Girls get-away

Girls Weekend Getaway

Girls Fun in the Sun –

You may be asking how I ended up on a girls getaway trip. It was another warm afternoon in the Santa Ynez Valley. I was driving out to Happy Canyon which is to the east of the township of Santa Ynez. I was driving out to Grassini Family Vineyards specifically.

Special Blogger in Santa Ynez Valley

We had a special blogger in town, and Katie Grassini had offered to provide a tasting of the wine that carries her family name and a tour of their beautiful vineyard, lake, and facilities.

Girls Weekend TripThe guest VisitSYV and partners were hosting on this tour was Lesley Anne Murphy, a beautiful 20 something with a very popular blog called The Road Les Traveled. Get it? Les traveled, for Lesley. Ha! Oh, you got it. OK.

I arrive early and get a chance to catch up with Katie before Lesley and her sister Jordan arrive with Morgen McLaughlin, Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Vintners Association.

After some very sweet and kind small talk, the tasting and extensive tour begins. It was a delicious, fun, and beautiful afternoon at Grassini. As is my thing, I took an “USie” and posted it on social media. Instagram followers (@WheresShelby) let me know instantly that Lesley was a recent contestant on Sean Lowe’s season of The Bachelor.


Girls Wine Tasting Weekend
One of the many gorgeous photos Lesley shared from her trip.

Lesley is down to earth, and as you will find from her blog, she and her sister Jordan (the contributing writer for this article) are excellent writers as well. They enjoyed a fantastic trip that included cozy, authentic accommodations at Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort, horseback riding, wine tasting, and all the things that make for a beautiful girls weekend getaway in the Santa Ynez Valley.

Click here for their full story, and check out Lesley’s Instagram to see more great photos from her trip to the SYV and where she’s headed next.

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Oh, and did we mention Yahoo recently named the Santa Ynez Valley one of America’s 5 Best Girlfriend Getaways?

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