Southern California is typically known as a busy, bustling region with an overwhelming population and an extensive list of things to do. While many “outsiders” long to experience the craziness of SoCal, residents often long for a vacation away from the madness. Located just two hours from Los Angeles County, Santa Barbara Wine Country is the perfect destination for those needing to hit the reset button and enjoy the simple pleasures in life, if only for a few days.
For three of my favorite places to visit in the region, keep reading. To learn more about Solvang, read my other post here.
Established in 1984, Gainey Vineyard is a popular Spanish-style winery located in Santa Ynez off Highway 246. It is not only known for its wine products, but also for its architecture and picturesque setting. Tastings are available daily in a Spanish-style tasting room from 10am – 5pm for $15 a person, and guests are welcome to picnic outside on the Vineyard View Lawn. As of last month, the tasting lineup was Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Patrick’s Selection, and Riesling. Light snacks are provided in the tasting room and typically paired with some of Gainey’s food products including lime curd, fudge, balsamic mustard, and more! If you’re planning on visiting with a large party, call ahead to make a reservation for a private tasting.
Lincourt Vineyards was founded in 1996 and is located in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA, just a few miles outside of downtown Solvang. There are over 30,000 acres on the property, with approximately 1,700 that are actually planted. Guests can make their way to the old yellow Craftsman home and the nearby deck to enjoy wine tasting from 11 am – 5 pm daily, except on holidays. Lincourt has a laid back ambiance with music and shaded seating. It is great place to enjoy an afternoon with family and friends.
Chumash Casino Resort
Chumash Casino Resort is a AAA Four Diamond-rated resort in Santa Ynez. With over 300 rooms, a pool, a spa, restaurants, and lounges, the hotel is an escape for guests interested in all kinds of activities. The hotel regularly hosts concerts and shows, with stars like Flogging Molly, Rob Thomas and Nelly performing on select dates in the next couple of months. For those looking to hit the slots, Club Indulge offers $25 in free play for new signups. Whatever you’re interested in, Chumash Casino likely has an option for you!