SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
Los Olivos

 
Quick Draw Art Event
Day in the Country
Fess Parker's Wine Country Inn & Spa

Los Olivos Hotels
Fess Parker's Wine Country Inn & Spa
2860 Grand Avenue
Los Olivos, CA 93441

SOLVANG HOTELS
Best Western King Frederik Motel
1617 Copenhagen Drive
Best Western Kronborg Inn
1440 Mission Drive
Holiday Inn Express Solvang
1455 Mission Dr.

More Solvang Hotels
Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Solvang
Royal Scandinavian Inn
Svendsgaard's Danish Lodge-Best Value Inn
Svendsgaards Danish Lodge
Vagabond Inn Solvang
Wine Valley Inn

 

LOS OLIVOS CALIFORNIA
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Population: Less than 1,000    County: Santa Barbara


Los Olivos features country charm that stars enjoy. Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch is not far away so when guests such as Elizabeth Taylor need a place to stay, they occasionally book a room at the Fess Parker's Wine Country Inn & Spa in Los Olivos. Home to wealthy ranchers, wineries and acres of land stretching across the mountains and plains of this inland city that's drier than it's nearby ocean neighbors over in Lompoc, Los Olivos is an understatement of wine, art, great food and solitude. Local magazines feature some of the star-studded events enjoyed by residents that like to hideaway from the lights of Hollywood. Bo Derrick, the perfect 10 of years gone by, and many who simply don't do interviews may be your neighbor at the table next to you dining on a sandwich and sipping a Chardonnay. You just never know who you will see in this neck of the woods when you attend the Quick Draw or other community events enjoyed by those drawn to a slower pace.


Travelers driving along the beautiful country roads of the Central California coast are encouraged to take a nice county drive too  Los Olivos near Solvang. You might pass the miniature pony farm, a man selling apples under a shade tree beside the road, a wine tasting room, Mattei's Tavern and downtown Los Olivos, which  city folks might not recognize as anything more than reduction of the speed limit for a stop sign or two. 

If simple charm appeals to you, then Los Olivos has your name written on it.  With several art galleries, tasting rooms, restaurants and the upscale Fess Parker Inn, your agenda is to relax, slow down and smell the wine grapes or taste the apples grown locally.. "A Day In The  Country" held each October in Los Olivos celebrates the apple harvests but most days throughout the year, you can sample local wines from fields grown right around Los Olivos. 

 

Fast becoming one of the premier wine growing regions, recent Mondavi advertisements discuss the wonderful growing regions in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.  The rolling, gentle hills around Los Olivos are where grapes grow well. You'll be amazed by  the acres of fields of grapes as you drive along Highway 101 between  Los Olivos and San Luis Obispo. 

 

Once a stage stop where guests stayed overnight on journeys during the era when the only mode of available transportaion was  carriages drawn by horses, Mattei's Tavern built in 1886, still stands as a testament to the era. Not far from Los Olivos in Santa Ynez, there's a fabulous Carrigage Museum providing a visual history of the region, as seen through carriages, saddles, early cars and collections of photos and articfacts from those days.  Today, Mattei's Tavern is a popular restaurant that serves flavorful  meals. 

 

BEACHCALIFORNIA.COM sees lots of beaches and some where horses are permitted, mostly beginning in Central Coast California heading north. Though you won't find a beach close to Los Olivos, you can see plenty of horses nearby.  From a dude ranch where women and men were taught to rope cattle, to the Quicksilver Ranch, one of the largest miniature horse ranches in the West,  we noticed beautiful horses and enjoyed watching them graze in lush green fields. 

 

From the small shopping area where you can buy art, wine, antiques, gifts and can dine, to the drive along Almo Pintado Road with views of the ranch style houses, groves, farms and vineyards, Los Olivos is a breath of fresh air on a cool, crisp Autumn day. Summers are fairly mild, but you should bring a jacket and always be prepared to wear it in the region. 

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Horse Ranches, Breeding and Sales in Nearby Region

CANYON RIVER RANCH   Santa Ynez, CA  Specialize in Draft Crosses, by breeding a Draft with a Thoroughbred (and other light horses), the result is a strong horse with great bone and size.  http://www.draftcrosses.com/
High Meadow Ranch  P.O. Box 502  Solvang, California, USA 93464 (805) 688-8404  http://ariel.syv.com/sporthorse/
Quicksilver Ranch 1555 Alamo Pintado Road  Solvang, California 93463  Phone: (805) 686-4002   http://ariel.syv.com/qsminis/
Whispering Oaks Arabians 5253 Paseo De Vaca San Luis Obispo, CA   805-544-ARAB (2722) --Arabian Sport Horse Stallions in California     www.arabiansporthorse.com