An exemption that allows for the re-opening of Santa Barbara County’s tasting rooms underscores one essential concept: for the region’s economic recovery to be successful, it must be truly regional. A consistent set of rules across the tri-county region will bring about a methodical reopening — a hodge-podge of rules will create chaos and create Read More →
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Presqu’ile, a winery in the hills of Santa Maria, announced Aug. 23 that for the second year in a row it was honored by USA Today’s 2019 National Readers Poll of the top 10 Best Tasting Rooms in the U.S. Presqu’ile is the only winery on the list from Santa Barbara County, a region with more than 200 wineries and tasting rooms. “It’s always Read More →
What once was Santa Barbara County’s most elegant barn, built of red bricks and a Spanish tile roof to house Arabian horses, is now an ultramodern tasting room and events center just outside Buellton’s western residential district. Buellton resident Norman Williams hired an Italian stonemason to build the barn in the early 1970s after purchasing Read More →
The Hitching Post II restaurant in Buellton enjoyed some high-profile exposure in the 2004 movie “Sideways.” A scene early in the film shows aspiring author Miles and his pal Jack walking along Highway 246 and up to the restaurant, where the roadside Hitching Post sign glows brightly in the twilight. They sit down at the Read More →