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Los Alamos, California – Why You Really Should Visit Soon

Los Alamos California is located 45 miles north of Santa Barbara. This charming little town has become a destination for visitors who appreciate wine, food, art, and antiques. Everywhere you go, you are struck by how friendly everyone is.

Bedford Winery

It’s easy to find your way around the Los Alamos. There’s a single street in the business district and it’s the one you drive in on from Hwy. 101. We visited recently while wine tasting in the Santa Barbara area.
We decided to park our car and explore the small town on foot. Our first stop was Bedford Winery where we visited with Stephan Bedford. Both the conversation and the wines were great and we walked away with some fabulous wines including a dry Gewurtraminer.



Casa Dumetz - Los Alamos California Our next stop was Casa Dumetz, owned by actor and director, Emilio Estevez and his fiancee Sonja Magdevsk, who is also the wine maker. They use grapes grown at their Malibu estate as well as grapes from throughout the Santa Ynez Valley.

We loved the wines and the friendly charm of the tasting room hostess, Chloe. They host a speaker series on Friday evenings on a variety of different topics and everyone is invited to join in.


Victorian Mansion

We spent the night at the Victorian Mansion. This unique bed and breakfast offers six themed rooms. After we checked in, the hostess, Denise gave us a tour of the inn so we got to see all of the rooms.

We stayed in the Roman Suite where we slept in a chariot and stepped up into a huge soaking tub to relax our worries away. The attention to detail was amazing!

Victorian Mansion Los Alamos, California

Next time, we want to try the 50s Suite, which features a 1956 Cadillac convertible parked at a romantic drive-in movie. There are neon lights, a mood-setting snack bar mural, inviting fireplace and private hot tub. A fun blast to the past!



If you visit, be sure to dine at Full of Life Flatbread. The flatbread pizzas are cooked in a wood-fired oven using local woods and local, seasonal ingredients. They have specialty pizzas as well as entrees that change weekly. The food is sensational. Leave room for dessert. Our favorite is the s’mores, homemade marshmallow oven-roasted atop Chocolate Espresso Cookies with Chocolate Sauce.

There are a number of other restaurants that locals recommend. You’ll also find interesting art and antique shops to browse. Park your car on Bell Street to explore Los Alamos California on foot!

Los Alamos California – Addresses & Telephone Numbers

Bedford Winery
Address: 448 Bell St., Los Alamos California 93440
Telephone: (805) 344-2107
Open daily 11AM – 5PM

Casa Dumetz
Address: 388 Bell St., Los Alamos California 93440
Telephone: (805) 344-1900
Open Thurs. Noon-7PM; Fri. – Sat. 11AM – 7PM; Sun. 11AM – 6PM

Victorian Mansion
Address: 326 Bell St., Los Alamos California 93440
Telephone: (805) 344-1300

Full of Life
Address: 225 Bell St., Los Alamos California 93440
Telephone: (805) 344-4400
Open Thurs. 5PM – 9PM; Fri. – Sat. 5PM – 10PM; Sun. 4PM – 8PM

Santa Barbara County Wine Tasting

Melville Winery - Santa Barbara

Melville Winery

Many world class wineries are scattered through Santa Barbara County. This is area is especially known for their fabulous Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah wines. Click Here to learn more about specific wineries that you don’t want to miss!

September 2017 – Fun Things to Do in the Wine Country

September Events You Don’t Want to Miss

September 2017 Fun Things to Do in the Wine Country
September 2017 – Mark your calendar now. There are many fun things to do in the Wine Country that will be happening soon. Make plans soon as many of these events do sell out.

Experience wine, food, music, and art. Kayak down the Russian River in Sonoma County. Watch a turkey race. Observe and learn how wines are harvested. Visit a reptile exhibit. Attend a small town barbecue. It’s all happening September 2017!


Millbrae Art & Wine Festival
September 3-4: The Last Blast of Summer

Celebrate the end of summer with the spirit and flavor of the Big Easy. Experience two days of music and wine at the 47th Annual Millbrae Art & Wine Festival. Browses the booths of high quality original works of art.
Check out the classic cars on display. This will be a weekend of Mardi Gras-style fun!


