Join the Inaugural Adventure in 
Santa Barbara!

April 23-26, 2020!

Santa Barbara, California

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Overview

What to expect on the trip?

Expect really good trails, really good wine, and really good food. 

The Santa Ynez Valley is north of Santa Barbara and that’s where we’ll be spending our weekend. The east to west mountain range has a dramatic effect on the micro-climates and over 50 different varieties of grapes thrive here. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, and Cabernet Sauvignon are the most popular. The movie Sideways was set and shot in Santa Ynez Valley in 2004, drawing more attention to the area and the amazing wines it produces. If you’re a fan, you’ll definitely recognize several of the places we’ll visit. And the trails are beautiful! Great views of the ocean and the valleys, farmland and vineyards.
Note: This beta trip will be limited to 50 adventurers

Trip Dates

Thursday, April 23rd - Sunday, April 26th, 2020 

What's included?

Your hotel room for 3 nights, all breakfasts and lunches, two dinners, 9 wine tastings and pairings, gorgeous swag, and transportation to all the wine adventures and trails each day.

What's not included?

Airfare and transportation from the airport to Solvang are not included. One of the nights you will have the option to explore Solvang on your own, dinner is not provided that evening. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Thursday

Arrive in Solvang and check in to the hotel anytime after 4:00pm. That evening we’ll meet each other and get oriented for what to expect over the weekend. Dinner will be a five course meal (sourced from California farms) at k’syrah with wine pairings from regional winemakers.

Day 2: Friday

Trail run: 4 mile loop run

We’ll start the day with a hot breakfast at the hotel before we head off to Figueroa Mountain for the beautiful 4 mile Lover’s Loop trail. This trail gains about 780 feet to the summit, and then declines back to where we started. Expect stunning views of the valley, peek views of the pacific ocean, old oak trees, and wildflowers! The trail is VERY runnable single track. It’s fast and super fun to run.

We’ll head back to the hotel so you can clean up and shower, before we go to a catered lunch in the vineyards followed by a tasting.  Afterwards, we’ll go to Firestone winery for a tour of the production side of wine making - from the crush pad to the fermentation cellar to the barrel room plus more tasting. We’ll finish the night with gourmet pizza (& wine) in Buellton; think casual and comfortable, but elevated.

Day 3: Saturday

Trail run: 6.5 miles

This morning we’re heading into Los Padres National Forest to run down the mountain! We’ve saved the most challenging run for today, it’s 6.5 miles and some steep technical downhill, but the views are worth it. On a clear day, you will have views of the Channels Islands off the Pacific coast, AND the Santa Ynez valley from the same spot! The first 2 miles are run on a wide dirt road with ocean views on the right and Santa Ynez valley views on the left. The dirt road goes uphill for the first ¼ mile but then its downhill to the top of Tequepis Trail Summit. There are some rocky sections on the dirt road but its all very runnable.

Once you hit the top of the trail, you start a steep, but mostly runnable, 2400 foot descent over the next 4 miles entirely on single track. The trail is steep, and super pretty. You will need to watch for roots and rocks sticking out, as well as day hikers who may be coming up the trail on a Saturday morning. The last ½ mile is mostly flat with some descent down through the kids camp where the trail ends.

We’ll finish the trail near Cachuma Lake, then travel back to the hotel to get ready for more wine country adventures. Then we’re off to a lovely picnic lunch at Doll Pond followed by a boutique wine tasting. You’ll have the opportunity to try wines from small batch vintners who don’t sell their wines anywhere else.

After lunch we’ll drive to Los Olivos where you’ll have your pick of tasting rooms to visit (how many you fit in is up to you!). Interested in biodiverse or organic wines? Partial to Rose or Chardonnay? This is your chance to test out a variety of wines. In the evening, you’re free to explore the charm of Solvang. PIck up some pastries at Olsen’s bakery, check out original Hans Christian Anderson manuscripts at the local bookstore, shop at one of the many boutique stores, or take time to visit a local spa for a relaxing massage. 

