The Rich Hills on the Coast

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The later in the afternoon, the more the ocean turned to silver
-mesmerizing –
driving the California coast up to the Solvang area.

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The hills turning red with the last rays of sun (no photo edit of hills!)
When we arrived at night at our hotel, about 18 miles from Solvang,
it seemed in the middle of nowhere.
not many street lantarns so we  happily let our Ipad guide us.

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Next morning while walking down we admired the stunning atrium with a little waterfall. While standing in the long line for breakfast  cooked in front of us, I wondered why all these people had come to a little town

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Later I understood why. The area around Santa Barbara, Santa Inez and Solvang
is the most South of five vineyard areas.

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A lady working on the rooms saw us shooting some pics of the atrium from the second floor.
She excitedly told, “You know, very regularly 3 of 4 humming birds swoop down there
to get some nectar. Hope they come before you leave.”

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For Wordless

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 pic was taken Thanksgiving weekend

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There are 36 vineyards  along California’s coasts’ on the 101 freeway to taste wine on the
Santa Rita Hills, the Santa Inez – Santa Maria – Arroya Grande valleys,  and Paso Robles.

Have a red Zinfandel from Paso Robles I bought at Trader Joe in my pantry that I use in my cooking.
Kind of neat to know where my wine came from!  Getting intoxicated is not my cup of tea wine, but that’s not to say that I enjoy a glass (more like a fourth:) ) once in a while.

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Finally after walking around in the center of Santa Barbara, we needed something to eat  to digest all the beauty we had seen (pun intended) . When we saw the reflections in this window we took the recommendation from a passerby.
A delicious, tantalizing and creative lunch!

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53 thoughts on “The Rich Hills on the Coast

  1. That area is spectacular for its wines and very beautiful old towns and cities, so different from the huge metropolis areas in California. Thanks for joining Travel Photo Mondays

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  2. Even in the latest afternoon, there’s no ocean turning to any colour…
    …the next cost is more than 700 kilometers away from our hometown… ;-(

    But we’ve other beauties around us… 😉

    Enjoy a great week!

    Uwe.

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  3. What a lovely place for a getaway! The atrium is pretty. And the sun shining on the mountains looks gorgeous.. Beautiful images, thanks for sharing your trip! Have a happy week!

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  4. What a beautiful post. It has been forty years since I’ve driven in the Santa Barbara – Solvang area though, with a son who went to Cal Poly and an annual forensic meeting at the Cliffs at Shell Beach near San Luis Obispo, the Central Coast is a favorite place of mine Sadly since budget cuts in Feb 2009 ended my 21 year forensic nursing job with San Francisco, I’ve had to retire and, for the past two years, I’ve lived fifteen months off and on in India, Adjusting to $60,000 less income annually hurts…and India has terrible wine! But I enjoy all the culture and history.

    My post is of Christmas lights at Schiphol Airport.

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  5. Oh and thanks for your visit to my mill post! Yes the day you came to visit me was great and the weather was good! So you are going to move house? Well good luck! It’s a hell of a job.

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  6. Oh my! The water in that first shot simply glitters! Stunning shot. I love all your landscape captures and think I’d like to spend part of an afternoon sitting outside that cafe.
    Visiting from ABC Wednesday.

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  7. Bless that lady who told you about the humming birds and nectar… 🙂 To answer your question, Lake Sebu is in the province of South Cotabato. Cebu is in the central Philippines. They’re about 30-45 minutes apart by plane.

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  8. I really, really, really, really liked the photograph when the ocean and the sky were not interrupted by another color, when the sky and the horizon and the sea are one. I love the find!
    JM Illinois

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  9. It seems you had a great trip to one of my favorite parts of the country. There are many small towns in great settings there. Beautiful photos!

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