Sophisticated Cowboy – Santa Ynez

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THE SOPHISTICATED COWBOY

The energy of the Old West meets Victorian-era grandeur in the town of Santa Ynez, where a stay at Santa Ynez Inn pampers with posh surroundings. Elevated eats (and drinks) in town roll from morning pick-me-ups at Pony Espresso, to mid-day margaritas at Dos Carlitos, to cheese boards and craft sandwiches from The Lucky Hen Larder. While away an afternoon at the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Parks-Janeway Carriage House, or among the galleries and boutiques in the tiny town. Minutes away, vineyards loll out from under a palatial villa at Sunstone Winery, and games of the more relaxing sort await at the Chumash Casino Resort Spa. Enhanced cowboy adventures happen at The Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort, a rarified dude ranch in nearby Solvang. Back in town, wine countrified-Italian awaits at Trattoria Grappolo, or S.Y. Kitchen, which pairs pizzas, pastas, and proteins with proper cocktails. Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn burgers entice, while elevated Southern fare is served with a side of line dancing at Maverick Saloon. Plan your escape to cowboy-wine-country.