Los Olivos Travel Guide

  • Los Olivos
    by Nicckie
  • Los Olivos
    by Nicckie
  • WINE WALK TOWN, LOS OLIVOS
    WINE WALK TOWN, LOS OLIVOS
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Los Olivos Things to Do

  • Wine Tasting

    "You never know what you get till you get there." saying by moi, travelgourmet. I discovered Beckmen Vineyards through my brother-in-law who claims this vineyard as his own. Well, actually he is a wine club member, but he feels at home when on the grounds. This Los Olivos winery has won many awards and was given a recognition in 2007 by "Wine and...

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  • TASTING WINE SERVED AT THE WHITE HOUSE

    "You never know what you get till you get there." saying by moi, travelgourmet. I discovered Beckmen Vineyards through my brother-in-law who claims this vineyard as his own. Well, actually he is a wine club member, but he feels at home when on the grounds. This Los Olivos winery has won many awards and was given a recognition in 2007 by "Wine and...

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  • DAVY, DAVY CROCKETT, KING OF THE WILD...

    Take the title role of "Davy Crockett", a television miniseries that started in December, 1954, make it a success and Fess Parker, who also played "Daniel Boone" a series that began in 1964, became a household name. Why, I even owned a coonskinned cap like the one that "Davy" always wore. Disneyland had just opened and "Davy Crockett" caps were...

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  • THREE BLOCKS OF WINE TIME

    Los Olivos, California. An unique, charming country town. Then, this little town woke up to the call of "Bacchus", the Roman god of wine and intoxication, equated with the Greek "Dionysus". The wine craze in the Santa Ynez Valley may have been pushed along by the movie "Sideways", 2004, and the combative talk regarding Pinot Noir over Merlot.The...

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  • EXCLUSIVE ESTATE BOTTLED WINERY

    A winery that has 240 acres of vineyards and grows all their own grapes, and bottles the wine from only those grapes. This is an Estate Bottled winery and the name is Zaca Mesa Winery & Vineyards. This is more fantastic when you learn that less than 2% of all wine is designated Estate Bottled. Taken right from the Zaca Mesa book; "Our vineyard is...

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  • GOLDEN HILLS, LOS OLIVOS CALIFORNIA WINE...

    Take the back roads of Los Olivos and experience the wide open spaces of sunny California with a mixture of cattle ranches, rolling hills, and row after row of grape vines that lets you enter the life of a winemaker with the many vineyards that have tasting rooms. You feel rejuvenated as your gaze of the landscape shows the tranquil peace of the...

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  • Wine Tasting

    There's no better reason to go to Los Olivos than to check out the local California vineyards. If you're interested in trying fabulous wine and health conscious, Alma Rosa is the place for you. Richard Sanford is the owner and takes care to use the land around him wisely and produces all organic varietals. Additionally, the bottles are screw cap,...

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  • Wine & Bike Tour

    If your staying or visiting the Los Olivos area you should do a bike Tour with Santa Barbara Wine Country Cycling Tours. The (2) owners are great. They provided a wonderful experience. Plus, it has a great value. One highlight is that they will conduct tours will just (2) people only (we ended up with a private tour, at no extra cost). We did a 1/2...

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  • Taste it all, but don't miss Andrew...

    Andrew Murray is a young wine maker in the area. It seems that he's establishing quite a name for himself, and I'd agree with the hype because what we tasted was top notch. They were tasting 6 differnt Syrahs while we were there which was perfect for my tastes. If you like reds, especial Pinot Noirs and Syrahs you'll really like Andrew Murray. If...

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Los Olivos Restaurants

  • The Location is Ideal

    This is a great restaurant for a group outing after a long day of wine tasting. The service has always been just so-so, but the pastas and meats are very good and most importantly, its a great way to either: - finish off the day with nice wine and good comfort food, - or alternatively get the night started with a full belly of food and stumble next...

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  • Arrogant owner, food, nothing special

    The owner Patrick - RudeThe atmosphere - TenseThe food - Ok, not memorableThe Staff - unskilledNo value for your buck here. Many other choices in town to enjoy and choose from.

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  • Exquisite Food & Wine!

    Yes, Yes this restaurant is famous from the Movie Sideways where Miles and his buddies enjoyed tasty meals while discussing the fine nuances of wine. But for good reason! This place offers a delectable menu of Californian-Mediterranean cuisine ranging from a butternut squash salad to salmon. If you are in the area, you must stop at this place for...

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  • Top Notch Place!

    I was referred to this place by the guys who started VirtualTourist and my girlfriend and I loved it! Situated in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country - there was a 'small-town' feel to the area. The atmosphere was comforting and quaint. The food was delicious, savory and flavorful in every bite. Needless to say, the wine list featured some of...