Sonoma Wine Country Weekend
September 4-6: Sonoma Wine Country Weekend
Head to Sonoma State University for this annual event. Wineries from throughout Sonoma County will be pouring wine. Local chefs will be preparing food paired with wine.

Enjoy live music as well as winemaker lunches, dinners, and barbecues. Sign up for seminars and demonstrations. The Sonoma Wine Country Weekend promises to be a full of wine, food, and fun.


Pinot Noir GrapesSeptember 8-9: Winesong Weekend
Escape to scenic Mendocino for two days of fun. On Friday guys will gather at the Little River Inn overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Sample Pinot Noir from over 30 wineries. Meet the winemakers and sample culinary delights paired with the wines. On Saturday the celebration moves to the Mendocino Botanical Gardens. Stroll through the gorgeous gardens sipping on wine and beer. Sample food from regional chefs. Enjoy live music, auctions, and fabulous art.


Calistoga wineries September 9: Calistoga Wine Experience
Join in the fun at Pioneer Park in Calistoga. 40 Calistoga wineries will be pour wine along with gourmet bites from local chefs. It’s a chance to mingle with the winemakers and winery owners. Enjoy live music as well.

Find out why Calistoga was recently voted “One of the Top !0 Wine Destinations in the World” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.


Red Wine in Glasse4s
September 10: Taste of Downtown Livermore

Participate in a culinary stroll through downtown Livermore. Restaurants will be offering tastes of their delicious culinary creations. Shops are hosting wine and beer tastings. There will be live entertainment as well. This is a great time to explore the charming city of Livermore.


Capitola, CaliforniaSeptember 10-11: Capitola Art & Wine Festival
Visit the quaint village of Capitola overlooking Monterey Bay. Sip wine from over 22 Santa Cruz wineries. Browse the works of more than 160 fine artists. Enjoy live music and other performances. Try gourmet food from local restaurants. It’s still summer at this delightful little beach town!


Canoe Down the Russian River September 10-11: Russian River Jazz Festival
The focus at the Russian River Jazz Festival is on the music. There will be two stages of music. You can also taste local wines, dine on world class cuisine, and purchase art, apparel, and unique gifts from vendors. Experience the Russian River up close by taking a canoe, kayak or paddle boat ride. Camping is even available complete with BBQ area and laundry facilities. This is the perfect time to spend some time on the river.


September 14-17: Lodi Grape Festivalgrapevine
The Grape Festival is a long time Lodi tradition. It’s four days of continuous fun for the whole family. Enjoy live music and wine tasting. More unusual is their reptile exhibit, comedy circus show turkey races, BMX Bicycle Show, and live stingray experience. There will also be displays of quilts, art, photography, and floriculture.


Grape HarvestSeptember 16-18: Sonoma Valley Crush – Sonoma
Get involved in the 2017 Sonoma Valley Crush. Learn how grapes are harvested. Sample grapes in the vineyard. Tour a crush pad. Taste fermenting wine. 12 participating wineries will be teaching you the processes behind wine making. Enjoy wine tasting in the beautiful Sonoma Valley.


jazz September 16-18: Monterey Jazz Festival
Over 500 artists will be performing at this year’s festival. It’s considered by many to be the best jazz festival in the world. Enjoy the gorgeous grounds of the Monterey County Fairgrounds where there will be eight stages of live jazz. Experience the Jazz Festival – September 2017.


goat September 17-18: Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival
The 36th Annual Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival is sure to be a weekend of full of fun for the entire family. Taste wine and craft beer. Enjoy live entertainment on three stages. Visit arts and crafts booth. Carnival rides, a petting zoo, and games for children will be located in the Kids Kingdom area.


Casa Dumetz WinesSeptember 23-25: Los Alamos Old Days – North of Santa Barbara
This celebration honors the small town’s western heritage. Events include a 5 K Run/Walk, parade, car show, chili cook off, and silent auction. There’s a BBQ and live music as well. Los Alamos is a charming little town north of Santa Barbara. There are a few wineries with tasting rooms downtown, antique shops, and a fabulous place to stay and dine.
Learn more about Los Alamos.


