Foxen Canyon and Santa Barbara
The hit motion picture, Sideways, put the Santa Maria Valley viticultural appellation, including the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail, on the map in 2004. Following the picturesque winding roads of Tepesquet and Foxen Canyon will lead you to world-class wineries by way of sprawling vineyards and rolling hills. In the more northern region of the appellation, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reign due to the maritime climate. This ensures a long temperate growing season which the Burgundian varietals crave. In the southern region of the appellation, the trail moves a bit east resulting in hotter days and cooler nights. Bordeaux and Rhône varieties flourish in this more extreme climate. The wineries in this region boast a concentration of California’s most well known winemakers; join them year round
in the tasting rooms or at the many weekend events.
The Ballard Inn & Restaurant
The quaint restaurant inside the inn has 12 tables, ensuring an intimate dining experience. Chef Kazali uses farm fresh ingredients in his French-Asian cuisine.
2436 Baseline Avenue, Ballard | (800) 638-2466
Supporting local farmers with their authentic Italian cuisine, the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner most days. Outdoor dining during summer.
3687 Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez
(805) 688-6899 | www.trattoriagrappolo.com
Santa Ynez Inn
This Victorian-style Inn offers luxury accommodations three miles outside of Los Olivos. Full gourmet breakfast, evening wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres.
3627 Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez | (805) 688-5588 | www.santaynezinn.com
Zaca Lake Retreat
19 unique cabins are available to rent; many include full kitchens and lake views. Private and tranquil setting, located just east of the Foxen Canyon Trail.
8000 Foxen Canyon Road, Santa Maria| www.zacalakeretreat.com
The Ballard Inn
The township of Ballard is home to this quaint 15-room inn. Only a few
minutes drive to the wineries of Santa Ynez, this is a lovely private residence to call home while you’re visiting the area.
2436 Baseline Avenue, Ballard | (800) 638-2466 | www.ballardinn.com
Take a tour of the breathtaking Fess Parker property by horseback.
Tours last 90 minutes and participants can decide to include lunch
and wine tasting. www.vinovaqueros.com
Polish off a day of wine tasting with Blackjack, Roulette or Texas Hold ‘Em!
Big name acts perform.
3400 East Highway 246, Santa Ynez
(805) 686-0855 | www.chumashcasino.com
Rancho San Marcos Golf Course
Golfers can play year round on Ranch San Marcos’ 300 acres with views of
Lake Cachuma. The course is named one of Golf Digest’s “Places to Play”.