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My Weekend in the Valley: L.A. to Santa Ynez

We had an amazing weekend getaway for my friends 30th birthday in Santa Ynez, California. It was a group of 6 girls and my husband! He was a champ, all of our male friends sold out last minute but he definitely held it down for us!



We arrived in L.A. Thursday afternoon, we rented a car and stayed the night in L.A. to take off early morning to Santa Ynez. My tradition every time I'm in L.A. is to eat at my favorite Mexican restaurant El Compadre. We had late night dinner there and its the absolute best. Great ambiance, live mariachi's, delicious authentic mexican food, and the best margaritas!! They are famous for their flaming margaritas you must try!


Friday morning we had breakfast at Millie's Cafe. It was our first time there and it was amazing!! It's also vegan friendly! After breakfast we had a 2.5 hour drive to Santa Ynez Valley but with traffic it took about 3.5 hours unfortunately, but the views were spectacular. We drove on the coast and the colors of the sky and the ocean during sunset was out of a dream. I definitely recommend that drive for the view.



We finally arrived to our Air BnB and stayed in this beautiful ranch with amazing gardens and views. The house had a hot tub, indoor and outdoor fireplace, a tree house and such beautiful charm. Fits 10 people comfortably!

Link to the house here.

That night we went to eat at Industrial Eats, it was highly recommended and it was spectacular.

You already know I'm a foodie so if I love it you know its real. They are famous for their Pizza's but everything on the menu is delicious.I also recommend the: kabocha,pomegranate,feta,yogurt and the shrimp, pancetta, chile, garlic plate. We finished the night with smore's by the fireplace!! YUM!!




We woke up Saturday morning quite early (for me lol) because of the natural beautiful light that comes in to these breath taking views!! We got ready and went to Solvang.


Solvang is the cutest little danish town in Santa Ynez Valley it was only a 13 minute drive from our Air BnB. Full of little restaurants, pastry & fudge shops, and little boutique stores to shop.

We had breakfast at Paula's Pancake House which is famous for their buttery danish pancakes and sausage! OMG delicious!! Everyone in the restaurant and basically in the town are dressed in cute danish outfits which makes you feel like you are not in the states.

We also tried Danish Pastries at Olsen's Danish Village Bakery. Try the Danish waffle, Queen Elizabeth (they say its her favorite pastry), and Danish Kringle. They give samples so you know Victor was in heaven!! Plus we had chocolate in every fudge shop! They are everywhere! I also recommend Vinhus for some cheese and wine tasting.

On our way back to the Air BnB we stopped by Ostrich Land!! Yes Ostrich Land!! You get to see and feed ostrich's. It was only $5.00 and $1.00 to feed them. Victor tried to hustle the employees to comeback later so he can ride them. Unfortunately it didn't work but they did say that its possible. Victor did his research and you can ride them in South Africa! So now he's planning a trip to South Africa to ride ostrich's.



For dinner we went to eat in a little town called Los Olivos about a 15 minute drive. The main street is Grand Avenue and its full of wineries so you can spend the whole afternoon wine tasting. Super cute little town.

**NOTE must make reservations! It's a small town so things get booked up quick.

Restaurant Recommendations

- Mattei's Tavern

-Sides Hardware and Shoes Brother


After dinner we headed home and picked a pizza at Gino's Pizza for our after party in the hot tub and smore's by the fire place!! Gino's was delicious!!



Our last morning in beautiful Santa Ynez! We spent the morning messing around in the tree house and soaking up this beautiful scenery before saying goodbye to the ranch.

Our last meal in the valley was in​ Bob's Well Bread in Los Alamos. Little restaurant in this small town that was highly recommend and absolutely spectacular!! They bake their own bread and pastries!! Order the Egg in a Frame #1, Avocado Toast Tartine, and The Cinnamon Raison Brioche French Toast!! OMG I'm salivating thinking about it!!

We got back to L.A early so we decided to take advantage of our time since we had to be at the airport by 11pm. We stopped by The Melrose Trading Post which is an amazing thrifter market with delicious foods every Sunday!

!! Fried OutTry The vegan saltado is off the chain!!

Later that night we had dinner at the chic restaurant in Echo Park called Ostrich Farm. I recommend the butternut squash risotto and then we had Thai massages before heading to the airport :) only $39 for 1 hour! We got to take advantage!



Long Line Plaid Coat from Forever21.

V-Neck Tee from Forever 21.

Black Leather Backpack from Amazon.

Ripped Jeans from Top Shop.

Nike Air Max from Nike.

We loved our quick weekend getaway to the west coast!!


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