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 [...]

The SYV Coffee House Bike Loop

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 [...]

Refugio Road, Santa Ynez CA

Top of Refugio Road – Santa Ynez, CA

So, you’re in the Santa Ynez Valley, you don’t have a lot of time or money but want something active to do where you can experience “The Valley.” My suggestion would be a hike or mountain bike ride up Refugio Road. A few miles past the [...]

Longhorn Coffee Shop

Longhorn Coffee Shop – Santa Ynez, CA

The local hang out for breakfast in Santa Ynez is definitely the Longhorn Coffee Shop on Sagunto Street. Serving up breakfast and lunch daily for nearly 40 years, I think it is safe to characterize this place as one of the best greasy spoon in Southern California. [...]

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 [...]

Brothers Restaurant at Mattei’s Tavern

Brothers Restaurant at Mattei's Tavern – Los Olivos

5/5/12 Update:

Sadly Brothers Restaurant at Mattei’s Tavern has closed. The old stage coach stop has become a ghost town.

The good news is the brothers have opened a new restaurant literally around the corner at the old Sides Hardware location (Patrick’s Side Street Cafe.) “Sides [...]

Figueroa Mountain Road

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 [...]

Santa Barbara Soaring (was Windhaven Glider Rides)

Photo: Dad and Maria at Windhaven Glider Rides – Santa Ynez

If you want a completely unique experience while you are in the Santa Ynez Valley then make your way over to the Santa Ynez Airport, just off Highway 246, and check out Windhaven Glider Rides. What better way to view the Valley than [...]

Maverick Saloon & Hayloft Grill

Photo: Maverick Saloon and Hayloft Grill – Santa Ynez

It’s Friday night in Santa Ynez and you have just finished dinner. Now what? Well, if you’re looking to party the Maverick Saloon is the place to go. With live entertainment, a huge dance floor and a hand shake from Ronny and a howdy from [...]

Corner House Coffee

Photo: Corner House Coffee – Los Olivos

One of my favorite places to start off my day is the Corner House Coffee shop just off Highway 154 in Los Olivos. Located in one of the oldest buildings in Los Olivos, the remodeled house features open beam ceilings, natural wood interior/exterior and corrugated [...]