America's Best Girlfriend Getaways
Courtesy of Alisal Guest Ranch
Wine tastings, bucolic country roads, and quaint towns await in the Santa Ynez Valley, the heart of Santa Barbara County. Leslie Westbrook, author of the Insiders’ Guide to Santa Barbara, recommends Trattoria Grappolo for special Italian dinners paired with local wines, and Maverick Saloon. “It’s a funky, kick-ass saloon with strong drinks, greasy road-stop food, and good-looking men in cowboy hats and cowboy boots,” she says.
Where to Stay: For a vineyard-meets-dude-ranch experience, check in to the Alisal Guest Ranch Resort. It recently partnered with the Hitching Post II restaurant and winery for harvest weekend events, and the Cowgirl Bootcamp package includes horseback rides, a winemaker’s presentation, cocktail parties, and line dancing.