I am planning a trip to Santa Barbara in the spring and we'd like to stay at Bacara. However one of our main activities will be visiting the wineries of Santa Ynez. I've been researching but can't seem to figure out how far Bacara is from the main area of wineries (driving distance). Is it reasonable to stay there and do day trips out to the wineries? Or would we be better off staying farther out in the valley?
If so can anyone recommend a nice hotel or winery to stay at that's more central? We definitely want to spend time wine tasting and if we stay in the valley we'd love a place with a view of the vineyards. We were hoping to get up to Paso Robles but I think that will be too far for this trip (coming from LA).