Santa Ynez, is like an old dusty Western town, equine friendly. I rode my first horse there, a beautiful palomino. I went to grade school in Solvang and loved it. My cousins lived in Buellton. Los Olivos is my mom's favorite, my mom, a dancer, loves this artists' town with its wineries, galleries, and quaint stores. Ballard is a a family and historical type of place, but Solvang is a tourist trap. When I was in the Boy Scouts, we were collecting bottles and cans and I missed my ride going back to the BSA house....so I starting walking back to Solvang. Ronald Reagan picked me up in his old pickup truck and took me in to town. I loved him....he was so friendly and liked me. Just me and the" great communicator" just riding down the road to Solvang and chatting. God bless you Ronald!!!
The Chumash have made alot of money for me so I don't bad-mouth them. This is a beautiful valley with oak-studded trees and crystal clear streams.