Day 1: My husband and I are off on another adventure and as always we start the with Bloody Marys at the airport.   This time terminal 2 as we wait for our delayed flight on Sun Country (AARGH)!  It seems like a long time since we have escaped together.  My BFF will be watching our fur children and I already miss them.

We arrive in Santa Barbara, pick up the rental car and head up to Buellton and Santa Ynez Valley to nestle in our glamp tent in the middle of wine country.  Our tent provides every luxury we need and the view from our back porch is stunning California scenery at its best.   I miss this state.  As we make our way around our campground (Flying Flags Rv Resort) many families are enjoying the last weekend escape before the start of school and I find myself enjoying the children’s endless amounts of energy but its time to relax in my adirondack chair with a glass of wine and enjoy my mountain view and an occasional lizard soaking up the sun. 

Day 2: Today we head to Solvang to stroll around the town and shop, and my husband finds a hat to protect that head of his  from additional sun damage.  As we continue to walk we come across the Santa Ynez Mission from 1804, immediately one is overcome with peace and tranquility in this place of solitude and rest and this will become my favorite unexpected find of our little adventure this weekend. 

As we leave the mission we head out to find The Fess Parker Winery and Vineyards.  Did I pick this vineyard because of the kinship I feel with Daniel Boone?  The vineyard is warm and inviting, the staff is wonderful and we even meet a Green Bay Packer fan while wine tasting! 

Cheers to Marciello Parker as we enjoyed her wine the most. 

We head back to our safari tent and enjoy the evening around the campfire.

Day 3: The fog is thick coming off the ocean but we head down to the beach and enjoy the sound of the crashing waves.  Morning beach walks with the sand in my toes and the smell of salt air never grow old.  On the way back to camp my husband insisted we stop at the Ostrich Farm to feed the Ostrich and Emu’s,  I have to admit while I thought this was silly, it turned out to be a fun stop to watch the giant birds being fed by all the children and my husband.

This evening we head out to Return To Freedom for a photography/safari photo shoot.  This is a foundation we have supported for years and I am beside myself that finally we get to pay a visit.  This is so amazing to see the work that goes into taking care of these wild horses and donkeys, I wish I could be here everyday to witness their personalities and take in the beauty and loyalty they possess within each of the herds. 

This evening a glass of wine at the Sideways Lounge.  You didn’t think we could come this far and not step in?

Day 4: As we check out of our little oasis we realize another successful getaway has come to an end. I cannot wait for our next adventure!