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The Santa Ynez Valley is filled with awarded-winning wineries, and Brick Barn Wine Estate is one of our favorites. With crisp chardonnays and complex pinot noirs, they serve up some truly memorable pours. With a tree-lined terrace, they provide a serene setting for enjoying your sips. And with live music several times a week, they offer up a taste of Buellton’s local talent too.
There may be nothing cuter than a mini donkey. And at Hidden Canyon Ranch, you’ll have the chance to pet a few and maybe even grab some pictures together too. With their 90-minute walking tour, you’ll learn about sustainable farming practices, enjoy lots of animal interaction and shop hyper-local, ranch-made goods. If you like farm animals, you’ll love seeing them graze and laze at this beautiful, biodynamic ranch.
Between wood-fired pizzas and juicy rotisserie chickens, Feather & Fire serves up some seriously satisfying comfort foods. What’s more, their location is within walking distance of Sideways Inn. Simply wander through the archway to Flying Flags, walk to Feather & Fire at the campground’s entrance and place your order for a wildly craveable creation—like a pesto pizza with rotisserie chicken and artichoke hearts.
Nothing gets your heart racing quite like rare and vintage motorcycles. And just down the road in Solvang, you can see a truly impressive collection of racing bikes, including brands like BMW, Ducati, Moto Guzzi and Velocette and Vincent. And if the museum happens to have bikes for sale, you’ll be able to check those out too. If you love rare bikes, then this is a sight you really don’t want to miss.
You’d be hard pressed to find a better brewery in the Santa Ynez Valley than Fig Mountain. With regional favorites like Hoppy Poppy IPA and Santa Barbara Citrus Blonde alongside limited edition brews, their taproom is a terrific place for a few fantastic beers and a whole lot of fun. And if you happen to get a little hungry, you’re in luck—because they also happen to serve up some of the soft pretzels around.
Vino Vaqueros is bringing a little more whimsy to wine tastings with guided horseback rides that take you through the grapevines of Round Up Ranch and Estelle Vineyards. After approximately 90 minutes in the saddle, they’ll treat you to two tastings of varietals from Estelle Vineyards, and they’ll pour a full glass of your favorite. Who knew that a 14-hand Belgian could pair so well with a barbera?