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Old 08-13-2009, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Playa Del Rey, California
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My wife is coming to visit me soon (we're both USAF and are currently stationed apart for the moment) and I'd like to show her the Vineyards at Solvang and Santa Ynez. I've taken her to San Luis Obispo before and she fell in love with the city's beauty and the wine!

I'd like to know if there is anything else to see while we're there? I know Solvang has a danish heritage, but what's Santa Ynez like? Also, I'd like to take her to a nice restaurant (not coat-and-tie nice) while we're there. Ideas? Thanks!
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Old 08-13-2009, 08:18 PM
 
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My wife is coming to visit me soon (we're both USAF and are currently stationed apart for the moment) and I'd like to show her the Vineyards at Solvang and Santa Ynez. I've taken her to San Luis Obispo before and she fell in love with the city's beauty and the wine!

I'd like to know if there is anything else to see while we're there? I know Solvang has a danish heritage, but what's Santa Ynez like? Also, I'd like to take her to a nice restaurant (not coat-and-tie nice) while we're there. Ideas? Thanks!
Chumash Casino is located in Santa Ynez. Los Olivos is also close by. Quite a few vineyards and also has several tasting rooms and restaurants in town.
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Old 08-13-2009, 08:45 PM
 
Location: RSM
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I suggest the Cabernet Bistro in Solvang. Excellent place, know the owners, great food, and a romantic atmosphere. Not suit and tie, but upscale. I would make reservations of course. They are known for their duck, but most recently I had the ribeye and was very happy.

Chumash is a very nice place(honestly the best bed I've ever had in a hotel), is 4 diamond rated by AAA(their highest rating), and has good food, but the casino itself is smallish and the crowd is definitely a bit on the senior side.
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Old 08-13-2009, 09:05 PM
 
Location: LA
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Santa Inez Valley is an eyeful of gorgeous horse country. Los Olivos is quaint and horsey and recently inundated with Michael Jackson fans so they may now have a public bathroom.

For a top notch dinner, I would go over the mountain to Santa Barbara. Santabarbara.com can tell you what restaurants have the best food these days I guess.
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Old 08-13-2009, 10:14 PM
 
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Not suit and tie and more for libations - Cold Spring Tavern off of 154, between SB and the Santa Ynez Valley.
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Old 08-13-2009, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Playa Del Rey, California
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All excellent suggestions, thank you!
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Old 08-14-2009, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Maybe for lunch, Andersens Split Pea Soup Restaurant in Buellton.

Welcome to Andersen's Pea Soup - Fine Food, Catering and Gifts - Everything For The Traveler
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Old 08-14-2009, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Maybe for lunch, Andersens Split Pea Soup Restaurant in Buellton.

Welcome to Andersen's Pea Soup - Fine Food, Catering and Gifts - Everything For The Traveler
always my first choice if we are talking lunch.Yum, yum!!

Nita
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Old 07-12-2010, 05:48 PM
 
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The Santa Ynez Valley used to be a beautiful place where you could amble down a country lane, pulling over to enjoy the view. Then came the yuppies and they utterly destroyed it the same way they destroy everything they touch. Now they form trains of small cars that zoom down the highway at 20-30 mph over the speed limit, forcing all local traffic off the road. They've got to hurry back to LA, you know. On the back roads, they run over the wildlife simply because it's in their way and they don't have time to slow down and wait for it to cross the road. They think the valley was always all about wine and they never saw it when it was full of White Oaks instead of grapes. These clueless morons have ruined the valley and ought to be shot on sight. If Santa Barbara County weren't such a *****, they would have been long ago.
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Old 07-12-2010, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Hollywood Hills
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I second Cold Spring Tavern. It's one of a kind. Though it's not super formal, it's actually quite romantic in a rustic way. Besides, IMO, real snooty restaurants aren't all that romantic.
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