Sunday, October 23, 2011

2011 Santa Barbara Day 4

Sharon and I both went for a run in the morning. Retracing the first part of our bike ride on Saturday, I ran from the Four Seasons Hotel to the tip of the Stearns Wharf. This was a round trip of just 7 miles. After getting cleaned up, we had a very leisurely breakfast on the patio of the hotel overlooking the ocean. We packed up the room, checked out of the room and were on the road just before noon.

At dinner on Saturday, Sharon starting talking to the waitress about wines. The waitress suggested the Foxen Winery. This winery is located in the Southern tip of the Santa Maria Valley Appellation north of where we explored on Friday.

After a quick stop and walk through of the Firestone Winery, we headed to the Foxen Winery. We tasted at their new tasting room, not the older "shack." They recommended the Riverbench Vineyard and Winery as a possible stop. We stopped there. Riverbench has an interesting tasting room in an older house. The stretch from 101 to Santa Maria along Vaca Station and Foxen Canyon Roads was very interesting. The scenery is very different. Sharon is talking about trying to come back in the spring with Janie.

Back on the road, we made a quick stop in Santa Maria for gas. I talked briefly to Drew backstage at the Lincoln Theater in W@shington D.C. After some fits and starts, their tour opening for The Civil Wars is gearing back up.

We made a quick stop at the Enos Estate Winery just outside of Paso Robles. This was my least favorite stop of the weekend; the wine was not very good or interesting. Sharon was interested in stopping here because she worked on the loan in the last year.

Heading across Highways 46 and 41, up Highway 33 to Avenal and Highway 193, we finally connected with I-5. We stopped and got hamburgers for dinner at Harris Ranch. It was just after 9:30 p.m. when we rolled into Elk Grove. It was a very nice long weekend. It was the longest stretch that we have had a chance to take off just the two of us in a long time.

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