Central California: The Santa Ynez Wine Valley

View from the tasting room at Lafond Winery, Buellton, California

In the Santa Ynez Wine Valley, 40 minutes north of  Santa Barbara in Central California, the game plan is easy:

Pick up two wine glasses, gaze up at a windmill and head off down a garden path.

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The Best of Central California

The ubiquitous California Valley Oak

We get away to Central California as often as we can — it’s a couples’ paradise, with driving routes that hug both the Pacific Ocean and gently sloping hills dotted with gnarled trees.

Within this region of the state you’ll find pristine beaches, historic towns and buildings, excellent wineries, a great meal here and there, sweeping views, little inns, posh resorts, and the new millenium phenomenon known as “upscale camping.”

With all of its attractions between 2 and 5 hours north of Los Angeles, it’s easy to take regular two- or three-day weekends and always feel like you had a true vacation.

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