Santa Barbara’s Wine Country—the shooting location for the movie Sideways—is lined with idyllic, mountainside vineyards where you can sample big, beautiful red wines.
It’s worth taking a walk through the property, which has Spanish-style architecture, a tropical courtyard, and a koi pond.
The onsite restaurant, the Sunset Bar & Grille, serves casual breakfasts and steak dinners in a tavern-style dining room. The bar slings drinks every night until midnight.
Traditional guest rooms feature cable TVs with Nintendo systems, and mini-refrigerators.
Carpinteria, California: Oceanside City near Santa Barbara’s Art Museums and Wineries
Carpinteria is a small, coastal town in central California. Carpinteria State Beach stretches a mile along the Pacific here, with calm waters for swimming; however, there are also larger surfing swells near the rockier parts of the coastline. Serious surfers should make their way to Rincon Point, one of the top surfing destinations in the world. Between December and May, you can see seals and sea lions frolicking on the shore along the Carpinteria Bluffs just south of the beach.
If you’re not at the beach, you can enjoy other local traditions: catch a Sunday afternoon polo match at the Santa Barbara Polo Club, or go antique shopping downtown.
About five miles from here is Santa Barbara, framed by the ocean on one side and the Santa Ynez Mountains on the other. The city packs an impressive amount of culture into its 20 square miles. Old Mission Santa Barbara, a parish church originally founded in 1786, houses a dazzling collection of Spanish and Mexican colonial art. You can see major works by Matisse at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, too.
Restaurants in the area serve regional specialties such as albacore carpaccio and local venison; it’s also worth the trip northwest to Santa Barbara Wine Country, where you can sample lush pinot noirs and chardonnays at award-winning vineyards.