Deep within in Santa Ynez Valley lies the cutest small town perfect for a day of wine tasting, blue skies and good company. Vineyards, coffee shops and tasting rooms make up the small town of Los Olivos, California. From Santa Barbara, drive along highway 154, venture over the San Marcos Pass and through the Santa Ynez mountains and arrive at this adorable country style community. On this day, we started at Beckmen Vineyards and sipped away overlooking rolling hills and a small pond. Then it was time to hit the town square and wind down the day at Carhartt tasting room in their cozy, quint back patio.
The Sacred Space in Summerland is everything you would think it to be...and then some. A few miles south of Montecito is a hidden gem that is truly one of the most unique and tranquil places I have ever visited. It doesn't look like much from outside, but once you walk through the music filled shop and enter the gardens you instantly take a spiritual journey into a place of sacred beauty. The harmony of nature, serenity and peace within the garden is unreal. The amazing pavilions are a great place to enjoy tea, sun, and meditation. The aromas pour out from every space and the seemingly endless gardens, bamboo lined walkways and statues catch your eye every way you turn, it is simply magical.
What better way to begin a central coast trip than to enjoy wine and good company in the quieter side of San Luis Obispo? A great place to end the month of March was in this small college town my best friend calls home. Her airy, dreamy home is decorated in succulents, flowers and lovely scents of candles burning in all corners of the house. After spending many weekends in this town, I had never experienced the vineyards and great wine that come from this region of California. After picnicking at the beautiful Tolosa winery, we were set to try some wine! I must say, every tasting was magnificent! The clouds danced in the sky as we enjoyed the sweet weather and endless views of the mountains. Certainly a day well spent in San Luis Obispo.
Be here now: Queen Wihelmina Tulip Garden is in full bloom, but won't last much longer! The quaint garden I stumbled upon is a true hidden nook in Golden Gate Park. The garden is named after the former Queen of The Netherlands who ruled the country for over fifty years. This amazing spot is located at the base of the historic Dutch windmill that Queen Wihelmina donated to San Francisco in 1902, as tulips are a sign of peace and reconciliation for people of The Netherlands. The Tulips in the garden are the most gorgeous colors of red, orange, pink and yellow...but they won't last for long. By mid-April, the blooms will slowly begin to wilt. Visit now to see the amazing garden!