Sonoma, Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara’s Fall Food and Wine Favorites
Top romantic getaways pair fall food and wine favorites with California bed and breakfast accommodations in Santa Barbara, Sonoma and Santa Cruz. American Historic Inns and iLoveInns.com highlight The Country House, A Captain’s House & Larson Family Winery and The Darling House & Gourmet Wine Dinners.
By: Shirley Anitra Swagerty
iLoveInns.com has once again found enticing fall romantic getaways in top California bed and breakfast locations. These three California bed and breakfast inns pair gourmet food and wine favorites with enticing accommodations. Fall is especially pleasant amid the moderate climate and scenic surroundings of Santa Barbara, Sonoma and Santa Cruz, where The Country House, A Captain’s House and The Darling House offer packages that include local cuisine, award-winning vintners and romantic overnight stays of one night or more.
Gracing Santa Ynez wine country, this classic California bed and breakfast sits in a picturesque Santa Barbara neighborhood within walking distance of the theater district. The Great Escape Package includes two nights in lavish accommodations with upscale conveniences, a hearty gourmet breakfast, afternoon wine and cheese, evening cookies and milk, a $30 lunch certificate at Opal Restaurant, a $50 dinner certificate at Louie’s California Bistro and a wine-tasting pass for two. Take an eco-friendly electric shuttle to experience the urban wine trail and sample amazing vintages at local tasting rooms. Louie’s boasts an array of wines from Santa Barbara County, the Central Coast, as well as Napa Valley cabernets and hard-to-find wines paired to suit every dish served.
Breathtaking views of the Los Carneros appellation, spanning the southern parts of Sonoma and Napa Valleys, are seen from A Captain’s House near downtown Sonoma Plaza. This Civil War-era farmhouse sits amid 70 acres of vineyards across from the Larson Family Winery and Tasting Rooms. Guests are greeted by three winery dogs and treated to a glass of Three Lab Cab. Family-friendly accommodations include four bedrooms, a gourmet kitchen and a fireside living area. The grounds feature a country setting with a bocce ball court, horseshoe pit, barbecue grill, picnic table and grape arbor to best experience the outdoor essence of wine country. The award-winning winery holds exclusive events for the whole family for a wine-making lifestyle at this California bed and breakfast.
Overlook the Monterey Bay at this ocean-side California bed and breakfast in Santa Cruz. The Santa Cruz Mountains grow some of the finest grapes with the oldest continuing California winemaking family among more than 70 other area vintners. The Darling House hosts Gourmet Wine Dinners the third Thursday of every month. Local wines from different award-winning vintners are showcased and served with four-course gourmet dinners created by Kimberley’s Cuisine. Choose from two separate packages that work around your schedule and feature the Gourmet Wine Dinner, lavish accommodations and a house concert. A third package also includes a bottle of vintner’s choice wine. Relax in the peaceful elegance amid beveled glass, Tiffany lamps, open hearths and warm hearts. It is an easy stroll to Lighthouse Point, Steamer Lane, Cowell’s Beach and the Boardwalk.
During those in-between times when not indulging in fall food and wine favorites at The Country House, A Captain’s House and The Darling House, explore the gorgeous countryside accented with wineries. Around Santa Cruz, the Summit to Sea Wine Trail spans vineyard venues and vistas on mountain hillsides overlooking Monterey Bay and the vast Pacific Coastline. Sonoma Wine Country is in full color during fall. Celebrate the harvest and crush at the many local fall food and wine festivals. Santa Barbara County boasts numerous fall food and wine events including Oktoberfest and vintners dinners.
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