Santa Ynez Inn
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
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Today I packed most of my stuff and left Rancho Relaxo in Lompoc to go to Santa Ynez. On the way in Builton Colleen and I met with Courtney, Merritt and Chris' girls Madelyn and Molly for lunch. Courtney, Damon and Merritt live now on a nice Ranch. Merritt showed me immediately her chickens, the goldfish, the cats and of course their dog. We also went to visit daddy's hangar and the neighbor's horse, donkey and ...
... lobster bisque, Al had clam chowder ..$7 each. Then I had Maine Lobster (1/2) and salad ..$18 ..Alister had prawn and scallop fettuccini ..looked great and tasted great. We walked back ..had a few drinks ..and caught up on the blog. Packing tomorrow morning before heading to LA About 90 miles away.... We have till 9.30pm to get to airport ..so no rush. Sad to think it is all coming to an end ..but will still be good to get back home...see Tara, our dogs and our bed! More news ...
... a paddock at the bottom of the hill which were part of the Hearst Castle grounds - pretty weird to see along the coastal highway! See attached pic.
We drove south again, past Cayucos Beach and onto San Luis Obispo where we stopped for fuel, then at a place called Madonna Inn which is a quirky hotel with over 100 rooms, all individually themed. Check out their website and click on the room names to see a pic of them - ...
... has just a few streets, with most of the goings on concentrated on Grand Avenue. It was the perfect place to stop for food between vineyards. From there we ventured to Firestone vineyard for another tasting. Around this time we were curious about tasting etiquette. The question comes up, do you spit or swallow when tasting wine? When in doubt, google. And so we did. The responses we found varied, but most seemed to agree that if you're tasting just a few wines, ...
... said "mmm!" often.. Finally, at one of the last stops, we chatted with the woman in the tasting room, who happened to be the owner and namesake of the winery. She told us the story of how she and her husband left academia and went through a long journey to open their own winery, and how they created a specialized product and built a successful business. Not only was her story inspirational and her manner genuine, but her wine was delicious, so we bought a bottle. We ...