santa barbara

I have been dating for a year now! Will took me to Santa Barbara for a day to celebrate 365 days of goodness together. On the drive up we found ourselves unwinding as we inched further away from L.A. and enjoyed the breathtaking view of the coast. Lunch was at Ca 'Dario, an Italian restaurant that is known for its ravioli. It was spectacular. Then we headed to Santa Ynez for wine tasting at Sunstone, Gainey and Beckmen. Sunstone was the favorite. They don't use pesticides and their chardonnay was yum. We stopped by the farmer's market in Solvang before going back.

This was the perfect idea for a day trip. It's close to LA and we kept saying how much we liked it and that we should go more regularly. It was quieter, cozier and less commercialized than Napa.

I found the cutest book at Beckmen: Wine Dogs: USA Edition. The book documents dogs that belong to different winemakers. I was ecstatic when I saw that Gus (dog at Beckmen) and Shelby (Sunstone), dogs we met, are both featured in the book. I wish I had a dog. Sigh. {Photo from winedogs}


  1. It's been a year? Congratulations!

    Incidentally, I was in Santa Barbara last weekend for a friend's wedding. I was one of the bridesmaids!

  2. Hi Bo!!!

    I still remember when you and Will started dating!!! You guys make me happy ^. When I get to see you guys??? hehehe.

  3. My wife just told me that the "Will" you are dating is the one I went to college with. Weird. I still can't believe he drinks now.

    I agree - Santa Ynez is a great day trip, as long as you avoid the traffic going through Santa Barbara. We were just up there, on our way down from Paso Robles wine country, and it's still our favorite wine area in California. It still has a rural feel to it, though I fear that may be on its way out.

    Hey, I want to interview you for my book, but I don't know how to get ahold of you. Can you email me at mcadamhugh@hotmail.com? Thanks!

  4. Wow, a year already! Sounds like you guys know how to celebrate the special day in style! :) I can't wait to meet him!!