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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Romancing the Old West: Alisal Guest Ranch

* I was a sponsored guest of Alisal Guest Ranch, but all opinions are my own

Last week in Central California, I went back a-ways in time, to the Alisal Guest Ranch‘s slow, green and peaceful slice of the Old West.

At this working ranch/rustic chic resort, you can ride horses over rolling hills as as golden light settles on the lake, sip hand-crafted wines beneath a sky full of stars, and sway to some cowboy poetry. It’s a lovely place to rediscover some frontier history… and each other.

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