Solvang, Santa Ynez Wineries and Los Olivos


What a lovely Saturday Dear and I had. We left the Condo just before 8 in the morning and headed North on Hwy 101 to Buelton then East to Solvang. Solvang is a small old world Danish town with shops, restaurants, bakeries, and museums. We did what you should do when you visit Solvang and had some Aebleskivers! The center picture in the collage above is of our Aebleskivers served with Rasberry syrup and powdered sugar. Yummy! They are cooked in a special pan to make them round. Their story is below. I hope you can read the fine print.


After we were done in Solvang we continued East to the first two wineries we decided to visit. Sunstone Winery was in a beautiful setting and the buildings were said to resemble a Provencal countryside. I’ve never been to that part of France so all I can tell you is that the setting is lovely and quaint.

This is Dear and I on the porch at Sunstone.


From Sunstone we continued a little farther east to our favorite winery of the 3 we visited, Gainey. The setting here was beautiful also with a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains. Oh and if you ever do visit this one don’t miss the ladies restroom. Pretty impressive.

From Gainey we headed North on Refugio Road to Los Olivos. We were surprised to come upon their once a year Fall street fair! We saw wonderful classic cars, all kinds of wares, and Alpaca’s! The smells were wonderful with several BBQ’s going with the famous Santa Maria Tri-tip beef cooked to perfection. We ate at the Los Olivos Cafe & Wine Merchant. Then we headed South on Alamo Pintado Road to our last stop Rideau Vineyard which is housed in the refurbished country landmark known as the Alamo Pintado Adobe.  Originally built in 1884.

Photobucket has blacked out all my photos on my blog posts and is holding them hostage. As Time allows I will try to restore some of my posts with new photos.

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7 thoughts on “Solvang, Santa Ynez Wineries and Los Olivos

  1. We were gone all day, just got home and you already have photos up of your day! You amaze me. Looks like a fun day. We had a work day at our mountain house. I’m wupped!

    Kathy, well I was just frolicking not working! 🙂

  2. Oh, I’d love to visit a vineyard! You always have interesting photos–thanks for sharing.

    Leslie, It is fun and I hope you can get to one in the future….

  3. You know I have an Aebleskiver pan don’t you?

    What fun! Beautiful day for winery hopping!

    Lana, Nope, I didn’t know that. Dear has one too that he bought before we were married. Next big breakfast we have in Seattle we’ll have to bring both pans in and Aebeskiver up a storm!!

  4. thanks for the road trip, ellen. I needed it on this grey, wet day.

    Lucy, thanks for coming along and I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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