El Paseo Food, Wine and Photography Tour
Santa Barbara, California, USA
- Wine tastings: Sip top-shelf wines, including Bordeaux, Burgundian, and Rhone varietals, at five highly respected Santa Ynez Valley tasting rooms.
- International cuisine: Indulge your global palate as you sample cheeses, meats, and other tasty bites from around the world at two popular culinary stops.
- History & photography tour: Explore Santa Barbara's oldest neighborhood and score expert tips for snapping travel pictures and portraits on your smartphone.
About this Santa Barbara, California Tour
Forget France. Take a pass on Italy. You have a chance to experience the "American Riviera," also known as Santa Barbara, under the wing of a friendly local tour guide. Your guide is a bona fide expert on the city, its history and culture, and the affluent lifestyle that has captivated the nation. So if you have a question, go ahead and ask. You'll soon know Santa Barbara like your own hometown.
Cheers! Whether you're a casual sipper or self-proclaimed snob, you're going to love the Wine Collection of El Paseo. From Jamie Slone Wines' limited production, premium Red Blends, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc to Chardonnay.Then there’s Au Bon Climat's internationally acclaimed, perfectly balanced Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs and Margerum Wine Company's handcrafted varietals. And let’s not forget estate-grown gems from Grassini Family Vineyards and Happy Canyon Vineyard.
Of course, you don't want all that good wine swishing around an empty belly. So be sure to indulge your appetite at this tour's two jet-setting culinary stops. Hoffmann Brat Haus is home to nearly every imaginable style of that famed German sausage, bratwurst. You'll also nibble on local and imported cheeses at C'est Cheese, a French-style fromagerie.
But you won't just C'est Cheese on this tour. You'll also say cheese with stops at the most scenic spots around Santa Barbara's prestigious Presidio neighborhood. Along the way, you'll also pick up expert tips on taking masterful snaps, right on your smartphone. So sip the region's wines. Savor its cuisine. Learn the rich history. And visually capture it like a pro. Because it's nothing less than the best for you in the American Riviera.
Santa Barbara gets sideways
Locations in and around Santa Barbara's wine country played home to the 2004 indie film Sideways. In it, one of the lead characterstalks up Pinot Noir in one scene and bashes Merlot in another. During the holiday season that followed the movie's release, sales of Pinot Noir saw a 20% boost over the previous year and Merlot revenues took a dramatic hit. Let's all raise a glass of our favorite red to reality going sideways.
Please make your way to the corner of De La Guerra Plaza and De La Guerra Street, near City Hall and the American flag flagpole. Please look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign.
Feel free to purchase bottles of wine during the tour (the tasting rooms will hold purchases your till end of tour).
Plan to walk for approximately 1 mile over paved sidewalks and cobblestones. All venues are wheelchair accessible. You must be able to get in/out of the vehicle independently. Bring a companion to offer any assistance. Folding wheelchairs only please.
Cultural, Food & Wine, Scenic, Walking Tour
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for travelers 21 years of age and older.
Special Medical Restriction
If you use a folding wheelchair we can accommodate you with at least 7 days’ advanced notice, providing you have someone along to assist you. Email GoToCrew@gobe.com to confirm.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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