Newport Beach, CaliforniaSeptember 29-October 2: Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival
Experience a variety of one-of-a-kind dinners by celebrity chefs in September 2017. Taste food from 40 top restaurants. Sip wine, spirits, and craft beer. Attend cooking demonstrations, tasting panels, and fascinating workshops.

Enjoy the beautiful area of Newport Beach and go wine tasting at Orange County Wineries.


If you attend any of the September 2017 Events listed here, please let us know in the comment section below what you thought. Our visitors will benefit from your experience.


Santa Barbara Travel Information – How to Have Fun in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Travel Information
Santa Barbara Travel Information is the ultimate guide of things to do in Santa Barbara. This lovely city is located between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. It’s known as the “American Riveria” because of its Mediteranian climate and stunning ocean views. It’s a popular resort destination.


Fun Things to Do in Santa Barbara


Santa Barbara Wine CountryGo Wine Tasting at Wineries
Santa Barbara is home to many world class wineries. Most wineries are located in the Santa Ynez Valley. However, there are wineries scattered throughout Santa Barbara County. Take time to explore the urban wineries in Santa Barbara, Solvang, Buellton, Los Olivos, Santa Maria, and Lompoc. This area is most recognized for its outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. However, many other varietals are also produced. Learn about these wineries. Plan a tour of these wineries soon!

Stearns Wharf - Santa Barbara PierThere’s lots to do at Stearn’s Wharf. Dine, fish, shop, have your palm read. There’s even an interactive marine museum. East Beach is located next to the pier. Relax on the beach, swim in the ocean, or play a game of beach volleyball. Enjoy the skateboard park just east of the wharf. Rent a bike or surrey or even walk down the Cabrillo Bike Path that runs along the coastline.

Santa Barbara Brewing


Santa Barbara Brewing

Taste Craft Beer
Santa Barbara has a number of breweries where you can taste handcrafted, quality brews. Many of these breweries also serve food and televisions. Some have live music. It’s easy to find good beer in a fun setting. Browse the list and make plans to check out the Santa Barbara beer scene!

Santa Barbara Golf Club

Santa Barbara Golf Club


Make reservations to play a round of golf at the wonderful Santa Barbara Golf Courses Many courses overlook the Pacific Ocean. Others have scenic mountain views. Find the course that fits your needs.

Nojoqui Falls Santa Barbara

Hike to Nojoqui Falls. This is a short hike to a waterfall that has a 80 foot drop. Spring is the best time for this hike because the falls will disappear by summer. This hike through a shady canyon is less than a mile roundtrip. Nojoqui Falls is seven miles south of Solvang, not far off of Highway 101.

Victorian Mansion

Victorian Mansion


Explore the charming town of Los Alamos, which is 45 miles south of Santa Barbara. Browse the antique shops. Taste wine at the tasting rooms. Enjoy a wonderful meal at Full of Life Flatbread. They have the most delicious wood-fired pizzas. Stay at the Victorian Inn where you will find the most unique themed rooms. This small town is quickly becoming known as a place to “get alway from it all”.


Where to Stay in Santa Barbara


Santa Barbara is a popular vacation destination. You will find all of the typical hotel chains in the area. There are many choices for lodging. Consider staying overnight at one of these unique options:

Simpson House Inn Santa BarbaraSimpson House Inn is a beautiful Santa Barbara Bed and Breakfast. The lush gardens are lovely. Staff is friendly and welcoming. Rooms are well appointed. Food is excellent. This is the place to go if you want to be pampered. Simpson House is the only bed and breakfast in North America that is rated 5 diamonds by AAA.

El Capitan Canyon - luxury camping
El Capitan Canyon
offers unique lodging in Santa Barbara. This resort offers a “glamping” experience. It’s camping, but with all of the luxuries of home. Enjoy luxury accommodations complete with private bathroom and down comforters. There’s a campfire and picnic table outside each luxury cabin or tent. Ride a bike down to the beach. It’s your chance to be close to nature, but still have all the amenities you desire.

This Santa Barbara Travel Information guide also recommends The Fess Parker Doubletree if you are looking for a hotel on the beach. This dog-friendly hotel offers upscale accommodations. Many rooms have an ocean view and there’s also a bar with an ocean view.


