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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)
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April 16, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Finally, someone has designed a luxury hotel suite with wheels. Long-stay AKA Beverly Hills hotel has created a suite inside an Airstream trailer with leather interiors, full kitchen and bathroom, a bed with comfy linens, and even its trademark Bulgari bath amenities. Price-tag for a five-day trip to Santa Barbara: $6,000. Starting May 1, AKA guests can reserve the modified Airstream 2 Go and drive up the coast to spend two nights at Sunstone Vineyards in the wine-growing Santa Ynez Valley and two nights at Ocean Mesa Campground north of Santa Barbara.
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OPINION
December 19, 2013
Re "Tribal plan roils Santa Ynez Valley," Dec. 16 The Santa Ynez Valley, where I live, has retained its rural ambience with carefully crafted zoning laws. Community members who have participated in the planning process labored over plans that stated the community's preference for how development should proceed. A key element of these community documents included a desire to keep as much agriculturally zoned land as possible outside the valley's five population centers. The 1,400-acre Camp 4 property purchased by the Chumash is currently zoned to allow for parcels no smaller than 100 acres.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2014 | By Scott Gold
A tribe is preparing to invest more than $100 million in an expansion and upgrade of its Vegas-style casino in the Santa Ynez Valley, tripling the size of its hotel and opening the door to negotiations that could lead to a greater footprint in California's $7-billion Indian gambling industry. But word of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians' expansion plan has ratcheted up tension and distrust between the Native Americans and some of their neighbors in Santa Barbara County. "It's huge - a huge expansion," said Robert F. Field, a local resident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 2013 | By Scott Gold
SANTA YNEZ, Calif. - The Chumash Indians, first seen by explorers along the California coast in the fall of 1542, did not have running water on their tiny, sickle-shaped reservation until the 1960s. Over time, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians clawed its way to sustainability, and more. The tribe harnessed Depression-era laws of self-governance, state and federal gambling initiatives. A casino opened in 2003. Healthcare is paid for. The tribe foots the bill for any recognized descendant who wants to go to college.
TRAVEL
November 14, 2010 | By Marcia Meier, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Santa Barbara County's Santa Ynez Valley is known for its fine wines and upscale horse farms, but some of the Old West remains, including two historic stagecoach stops that continue to operate as successful restaurants. Cold Spring Tavern, near the top of San Marcos Pass (Highway 154) between Santa Barbara and Solvang, and Mattei's Tavern, in Los Olivos at the north end of the valley, date to the 1880s and are chock-full of historic collectibles and nostalgia from the stagecoach era. One hundred years ago, travel between Los Angeles and San Francisco meant a stagecoach ride over the nearly 2,500-foot pass above Santa Barbara and through the Santa Ynez Valley.
TRAVEL
April 3, 2011 | By Arnie Cooper, Special to the Los Angeles Times
My first reaction to this assignment was (to sanitize the expression) "Drat! What have I gotten myself into?" Biking is my main outdoors activity, but grinding 13 miles straight up a mountain? I'm really just a mountain bike dabbler. I can't dazzle you with tales of handlebar flips or skin-shredding tumbles off rocky drop-offs. Yet I've long been drawn to the chaparral, mesmerized by its strange mix of rattlers and butterflies, scratchy branches and lacy wildflowers. Nothing captures this better than the ride to Little Pine Mountain, which local trail expert Ray Ford describes as "the premier ride in the Santa Ynez Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2014 | By Scott Gold
A tribe is preparing to invest more than $100 million in an expansion and upgrade of its Vegas-style casino in the Santa Ynez Valley, tripling the size of its hotel and opening the door to negotiations that could lead to a greater footprint in California's $7-billion Indian gambling industry. But word of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians' expansion plan has ratcheted up tension and distrust between the Native Americans and some of their neighbors in Santa Barbara County. "It's huge - a huge expansion," said Robert F. Field, a local resident.
TRAVEL
September 20, 1987 | MICHELE GRIMM and TOM GRIMM, The Grimms of Laguna Beach are authors of "Away for the Weekend," a travel guide to Southern California.
"Kick off your shoes, roll up your jeans and get ready for some icky, sticky, good clean fun!" That's the invitation of Rosalie and Gene Hallock to their sixth annual Great Grape Stomp. The grape harvest has begun in the Southland's most scenic and notable wine region, the Santa Ynez Valley, and you're welcome to join the celebrations. Hallock and his wife will host their grape stomp at Ballard Canyon Winery on three successive Saturdays--Oct. 3, 10 and 17.
