Pete's Preferred Taxi Wine Tours will pick you up at Amtrak,
airport, motel, hotel, bus station, for a tour of Valley or
Wineries, Shopping, delightful restaurants, wedding bliss, etc.
Solvang was founded in 1911 by a group
of Danish educators to build a school
serving the Danes on the West
Coast. At the time of their arrival only the
Old Mission Santa Inez was
in the area. The architecture of the buildings
is very much of the old
world with steep gabled roofs, windmills, and the
typical old world
building style even to a real thatched roof on the corner
and First Street. The shops are filled with wares from
near and afar
and the bakeries loaded with Danish pastries and cookie.
The restaurants feature food from
Denmark and other ethnic styles and
you really feel transferred to a different time and
place. Here also you
will find the PCPA Outdoor Theater featuring shows from Shakespeare
Starting your tour from Solvang, you head one mile south on the
and get a round of golf in on one of the many golf courses in the valley.
Passing the Alisal Guest Ranch you wind up at the Nojoqui Falls Park
where many legends by
the Native-Americans began. We even have
water running over the falls and in the hot dry
area we are in it is a
welcome walk up the hill to see it. Be warned sometimes it dries
in Solvang and on 246
going west three miles you come to the hub of the valley. Buellton sits
at the cross roads of Hwy 246 and 101, home of
Split Pea Soup
Andersen's and the new Ostrich Land which is starting to draw visitors.
Buellton is the only place that has a large shopping mall for the local residents.
continue another 18 miles west on 246 you will arrive at Lompoc
and Vanderberg Air Force Base, the west coast space launch center.
NASA and the Air Force
are continuing the space launches with private
industry being involved also.
to Solvang you continue on 246 to Alamo Pintado Road
going 3 miles north to Ballard where the famed little red school house is still in use.
As you continue your travel on Alamo Pintado North you pass horse ranches,
etc. and arrive at the Victorian Village of
Los Olivos where
can browse the art galleries, sample the wine from many of the wineries in the valley.
Los Olivos is also where Mattei's Tavern still serves a great meal.
Mattei's Tavern was the stage coach stop for the traveler when the railroad only
to Los Olivos from the north. As the traveler could go no further with the railroad.
It was necessary to take the stage line over the mountains to
Today you can take the trip by way of 154 to
Lake Cachuma, over the San Marcos Pass,
on into Cold Springs Tavern. Another stage
coach stop that is now a restaurant.
From Cold Springs Restaurant you can see
the expanse of the San Marcos Bridge
from below. Continuing on 154 you arrive at Santa
Solvang going East on 246 for 3 miles you
will find yourself in the historic old west of Santa Ynez, with the false front facades
and old authentic
buildings. Many a commercial has been filmed here, using the
buildings as props. Santa
Ynez is a real working town serving the people of the
valley, with old craftsmanship,
ostrich burgers, real western saloon, famed carriage
museum to a modern day gaming casino at the Chumash Indian Reservation,
fast becoming the biggest employer in the valley.
Want to become a jet setter? Drop your plane into the Santa Ynez
and take a car on into the local sights for the day and home for evening.
the airport try your hand at hang gliding or take a glider ride.
If you still want to see more, you can take 101(at Hwy 246)
north to Los Alamos.
This little former sleeping town has many antique shops and is home
Los Alamos Inn, another of the stage coach stops, a wonderful place to
stop for the
weary traveler on the way from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
Traveling north from Los Alamos another 15 miles on Hwy 101 you
reach Santa Maria a bustling farming town. Home of the
famous Elks Rodeo
and Parade being held the first week end of June each year. TV
All together you will find that the Santa Ynez Valley is holding
points of interest to keep you in the area for a long time. To house you,
plenty of accommodations around to make you feel comfortable
and good restaurants to
satisfy your appetite. Golfing in the area is GREAT.
You may golf at a different
course for over a week all within short driving
distance. Allowing you to make
Solvang the prime residence and every
morning going for a short 25 - 65 minute drive for a
super round of golf and
back in time for shopping and
dinner. Just click on any of the above
mentioned members and they will be happy to
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