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Foxen Canyon Wine Trail

Santa Maria, CA
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Ranked #3 of 12 activities in Santa Maria
Type: Scenic Drives, Trails
Activities: Driving, Wine tasting
Description: Scenic trail through vineyards and rolling hills of California's Central Coast wine region.
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Los Angeles, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

The storied Foxen Canyon Wine Trail represents all that is right with California wine country. But a stone's throw from L.A., Southern California wine enthusiasts can immerse themselves in a spectacular afternoon of traveling from one winery to the next, tasting some extraordinary wines along the way. Our most recent visit found us entertaining close friends who had never experienced... More

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Solvang, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
22 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

Personally, visiting 8 vineyards and tasting upwards of 50 wines in one afternoon is over the top. But this is a beautiful drive even if you are not tasting. If you are on a bicycle, be aware that this is a two lane country road. I recommend picking up picnic fare, choosing a vineyard you'd like to taste at, then... More

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Santa Maria,Ca
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

If you are looking for a very relaxing afternoon, you must take this ride. Viewing by limo is the best way and many are in the area. There is a lot of history is tied to the trail and if time allows, do your homwork first. One item that gets overlooked is the approximate location where Fremont and his soldiers... More

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Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
22 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

While visiting Santa Barbara for the first time during a recent trip, we decided to take a day to visit some of the vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley. We debated between visiting the wineries that were in Los Olivos/Solvang Area (about 40 min from Santa Barbara), or driving an extra half hour up the mountain to the vineyards on... More

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San Diego, CA
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

great wineries and it's a very pretty drive, Zaca Mesa and Foxen were 2 of our favorites. Cambria is at the end of the trail and is probably the biggest and busiest winery out here.

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Waynesville, Ohio
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

My wife is a big wine person and I am less so but I do like wine. The idea of wine tasting sounded as if I would be surrounded by pretentious snobs but I was happily mistaken. My wife and I went wine tasting every night and had a blast every time. The people in So. Cal. are very friendly... More

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Ventura County, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

It's just a really pretty ride with interesting wineries w/ their own unique personalities. It's up to you to find which one you like most.

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Santa Maria, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

There are so many wineries east of Santa Maria you could never visit them all in a week. If you like wine tasting the central coast is a great place.

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Santa Maria, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

The greatest motorcycle ride in California! Just west of the Sierra Madres, beautiful vineyards, oak groves and winding roads. Bicyclists love this ride as well!

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Top Contributor
141 reviews 141 reviews
84 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

Kenneth Volk 5230 Tepusquest Rd 93454 805-938-7896. Open 10:30-4. WOW. RECOMMENDED. $10 for 6 tastes (count seemed quite flexible). There were 23 wines open to choose from. Business was pretty good too. Prices for the wines offered ranged from $24-60. There were several discount schemes. Several of the wines were quite good (to us) with a Aglianico 2008 a bit... More

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