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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz

Say I wanted to visit the Sta. Rita Hills

Posted by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jun 24, 2010.

Anybody have any (many) suggestions about placs to stay, eat, visit?

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Reply by dmcker, Jun 24, 2010.

Good to see you back in the forum, Greg.

When are you going? Just Sta. Rita Hills, or also the rest of Santa Ynez Valley? How long? Etc.

Personally, I'd want to figure a way to visit Sea Smoke and Au Bon Climat, though they aren't generally open to the public, last I knew, anyway. Qupe, of course, in Los Olivos. Those would be my first three, anyway. Back in Sta. Rita, Melville is focused towards visitors and can be a pleasant visit. More intersting to me would be Jonata. Hell, why not wrangle a visit to Sine Qua Non and hop down to Ventura, too (not that it fits the usual Snooth profile, nor does Jonata for that matter)? And on that side of Santa Barbara, Ojai Vineyard, too. If you have the time, the drives and scenery are all most pleasant.

Several others worth a shot, plus some good places to eat and drink in Santa Barbara and Los Olivos and even Ojai. Also a great unknown (except to locals) steak place in Nipomo. Don't have time to get into it now, but will check back to this thread when I do....

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Reply by dmcker, Jun 24, 2010.

There are some other ideas in this thread on Santa Barbara area wines and wineries...

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Reply by StevenBabb, Jun 25, 2010.

i would say that you would HAVE to try the "santa maria" style BBQ..... i just read about it and am counting the days until i can take a drive down and try it...

the hitching post, the hitching post 2, ans mattei's tavern all sound good..... there's a nice quiet town, buellton, that might serve as a good starting point, or base camp....buellton.com might be a good place to start planning....

and as always, D has hit all the right nails on the head in his winery run down...

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Reply by StevenBabb, Jun 25, 2010.

oh, and welcome back GDP!

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Reply by MarkAse, Jun 28, 2010.

Santa Barbara, in general is usually pretty easy and a nice trip.  It's not a long drive (half hour or so) to wineries from downtown SB which puts you basically on the beach.  You can also stay inland in Solvang and experience some Dutch culture

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Reply by dmcker, Jun 28, 2010.

I'd recommend staying first in Santa Barbara, and if you're there for several days, then also in Los Olivos. So much to do in Santa Barbara besides visit wineries. Depends on whether you want the distractions, of course... ;-)

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jun 29, 2010.

Man, I am being torn!

 

I wish I had the time to visit Santa Cruz, Paso Robles, Sta. Rita and then some, but with maybe 5 days available I'm not sure what to do!

 

I really would like to spend a day or three relaxing, kicking back, and maybe even *gasp* drinking a few beers by the pool, or in the pool even!

 

 

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Reply by StevenBabb, Jun 30, 2010.

hahaha.... DRINKING BEER!!!!  oh the blasphemy!!!!

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Reply by MarkAse, Jul 5, 2010.

Pool...DON'T do it in SB.  Spend some time at the beach either downtown (pretty nice, they do refer to it as the California Riviera for a reason) or in a locals only spot like the SB ranch.

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Reply by dmcker, Jul 5, 2010.

Mark, more about the 'SB Ranch'... you talking about that project near Gaviota, or something else?

And ditto from me to Greg about utilizing the beaches in the area. There are a slew of them, all nice and many extremely nice...

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Reply by MarkAse, Jul 6, 2010.

Exactly right, there is a lot more open to the public around Gaviota now then there was even 10 years ago.

 

Brings up some memories of college actually when we'd take our 12 foot Zodiak out past the kelp bed and head over there (private property) only to see the Ranchers eyeing us warily (shotgun in hand on one occasion).

 

The fun really started when the motor would break and we'd have to paddle back to IV.

 

The thread makes me miss the central coast!


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