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“Wine Tasting and SO MUCH MORE!”

DeeTours of Santa Barbara
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Owner description: Jeep Limo and 4-psngr jeep avail. to escort you to Wine country! Local owner operated with the goal of affordable, fun, memorable tours for our guests! We are flexible, casual, and accommodating. Our jeep tops can be on or off, you decide!
Los Angeles, CA
Level 6 Contributor
105 reviews
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“Wine Tasting and SO MUCH MORE!”
Reviewed April 2, 2012

Dee Tours advertises themselves as a wine country tour, but this does not do the tour justice. We were picked up promptly at 9:00am at our hotel by Sandy, Dee's boyfriend, and we did not return to our hotel until 5:30pm. Without a doubt, we tired much earlier than Sandy did, and I'm sure he would have continued his tour if we had had more energy! We liked best that our tour was tailored to our interests, making the tour much more personalized and intimate than others. We also liked that the tour was cheaper than comparable tours ($125/each for two guests and $99 for four or more guests). Even at $125/each, this tour was cheaper than many of the other wine tour operators, and Dee Tours offered a more personalized and intimate experience. Most importantly, we liked that Sandy genuinely loves Santa Barbara and the surrounding areas and he enjoys showing people around Santa Barbara and wine country. This made our experience fun and memorable.

We visited four wineries, including Bridlewood, Sanford, Tercero, and one other winery that I cannot recall the name of. We appreciated that the wineries varied in size, distribution of wines, and type of wines offered. Tasting fees ranged from $10 to $15 per person, but these fees were covered in the tour cost. We tasted some viogniers, pinot noirs, and syrahs that we enjoyed. Sandy took us to three wineries and then gave us a choice in regards to the fourth stop. We picked up lunch in the middle of the day at an organic grocery store. Lunch consisted of a sandwich of your choice and chips and salsa or carrots and celery with ranch. Sandy set up a picnic lunch for us (bottled water, homemade banana bread, fresh strawberries) at Sanford and we ate outdoors with a beautiful view of the vineyard and the valley.

Throughout the day, we also made several non-winery stops. We were given a 20-minute tour of Santa Barbara, including the restaurants and shopping of State Street and a drive by the court house, famous tree, and the Natural History Museum. As an animal lover, I really enjoyed the animal-related stops. We stopped at a petting zoo, which allowed us to pet and take pictures of donkeys, a pot-bellied pig that grunts when pet, a rabbit, a turkey, a goat, and a dog. We even saw a zonkey--half donkey, half zebra! We stopped at Quicksilver Ranch, where we viewed miniature horses, some of which had just been born in the past two months! We stopped to see African animals that have long, hollow horns, but I don't remember the name of them. We stopped for an olive oil tasting, which offered at least ten different types of olive oils. It was delicious and unique and we would recommend this to anyone and everyone. We stopped at a strawberry stand and picked up some of the largest and sweetest strawberries we have ever tasted. We stopped at a gourmet cupcake shop that bakes miniature and regular-sized cupcakes that are filled with wine (Syrah, Chardonnay). We purchased six miniature cupcakes (a sampler) for $10, and it was by far one of the best decisions we've ever made. We spent 30 minutes or so in Solvang, a nearby Danish town, where you can choose to eat Danish snacks, take pictures of the cute town, shop for souvenirs, or indulge in additional wine and/or beer tastings. We ended the day with a drive along Stagecoach Road, where we viewed an amazing bridge and passed by Cold Springs Tavern, which seemed to have tons of locals hanging out, drinking beer, and listening to music. Sandy informed us that they have the best tri tip sandwiches and offered to stop for a visit, but we were simply exhausted by the end of the day.

Some general tips:
- If you can afford to, go on a tour on a Sunday through Thursday, as wineries are much less crowded and this makes your visit much more enjoyable.
- Bring small bills to tip wineries along the way (and to tip Sandy or Dee as well).
- Be mindful of the fact that if you visit four wineries, you will drink an entire bottle of wine. Keep this in mind if you need to drive home in the evening!
- Tell Dee and Sandy what you would like to see on your tour. They are very accommodating and will customize the tour to your interests!

Visited April 2012
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san francisco, ca
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
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“Amazing fun filled day!”
Reviewed March 31, 2012

I have been on many wine tours and found Dee to be so much fun and so accommodating. I traveled to Santa Barbara with my sisters and cousin and after my research decided to take a Deetour. She picked us up at our hotel and took us on a brief but very interesting tour of Santa Barbara before we headed to the four wineries we tasted at. Lunch was fresh and tasty and she also provided us with snacks and water throughout the day. In the valley she took some detours and made some stops at the Solvang farmers market and bakery, ostrich farm, Watusi cattle farm, Zonkie (donkey/zebra mix) farms to name a few.
I highly recommend Deetours!

Visited March 2012
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California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! Dee is one-of-a kind”
Reviewed March 23, 2012

Dee is the BEST!!! I sent her an e-mail inquiring about a reservation. Within minutes, she called and gave me all the info I needed. I let her know I would be coming down my best friend for her b-day. When Dee picked us up, the first thing she did was hand my friend a birthday card. HOW sweet was that!! The whole experience was incredible. Not only did we get to experience the wine/olive oil tasting (and the wine cupcakes..Yum-O) but when she found out we were animal lovers..she took us to see a Zonkey and a watusi....
Cannot wait for our next trip!!

Visited March 2012
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Orlando, Florida
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“Fun, informative and relaxing!”
Reviewed March 1, 2012

My husband and I had the pleasure of spending the day with Sandy as he drove us through beautiful Santa Barbara and the surrounding wine country. Sandy is a well informed, laid back tour guide. Actually, it was more like spending the day with a friend. We booked the tour with Dee who is as sweet as can be. Great people offering a great service at a great price. Hurry and call - you won't be sorry!

Visited February 2012
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Los Altos, California
1 review
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“Deetours is absolutely Deelightful!!!!!”
Reviewed February 24, 2012

As a gift from our family, we were treated to DeeTours on our last day in Santa Barbara. After spending days exploring state street and the urban wine tour, we were unsure of what sights and experiences the tour could provide, but as Dee warmly welcomed us in our hotel lobby, it was immediately apparent that we would have an exceptional day. Although the day's original plan consisted of our journey to different wineries and vineyards throughout the "wine country," Dee revised the tour's beginning after discovering popular Santa Barbara sights that we missed during our exploring. So, rather than hopping right onto the highway, we stopped at the pier, courthouse, and various missions before making our ways to the first planned destination. Throughout the day, Dee shared so many fun facts and stories that helped us to truly fall in love with the Santa Barbara area. During each stop to the various locations, we were greeted by Santa Barbara locals and treated like family while accompanied by Dee. The all-organic lunch that the tour provided was fantastic, and accommodated the gluten free diet that we required! By the end of the tour, we had tasted fantastic wines, learned interesting facts about the area and made a wonderful friend (Dee). You MUST go on this tour!!!!

Visited February 2012
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