GATEWAY TO THE VALLEY
What does Santa Barbara County have to offer visitors? Just about the whole darn thing. Great weather, clean beaches, millions of oak trees, festivals, parades, parks, clubs, bars, restaurants, museums, and the list goes on and on.
Most exciting of all, are the several gems that comprise the treasurer that is Santa Barbara County. One of those gems is the quaint city of Buellton, population 5,000. Located about 30 minutes north of Santa Barbara, in the midst of the Santa Ynez Valley. This area is not only picturesque, it is home to some of the region’s most exceptional wineries, tasting rooms, restaurants, and the not to be missed Ostrich Land.
Anyone who has driven up and down the state along the 101 corridor, is aware of what has come to be considered by tourists a must stop, and that is the famous Anderson’s Pea Soup. Yes, they have great pea soup…but their gift shop is stocked with enough delightfulness to keep even the most doggedly barn sour traveler occupied for quite a while. Buellton is one of two cities located smack dab in the middle of Santa Barbara County, the other being Solvang. And while both small towns are very different in look and feel, both are home to friendly folks and laid back casual fun seekers.
What some people might now know about Buellton is that it is home to some of several world-class thoroughbred farms, including River-Edge Farms. This is where some of the worlds most spectacular thoroughbred horses are cared for and studiously trained for a future run for the roses. Every year you can expect horses competing at Churchill Downs to have been bred, born and raised at some of these spectacular farms. This adds a soft and casual sophistication to what is already a uniquely recreationally appointed community.
The Central Coast of California is famous for Santa Maria Style barbecue. It has become so popular that Sunset Magazine wrote a full feature spread touting the taste, methods and popularity of Santa Maria’s claim to fame. Where is the best place for barbeque on the Central Coast? The Hitching Post in Casmalia is no…Read More
Did you know that according to California Craft Brewers Association, more than 850 craft breweries call California home? The good thing is that right here in Santa Maria, some of the best can be experienced. Keys 2 the Coast is always on the lookout for great places to explore. We found great breweries right here…Read More
I love good food and recently found a new place that will be a regular stop when I travel between San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara. The Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, located in Buellton California, was recently remodeled and let me tell you…It is impressive. The Santa Ynez Valley is 31 miles North of Santa…Read More
Terravant has an industrial feel with a sense of sporty sophistication. The lights are somewhat low and a beautiful mural of Spanish dancers graces the walls. The view out of the bar window is spectacular. Picture a rustic country setting with green mysterious mountains and low lying clouds as the backdrop.Read More