Nojoqui Falls

Nojoqui Falls – Gaviota, California

Hidden at the back of a box canyon near the Gaviota Pass are the impressive 160 foot Nojoqui Falls. Pronounced NAH-ho-wee, the word is of Chumash origin and means honeymoon place. Water spills over these falls year round but if you can catch the falls after a recent rain [...]

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 [...]

Performance Fitness

Photo: Performance Fitness – Solvang

If you are anything like my brother Jim and his family then it does not matter that you are on vacation, you still need to get in a good workout. If the gym at your hotel is lacking the gear, or maybe there is no gym at all, then [...]

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 [...]