When I was trying to think of where to take Sam for his 30th birthday, I had a few must-haves in mind: fun spots to eat and drink, kid-friendly, walkable, and doable over a long weekend. Los Olivos fit the bill perfectly.
Sam and I kind of have an unspoken tradition of surprising each other with little birthday getaways every year. We’ve been lucky enough to have seen a lot of California because of this, but Los Olivos is a spot we had never even thought to visit. I didn’t know this until we arrived, but the population is less than 3,000! It’s super small, kind of under the radar, everyone is insanely friendly, and even though it’s a big wine destination, you don’t get a stuffy feeling from anyone there. And by stuffy, I mean snobby. If you’ve ever been wine tasting pretty much anywhere else, you know what I’m talking about.
The best word to describe this little city is charming. There are mom and pop shops lining every street, live music on the patios, and dogs running around while people throw back their fifth glass of Pinot. The entire “main street” is also small enough to cover by foot in like, 10 minutes. Oh, and every tasting is only 15 bucks. Cha-ching!
I’m a nerd and put together a list of places to go before we got there and realized there was really no need. You truly can’t go wrong with any of the restaurants or tasting rooms, but below is the breakdown of what I heard about beforehand and what we ended up doing.
KID-FRIENDLY TASTING ROOMS:
ZINKE WINE CO. — 2366 Alamo Pintado Ave, Los Olivos (We grabbed sandwiches at Panino and went here the first day. They had live music and a big outdoor area with corn hole, bocce ball, and picnic tables.)
COQUELICOT ESTATE — 2884 Grand Ave, Los Olivos (This is another one with a big patio area and bocce ball outside.)
EPIPHANY CELLARS TASTING ROOM — 2974 Grand Ave, Los Olivos (This also had a big, more modern patio and super friendly staff. They also have a champagne room that we didn’t get the chance to check out before it closed, but we want to try it next time!)
DRAGONETTE CELLARS TASTING ROOM — 2445 Alamo Pintado Ave, Los Olivos (We didn’t go to this one, but it looks cute on Yelp!)
FIGUEROA MOUNTAIN BREWING COMPANY —2363 Alamo Pintado Ave, Los Olivos (Obvi not a tasting room, but beers broke up the wine tasting nicely and they have a big patio here, too!)
FESS PARKER WINERY — 6200 Foxen Canyon Rd, Los Olivos (We grabbed snacks at Los Olivos Grocery before heading here. They have a huge picnic area and grass lawn where you can bring your own lunch and kids can run around without bothering anyone.)
ZACA MESA WINERY — 6905 Foxen Canyon Rd, Los Olivos (We didn’t go to this one but I read good things about it)
LOS OLIVOS GROCERY — 2621 CA-154, Santa Ynez
LOS OLIVOS WINE MERCHANT CAFE – 2879 Grand Ave, Los Olivos (Get the baked brie and ravioli — legit life changing.)
SIDES HARDWARE & SHOES RESTAURANT — 2375 Alamo Pintado Avenue, Los Olivos (We loved the burger, pork buns, and martinis.)
THE BEAR AND THE STAR — 2860 Grand Ave, Los Olivos (This is located inside the Fess Parker and decorated impeccably. They make a good coffee and their chilaquiles were delish.)
THE DOGGY DOOR HOT DOG STAND — 2446 Alamo Pintado Ave, Los Olivos (This is a little stand on the sidewalk that was the perfect snack in between tastings. I forget the name of it, but we shared one with grilled veggies, mustard, and sauerkraut and it was bomb.)
PANINO — 2900 Grand Ave, Los Olivos (Super yummy deli right in the middle of town. Grab some sandwiches and head to the nearest patio!)
We stayed at THE cutest little cottage that was literally a 5 minute walk to town. Is there anything better than being able to walk to and from wine tasting?! That is seriously my heaven — especially when you have a baby in tow and taking a Lyft isn’t as easy as it used to be. The proximity to town is what initially sold me on the place but it was even better than we could have ever imagined. If you saw my IG story, you already know, but it was honestly the perfect spot for a little family getaway. I’ve already told a few of you about it, but if you’re interested in booking this or anything else, you can create an Airbnb account and get $40 off your first trip!
If you have any questions for me or suggestions from your travels to Los Olivos, drop me a comment!
MY OUTFIT DEETS:
Sunglasses / Sweater – Sold out but similar / Hat / Tee / Jean Shorts / Sandals /Top – Old but similar and similar / Jeans / Leather Jacket – Old but similar / Duster – Old but similar and similar / Booties – Old but similar