariella, after her daughter. “It’s always going to be stuff on-trend, but not trendy,” she says. “It’s still sophisticated and timeless.”

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SB County Golf Trail

SB County Golf Trail

opened for play in 1958, and since that time has been challenging golfers of all skill levels with interesting golf course architecture and beautiful views of the surrounding Santa Ynez Mountains as its dramatic backdrop. Santa Barbara Golf club is a championship 18-hole, 6,037 yard course, where depending upon which set of tees you play, the course is long enough to be a good test for even the furthest players off the tee, and strategically positioned to maximize risk and reward for those who seek an adventurous round.

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