October 5, 2012
Your next getaway is just two hours up the coast from Los Angeles in the Santa Ynez Valley, the heart of Santa Barbara County's wine country. Make plans to visit the Santa Ynez Valley communities of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang now - when winter daytime highs are in the 60s and 70s and plenty of sunshine beckons you outdoors to go golfing, hiking and cycling. Amid thousands of twinkling lights and holiday trees, during the month of December experience Solvang's Julefest (winter festival)
February 3, 2011 |
When life gives you olive oil, Theo Stephan has a suggestion: Make a pie. Or a tart. Or cookies. Or a velvety chocolate sauce. The founder of the Global Gardens line of olive oils and specialty food products, Stephan makes about 2,000 gallons of olive oil a year. Needless to say, there are bottles of it everywhere in her home. She has no shortage of recipes that will allow the flavors of the olive oil to shine through — scrambled eggs, a brushing of olive oil to brown a grilled cheese sandwich or sauteeing vegetables for a lasagna.
August 8, 2010 |
Getting ready to set out on the gravelly trail, Diego and his girlfriend, Cash, are rubbing noses. It's a warm spring-feverish day in April in the Santa Ynez Valley, and the two can't seem to get close enough. And I can't avoid watching. Diego, my horse for the next 90 minutes, has a thing for this mare, and because I'm just along for the ride, who am I to intercede? Besides, as a novice equestrian, I welcome Diego's distraction - anything to avoid being thrust into a full gallop as once happened to me in the rocky desert outside Palm Springs.
August 8, 2010 |
From Los Angeles, take U.S. 101 north to California Highway 154. Take the Highway 154 off-ramp and turn right to Zaca Station Road. Turn left and continue on Zaca Station Road for five miles to the Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard. Vino Vaqueros, (805) 559-4232, http://www.vinovaqueros.com . The 90-minute "Lunch Ride" ($155) includes a tasting with eight wines and a lunch with sandwiches and salads (groups can choose a tri-tip barbecue). Or skip the food on the "Ride and Taste," available February through November for $125.
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July 14, 2010 |
Smiling docents, green-clad rangers, music piped in everywhere — for Michael Jackson fans, Neverland State Park would no doubt be a thriller. But state park officials say it's an idea whose time may never come. Assemblyman Mike Davis, a Los Angeles Democrat, said Tuesday that he's going to push for a study of the possibility when the Legislature meets again in August. Jackson "was one of the world's preeminent entertainers and California is fortunate to have such a site in its jurisdiction," said Davis, chairman of the Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism & Internet Media.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 2009 |
Residents of the Santa Ynez Valley have banded together to oppose making a tourist attraction out of Michael Jackson's former Neverland estate. While the owners of the 4-square-mile ranch have not formally proposed developing it, they have not ruled it out, raising alarms among neighbors in the rural area of vineyards and horse properties. "We get mixed messages," said Bob Field, a spokesman for Never!, a new group that claims the support of many community organizations. "We want to resolve this thing in the valley, between neighbors, and not in front of the county or, heaven forbid, a judge."