Where to Eat in Santa Barbara


Jane Restaurant - Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara Travel Information has a number of recommendations for dining in the area. One of our favorites is a small restaurant on State Street called Jane. The food is fabulous and the price is quite reasonable. It’s a family owned restaurant that takes pride in their service. Don’t miss a chance to have their signature dessert, coconut cake!

You can’t go wrong with Bouchon for exceptional fine dining in a French atmosphere. It’s a charming restaurant with excellent service. If you are in the mood for authentic Mexican cuisine, head to Mony’s Mexican Food. Enjoy great food at a reasonable price. This small restaurant is extremely popular. Many find it convenient to order their meal take-out. Pizza lovers rave about Olio Pizzeria. They have a large variety of delicious pizzas and salads to choose from. Friendly service in a comfortable, relaxing setting.


Please leave a comment below regarding this Santa Barbara Travel Information. We would love to hear about your experiences in Santa Barbara.


Wine Country Vacation – Make Plans Now!

Victorian Mansion - Los Alamos, California

Victorian Mansion in Los Alamos

Learn about the best accommodations for your next Wine Country Vacation. Enjoy unique bed and breakfast inns, luxury camping, and unique hotels for your getaway.

It’s easy to book lodging at the typical hotel chains you find in every city in California. There are many great hotels with good facilities. Sometimes, though, it’s more fun to stay in unique places that make the trip more special.

As we’ve travel around California, we have found unique accommodations that we would like to share with you. We have actually stayed at these places. All are places that we highly recommend and would be eager to visit again.

 

Click on the region you plan to visit on your wine country vacation. You will learn about incredible accommodations recommended by Cheers2Wine.

California Wine Regions – Recommended Places to Stay

Scenic Napa Valley RoadNapa Valley
Stay at an historic golf and tennis resort in Napa. Enjoy a delightful resort surrounded by redwoods in St. Helena. Select a beautiful spa resort that’s walking distance to all of the famous restaurants in Yountville.
Learn about Napa Wineries


sonoma county Sonoma County
Relax in scenic Sonoma at the most luxurious bed and breakfast inn with every amenity you can think of in Healdsburg. Stay at unique romantic cottages in Windsor.
Learn about Sonoma Wineries


Man Drinking Wine in the Wine CountrySouthern California
Enjoy the best of Southern California hotels on your next vacation to Southern California. Enjoy a beach hotel with ocean views in San Diego. Pamper yourself at an elegant Italian inspired villa in the heart of the Temecula Valley.
Learn about Southern California Wineries


Sterns Wharf Santa Barbara Central Coast
Treat yourself to ocean views all along the coast. Pamper yourself at a luxurious bed and breakfast inn in Santa Barbara. Enjoy a hot springs resort in San Luis Obispo. Go luxury camping in Santa Barbara. Sleep in African bungalows with wild animals close by. Be amazed by the uniquely themed rooms in San Luis Obispo. Rent a house in Cambria for a group stay of up to 29 people.


El Dorado CountySierra Foothill
Head for the hills for fresh mountain air, great wineries, and spectacular scenery. Discover charming bed and breakfast inns in Sutter Creek, Murphys, and Twain Harte. Don’t miss a chance to visit Yosemite National Park. At Yosemite you can enjoy tent camping, a luxury resort, or rent a vacation home.
Learn about Sierra Foothill Wineries


Central Valley
Lodi VineyardStay at a unique Wine Country Resort in Lodi. Enjoy a hotel perched along the Sacramento River. Both offer spa services and special amenities that make them stand out from other accommodations. They are definitely unique places to stay. Both have incredible restaurants in which to dine during your stay.
Learn about Central Valley Wineries


Have you stayed at any of these accommodations on a wine country vacation? If you have, we would love to know what you thought about the experience. Leave a comment below.


Santa Barbara Golf

Santa Barbara GolfTake time for a round of golf at one of these challenging Santa Barbara golf courses the next time you visit Santa Barbara wineries. What can be better than golf & wine?

