We love this small town. It is what America is all about. You can feel the stars and stripes running through your veins. Buellton is about one hour north of Santa Barbara. We stayed our first night at the Country Lane Hotel. We would have been better off sleeping in our car. This Hotel should meet the wrecking ball. The next night we stayed at the Sideways Inn. Formally a Day’s Inn where the movie Sideways was filmed. The newly renovated hotel and rooms provided excellent accommodations and free breakfast. It made up for our previous nights horror show of a stay. Breakfast at Pea Soup Andersen’s is always a must do in Buellton. Of course you need to try the split pea soup! Yes even at breakfast time. Lunch at Industrial eats which offers gourmet food selections, was very good. Then we visited a few wine tasting rooms next door. Dinner that evening was at the Bottlest formally AVANT. We had the tasting menu. If we went back we would try something else. Here we tried the pay as you drink wine by the ounce option. This is a cute gimmick. But the prices add up quickly. The next morning some of us ate breakfast at Mother Hubbard’s. A locals place. Huge portions of delicious food. Those who slept in ate at Ellen’s Danish Pancake House for tasty paper thin danish pancakes. Lunch was taken at S.Y Kitchen in Santa Ynez. An newer expensive restaurant. High end Italian food. Duck ragu, meatballs, gnocchi and octopus were all well prepared. The same owner has another Italian restaurant down the road called Trattoria Grapollo. Expensive but good. Try the rolled eggplant stuffed with spaghetti. A walk around the Disney like Danish town of Solvang rounded out our day. Dinner at the Hitching Post II. A full priced steakhouse. Food was OK. A local atmosphere. Sitting at he bar is more entertaining than at the tables. Many local wines by the glass including their own label are poured. This location of the HP was also in the movie Sideways. – Off to LAX (2.5 hours drive)- FFWJ Staff