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Wine, Aston Martins and Beaches: A Santa Barbara Weekend

Alexandra Williams, MA
Driving an Aston Martin in Santa Barbara

Pick a car, any car

Santa Barbara, the land of wine, women, and Sean – Connery, that is. In an Aston Martin. Driving through wine country. Ahhhh, such is the life I lead. Well, sort of.business of blogging session with Alexandra Williams and Kymberly Williams-Evans

The Wine Bloggers Conference was held here in S.B. County over the weekend. As presenters, Kymberly and I were invited to participate in the events. The first weekend highlight was visiting five Solvang tasting rooms, followed by dinner at Cecco Ristorante and gelato at Café Dolce. I’m going to list the 5 tasting rooms so that you can visit them when you come to SolvangIMG_8319

Solvang Wineries

The Good Life
Carivintâs Winery
Lucas & Lewellen
Presidio
Sevtap
Sevtap winery in Solvang

picture at Carivintas Winery, Solvang

Living Well is not a Sin; Not Appreciating it Is

Every single one of them had very outgoing, personable owners. The fact that I know very little about wine was not a deterrent to my experience. I just tuned out the wine talk (you need a translator if you’re not a wine person) and focused on the taste. Turns out I’m a Gewürztraminer and port person (I discovered this at Presidio).

The second highlight was driving an Aston Martin. I had planned to drive the DB9 (seen just below), but got distracted by the blue color of the Vanquish. photo 4-7IMG_8379My son got to go in the Rapide.

picture of Aston Martin Vanquish

This is not the Rapide, as they went so rapidly I couldn’t get a photo!

We found out that Aston Martin does tour events too. They have a Pebble Beach – Lake Tahoe – Yosemite event coming up in August. Fast cars and mountain roads. I’ll wait for James Bond Daniel Craig to pick me up.

picture of Bacara Resort

Bacara Resort – From Pool to Ocean

The event was based at Bacara Resort, so we took a walk along the beach afterward. No matter what car you drive, or whether you do or don’t stay at the resort, the beach is open to the public. People think it’s private, but locals know it’s not, so you might like to add Haskell’s Beach to your visit.

Haskell's Beach near Bacara Resort

Haskell’s Beach by the Bacara Resort

The third highlight was a tour of some of the wine rooms in Santa Barbara – first in El Paseo downtown, followed by the funk zone. We got around the funk zone via surreys. Did you know you can rent surreys, Segways, scooters, skates and bikes (of course) down by the beach?

Surrey rentals in Santa Barbara

Pedaling our Surrey

And pedaling the surrey counts as exercise. I’ll link to the places that hosted us, and let you decide for yourself which of their wines you prefer.

El Paseo Downtown S.B.

picture of El Paseo in Santa Barbara

El Paseo – Tucked Away in the Heart of Santa Barbara… Seriously. It’s Tucked Away Right in Front of You

Au Bon Climat 
Grassini Family Vineyards
Margerum Wine Co. & MWC32
Jamie Slone Wines (opening next month, but we got a sneak peek)
C’est Cheese (they sell a huge variety of world cheeses and wine, so get a sandwich to complement your tasting adventures)

pic of Grassini tasting room in Santa Barbara

G for Grassini; 5 for 5 Grassini daughters

pic from C'est Cheese

C’est Cheese (and wine and pastries and fruit and sandwiches)

Funk Zone

Fox Wine Co. (lots of art too)

Fox Wine & Art Foundry in Santa Barbara

Art at Fox Wine

Municipal Winemakers (my favorite for the vibe – they are in a former scuba shop, complete with swimming pool behind the wall)

picture of chandelier at Municipal Winery in Santa Barbara

Muni’s Chandelier – Look Closely

 

Municipal Winery in the Funk Zone, Santa Barbara

Join Club Awesome at Municipal Winery

Santa Barbara Winery

S.B. Winery in the Funk Zone

The back room at Santa Barbara Winery

Deep Sea (which is over the water on Stearns Wharf)
If beautiful cars, beaches, and people (that’s me, in case you’re confused), plus wineries galore don’t tempt you to come visit Santa Barbara, then you are jaded I tell you, jaded. FYI, Santa Barbara isn’t known for jade, unless it’s the color of the sea. While you’re here, come take our exercise classes so you can speed along during your surrey ride.

Did I mention I won a bottle of wine during the conference? Yeah, I win good stuff. Oh, and standing by an Aston Martin makes you look like a model. See what it did for me?

picture of Alexandra Williams at Bacara Resort

Who’s that behind those shades?

About Fun and Fit

Get practical exercise advice, your fitness questions answered, and cutting edge health edu-tainment that is accessible and doable from long time fitness experts, Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA. We have taught on land, sea, and airwaves for 3 decades on 4 continents. From writing to speaking, emceeing to hosting a radio show, reviewing products to teaching classes, we believe that little steps turn into big paths. Move a little more than the day before. FitFluential Ambassadors and award-winners both online and off.

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12 Responses to Wine, Aston Martins and Beaches: A Santa Barbara Weekend

  1. Carol Cassara July 14, 2014 at 5:23 pm #

    Lovely, evocative photos. Gorgeous.
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  2. Brandon S. July 14, 2014 at 5:33 pm #

    Don’t you just love an Aston Martin? I’m surprised your son took out the Rapide as it’s AM’s version of the “Family Car” even though it has a growl that requires a change of pants. You’ve made me anxious now to visit the AM Villa during this year’s events at Pebble Beach :D
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    • AlexandraFunFit July 14, 2014 at 5:38 pm #

      Yes, I definitely love it. My son had to take the Rapide, as he is under 25, so had to have the driver with him. As he had his girlfriend with him, they needed the 4-seater. But he was more than willing to test out the others! Have fun in Pebble Beach. I look forward to your event coverage.
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  3. Jody - Fit at 56 July 14, 2014 at 7:22 pm #

    What fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You do look happy in that car!!! AND that last pic – LOVE that top!!!!!
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  4. Brian D. Meeks (@ExtremelyAvg) July 15, 2014 at 6:12 am #

    What a fun post. I loved all the pictures, especially the ones of the art deco style posters and the cars. The food looked delicious. Life is good!
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  5. Jan July 15, 2014 at 10:58 am #

    Lovely review written by non-drinkers. Good job and great pictures.

    Love,
    Your best fan, Mom
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  6. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie July 16, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    Ahh I want to go to this conference! What a fun time. I wish I blogged about wine! haha
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  7. Ismail N July 16, 2014 at 3:38 pm #

    It looks like you’ve been pretty busy having a fantabulous time at a great place! What an awesome car!

  8. Heather (Baby Bump & Beyond) July 17, 2014 at 3:38 pm #

    I’ll have to see if they will be in Yosemite the same as I’ll be up there! Thanks for the info, it looks like a blast!
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  9. Christine July 17, 2014 at 6:16 pm #

    What a fun weekend! Pinning this for the next time we head that way!

  10. Junalin July 17, 2014 at 6:38 pm #

    So much of fun. I enjoyed reading. Love all your photos.
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