We are thinking of a small reunion with friends (5 or 6 couples) in the Central California area next March or April. Someone suggested Solvang, where we would have opportunities for hiking nearby, plus cycling and of course winery hopping. Looking at lodging options, Petersen's Village Inn and the Santa Ynez Inn both look lovely. . . but too expensive. We would prefer something smallish, an inn or B & B, but Edison Street is too small. Any thoughts on Solvang Gardens Lodge or the Wine Valley Inn?
Also, recommendations for a nice place for dinner, either Solvang or Santa Ynez? Fresh, local cuisine; pleasant service, nice ambiance, maybe patio seating.