I just got home from visiting Los Olivos, a town in the Santa Ynez Valley just 2 hours north of Los Angeles. I love the quiet there; the great food and wine keep me coming back. I had some great 'firsts' on this visit and I wanted to share them with you. I think these gems are definitely worth checking out.
|Carhartt Vineyard Tasting Room, Los Olivos.|
|Malibu Family Wines Tasting Room, Los Olivos.|
|One of the many sweet friends at J. Woeste Home & Garden Treasures, Los Olivos.|
Do you love good food? It is worthy of note that in late January is the official beginning of Restaurant Week in the Santa Ynez Valley. Some 20 local restaurants are offering tasting menus for a fixed discounted price. I can tell you without hesitation that my favorite restaurant on the list is the Vineyard House located in a Victorian home dating back to 1907. The food, service and ambience has always been exceptional.
|Cottages at the Wine Valley Inn, Solvang.|
Discounts in Los OlivosThe Wine Valley Inn is running a special, just $84 per night, 50% off their usual rates. I've stayed here several times and enjoyed each visit. The location is very central to Solvang, just a couple miles from Los Olivos. The rooms are spacious and designed to make you feel like you're in a cottage. They have lovely gardens and breakfast comes with your room.
If you plan to visit more than four wineries, you'll save some money if you get a Wine Tasting Pass for $40 from the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Association. They have partnered with 14 different wineries in the area and the pass is offered year round. You might also want to check out my go-to site for wine tastings discounts: Get wine tasting coupons here -- select "Central Coast".
Lastly, I've rounded up all the wine tasting discounts that Groupon offers for the whole Santa Ynez Valley:
50% Off at Beckmen Vineyards in Los Olivos: $24 for 2 Tastings + One Bottle of Wine
75% Off at Rideau Vineyards in Solvang: Tour, Tasting Class, 2 Wine Tastings + Snacks
51% Off Wine Tasting Passport Santa Ynez Valley: $29 for Free and Discounted Tastings at 16 Wineries
55% Off at Presidio Winery in Solvang: $25 for 2 tastings + One Bottle of Wine
This post was updated on 25 August 2014.