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Wine Tour of California's Santa Ynez Valley

Annie Schlechter 15 Quick Summer Getaways

Photo: Annie Schlechter

Fly into Santa Barbara—serviced nonstop from Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City. The valley is a 35-mile drive away on Highway 154, which winds along the Santa Ynez Mountains. Don't call this a mini-Napa. The region may be filled with small-production "garage" wineries, but you're as likely to see cowboys on horseback prowling these hills as you are carloads of vino lovers.

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Destinations: Santa Ynez · Solvang

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    Santa Ynez Inn

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    The Alisal Guest Ranch

    A secluded go-to spot for Hollywood royalty since opening in 1946, Alisal is a resort as much as a ranch, with two 18-hole golf courses, a spa, a p

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    Maverick Saloon

    Denim-and-diamond clad regulars dance the two-step to country bands and then chow down on sandwiches.


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    Mission Santa Inés

    The 1807 adobe Mission Santa Inés is one of 21 Spanish missions in California. Stroll through the rose-and-oleander garden.


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