élevage wine tours & culinary adventures, serves visitors to the San Luis Obispo County and Santa Barbara County Wine Country. We invite you to join us for a day of wine tasting, food & fun here on California's beautiful Central Coast!
Adventures Out West's knowledgeable staff leads guided excursions throughout the Danish-style city of Solvang as visitors stroll along atop gyroscopic segways. Before riders take to the open road, an initial orientation teaches them the basics of gliding and how to earn the respect of their two-wheeled chariot with a few cracks of the whip. Once acquainted with their mechanical steeds, tourists follow their guides through the streets of Solvang, feasting their eyes on the town's unique architecture while listening to historical tidbits. Segways come to a halt at The Mission, so guests can learn about the early settlements founded by Catholic missionaries. The 90-minute jaunt reaches its sightseeing peaks at Santa Ynez River Sanctuary and Hans Christian Andersen Park, where guests can gawk at ancient oak trees and admire the sprightly pirouettes of age-old tumbleweeds.
The Spanish architecture. The bustling wharf. The cerulean ocean. There are countless sights to see in the Santa Barbara area, which is why Nanco Helicopters tailors each of their aerial tours to the client's need. Passengers take in the passing landmarks and 747 drag races from inside a Robinson R-44, helmed by commercial pilot Taylor Nancarrow.
When Brian McInerney reflects on the humble beginnings of Wheel Fun Rentals, Inc., he points to his childhood passion for bikes. "As far back as I can remember, I had a real love affair with bicycles," he recalls. During a trip to Italy in 1987, Brian's affinity for cycling blossomed into a full-fledged obsession when he spotted locals' transporter of choice, the surrey. Inspired, he began importing the Italian four-wheelers to a rental business in the U.S. that eventually expanded into Wheel Fun Rentals, now a nationwide web of shops that also loans out bikes, electric cars and mopeds, and man-powered watercraft. Adventuresome athletes can also compete in activities such as surrey scavenger hunts and blindfold obstacle courses navigated via shouted instructions from a seeing teammate or exceptionally long rounds of trial and error.
Even while running the Studio Grill in Hollywood, Ardison Phillips committed himself as an artist and a winemaker as well as a restaurateur. He bolstered the grill's menu by adding his own private-label wines in 1976, and their popularity with diners inspired him to found McKeon-Phillips Winery in 1982.
The winery continues to embrace Ardison's legacy by crafting single-vineyard wines with the same dedication to approachable New- and Old-World flavors. Although the selection emphasizes Bordeaux-style wines, including single-varietal bottlings of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, the current winemaker also experiments with robust Nebbiolo and silken Pinot Noir.
Besides creating crowd-pleasing wine, the staff also pays homage to Ardison Phillips's work as an artist by adorning each bottle with vibrant, impressionistic labels. The tasting room even functions as a gallery, featuring a rotating display of works by local artists and extraterrestrial postmodernists.
From its perch overlooking the Santa Maria Valley, Toretti Family Vineyard yields 500 cases of Pinot Noir ever year. That's been the standard since 2000, when winemaker Robert Torres first planted pinot grapes into his five-acre land. Today, his pinots treat palates to a blend of complex, fruity flavors, including sugar-glazed strawberries and toasted oak. Though the valley's wind, soil, and fog are an especially apt match for pinot, syrah, chardonnay, and a handful of other wines likewise bear the Toretti Family Vineyards label. Samples abound inside the estate's tasting room, at wine events throughout the year, and whenever you feel like using up a genie wish.