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 [...]
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: 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 [...]
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 [...]