Monday, July 12, 2010

weekend getaway

James & I just got back from a weekend in Solvang. We drove up on Saturday morning, and stopped in downtown Ventura to have a beer at Dargan's and to visit Serra Cross Park, where we got married. Then took the 154 up to the Santa Ynez Valley, it was a beautiful drive, it felt as though we were in another country, the rolling hills, vineyards and Cachuma lake were quite a sight! Driving into Solvang made me feel like a kid, it has a fairy tale feel about it! We stayed at the Wine Valley Inn & Cottages, a boutique hotel with an old world feel, it even had a wood burning fireplace. We did some wine tasting, olive oil & vinegar tasting (which I've never done before), ate alot of good food & pastries, shared alot of laughs, wrote in our journal (yes, corny, but we've been doing it since we first met) and just enjoyed our time together...It was a perfect trip.

At the cross, where we became husband and wife the year before.
Our hotel
Solvang and its many treats! Yum!
We had lunch at Panino in Los Olivos, a little town 5 miles north of Solvang.
my sandwich was to die for...
Olive oil and vinegar tasting...we came home with a great olive oil and a fig vinegar, can't wait to use it in a salad. Yum!
Carhartt Winery- We brought a couple of bottles home, of course...
Santa Ynez
Sunstone Winery
we shared a wonderful meal at Mirabelle for our anniversary, so delicious!
James looking through their extensive wine list...
Me and my bubbly!
and of course, Mortensen's Bakery, we had to bring danishes home;)

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