In the Santa Barbara wine region, Los Olivos, Calif., hosted its inaugural Locals Love event, inviting guests and travelers to enjoy local living-inspired experiences on June 3. The block party-style affair included special vendors, live music, local foods and wine and beer experiences, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Visitors enjoyed complimentary wine tastings, wines by the glass, pop-up restaurants, local food trucks and a town-wide bocce ball tournament.
Los Olivos is located a few hours’ drive from Los Angeles and the walkable town offers a historic setting filled with trendy bars, gourmet cuisine, art galleries, boutiques and luxury accommodations. Founded in 1887, it’s now home to more than 1,000 residents, but welcomes many visitors each year as they travel the wine regions of Southern California and the Central Coast. The downtown hotel of choice is the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn & Spa, which offers wine tasting on-site and an award-winning restaurant.
“Our relatively temperate weather, beautiful wine country scenery, and a multitude of open-air experiences at the town’s various businesses, make Los Olivos an optimal California summer getaway destination — as either a daytrip or a weekend jaunt,” said Liz Dodder, executive director, Los Olivos Chamber of Commerce.
Missed the June 3 event? Plan a trip for later in the year for seasonal annual festivities such as Day in the County (which celebrates the community’s agricultural past and current laid-back vibe), Oct. 20, and Olde Fashioned Christmas, Dec. 1.
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For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
Lantern festivals are sweeping the nation. Lanterns originated in China, but made their way across the world. Lantern lights are mesmerizing when they light up the night sky. I always think of the scene in the Disney movie Tangled, where the whole town sends lanterns up to the sky in honor of the missing princess and the entire sky is covered with lanterns. Travel around the world to see the best lantern festivals.