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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]