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  • Downtown Los Olivos

    Yeah, yeah, this is the restaurant where the Merlot argument takes place in the movie “Side ways.” I can tell you that I actually don’t even remember what I had for dinner – it could have had something to do with the fact that I had been wine tasting all day, but I also think it was because the meal really wasn’t very memorable. I do remember the...

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  • Great place but a little "colorful"

    My wife and I spent our first night in Sideways country having dinner at Patricks. Let me just start out by saying the food was great. A complimentary bread basket is brought to the table along with a nice mystery spread that tuned out to be a delicious white bean dip. For appetizers, Lobster Bisque teeming with sweet lobster and butter, some...

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  • Patrick is a jerk

    I had the displeasure of stopping by the Side Street Cafe this past Saturday evening, 21 May 2006. My girlfriend and I were simply checking out the music and Patrick, the chef/owner was rude and obnoxious. He asked us if we had reservations and when we said, "no, we just heard the music," he went into a condescending "buh-bye, no really, buh bye."...

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  • Best Relaxing Dinner Experience

    This is a beautiful stop for lunch on the patio or an inviting place for dinner. Los Olivos in general is getting more crowded on the weekends so you might have a wait if you go at noon or dinner time. If you visit mid-week the crowds are minimal - mostly locals, and the wait is much shorter if any. Their menu is always changing but always...

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  • Great lunch spot... or dinner

    This is a new little restaurant, i think its only been open for 6 months or so (March of 2003)The chef (Patrick Rand) owns and operates the restaurant. He's quite chatty. We didn't talk to him but we heard him talking ot many of his patrons. He prides himself that his restaurant is "chef operated" and I have to say it was refeshing to see a sole...

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Los Olivos Nightlife

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    by Nicckie Written Sep 17, 2008

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    There's not much to do after dark in the Santa Ynez valley area, so this is the place you'll find everyone else in town looking for a drink or to learn some new dance moves.

    Think "Howdy y'all" and you'll be in the right spot at this classic bar, often featuring live bands, getting the crowd into the groove with country dance lessons and showing off a large selection of cocktails and brews.

    Enjoy!

    Dress Code: Jeans, cowboy boots and a flannel shirt is the typical outfit you'll see. Dancing shoes to learn the two-step!

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Los Olivos Shopping

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    by travelgourmet Written Nov 8, 2010

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    Wine country and not only wine tasting comes to mind. Picnic in wine country is a close second. Los Olives Grocery is the place to load up on all the goodies you will need for a great feast or a light snack while out and about wine tasting at the different wineries. Most, if not all wineries, will allow picnicing on their grounds as long as you buy the wine you may consume, while picnicing, from their tasting room. So, enjoy a well stocked groceriy store that is located right in the middle of the Santa Ynez Valley in Los Olivos to find the right foods for your picnic taste buds.

    What to buy: One of the things I always enjoy is a nice selection of cheese and a loaf of bread when I am at a winery during the lunch hour. I will choose a wine that suits the food. At Los Olivos Grocery many varieties of salamis are for your picking as well as a large selection of cheeses. If you are really hungry there are many options for "made on site" sandwiches and many food dishes available to select. Deserts are freshly made if you like a full meal. All the equipment needed for your wine vineyard picnic is available at the Los Olivos Grocery from forks, knives, and napkins to even tablecloths and cups.

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    • Food and Dining
    • Seniors
    • Road Trip

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Los Olivos Local Customs

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    RANCH HOME ON THE HILL WITH GRAPEVINES BELOW

    by travelgourmet Written Nov 8, 2010

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    Los Olivos is now wine country, but it still is the home to many ranches and the fight is on to maintain the ranch when the grape is calling. The wine business is booming in the Santa Ynez Valley and Los Olivos is the center of the action. Many a ranch has gone from cattle and horses to vineyards. Those that want to maintain the country image and live the lifestyle of a rancher while amonst the vineyards are the lucky ones. You will see many a fine ranch property in Los Olivos and right next door may not be another rancher but a vineyard. For now there is peace in the valley, but look out. That beautiful ranch on the hill may one day give way to the vinter and their vineyards.

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    • Wine Tasting
    • Seniors

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Los Olivos Off The Beaten Path

  • LAVENDER FIELDS FOREVER

    You don't have to go to France to see fields of lavender when touring the Santa Ynez Valley and Los Olivos. The Clairmont Farms has five acres of the Grosso variety lavender growing on their farm and they cut, cure, an distill the oils right on the property. Many species of lavender are grown on the farm and they have many organic culinary lavender...

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  • Los Olivos Grocery, not really off the...

    This place is great. My brother and I stopped there on our way out to Foxen Vineyard to grab a bite for lunch. From what I hear, this place has really good dinner as well, but we were there for the BBQ that takes place on the weekends. Are you kidding me? I had a BBQ Tri-Tip sandwich that might have been worth the whole trip. I actually went back...

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