Los Alamos is the birthplace of grapes grown for Kendall-Jackson, Sutter Home, Byron, Beringer, Mondavi, Meridian and many boutique wineries. It is also the ideal hub for exploring over 70 world-class wineries and tasting rooms. Walk down the street and enjoy a tasting at Bedford or Casa Dumetz (aka Babi's), or jump in your car and travel the wine tours the movie Sideways made famous. Los Alamos is right in the middle of three famous wine trails and minutes from the Los Olivos tasting rooms. We would be happy to arrange a wine tour for you. See "little extras".
Los Alamos is an antique-lover’s dream, with unique treasures from all over the world as well as right here in town! Within blocks of the Victorian Mansion are four antique galleries: Gussied Up, The Gentleman Farmer, The Depot Mall, and Golden Oaks Antiques. Los Alamos is also home to the Union Hotel, which was a stagecoach stop during the Wild West. Be sure to stop by this historic and authentically decorated spot for a drink in the saloon. Don’t forget to check out the old-time gas station right next door, which harkens back to the days when Bell Street was the major route through California. This gas station has been featured in numerous movies and photo shoots
through the years and is currently an event space.
Wander through the ArtBrut Gallery to enjoy the work of local artisans and other offerings, including pen and ink drawings by Jonathan Winters. Or stroll down the street to the C Gallery, which features contemporary art, with a “contemplative” edge. Or visit the Terramonary across the street which has been making fine, hand crafted pottery and ceramics since 1990.
Los Alamos offers some of the most delectable dining in the area. Across the street from the Victorian Mansion, you can taste by firelight what Variety dubbed “probably the best pizza on the West Coast” at Full of Life Flatbread. The menu changes daily with unique concoctions featuring freshly picked herbs and paired with local wines from an extensive wine list. For lunch, try the famously-large burgers or carne asada at Charlie’s, or walk a few blocks down Bell Street to Cafe Quackenbush, where you can enjoy a gourmet salad or crabcakes surrounded by art. Or stop by Bell Street Farm’s Eatery and Market, which is housed in the old bank building, for a delicious sandwich or
We would be happy to arrange for a massage in the privacy of your own fantasy suite. Or just soak in the luxurious bubbles of your private hot-tub. Aromatherapy bath soak is included in your room. (see “little extras” section for more information)
This adorable Danish town is only a short drive from Los Alamos. You can stroll through the European-style streets and visit art galleries, tasting rooms, museums, and clothing boutiques. You can even visit a full-sized holiday gingerbread house (Nov. – Dec.), enjoy the street performers during Danish Days (Sept.) or catch a play at PCPA Theaterfest. Don’t forget the Hans Christian Andersen Museum! You can see the calendar of events at http://www.solvangusa.com.
The Santa Ynez Valley is recognized throughout the equestrian world for its horse ranches. Enjoy a wonderful ride through the beautiful backcountry on horseback. Add some wine tasting to the adventure with VinoVaqueros and ride through the Fess Parker family ranch and vineyards. See spectacular 360 degree views of the Santa Ynez Valley and after your ride, make your way to the tasting room to taste select wines from the vineyard. Or visit one of the many outstanding horse ranches, including the Quicksilver Ranch which raises miniature horses.
Nearby Figueroa Mountain offers numerous hiking trails to explore the local flora and fauna. Or take a short twenty minute hike up to Nojoqui Falls where you will experience a 100-foot waterfall with fresh water from the high cliffs above cascading into a natural pool.
Vegas-like action in the Valley! This Casino Resort offers gaming at its exhilarating best, including slot machines, Blackjack and Poker.
Play a round of 18 holes at one of the near-by golf courses, including La Purisma, Rancho San Marcos, River Course at The Alisal, Zaca Creek, or Sunset Ridge.
• Hot Air Ballooning (seasonal)
Enjoy spectacular views of the ranchlands and vineyards of the Santa Ynez Valley from high above in a hot air balloon.
One of the best ways to explore the backcountry is on two wheels. Enjoy a self-guided tour or let a resident expert show you the way.
• Glider Rides
Soar silently above the Santa Ynez Valley Mountains in this adventure of a lifetime.
• Olive Oil Tasting
Taste a sampling of gourmet, locally grown olive oil from the most current harvest at Global Gardens in Los Olivos.
• Ostrich Land
Tour this unique facility and see the world’s largest bird up close.
• Lavender Farm
Clairmont Farm is a family owned lavender farm located in Los Olivos. There are five acres of the Grosso variety of lavender, known for its healing quality. They offer a complete line of lavender based products, including essential oils, homemade soaps, distinctive lavender honey, and tea.
• Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Preserve
Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Preserve is part of the 18-mile stretch of coastal dunes on California's Central Coast. From 1923 to the 1950s, six films were set in the dunes, including Cecil B. Demille's classic version of the Ten Commandments. At the end of production, the massive sets reproducing ancient Egypt were dismantled and buried on the site to prevent reuse. They are still buried there today and may be seen from time to time as the dunes shift.
• California Missions and Museums
The Santa Ynez Valley is home to several historic California missions and museums, including:
Santa Inez Mission
La Purisma Mission
Wilding Art Museum
Elverhoj Museum of Danish History
Hans Christian Andersen Museum
Vintage Motorcycle Museum
There are hundreds of species to view, including waterfowl, osprey, hawks, bald eagles, woodpeckers, owls, and yellow-billed magpies.