Day 4: Sunday

Trail run: 5 miles

We’ll start the morning with a hearty breakfast and strong coffee before we take off into Santa Ynez valley. This morning we’ll run through one of the prettiest vineyards you have ever seen right in the heart of the famed Santa Rita Hills. This run will start at the Sanford Winery Tasting Room parking lot, and head for 1.75 miles around the relatively flat lima bean field. Just before the 2-mile mark runners will begin climbing 350 feet of elevation and be rewarded with one of the best views in the valley from the Rinconada and Sanford & Benedict Vineyards. The final 2 miles, as runners head back to the finish line adjacent to the Sanford Winery Tasting Room, is primarily downhill with some light rolling hills. After this 5 mile run, we’ll enjoy a tasting of wines created from the very grapes you just ran through.

Then it’s time to go back to the hotel where you’ll have time to pack up and get ready for a really special lunch at Petros’ brand new tasting room. As a group we’ll enjoy a leisurely 7 course Greek meal with perfectly balanced wine pairings. It’s the absolute best way to finish out the weekend together.

After lunch, we’ll return you to Solvang. 

Best race of my life!

I just wanted to say this was my first time doing a Vacation Race. Everything from the expo to the course to the extra medallion challenges was Amazing! Thank you to all the volunteers, race expo workers, race directors and timers! I am a race timer myself and have worked a zillion races and you all did such an amazing job! I'm so happy we chose Glacier National Park. It was the best trip and best race of my life!! Thank you all so very much! We are already choosing a Vacation Race for Next Year!😎

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Holly Harper

Registration

Pricing and Deposit

$1500 per person ($3,000 per couple) includes everything mentioned in the itinerary. Deposit of $500 is due at registration, after which the remaining $1000 will be billed to you approximately 60 days prior to the trip departure (February 24th, 2020).

Based on Double Occupancy

This pricing is based on double occupancy of the hotel room. If you register with a partner, you will be able to stay with them. If you register as a solo adventurer, we will pair you with someone else of the same gender.

Single Occupancy Pricing

If you prefer to have your hotel room to yourself, the cost will be $300 extra ($1800 total) to cover the additional hotel expense.

Cancellation and Transfer Policy

Our cancellation policy is as follows:

The deposit of $500 is refundable up to 60 days prior to the event (February 24th, 2020). After this date, the deposit is non-refundable unless we are able to transfer your registration to another participant.

The remaining balance of $1000 is due 60 days prior to the event. Once the event is 60 days out, all remaining balance is due. If you choose to cancel within 60 days of the event, there are 2 options available to you.

Option 1: Transfer your registration to another participant if you are able to find someone willing to take your place.
Option 2: Receive a refund. If you choose to receive a refund within 60 days of the event, there will be a fee of $500 applied.

Stunningly well organized race experience. Everything about the day was just beautiful and well executed. So inspirational and fun, I would like to come work for you. Of course, it didn't hurt that I won my age group so my opinion might be slightly biased. ;)

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Derek J Brouwer II
Yellowstone Half Marathon Runner

FAQs

How difficult are the runs and hikes? How good of shape do I need to be in?

Do I have to run every day?

Are there aid stations?

Are there any discounts available for a Wine Country Adventure?

Are there options for a partner that doesn’t want to run?

What about Vegan and Vegetarian food options?

Are there any age restrictions?

What if I or my partner doesn't drink?

Questions or Comments

  • Carmen says:

    Hello! Is that price for 2 people? Or each runner has to registered? My husband and I want to run but not sure how to register

  • Amber Smith says:

    Is it $1500.00 per person? If you choose double occupancy?

  • Jen V says:

    Registration button not taking me anywhere

  • Tina says:

    How do I purchase vacation?

  • Risa says:

    Do you offer military discounts on this adventure?

  • JimB says:

    Interested in the Willamette OR event. Dates etc

  • Tina says:

    A question for Santa Barbara Wine Trip. We are a party of 3 (with one non-runner but I know that doesn’t matter). Hadsten House says rooms sleep 4. If we share one room is there any price break for one of the party?

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