santa barbara family adventures: wine country

Welcome to another installment of my personal travels with the husband. To celebrate summer and the start of a very busy summer wedding season, we took a few days off to adventure around the Santa Barbara wine country. We decided to partake on a bit of the “Sideways” tour, by visiting certain landmarks from the movie, while also visiting a few fave spots and a few never before visited places. The husband decided to call this trip the “No Reservations” adventure. This trip was planned very last minute and thus, we made no reservations (but we did have a back up plan just in case).

Our adventure started with a bit of driving – through Los Angeles to the Los Padres National Forest for a day of hiking and camping, where we planned to look for an open camp site for the night.  Voila we found two camp sites, picked our favorite and settled in for the day.  We came upon the Paradise Store, where we grabbed a quick bite, food for the night and snapped a few photographs for memories sake.  Afterwards…we indulged in a bit of swimming at a small water spot in the canyon and then we came upon a small little tavern in the middle of nowhere…truly paradise.  This trip was starting off fabulously, which is a great thing!

The next morning, we drove into the small towns of Los Olivos, Solvang, Buellton and Los Alamos.  There, we wandered around, shopped through antique stores, perused through local family owned farms for fresh fare, and went wine tasting.  We found the most interesting places, tasted some amazing wine and made friendlies with the locals.

A little blog love for some of the places that we stopped in…if you ever have a chance to visit these places, spread some love and enjoy!

Foxen Winery, Santa Maria

Enjoy Cupcakes, Los Olivos

Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyard, Buellton

Full of Life Flatbread, Los Alamos

Skyview Motel, Los Alamos

Ostrichland USA, Buellton

Needless to say, this trip was amazing.  This adventure provided a bit of everything for me…therapy, motivation, inspiration, relaxation, spending time with my best friend, and falling in love with the locals. Check out some of our fun…




















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  • Tera Gabriel

    Love the photos! I wish we could have taken you to Spain and Morocco with us Eva! You are incredibly talented!


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