Drive from Los Angeles to Los Olivos Cafe for lunch. (125 miles)
Los Olivos Cafe 2879 Grand Avenue Santa Ynez Valley, CA 93441
Then visit tasting rooms and some art galleries along the Grand Ave. Good thing is that we don't have to drive ... just saunter down the street.
Some ideas here:
Andrew Murray Vineyards Tasting Room 2901 Grand Avenue Santa Ynez Valley, CA 93441
Blair Fox :2902 San Marcos Ave Santa Ynez, California 93460
Daniel Gehrs Wines 2939 Grand Avenue CA 93441
Carina Cellars Tasting Room 2900 Grand Ave # A CA 93441
Richard Longoria Wines 2935 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos, CA 93441
Planning to stay at :
Holiday Inn in Goleta
5650 Calle Real, Goleta, CA, 93117
32 miles from Los Olivos Cafe
Hotel cost is $122 with a'Triple A' discount for a night approximately plus tax and parking. You can decide if you want to room with someone or not. I will be collecting a check for $75 per person for one night double occupancy and $150 per person for single occupancy by February 28. I have three rooms reserved right now and I can add more if needed. No refunds after March 3 or there is no one to take your spot.
Dinner in Santa Barbara: TBD (about 8 miles from hotel; 16 miles roundtrip)
Here is a link to some of the happy hours around SB... we can do this instead of dinner.
If we were to do dinner, this German restaurant sounds good: Brummis - The German Taste 3130 State St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805)[masked] for dinner.
Or closer to Goleta (our hotel) Petrini's 5711 Calle Real, Goleta Phone: (805)[masked]
Leaving hotel and drive to Lotusland (13 miles)
Lotusland 695 Ashley Road, Santa Barbara, CA (805)[masked]
a unique 37-acre estate and botanic garden situated in the foothills of Montecito to the east of the city of Santa Barbara. There are over 12 gardens there with plants collected from around the world by Madame Ganna Walska, who owned the property from 1941 until her death in 1984. This is the history of the garden and the lady who created it. Click here.
We will be taking a two hour guided tour at 10 a.m. Saturday morning. It's $35 per person. Paid ahead of time. They don't refund but will you to use the unused pass within a year. Please call[masked] to make a reservation for yourself.
After lunch, we will visit the Santa Barbara Historic Court House:
The Courthouse has been called the most beautiful government building in America. Designed by William Mooser III, the Spanish-Moorish style building was completed in 1929 with a bell tower that allows you to see 360 degree view of Santa Barbara. Five mile from Lotusland.
If time permits, we will also visit Santa Barbara Mission
2201 Laguna St Santa Barbara, CA 93105 (1.7 miles away from Courthouse)
Dinner in Ventura on the waterfront. Thought that will be nice. I picked this one because it was rated highly by Urbanspoon. Brophy Bros, it's a seafood restaurant with reasonable prices.
Drive back to Los Angeles.
Should you decide to stay in Santa Barbara for Saturday night and into Sunday, you are welcome to do so. I can book the extra night for you if you let me in advance and that there is availability. I will collect twice the hotel amount above from you.
Driving arrangement: Please volunteer to drive if you can. I am setting the reimbursement rate at IRS standard of 51 cents per mile. Whole trip including all the stops is approximately 330 miles which calculates out to about $169 per trip. For a car that will sit 4, $42 per person; for a car that will sit 6, $29 per person. You can decide how you want to get there.
I will email a meeting point address in West Los Angeles to confirmed attendees by March 3rd.
LAWS no show policy applies.