An overnight getaway in wine country, just what the wine doctor ordered. (Yes…I’m aware there is no such things as a wine doctor, but let a girl dream!)
I love exploring places that are slightly off the beaten track. These small, quiet, charming, down to earth towns have so much to offer visitors.
Sometimes that’s how I feel about Santa Barbara Wine Country. This area has so much to offer but people think they need to travel to Napa to get the real deal wine experience.
Well here I am to convince you that you gotta explore Santa Barbara Wine Country. And if you’re looking for a spot to enjoy a weekend away, have a girls trip, or spend some quality time with bae….you’re gonna love it here!
This was a quick overnight trip for us, after exploring Yosemite National Park we needed some time away to enjoy the finer things in life. Everything in balance and moderation. Right?!? The key to life.
Population: 1,890 & super dog friendly
This was my first time visiting and staying in Los Alamos. And I must say I quickly fell in love with this very small but rather charming Old West style town known for great food, wine, and antiquing!
This town has some rich history seeing as it was established in 1876 as a stagecoach stop. The Union Hotel opened its doors in 1880 and is still around today! The hotel is considered haunted and houses large events and even weddings.
The only catch you currently can’t book individual rooms. You rent out the whole hotel for your event. So cool though. Huh?!?! Lemon told me she’s getting married here! Any takers?!?
Make sure you visit the Union Hotel saloon. (Door on the right in photo above.) We opened the saloons doors to a lively bar. People were playing shuffle board, enjoys drinks and delicious food, and listening to fantastic live music.
Oh and check out the saloon website. They even start by saying, “leave your pistol at the door and saddle up to the bar”, you can check out the vibe and menu on the website.
Now I must say again…this town is very small. The touristy section is roughly 7 blocks or so. (Bell St. runs through it, this is the street you’ll wanna hit up.) So you can take it all in on one trip. Also a quick tip most locations are closed during mid-week and open Thursday to Monday.
After checking out the town we set our sites on the dog friendly hip western minimalistic hotel Alamo Motel.
The property is so awesome. It’s located right in the center of town with a Municipal Winemakers Tasting Room, a lively fire pit area, and a killer tree swing!
And of course Lemon made some new friends!
After a day in Los Alamos it was time to head to a winery to kick back, relax, and taste some wine. Los Olivos is where wine lovers go. There are tons of adorable tasting rooms to check out, art gallaries to visit, and great food.
On this trip I picked Fess Parker Winery and Vineyard to visit.
My main reason for selecting was because it got great reviews for pets. Although pets aren’t allowed in the tasting room, there is a large grass area for them to explore. Which Lemon fell in love with!
They also have a large outdoor patio area for humans to enjoy! 🙂
There are so many other wineries to visit as well. Just check out this sign in front of Fess Parker!
Ok, we’re out of here…Grabbing water so we don’t have a wine headache tomorrow.