Santa Ynez, California

Considered by many as ‘the Tuscany of California’, the Santa Ynez Valley is made up of six vintage-styled towns of Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Buellton, Solvang, Ballard and Santa Ynez. Think false facades that hark back to the early Spanish settlers and restored and refined ranches. There’re even sidewalks studded with horseshoes for the new cowgirl/boy in town. But what fuels this region is wine, and the six towns are easily picked off by bike if you want to wobble between wineries.

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On the move

Horseback riding, hiking the river trail and pro-cycling to work up a sweat. Off-the-beaten-track swimming holes like Red Rock to cool off.

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Staying still

Los Olivos has a ridiculously generous number of tasting rooms per capita. Favorites include Fess Parker Winery, Carhartt Vineyards and Saarloos & Sons, but don’t miss relative newcomer Community Craft with their blind tastings and rosé nights.

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Sleeping soundly

Purescapes always works with luxury, eco-conscious accommodation in areas of outstanding beauty, usually with spa and/or fitness amenities. Guests will enjoy a speciality created menu from a private chef to support the training and wellbeing programme. Please contact us for further information about this accommodation and our programs.

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