Discovering the American Rivera and Its Winecountry

Santa-Ynez-wine-tour-by-Santa-Barbara-limo-service-2016Tucked in between the Santa Ynez-Mountains and a curved bay lies one of the most beautiful destinations in Southern California, nicknamed the American Rivera for its idyllic climate and gorgeous beaches. It is no wonder the Spanish missionary settlers named this land la tierra adorada, or “the beloved land”. Despite not getting its Mediterranean Spanish look before the 19th century and even more so after the 1920’s, the Spanish history in this town was remarkable. The Spanish- and Mexican settlers were the only ones to live in this region for decades, which has left its solid historical markers on the city. As a recent client at our Santa Barbara limo service told us: “the American Ribera truly is SoCal’s Spanish gem. From its Spanish atmosphere, to the adobe architecture, and the great Hispanic cuisine.” Despite suffering a loss in the 1860’s through the early 20th century, the old Spanish-Mediterranean architecture and areas of historical significance are now not only protected, but a large number of the historic adobes have been preserved and some resurrected to its original look. Sightseeing the city is as simple as it is rewarding; since its roads are pretty much made for walking, visitors love strolling up and down the streets gently rising from the beaches and leading up to the mission. We not only serve the local area, but the entire county, for instance offering the top rated Montecito limousine alternative on the market. We’d be happy to give you an exclusive experience of the city!

 

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We also offer Summerland-, Carpinteria, and Montecito limousine services

When visiting the American Rivera, make sure to make a quick stop by the Visitor’s Center first to check out their information on upcoming events, current touring packages offered, cultural excursions, and more. Clients utilizing our limos, sedans, and party bus services often tell us about the city’s wonderful rounded archways, palm lined boulevards, and Spanish housing with adobe walls and red tile roofing. As a matter of fact, a popular touring option for the local Visitor’s Center is the Red-Tile Tour. This particular tour begins at the County Courthouse at Anacapa Street, which is an architectural wonder itself with its beamed ceilings, palacio tiled flooring, and arched corridor. This trip also makes a stop at the Hill Carrillo Adobe on Carrillo Street, which is a historic 1826 vintage house. Other favorites amongst our Santa Barbara limo service clients include El Paseo, Casa de la Guerra, Casa de Covarrubias, Historic Freemont Adobe, El Presidio, the Museum of Art, Museum of Natural History, the Mission, Stearns Wharf, and the Zoological Gardens. The Trolley is popular for many exploring the city by foot, and takes riders along the waterfront, through Downtown up State Street, and beyond to the Mission.

 

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Tasting trips to the S.B. vineyards are tremendously popular amongst our clientele

Another increasingly popular trend is Santa Ynez wine tour options to the neighboring valley across the Santa Ynez-Mountains. Started in the mid 1990’s and through the early 2000’s, many wineries and tasting-rooms popped up throughout this region, which has become a tremendously popular destination for wine-enthusiasts and others. Even the best experts on the field no longer question the fact that these particular wineries rival those of Sonoma- and Napa Valleys of Northern California. The quantity of wines, wineries, vineyards and visitors are increasing by each vintage, but the number of visitors here are still small enough to give that personal touch, often accompanied with servers and experts that can give details on the varieties our clients are tasting, harvesting methods, food comparing, etcetera. In this region we serve the small towns of Santa Ynez, Ballard, Los Olivos, Los Alamos, and all areas in between. All on a regular basis, providing more Santa Ynez wine tour trips than any of our competitors. While many fall in love with the one-block town of Ballard, others love Santa Ynez’s historic church dating back to 1897. Los Olivos is home to the Mattei’s Tavern, which is a former stagecoach inn dating to 1886. This vineyard region will not let you down, with all its prime wineries scattered around on picturesque backroads and nestled in smaller canyons. Why not get together some friends, rent a party bus, and head on out to explore the wines and vineyards by a luxurious country ride through the stunning natural surroundings? Call us today to speak with one of our reservation and tasting experts who can help you pick what wineries and tasting-venues to experience on your trip to the vineyards.

Check also out our article on the Top 5 Santa Barbara Tourist Attractions!

