Santa Barbara

Day One – Arrive in “Sideways” Wine Country

Either meet your driver or collect your rental car at the Santa Barbara Airport (self-drive in your own vehicle is also an option) and travel 45 minutes north to the Santa Ynez Valley, the spectacular wine region made famous in the movie “Sideways”.  Settle into your accommodation and then take the balance of the day to explore the tasting rooms and boutiques on Grand Avenue in our favorite small town, Los Olivos, wander the fun, kitschy Danish downtown in Solvang, or just relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

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Day Two – Wine Touring in the Santa Ynez Valley

The Santa Ynez Valley is a world class wine region thanks to several microclimates, from Los Olivos in the east to the Santa Rita Hills in the west, where warm sun and cool ocean breezes create the perfect conditions for exceptional pinots, syrah, chardonnay, sauvignon blancs and many varietals.  The one constant is quintessentially Californian scenery, with hillside vineyards, giant oaks, treelined lanes and traditional ranches, with mountains as the backdrop.  Spend an unforgettable day with your local driver/guide to discover the valley and a few of its hundreds of wineries and tasting rooms.  We will set tasting appointments for you at wineries that match your preferences, including an outdoor winery lunch or food pairing.  Tonight, Sideways fans may want to visit the venerable Hitching Post for dinner, featured prominently in the movie.

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Day Three – Travel to Santa Barbara

Depart the Santa Ynez Valley today for the short drive to Santa Barbara.  Dubbed “America’s Riviera” for good reason, the juxtaposition of beach and mountains gives Santa Barbara one of the most beautiful coastal settings in the world.  Add a vibrant, walkable downtown and great neighborhoods, and you’ll easily see why Santa Barbara is the perfect getaway destination.  Enjoy the rest of your day to explore the city.

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Day Four – Getting a Taste of SB

This morning is yours to explore, or we can assist you with kayaking, biking and even surfing or paddle boarding lessons!  This afternoon, enjoy your private walking food tour in downtown Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara has a renowned culinary scene, and your guide leads the way as you pop into seven different restaurants and two wine tasting rooms.   Discover local, off-the-beaten-path favorites for everything from macaroons and noodles to tacos and ice cream.  And, of course, amazing seafood!

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Day Five – Return Home

 Today your driver will meet you or you will drop your rental car at Santa Barbara Airport and return home, satiated from a travel experience you will cherish.

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PRICING

From $1910 per person + airfare*

 *Includes all accommodation, any transfers, a rental vehicle (standard sedan or larger), services of a private guide/driver for all touring, and meals/tasting fees where noted.  Price may vary based on accommodation requested and/or available, addition of private vehicle and driver rather than a rental vehicle, and/or for additional activities or experiences requested by the client.

SAMPLE ACCOMMODATIONS 

Fess Parker’s Wine Country Inn, Santa Ynez Valley. Located in the quaint and charming town of Los Olivos, right in the heart of Santa Ynez Valley, Fess Parker Wine Country Inn provides the perfect refuge from your daily routine. With elegance and an unsurpassed attention to detail, our luxurious accommodations allow you to relax and rejuvenate while you explore the surrounding Santa Ynez Wine Country.

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Santa Ynez Inn, Santa Ynez Valley. When you stay at Santa Ynez Inn, a luxury boutique hotel in Santa Ynez, you can make yourself at home in one of the 20 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators, complimentary wireless Internet access, bathrobes, access to our spa tub and sauna, and a delicious complimentary breakfast.  You are within easy walking distance of the many shops and restaurants in the center of Santa Ynez, a sophisticated village with true western charm.

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