Joel Sansone in front of his "Stellarscape"
Vitreous enamel on copper is art. Who knew?
Long before Los Olivos turned into the wine tasting room mecca it is today, Joel and Pamela Sansone relocated from the Los Angeles area to turn their passion for art into a full time job. Today, their studio is [...]
This bike ride is may favorite loop through the Santa Ynez Valley. I have named it the SYV Coffee House Bike Loop simply because it passes by five of the best coffee houses in the Valley, any of which are a great meeting place to start your ride. I have chosen the Valley Grind as [...]
California Poppies – Santa Ynez Valley
Spring has sprung in the Santa Ynez Valley. If you enjoy wildflowers the trek up Figueroa Mountain Road is well worth the trip for outstanding views and an abundance of California Poppies and Lupine. Be forewarned, the drive can be steep and windy and you should plan on [...]
Photo: J. Woeste – Los Olivos, CA
When you are ready for a change of pace from the tasting rooms of Los Olivos drop into J. Woeste and explore all the treasures for your home and garden. Plants, pottery, ceramics, bird houses, statuary, fountains, books, candles, signage, flowers….whether you are looking for a gift [...]
Photo: Clairmont Farms Lavender – Los Olivos
Clairmont Farms is a delightful little place to visit on your way to or from Los Olivos. Meryl and Glenn have been growing and processing Grosso lavender on their organic farm for the past 12 years and they welcome visitors to come and enjoy the beauty of [...]
The Santa Ynez Valley is approximately 35 miles north of Santa Barbara and rests between the Santa Ynez Mountains to the south and the San Rafael Mountains to the north. The area is comprised of the communities of Santa Ynez, Solvang, Los Olivos, Ballard and Buellton and the total population is about 20,000. A great [...]
I am so glad you found “Santa Ynez Valley Favorites.” This website is meant to point you to my favorite local spots in the Santa Ynez Valley including Los Olivos, Ballard, Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez and places along Highway 154. Restaurants, attractions, entertainment, bike rides, scenic drives, wine tasting, dining, nightlife, given time I hope [...]