We had the dreamiest Fall trip this October as we drove up the California coast through Santa Barbara and ventured into Santa Ynez Wine Country where we spent the weekend celebrating our wedding anniversary with some rest & relaxation in Los Alamos. This little wine-haven, sleepy road-side town got on our radar last year after working on wedding invitations for Caitlin & Sean, who got married there last Fall at the 1880 Union Hotel. We fell in love with all of the photos & places to stay from working on their wedding and knew we had to plan a trip asap!
Our home for the weekend was The Alamo Motel, right in the heart of town and within walking distance of literally everything. Minimalist, desert-inspired decor and a complimentary fire pit, super dog-friendly & had it's own wine-tasting room...need we say more? We brought Pepper along for the journey and have to say it was one of the most dog-friendly towns we've ever experienced. Pepper was spoiled the entire time hanging out by the fire-pit, getting plenty of free treats, and making sure we approved of all the local wines.
The entire town is only 7 blocks long, which makes it one of the best places to visit because you can just take a leisurely stroll to some of the tastiest food & wine we've ever had. If you love food (and know what's good for you) plan to eat at Pico, Bob's Well Bread, & Bell's. If you love wine and a good time, you must must go to Bodega (probably my favorite part of the entire trip was hanging out on their relaxing patio all day), Muni Wine Room, & Casa Dumetz.
After exploring around Los Alamos for a few days, we drove about 15 down the road to Los Olivos - an equally adorable town with equally delicious wine tasting rooms, breweries, shops, and restaurants. Our favorite stop was strolling through the Los Olivos General Store and tasting at Saarloos & Sons. On our last night of the trip, we enjoyed a few celebratory drinks at the 1880 Union Hotel saloon back in Los Alamos.