Discover California’s Santa Ynes Valley

Driving up the Pacific Coast Freeway from Malibu to Major Sur is the quintessential American road journey, its spectacular ocean views and cliff-hugging turns glamorized by countless motion pictures. Whilst Santa Barbara has constantly been a welcome pit end, there was little cause to go inland to the Santa Ynez Valley, a sleepy area of horse ranches and compact vineyards—until now. Begin with a stop by to Lotusland in Santa Barbara, the 37-acre botanical backyard on the former estate of Ganna Walksa, a Polish-born opera singer turned backyard garden designer, and wind your way inland through females-led vineyards, bistros, and higher-stop design and style boutiques.

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Clothing and homewares at Santa Ynez Basic.


The interior of Garde in Summerland.

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In a 1921 farmhouse just east of Santa Barbara in the coastal town of Summerland sits the interiors boutique Garde. The brainchild of Scotti Sitz and John Davidson, the retail store has a minimalist vibe, with items by European designers like Faye Toogood and Vincent Van Duysen. An hour inland, Santa Ynez Standard shares every little thing from boho dresses to hand-thrown pottery to cookbooks. It was opened in 2019 by Pearson and Spencer Turnbull, a trend exec and a attorney respectively, who determined to escape the L.A. grind and shift to the Santa Ynez Valley.

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A sardine dish at Bell’s in Los Alamos.



In 2018, chef Daisy Ryan, an area native who properly trained at top New York kitchens like Gramercy Tavern and For every Se, returned to open up Bell’s in the city of Los Alamos with her husband, Greg. The restaurant champions Ryan’s model of “Franch” cooking (French satisfies California ranch) with a menu of classics like steak tartare and moules frites alongside regional delicacies like uni and wild snails. Last summer, the couple opened Bar Le Côte, a seafood tavern with an Iberian bent in nearby Los Olivos, which celebrates the bounty of the close by coastline.

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The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern in Los Olivos.


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Gina Giugni of Girl of the Sunshine winery tending to her grapes.

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Extensive overshadowed by the vineyards to the north in Napa and Sonoma, people of the Santa Ynez Valley have not too long ago appear into their very own. Gina Giugni, a second-era biodynamic farmer, runs Woman of the Sunshine, which creates sauvignon blancs and pinot noirs. New Zealand indigenous Angela Osborne is at the helm of A Tribute to Grace, where people can sample just one of her grenaches at her tasting area, just down the street from Bell’s restaurant.

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The exterior of Bar Le Côte in Los Olivos.



The historic Inn at Mattei’s Tavern in Los Olivos, when a popular stagecoach quit through the gold hurry, was lately presented a attractive enhance by Auberge Resorts Selection. Nestled amongst vineyards and outdated-development palm trees, it options 9 cozy cottages finish with yard patios. There’s also a spa, a pool, and many eateries. Perched on a hillside overlooking Santa Barbara, El Encanto has been a preferred hideaway for Hollywood due to the fact the 1920s. The 92 California Craftsman fulfills Spanish Colonial fashion rooms, suites, and bungalows, lots of with personal terraces and fireplaces, are unfold out around seven lush acres.

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The pool at El Encanto in Santa Barbara.

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Opening image: The aloe back garden at Lotusland in Santa Barbara.

This short article originally appeared in the June/July 2022 problem of Harper’s BAZAAR, readily available on newsstands June 7.

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