After a quick lunch in Los Olivios, we hit up around 5 wineries....my favorite was Melville.
Here's a couple of wine tasting tips:
- when you walk up to the wine tasting bar, look for the oldest, shakiest server, as they have a difficult time ending the pour, and you end up with a little more wine in your glass.
- you can choose to split the wine tasting with your friend, so that you can visit more wineries (less wasted) and get to sample more wine than you normally would.
- if you get a little hungry in between winery visits, feel free to snack on the vineyard grapes...We thought they'd be bitter, but in fact they're sweeter than table grapes.
We saw all kinds of animals on farms and in the wild: cows, horses, ostriches (ostrich farm that sold eggs & I'm guessing ostrich meat) , deer, hawks (lots of huge dark ones), and a farm that raised Shetland ponies...so cute...well, except for the one with the gigantic wang that looked like it'd been dragged along rough cement (seriously, it was about as long as its legs)...and don't talk smack, you know y'all would've been checking it out too!
We drove through Solvang, which is a replica of a Danish village (read: tourist trap)....lots of cutsie Swiss shops here, but the real treat is the bakery...De-lish!
We spent the night at the Embassy Suites in Lompoc...neither of us knew anything about this city, but it was pretty close to the wineries & had available rooms. There was a fireman's convention going on, so the hotel had a few hot fireman strolling around. I sat next to one in the lounge area who looked a lot like Colin Farrell....the interesting thing about this guy is that I noticed that he had SIX toes....the baby toe had a baby that was born prematurely. Now, I don't know 'bout you, but if I have a sixth toe, my ass would not be wearing flip flops anywhere outside of my house...I don't care how hot it is (or how hot I look).
The upside of this hotel stay is that they have a social hour (more like 3 hours) where you could get complimentary snacks & drinks....as in beer, wine, or cocktails....for FREE....so after 2 whiskey sours and a rum & coke (for each of us) on top of all the wine swimming around in our tummys, we needed to take a disco nap....we slept from 7 until 9pm and woke up hungry...
So we threw ourselves together & went out to see what Lompoc's restaurants had to offer. Well, what we found out about Lompoc's restaurants is that they all close at 9 pm....(on a Saturday??!!).....WTF!!!....we drove around for miles looking for somewhere to eat, but the only places that were open were McDonalds, Taco Bell, etc ......so we ended up eating Little Caesar's pizza....so delicious (not really).
It was a great weekend that went by WAY too fast....I'm already making tentative plans for a return visit in the fall.....hope y'all had a good weekend!