Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Weekend Getaway: Santa Ynez Valley

Last weekend my family and I meandered our way down the 101 to the Santa Ynez Valley for a weekend getaway.  We spent our days wine tasting at boutique wineries, eating italian food, and soaking up the sunshine and rolling hill views.

Our home for the weekend
We stayed here, which I found on VRBO.com-my favorite site ever for vacation rentals!  The ranch-style house was perfect for a large group and included a game room, enough beds for 5 couples, bocce ball court, and a bunch of outdoor seating.  The owner was great and always responsive to any of my questions I had regarding the rental.

On Saturday, we hopped in a limo and wrapped our way up Foxen Canyon Road to visit a few wineries. We started at Tres Hermanas, a quaint, no frills boutique winery.   Then we headed to Demetria Winery, a great stop for a picnic lunch with amazing views.  Our picnic table was tucked away in the trees just beyond the tasting room.  We picked our lunch up in the morning from Panino in Los Olivos.
We finished the weekend off by playing at a friends ranch and eating at Grappolo's, a tiny Italian hotspot in Santa Ynez.  The bruschetta, margherita pizza, and linguine mare monte were some of our favorites!

Until next time, Santa Ynez!

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