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 Los Alamos California

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!

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.


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Wine Country Accommodations Santa Barbara

El Capitan Canyon

wine country accommodations santa barbara
Looking for unique wine country accommodations Santa Barbara? El Capitan Canyon offers luxury camping with all the comforts of home. It’s perfect for couples who want to be close to nature, but prefer to be pampered. This facility offers a camping experience for those who also seek luxury.

El Capitan Santa Barbara

Steve checking out the view from our cabin.

Located 15 miles north of Santa Barbara, El Capitan Canyon offers cedar cabins and safari tents on a daily basis. They all have fire pits and a picnic table outside.

Firewood, marshmallows, skewers (as well as other items) are available in the market. All accommodations include a bed or beds with down comforters. There’s a heated outdoor swimming pool and El Capitan Beach is a bicycle ride away.

El Capitan Canyon - luxury camping The 100 cedar cabins all have full bathrooms, linens, towels, kitchenettes, electricity, and telephones. Some cabins include a fireplace and a Jacuzzi bathtub. You can get a cabin with a queen, king, or 2 double beds.

We went in January as an after-Christmas getaway. We stayed in a creek side cabin. A friendly attendant led us to our cabin and answered all of our questions. The entrance to the cabin faced the creek. The large windows allowed us to enjoy the view of the oak and sycamore trees from inside.

We slept very comfortably. It was so quiet! The only noises we heard were the sounds of the creek rolling past our cabin and early morning birds singing in the trees.

El Capitan TentThe 22 safari tents are 12 feet by 14 feet and are on raised wooden decks with queen beds. The bathroom and shower facilities for the tents are located nearby.

We first heard about El Capitan Canyon from our niece and her husband who celebrated an anniversary here. They were impressed with these wine country accommodations Santa Barbara and highly recommended El Capitan.

A few weeks later a local newspaper featured El Capitan Canyon in an article about luxury camping. We decided we needed to try this unique place for ourselves.

El Capitan Bikes

Complimentary Bikes

There were an abundance of bicycles available and their use is complimentary for guests. If we had more time, we would have ridden bikes down to the beach. You can also arrange for a massage in your cabin or tent.

We thoroughly enjoyed the wine country accommodations Santa Barbara provided at El Capitan Canyon and plan to return again soon.

Deer at El Capitan Canyon
We really did feel like we were camping. We felt surrounded by nature, hiked the trails, and enjoyed a blazing campfire. If you want to camp without all the hassles of packing endless amounts of supplies, this is the place for you. We just brought our clothes and a flashlight and had a great time.

Next time we go to El Capitan Canyon, we hope to visit during May-October when they offer weekly jazz dinner concerts. Consider this unique place if you are looking for accommodations in Santa Barbara.The wine country is just a short drive away and the friendly staff will supply you with latest wine tasting information and maps.

Fun Things to Do in Santa Barbara

Melville Winery

Melville Winery

There are so many things to do and see in Santa Barbara. It’s especially known for its breathtaking scenery and world class wineries. Wineries are scattered throughout the county. This area is known for their high quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah. However, they produce many other fantastic wines. We have all of the information you need about Santa Barbara wineries. Winery Information

Stearns Wharf Santa Barbara

Stearns Wharf

Stearns Wharf is the oldest working wharf in California and a center for activity in the city of Santa Barbara. The wharf is the place to go for dining, shopping, biking, walking, skateboarding, watching the fascinating marine life, and enjoying the ocean scenery. More About Stearns Wharf

Sanpiper Golf Course Santa Barbara

Sandpiper Golf Course

Play a round of golf at one of the many spectacular courses in Santa Barbara. There are courses for every ability level and several are known for their scenic ocean views. You will find a wide choice of courses both public and private in the area. Golf Course Information

beer

If you are a beer lover, be sure to check out the local brew. Some Santa Barbara breweries just have beer but others offer food, live music, darts, and other entertainment. There are many exciting breweries in the area including Firestone, Santa Barbara Brewing Company, Union Ale, Telegraph Brewing Company, and Hollister Brewing. Santa Barbara Breweries


Wine Country Accommodations Santa Barbara ~ El Capitan Canyon:

Contact Information
Address: 11560 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93117
Telephone: (866) 352-2729

Directions: From Hwy. 101 exit at El Capitan State Beach.

If you are traveling north, continue straight on the frontage road which is called Calle Real. Turn right into the entrance.

If you are traveling south, turn left at the stop sign. Drive under the freeway, turning left onto Calle Real. The entrance to these wine country accomodations is on the right.

Our #1 Recommendation for Wine Country Accommodations Santa Barbara


Jane – A Santa Barbara Restaurant

Jane - A Santa Barbara Restaurant
Find your way to Jane, a Santa Barbara Restaurant located in the popular State Street area. You will not be disappointed. Great food, excellent service, and it’s reasonably priced, too.

Steve and I walked to this restaurant from a nearby bed and breakfast. We were pleased with the casual and charming ambiance. The candlelit tables are covered with cloth linens. The atmosphere is relaxed and inviting. This small, family owned restaurant is worth a visit.

This is a popular restaurant. Make reservations and ask for a table near the fireplace or an upstairs table looking down over state street or in the interior of the restaurant. There are a variety of pre-set 2 and 3 course dinner options or you can order from their extensive menu.

We started with their Firestone Red Rings & Spicy Herb Cream along with a Baby Iceberg Salad, which is served with bacon, avocado, tomato, and a blue cheese dressing. Delicious!

We decided to share the chicken piccata, which is their signature dish. It was plenty for both of us. They do know how to make a nice crispy chicken picatta with a delicious well prepared sauce. It was the best chicken piccata we’ve had anywhere.

Even though we aren’t huge fans of coconut, we went with another Jane signature dish and ordered the Coconut Cake for dessert. It was served with a fantastic creme anglaise sauce. It was fabulous!

We will return to this restaurant the next time we find ourselves in Santa Barbara. Hopefully, it won’t be long as we our anxious to try some of the other items on their imaginative menu.


Visit Santa Barbara Wineries


Carr Winery

Carr Vineyards and Winery

While in the Santa Barbara area, it’s worth going wine tasting at the Santa Barbara Wineries. There are many outstanding wineries located throughout the county. This area is best known for its Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah. This is a beautiful wine region that is spread out in every direction.

Find urban wineries in Santa Barbara, Solvang, Buellton, Los Olivos, and Lompoc. Drive rural country roads to explore the wineries located in the Santa Maria and Santa Ynez Valleys. Click on the link above to begin exploring these unique wineries.


Jane Restaurant – Contact Information:



Reservations

Address: 1311 State Street, Santa Barbara
Telephone: (805) 962-1311
Open Monday-Saturday for lunch and dinner.

Directions from 101
Exit at W. Arrellaga St.
Drive east on Arrellaga St.
Turn right onto State Street. The restaurant will be on the right just beyond W. Sola Street.


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