Sideways Fest

Sideways Fest

Fifteen years ago, the sleeper hit Sideways catapulted the Santa Ynez Valley wine country into international fame. Today, not so much an aged-to-perfection film, Sideways is a cult classic that never goes out of style. To toast the movie’s anniversary 
and the wines it made famous, the Sta. Rita Hills 
Wine Alliance will hold Sideways Fest from Oct. 18 through 20.

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Holiday season on the Central Coast

Holiday season on the Central Coast

By Misty Hall

The holiday season is here! (Unless you’re a pumpkin spice fan, in which case you kicked things off in August at Starbucks.) The Central Coast plays host to hundreds of holiday events, from haunted houses to winter wine walks, so get out there and celebrate!

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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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The SLO County Music Scene

The SLO County Music Scene

By Donna Wolfe

San Luis Obispo County has it all — from sunshine to surf, endless recreational opportunities, a world-class wine region, fabulous breweries, great shopping and dining, respected places of learning and, not surprisingly, a thriving local music scene. The county is bordered to the west by coastal ocean views and lined with the gentle rolling mountains heading east.

Located about halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco along U.S. Highway 101, “SLO County” is home to a musical community that covers all genres and features a variety of fun venues. Here are some of the area’s most well-known and favorite spots:

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