Find scenic golf courses located throughout Santa Barbara County. Reservations are recommended at most courses. Click on the link for each golf course to learn more about the course. Please note that many of the courses in Santa Barbara are private clubs.

Other Things to Do in Santa Barbara


Foxen Vineyard

Foxen Vineyard


Santa Barbara has a large number of outstanding wineries that you should visit. The area is known for producing some of the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wine. Wineries are scattered throughout the county.
Guide to Santa Barbara Wineries

Victorian Mansion - Los Alamos, California

Victorian Mansion

Explore the charming little town of Los Alamos, which is north of Santa Barbara. Browse through the antique shops. Taste wine at the wine tasting rooms. Dine at one of the great little restaurants. Stay (or at least look at) the unique Victorian Mansion. It’s been turned into a bed and breakfast with unique themed rooms. The decor is amazing with great attention to detail. Learn About Los Alamos

Nojoqui FallsTake the short hike to Nojoqui Falls
These falls are located in a Santa Barbara County Park called Nojoqui Falls Regional Park. The hike is less than a mile round trip. Nojoqui Falls is 7 miles southwest of Solvang off of Highway 99. The falls have an 80 foot drop over a stone wall. It’s a nice little hike. It’s best to go in early spring when there is lots of water. It does dry up during the summer. Bring a picnic and enjoy some time outdoors.


Golf Courses in Santa Barbara


Birnam Wood Golf Club
Address: 2031 Packing House RdSanta Barbara
Telephone: (805) 969-0919
Par: 70
Designer: Robert Trent Jones
Birname Wood Golf Club is a private golf course.


Glen Annie GolfGlen Annie Golf Club
Address: 405 Glen Annie Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93117
Telephone: (805) 968-6400 405 Glen Annie Rd., Goleta
Par: 71
Designer: Robert Muir Graves
This public course is located in the rolling hills of scenic Santa Barbara. Enjoy panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands. Reasonable green fees.


Hidden Oaks GolfHidden Oaks Golf Course
Address: 4760 Calle Camarada, Santa Barbara
Telephone: (805) 967-3493
Par: 27
Designer: Billy Casper
This is a 9-hole course.


La Cumbre Country ClubLa Cumbre Country Club
Address: 4015 Via Laguna, Santa Barbara
Telephone: (805) 687-2421
Par: 71
Designer: William F. Bell
Enjoy spectacular scenery at this private course.


Montecito Country Club
Address: 920 Summit Rd., Santa Barbara
Telephone: (805) 969-0800
Par: 71
Designers: Max Behr and Jack Nicklaus
Montecito Country Club is a gorgeous private club.


Ocean Meadows GolfOcean Meadow Golf CourseAddress: 6925 Whittier Dr., Goleta,
Telephone: (805) 968-6814
Par: 36
Designer: David A. Rainville
Ocean Meadow is a 9-hole golf course. THIS COURSE IS NOW CLOSED. LET’S SEE IF IT REOPENS.


Rancho San Marcos Golf CourseAddress: 4600 Highway 154, Santa Barbara,
Telephone: (877) 776-1804
Par: 71
Designer: Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
You can’t help buy enjoy the tranquil surroundings at this beautiful golf course. The views of the Santa Ynez River Valley are truly stunning.


Sandpiper GolfSandpiper Golf CourseAddress: 7925 Hollister Ave., Santa Barbara
Telephone: (805) 968-1541
Par: 72
Designer: William F. Bell
You’ll love the breathtaking ocean and mountain views from every hole.


Santa Barbara Golf Club Santa Barbara Golf Club
Address: 3500 McCaw Ave., Santa Barbara
Telephone: (805) 687-7087
Par: 70
Designer: William Hughes
Enjoy sweeping views of the Santa Ynez foothills and the Pacific Ocean as you play golf at the Santa Barbara Golf Club.


Valley Club of Montecito
Address: 1901 E Valley Rd., Santa Barbara
Telephone: (805) 969-4681
Par: 72
Designer: Alister MacKenzie and Robert Hunter
This is a private golf, tennis, and social club.


Have you played a round of golf at any of these Santa Barbara golf courses? If you have, please leave a comment below sharing your opinion with us.