With over 70 wineries and tasting rooms to choose from, selecting which to visit can be difficult. Some of our favorites include Bridlewood, Beckman, Zaca Mesa, and Carhartt. Bella Cavalli (Beautiful Horses) Winery, which is located next to Monty Roberts’ Flag is Up Farm, combines a beautiful horse farm and fine wines. You can walk between them and visit both.
Each 4-hour tour visits two equestrian facilities and two wineries. A delightful gourmet lunch is served on the morning tour, and sustaining happy-hour style hors d’oeurves are provided on the afternoon tour.
The home of “the man who listens to horses,” Monty Roberts, is open to the public. Flag Is Up Farms is the internationally renowned starting point for some of the world’s most successful performance horses and highest earning racehorses. It is also the home of the Monty Roberts Equestrian Academy and equine celebrity Shy Boy.
The Santa Ynez Valley has several towns, each with its own unique character. Among them:
The resort has 10,000 acres of canyons, brooks and forests and is best explored on horseback. Surely you will find the ideal sightseeing partner with one of the 100 horses available on the ranch.. Additional activities include a lake for sailing swimming or fishing, a pool, two 18-hole championship golf courses and a restaurant.
The rooms at this cozy and elegant inn offer fireplaces and balconies. In addition to cooked-to-order breakfast and a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception, you'll be treated to evening coffee and tea, plus addictive chocolate cookies on your nightstand at bedtime.
A white Victorian dripping with charm and a long-time favorite for great food, wine and sumptuous deserts including home-made ice cream.
Roasted duck breast with sweet potato purée, herb-crusted tuna with Niçoise mashed potatoes, and wild striped bass with potato artichoke hash are a few of the favorites here.
Sideways-famous, The Hitching Post is known for a first-class wine list and steaks cooked on an open grill.
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