Monday 29 July – Still sick ! Oh well, what are you going to do? We left anyways about 9:20 heading towards Solvang.
we ended up at the Flying Flags Resort in Buellton.
I was told when I called that it was $60 a night. We arrived and the fee was $71.20 a night; they hid a fee of $11.20 per night into the cost. They call it a “resort fee” and it is not listed on their website nor did they tell me on the phone when I booked it. In all our years of camping, upwards of 60 campgrounds or more a year, we have never heard of this. This park is also a Good Sam campground but the guy screwed up and we only got 10% off for one night, instead of two, so we really got ripped off there. I didn’t notice the lack of the 10% at the time so that is on me. It’s not even a nice park. Anyways, we got over it. lol
After we set up we drove into the town of Solvang. It’s a really cute Danish town and we walked around and ended up at the Hans Christian Anderson Museum above the bookstore. Very interesting reading about him and his books. I grew up reading his books. I, for some reason, have no photos of Hans or the building……..weird.
We did try a bakery which was okay and I can’t remember the name. We walked the streets going in here and there, it’s a really cute town.
Went in Solvang Brewery to check it out, didn’t stay too long.
After we finished in the town we drove to Los Olivos to Figuero Mountain Brewery. It was a nice drive to get there.
And Los Olivos is a cute little town, yes another cute little town. The Figueroa Mountain Brewery was in a big old house with a wonderful front porch. Very cool. We sat in really comfy chairs near the front and then decided to go to the back room to play darts and shuffleboard. We met a guy, who was in there playing darts, called Jeff who works at the brewery, we talked to him for a very long time. Nice guy. We also played shuffleboard and darts. Fun evening.
Tuesday 30 July – Sunny. We drove to a mission called Old Mission Santa Ynez and then headed to Santa Barbara.
Santa Barbara is is a really nice town with lots of big beaches.
We stopped at the Lama Dog taproom and sat at the bar. We ordered a couple of burgers and I had a beer called Pliny the Elder made by Rushing River Brewery. Apparently this is a very, very popular beer. When it first comes out people are lined up at the brewery to taste it and/or buy it. It was probably one of the best IPAs I’ve ever had. We sat there for quite a long time and chatted with a guy who sat next to us. He took an afternoon off work to come in and drink this beer. It is really good.
We left and went next door to another brewery called Topa Topa brewery and tried their beer. It wasn’t bad either.
Off to Firestone Walker and tried their beer but I didn’t care for any of it. Clint loved the porter/stouts they had and could have stayed longer. It’s a nice place with a big restaurant and a bar in the back.
Tomorrow we are off to Monterey, California…………