|Subject: Re: Santa Barbara Area|
Solvang is an interesting town with many gift shops in a very pretty area, but it is 45 minutes from Santa Barbara on a sometimes dark road which can be challenging after a dinner with wine. The movie "Sideways" takes place in the area and is full of wine tasting adventures. The characters in the movie stayed in an interesting hotel, with a adjacent restaurant, out in the wine country.
We stayed at a hotel right on the beach in Santa Barbara 8 years ago(I think it was the Ramada) and every morning we would have breakfast in the hotel coffee shop that looked out onto the Pacific.
Peter in San Francisco