NEWS
October 7, 1991 | PENELOPE McMILLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the streets of this quiet Santa Ynez Valley village, something was clearly going on Sunday, even if the details were a little fuzzy to some. Taking notice of all the police, tourist JoAnn Killmer guessed crime. "I thought somebody had been robbed," the Los Altos woman said. Lisa Stern, visiting from Whittier, was a little closer to the truth as she gasped excitedly into a pay phone. "Madonna's getting married today," Stern told her baby-sitter. "So we're going to be a little late."
NEWS
February 12, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
Tickets have just gone on sale for “ The 2nd Annual Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure ,” returning to Solvang's Veterans Memorial Hall March 29 and 30. And if things go anywhere near like last year, they won't last long. An offshoot of the original Garagiste Festival held in Paso Robles in November, this one ferrets out cutting-edge, small-scale wine producers from the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Barbara County. Last year's Southern Exposure was a sellout. And at $50 per ticket, it's still pretty inexpensive for such a wildly exuberant and fun wine event.
OPINION
December 19, 2013
Re "Using rail more, cars less," Dec. 16 The Times reports that people living within half a mile of a station on the new Expo Line are using their cars less. I am dumbstruck that in many of the articles I read about public transportation, the common practice on the East Coast of parking your car at the station and taking the train isn't mentioned. Many more would opt for the train if there were enough parking at the stations. It is time to demand that parking structures be built so we can park and ride and get our cars off the freeways.
OPINION
December 19, 2013
Re "Tribal plan roils Santa Ynez Valley," Dec. 16 The Santa Ynez Valley, where I live, has retained its rural ambience with carefully crafted zoning laws. Community members who have participated in the planning process labored over plans that stated the community's preference for how development should proceed. A key element of these community documents included a desire to keep as much agriculturally zoned land as possible outside the valley's five population centers. The 1,400-acre Camp 4 property purchased by the Chumash is currently zoned to allow for parcels no smaller than 100 acres.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 2013 | By Scott Gold
SANTA YNEZ, Calif. - The Chumash Indians, first seen by explorers along the California coast in the fall of 1542, did not have running water on their tiny, sickle-shaped reservation until the 1960s. Over time, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians clawed its way to sustainability, and more. The tribe harnessed Depression-era laws of self-governance, state and federal gambling initiatives. A casino opened in 2003. Healthcare is paid for. The tribe foots the bill for any recognized descendant who wants to go to college.
FOOD
December 7, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
The renowned Sashi Moorman makes the wines for Stolpman Vineyards in Santa Barbara County's new Ballard Canyon appellation. Though Stolpman's Syrahs tend to get most of the attention, I'm more impressed with the Roussanne called L'Avion. The vineyard, farmed organically, the vineyard is actually planted on what was once the landing strip for planes in the '30s and '40s. Fermented in big French oak casks and aged on its lees for over a year, the 2010 L'Avion is rich and complex with scents of honey and jasmine.
NEWS
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)
TRAVEL
September 7, 2003 | Susan Lendroth, Special to The Times
Far below the twists and turns of Highway 154, the Pacific shimmered like a mirror in the sunset. "Goodbye, ocean," called my 8-year-old daughter, Kyla, when the water slipped from view. I too felt wistful at the thought of cool sea breezes as we drove away from the coast last month and toward Rancho Oso, a guest ranch in the golden hills northwest of Santa Barbara. Inland temperatures were expected to soar to 100. But we soldiered on, following signs to the ranch's check-in gate.
TRAVEL
April 3, 2011 | By Arnie Cooper, Special to the Los Angeles Times
My first reaction to this assignment was (to sanitize the expression) "Drat! What have I gotten myself into?" Biking is my main outdoors activity, but grinding 13 miles straight up a mountain? I'm really just a mountain bike dabbler. I can't dazzle you with tales of handlebar flips or skin-shredding tumbles off rocky drop-offs. Yet I've long been drawn to the chaparral, mesmerized by its strange mix of rattlers and butterflies, scratchy branches and lacy wildflowers. Nothing captures this better than the ride to Little Pine Mountain, which local trail expert Ray Ford describes as "the premier ride in the Santa Ynez Valley.
FOOD
March 17, 2011 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
  2008 Holus-Bolus Santa Ynez Valley Syrah Holus-Bolus does it again with this terrific Santa Ynez Valley Syrah from the 2008 vintage. The label is an octopus with eight arms, two each for the four winemaker partners: Chad Melville, Jim Knight, Sashi Moorman and Peter Hunken. Buy a bottle and revel in the heady aroma of cherries, blackberries, smoke and earth. The texture is velvety, the tannins round. A prime example of Central Coast Syrah that's drinking beautifully right now. Have it with jamón or prosciutto, lamb or pork, paté or meatloaf, or with a cheese plate.
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