Z Folio Gallery

Penguin Family Blue Turquoise – by Jan Machalek

Amidst the t-shirt, souvenir and trinket shops of Solvang lies a gem – Z Folio Gallery. Hand crafted jewelry and glass and wood art from around the world. The artistic displays are complemented nicely by the over-sized photographic prints which cover the walls. As soon as [...]

Valley Grind

Coffee, coffee, coffee…some days it seems like I cannot get enough Most of my weekdays start off at the Valley Grind in Santa Ynez where I pick up my caffeine to go and head off to work. Chelsey is there to greet me with a smiling face and cheery “Good morning!” and already has my [...]

Sansone Studio Gallery

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 [...]

J. Woeste Home and Garden Treasures

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 [...]

Dittmar’s Apples

Photo: Dittmar's Apples – Solvang

Also know as Greenhaven Apple Orchard, Dittmar’s Apples on Alamo Pintado Road in Solvang, is the perfect place to get fresh picked apples between August and December. One of just a handful of apple orchards in Santa Barbara County, Dittmar’s was the first orchard in the Santa Ynez Valley [...]

The Artistic Pony Studio, Ltd.

Photo: The Artistic Pony Studio, Ltd. – Solvang

A favorite of both locals and visitors to the Santa Ynez Valley is The Artistic Pony Studio, Ltd. If you are looking for handmade or traditional jewelry at reasonable prices, this is definitely the place to go. Over 20 artists are on display with pieces [...]

Clairmont Farms

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 Taproom at Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Photo: The Taproom – Buellton

I have to say, when it comes to restaurants for dinner in Buellton, the Taproom at Firestone Walking Brewing Company has to be my favorite. Open daily for dinner, The Taproom specializes in tasty dishes made from fresh local and regional ingredients. With soup, salads, steak, chops, seafood, pasta, [...]

Rolling Hills Garden Center

Photo: Rolling Hills Garden Center – Buellton

Just off Route 246 in Buellton, Rolling Hills Garden Center has everything you need to decorate your garden. Yes, decorate. Rolling Hills is the best place to find garden art. From glass and metal mobile sculpture to old rusted farm tools, unique pottery to birdbaths and statuary [...]

The Communities of the Santa Ynez Valley

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 [...]