|Subject: Re: Santa Barbara Area|
Peter makes a good point--if you are interested in seeing more of Santa Barbara, it is a 45-minute drive away from Solvang. However, if you are interested in wine tasting, there are very few wineries/wine tasting operations in SB. If it's possible to split time, i.e. one night SB, one night Solvang, that might be a good call. Finding reasonably priced accommodation in SB can be very tough--we've stayed at the Travelodge and the Tropicana, both a walk away from the ocean.
The Country Inn (I think that is its name) is a block away from the beach and is supposed to be very nice--midweek it approaches reasonable. We used to live in SB as well, so if you have any questions about that area, happy to help.