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A May 2006 trip to Santa Barbara by viv viv

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Los Olivos Cafe & Wine Merchant

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Restaurant | "Los Olivos Cafe and Wine Merchants"

Los Olivos Cafe & Wine Merchant Photo, Los Olivos, California
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This wine and food cafe in Los Olivos was chosen to be a scene in the movie, "Sideways", for its upbeat and casual, yet relaxing fine dining experience. They are also wine merchants and offer wine tasting, however, they don't have a large selection of wines in the open bar compared to the others in town. Their competitive edge would be fine dining along with the wines, and this cafe is the only one that offers fine dining experience in town. Staff is very informative in giving suggestions and recommendations on picking wines. The inner atmosphere is very relaxing, decent, and they have a large shelf of wines, red, white desserts, on sale. There's also an outdoor patio seating. Due to the p...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 25, 2006

Los Olivos Cafe & Wine Merchant
2879 Grand Ave.
Los Olivos, California 93441
(805) 688-7265

Clairmont Farm

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Attraction | "Clairemont Lavender Farm"

Clairmont Farm Photo, Solvang, California
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Attracted by the glamorous, breathtaking, purple lavender field picture on the Clairmont Farm website, we were so excited to go to this lavender farm for a tour. However, when we got there, we were disappointed as the lavenders were not yet in season. The owner said it'll take 2 more weeks for the farm to turn into a great purple field. So, the best season to go there would be from June until July, when the lavenders are in the best condition before harvest. Clairemont Lavender Farm is solely family owned, and it is located in the Santa Ynez Valley in Los Olivos. Each year, tons of filmmakers, photographers, and painters gather here to apply their craft. Even though the lavender fa...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 25, 2006

Clairmont Farm
2480 Roblar Ave.
Los Olivos, California 93441
(805) 688-7505

A Taste of Solvang

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Attraction | "Danish Town"

A Taste of Solvang Photo, Solvang, California
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When you get into Solvang, you'll feel like you're not in California anymore. The atmosphere in Solvang is very countryside, with spectacular views of the mountains and valleys. Solvang is also well known as the "Danish town" with excellent culture experience. In Solvang, you can see windmills, Danish style architectures, and enjoy afternoon tea pastries in their bakery shops. Solvang is closely located to wineries in the Los Olivos and the Santa Ynez Valley area. It is just a 10 minute drive from Los Olivos, and it's 30 minutes away from Santa Barbara downtown. Cultural experience is the best part of town, where you can feel the relaxing and warm culture welcoming tourists. In sho...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 25, 2006

A Taste of Solvang
Throughout Solvang
Solvang, California 93464
(800) 468-6765

State Street

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State Street Photo, Santa Barbara, California
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Apart from the beach side, this is perhaps the most popular destination if one is visiting Santa Barbara. There are lots of shops on this street, arts, antique, specialty, cultural, kids, clothing, accessories, etc. All you can name, it can be found on this street. In addition, the Paseo Santa Barbara Mall has traditional department stores such as Macy's and Nordstrom where you can fulfill all of your shopping needs. State street is also filled with lots of different types of cuisine: American, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Indian, Thai, Seafood, etc. There are also bars and clubs on the other end of the street heading towards the beach side. The upper end of the state is mainly made up of mor...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 25, 2006

State Street
State Street
Santa Barbara, California