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Bacara as a base for wine tasting

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Bacara as a base for wine tasting

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).


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1. Re: Bacara as a base for wine tasting

We used Bacara as a base to check out the wineries in that area and we loved the hotel, the restaurant and the Ocean views. Getting to Paso Robles for wineries and driving back may be too much as you point out.

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2. Re: Bacara as a base for wine tasting

At the Bacara, you are about 35 minutes away from the winery/vineyards and 10 minutes away from Santa Barbara. Lodging to consider in the Santa Ynez Valley include the Ballard Inn, or the Alisal Guest Ranch.

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3. Re: Bacara as a base for wine tasting

there aren't really any wineries in the Santa Ynez area that have guest rooms.

The Fess Parker Wine Country Inn is in Los Olivos, which is smack dab in the middle of the area. You can walk to many tasting rooms and several great places to eat in the little town and then it's just a few miles to the start of the Foxen Wine Trail, the Santa Ynez estates or the Sta. Rita Hills wineries.

The Ballard Inn is just down the street but not within close walking distance of the town.

There are also a few nice places in Solvang, like Alisal Ranch and Hotel Corque, and Hadsten House, and it's also a good base to do trips out to the wine trails and still have several tasting rooms within walking distance.

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4. Re: Bacara as a base for wine tasting

The Bacara is a beautiful hotel, can't beat the location right on the ocean. It's also 15-20 minutes from the Santa Rita Hills, which hosts a number of great wineries( incl. Melville, Clos Pepe, Sea Smoke ect.). If you're thinking of doing day trips to the Santa Ynez Valley you may want to look into grabbing a wine tour. There are a few wonderful ones that are private and let you select which wineries you want to see. They also offer great advice on which ones you may enjoy more and why....if you want it?

The valley is nice, but most wineries aren't that close to where you could stay. You'd also be much farther away from SB if you wanted to do trip into town?

Enjoy the tasting,

Abe and Autumn


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