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“Foreign Tourist thank me for this Hwy 101 detour”
Review of Santa Ynez Valley

Santa Ynez Valley
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Owner description: This burgeoning wine region is located just north of Santa Barbara and is home to more than 60 vineyards.
Reviewed January 25, 2013

My father kept his ketch in the Santa Barbara Marina for over 25 years. Before that we trailed an 18-foot sailboat to regattas in Southern California. We've always taken the San Marcos Pass shortcut through the Santa Ynez Valley, recently made popular in the film "Sideways". This is horse county. Actress Bo Derek lives here with her horses. The late "Davy Crockett" "Daniel Boone" actor Fess Parker has a winery and Inn in Los Olivos where scenes were shot in "Sideways". Michael Jackson's "Neverland" ranch, whatever is left of it, is just 8 miles north of downtown Los Olivos. Some of the best Pino Noirs are grown and made in the Santa Rita Hills west of downtown Buellton (home of Andersen's Split Pea Soup restaurant). The charming Danish town of Solvang is loaded with bakeries, restaurants and the most hotels in the Santa Ynez Valley. Santa Ynez also has quaint restaurants and western saloons with major live western bands during the summer. There is golf in Alisal and Solvang, Two historic missions, and west of 101, the Las Purisima Mission and PGA Qualifying golf course. Sure it's long and hard, but without anything around it the view are great as long as you aren't hitting you ball into the summer westerlies. No wonder Ronald Reagan chose this beautiful spot chop wood when he was vacationing from the harsh realities of being President.

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Beautiful area, and be sure to explore the smaller wineries that take some time to find. Hard to find food that reflects the abundant produce and seafood

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Reviewed January 5, 2013

Liked the food but hated the slot play. I could of went to vagas for this type of no win gambling. So we will go SD from now on.

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Reviewed January 3, 2013

The perfect trip taking the Pacific Surfliner Train up to Santa Barbara, renting a car and exploring the Valley. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express which is ground zero in Solvang. Were able to walk to many excellent restaurants and Wine Bars. Took the advice of Jody at the Wandering Dog Tasting Bar to check out some funky under appreciated boutique vineyards. The weather was beautiful and had an excellent time.

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Reviewed December 30, 2012

Great wines, friendly locals, and lovely views!

I wish we could have stayed more than two nights. So many wineries we needed more than one day to taste all the delicious wines.

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