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Current Solvang/Santa Ynez/Los Olivos tasting room/winery and restaurant recs?

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Current Solvang/Santa Ynez/Los Olivos tasting room/winery and restaurant recs?

The Oracle | Sep 18, 2012 03:47 PM

I'm heading up to the area for a wedding anniversary and would love to know any current 'not-to-be-missed' spots.

I'll be there from Sunday (arriving in the early evening) and staying through Tuesday.

We are staying in Solvang and would LOVE b'fast recommendations. Our last visit was in June and Paula's Pancake House (which can sometimes be passable) and Belgian Cafe were both horrible.

We had an amazing dinner at Hadsten House on that trip - and, on a prior trip, a delicious meal at Hitching Post. We also ventured to Trattoria Grapollo - which, my husband enjoyed more than I did. Love the neighborhood feel of the place, and earnest/friendly service/hospitality - I just wasn't wow'd by the food very much. We've also enjoyed dinner at Cold Springs Tavern - but do not want to go that far.

I've never been to Ballard Inn for dinner.... is it anything like Hotel Corque/Root 246 (which we did NOT like at all)? We've walked by Mirabelle Inn Restaurant - but DH was disinterested, so we moved on. I'd be curious what the current take on either spot is.... and would also welcome any recommendations.

As of now, I'm thinking: Sunday evening: Ballard Inn - Monday evening: Hitching Post or Hadsten House ??

Current favorite tasting rooms (as of that June visit):
Solvang: Sevtap and Carivintas
Los Olivos: Epiphany and Stolpman

Any recommendations?

We are likely to stick to tasting rooms or venture to a handful of not-to-be-missed wineries where we would be able to linger... (to avoid drinking/driving).

Thanks in advance!

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