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Santa Barbara Wine Country

See how chardonnays, cabernets and pinots are made then taste the fruits of the process in Santa Barbara’s beautiful wine region.

Take a break from the rush and stress of city life and sink into the scents and tastes of Santa Barbara Wine Country. Just a short drive northeast from the city, this region provides world-class lodging and comforts to make your stay one to remember. If you are a fan of the award-winning movie Sideways, you’ll enjoy spotting locations from the film, which was shot in this area.

Santa Barbara Wine Country hosts some of California’s best tasting and most delicate wines. The region has a topography that’s ideal for producing classic wine varieties such as chardonnay, cabernet and pinot noir. 

For a great wine-tasting experience, try the Sunstone Vineyards & Winery. Pair your wine with views of rolling hills covered in vines, a scene framed by the Santa Ynez River and a spectacular mountain backdrop. Head to the Kalyra Winery to taste distinctly Australian-style wines and enjoy the company of fellow grape lovers in a friendly tasting room atmosphere.

The curious will want to see the vineyard-to-bottle process on public display at the Gainey Vineyards. While here, take the opportunity to try the chardonnay. 

Sample pinot noir made with the produce harvested from the vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills.

After a day of tasting wines, have dinner in one of the region’s three towns: Solvang, Los Olivos or Santa Ynez. Choose from a variety of top-class restaurants with all tastes complemented by locally sourced wines. 

Each town has its own charms. Solvang has some of the region’s most romantic lodging and scenery while Los Olivos has a number of quaint art galleries. The nearby Los Alamos has some great antique stores, so be sure to explore. 

To see the best of Santa Barbara Wine Country, choose from one of many affordable tours that take you to a selection of vineyards over the course of a day. The adventurous should try an unforgettable bike or horse-riding tour of the spectacular landscape. 

Vineyards charge a small wine-tasting fee and are open daily. 


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Chumash Casino Resort CA $145
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Chumash Casino Resort

Chumash Casino Resort

3400 East Highway 246, Santa Ynez, CA
     
    4.5 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    I enjoyed my stay at Chumash Casino Resort, very nice and clean casino.

    Hotel Corque CA $143
    Reviewed on Aug. 6, 2020
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    Hotel Corque

    Hotel Corque

    400 Alisal Rd., Solvang, CA
       
      4.6 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Friendly staff. Good health precautions by requiring masks. Didn’t like the pool area. Wish there was a reservation and time limit; otherwise, what’s happening is first come first use and they most likely stay there for the whole day ( ppl with kids, especially). We weren’t able to use the pool because ...

      Sideways Inn CA $145
      Reviewed on Aug. 2, 2020
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      Sideways Inn

      Sideways Inn

      114 E Highway 246, Buellton, CA
         
        4.5 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Bathroom lock did not work. But overall satisfied.

        Wine Valley Inn CA $170
        Reviewed on Aug. 5, 2020
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        Wine Valley Inn

        Wine Valley Inn

        1564 Copenhagen Dr, Solvang, CA
           
          4.1 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Very clean and nice. Loved the room and the town is adorable. They even had dog treats and water for our dogs. Wish they would of made it more clear that the Happy Hour was closed as it was listed in everything handed to us... but overall great experience.

          Vinland Hotel and Lounge CA $151
          Reviewed on Jul. 29, 2020
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          Vinland Hotel and Lounge

          Vinland Hotel and Lounge

          1455 Mission Dr, Solvang, CA
             
            4.5 of 5
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            The room was excellent. It was clean and newly renovated

            Hadsten House CA $129
            Reviewed on Aug. 3, 2020
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            Hadsten House

            Hadsten House

            1450 Mission Dr, Solvang, CA
               
              4.5 of 5
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Room is clean, the bed is very comfortable. I’ll definitely come back again.

              Pea Soup Andersen's Inn CA $114
              Reviewed on Jul. 22, 2020
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              Pea Soup Andersen's Inn

              Pea Soup Andersen's Inn

              51 East Hwy. 246, Buellton, CA
                 
                4.4 of 5
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Quie ,clean and close to everything . Front desk very helpfull .

                Royal Copenhagen Inn CA $124
                Reviewed on Aug. 4, 2020
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                Royal Copenhagen Inn

                Royal Copenhagen Inn

                1579 Mission drive, Solvang, CA
                   
                  4.4 of 5
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  My husband and I loved our stay, we had a nice clean room that included a mini fridge. We parked our car right in front of our room. It was nice and quiet. We needed some extra pillows and they brought the right away. Their customer service is excellent and the locatipn is perfect. We will be ...

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