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Discovering the American Rivera and Its Winecountry

Why Visit the American Riviera?

limousine-Santa-Barbara-limo-service-2016Located right next to the Pacific Ocean, with a lush Mediterranean climate and a rich history, the City of Santa Barbara is a place you definitely should experience if you haven’t done so yet. Known for its gorgeous beaches and weather, as well as its Spanish colonial architecture and unique city shape, the American Riviera has something to offer each and every one. From the beautiful coastal cafes to thousand-year-old Indian petroglyphs, the city has remained a popular tourist destination for decades. Here you will find California’s oldest mission which is still in use, as well as some of the most expensive residential areas in the United States. The average home price here is over $1.1 million, which is over twice as much as the American average home price. To its immediate south is where we find Montecito, one of the most affluent communities in America, which is served on a daily basis by our award-winning Montecito limousine services. Both this community and the larger S.B. area as a whole are home to countless celebrities and wealthy retirees, possibly due to its prestigious and quiet atmosphere. It is singer and songwriter Katy Perry’s hometown, and has been periodically the home of famous people such as Jennifer Aniston, Charlie Chaplin, Tom Cruise, Ellen DeGeneres, Whoopi Goldberg, Avril Lavinge, Brad Pitt, Ronald Reagan, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Spielberg, and countless other celebrities you may encounter while strolling the boulevards found here.

Santa-Barbara-limo-serviceFurther inland is where we find rolling, green hills of the Santa Ynez- and Santa Maria Valleys, two valleys filled with vineyards and famous tasting venues. We are so proud of having offered Santa Maria- and Santa Ynez wine tour trips for more than fifteen years. We are the top rated alternative for anyone wanting to experience the gorgeous vineyards found in the county, besides also offering airport transportation, limos for nights on the town, wedding services, and much more. Not only do we serve S.B. and surrounding areas, but we also serve all of Southern California with our exclusive unmatched price match guarantee. Our fleet is as large as it gets, so if you for example you happen to look for Goleta-, Carpinteria- or Summerland party bus vehicles or limousines, we will be able to assist all your needs for luxurious transportation. Many clients hire from our Santa Barbara limo service to visit the beaches here, and a hugely popular attraction is the tasting venue found on the pier, where you can sip wine while enjoying the beautiful view of the Pacific. Right across the channel is where we find the Channel Islands National Park, home to numerous endemic plant- and animal species found nowhere else on Earth. Just northeast of downtown is where we find the historic and unique mission, which was established in the 1700’s and is the only mission in the state that is still used for weekly Sunday church services. The zoo with its botanical garden, right off Highway 101, is home to animals such as sea lions, monkeys, elephants, lions, reptiles, and much more. With its own petting zoo, this is a great place to bring the kids for a day of adventure and excitement! Make sure to also check out the Moreton Bay fig tree, which was planted in the 1870’s and is the oldest fig tree found in America.

limousine-Summerland-limo-service-2016South 15 minutes of S.B. is where the lovely beachside community of Summerland is found. Here, many of our clients love to visit the restaurants overlooking the ocean or one of its many larger beaches. By renting Summerland party bus vehicles or limos, you can head from here to any destination in Southern California with our premier transportation services. Just south of S.B. is where Montecito is situated, a community that has been ranked by Forbes as the wealthiest community in the state. Home to an abundance of multi-millionaires, as Oprah Winfrey as an example, hiring a Montecito limousine has been a popular thing to do for decades. Further north is where we find Goleta, a lovely seaside community known for its many great wedding venues. Our Santa Barbara limo service has transported countless clients for their weddings here, which has also been the wedding destination for numerous celebrities, including for example singer and songwriter Fergie, Travis Barker, Jennie Garth, and many more. Even if you haven’t been in the area before, you may very well recognize it from your favorite movie or TV-series. Countless movies have been filmed in the county, and clients visiting S.B. for the first time often mention how they have seen the city before, either it’s from Katy Perry’s music video “Teenage Dream” or it’s from movies such as Batman, My Favorite Martian or It’s Complicated. Many of the clients partaking in a Santa Ynez wine tour like-ways also recall having seen the roads, wineries and tasting venues in films such as Sideways (2004).

When it comes to a luxurious ride in the S.B. area, you have many choices in choosing services for your transportation. Always make sure to check out the reviews before booking, and maybe more importantly, remember to call a few of the services to ensure that you are paying a right price for your ride. We are not only the best rated transportation company in the region, but we also offer an exclusive price-match-guarantee, so all our clients are guaranteed the most affordable – and luxurious – transportation experience possible.

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Why Visit the American Riviera?