Located within driving distance from Los Angeles and San Francisco, the Santa Ynez Valley is one of California’s best weekend getaways—especially this time of year when the weather is beginning to cool down. Part of Santa Barbara County, the valley includes the towns of Solvang, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, Buellton, and Ballard, and is known […]
I love to cook in the fall, particularly because of all of the delicious, hearty, and healthful soups that it’s finally cold enough to enjoy. I especially like a good vegetarian chili. Not only is chili easy to make but it’s loaded with nourishing vitamins, protein, and antioxidants that the body needs this time of […]
My godparents’ Joan and Jerry have an amazing ranch in Santa Ynez that I was lucky enough to grow up visiting. They have 20 beautiful acres with horses in the hills of Woodstock Ranch, which is 30 minutes north of Santa Barbara inland. Santa Ynez and Los Olivos are both gorgeous settings filled with organic farms, horses, livestock, lavender farms, and vineyards.