5 Best LA Wine-Tasting Tours

Southern California is home to some of the world’s most scenic wine country. Having offered wine-tasting tours throughout the region for over twenty years, we know the ins and outs of about every SoCal vineyard. From the tasting rooms in the city to the green rolling vineyards of the countryside — these are our top picks for best wine-tasting adventures in Southern California!



5. Los Angeles wine tours

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Airport sedan at Downtown’s San Antonio Winery

Although not home to any vineyards per say, tasting rooms are endless in the City of Angels. Maybe the most popular tours for our airport sedan and LA limousine services include the wineries of Downtown LA, including the San Antonio Winery, the oldest still producing winery in the city. San Antonio also offers daily behind-the-scenes tours of its winery, and is also one of few wineries to offer food. Many smaller independent wineries are found throughout the Greater LA Area, including St. James Spirits in Irwindale, Rancho De Philo Winery in Alta Loma, Galleano Winery in Mira Loma and Joseph Filippi Winery in Rancho Cucamonga. Orange County is home to numerous great tasting-rooms and wineries popular for limousine and party bus riders, including Anaheim’s O.C. Custom Wine, Sierra Madre Vineyard in Placentia, Stewarts Vineyards in Yorba Linda and the Departure Wine Company in Orange. Several of these wineries are only open for scheduled appointments, make sure to research opening times or contact our limo services to set up your wine tour itinerary.



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4. Santa Barbara wine tours

limo-in-santa-barbara-limousineYou don’t have to venture out in the backcountry to experience great tastings. There are numerous great tasting-rooms located within the city of Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara wine tours to the Deep Sea Tasting Room on Stearns Wharf have become increasingly popular and offers gorgeous 360-degree views of the Pacific Ocean. One of the unique qualities of wine-tasting tours in Santa Barbara is the close proximity between the various tasting-rooms. A short walk separates over ten wineries in the city, including tasting-rooms such as the Corks n’ Crowns Tasting Room, Riverbench Santa Barbara Tasting Room, Kalyra by the Sea, Lafond Winery and Fox Wine Co. A great tour worth researching is the Sustainable Vine Wine Tours with behind-the-scene experiences at various wineries, including Ampelos Cellars, Demetria- and Alma Rosa Wineries. The Santa Barbara Winery is a must, which is the oldest winery in the county. A great start to a wine-tasting experience on the American Riviera is to watch the movie Sideways (2004). Featuring many of the county’s most popular wineries, watching Sideways will inspire and excite all wine-lovers.

3. Malibu wine tours

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Live music at Malibu Family Wines

Maybe despite what you might think, the inland Santa Monica Mountains in Malibu is home to nearly fifty vineyards with numerous great wineries and tasting rooms. Furthermore, Rosenthal Wine Bar & Patio is a tasting-room for those who prefer tastings by the sea! Located just across the PCH from Topanga Beach is where we find Rosenthal, which often offers live music, outdoor movie screenings and standup comedy shows to accompany the wine-tasting. Further inland is where we find Cornell Winery & Tasting Room, Malibu Family Wines and SIP Malibu Grapes, three additional tasting rooms located in the beautiful Malibu Canyons and hidden away from the busy freeway. While picnicking is popular for limo- and party bus customers at Malibu Family Wines, while Cornell Winery & Tasting Room is situated right next-door from the Old Place Restaurant where one can easily combine a meal to the wine tour. It’s a lot of great live entertainment at both Malibu Family Wines and Rosenthal Wine Bar & Patio. Make sure to check out their itineraries online to combine your wine-tasting tour with the entertainment of your choice.

2. Santa Ynez wine tours

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Sunstone Vineyards & Winery in Santa Ynez

One of Southern California’s most scenic and picturesque vineyards can be found in the Santa Maria- and Santa Ynez Valleys of Santa Barbara County. Conveniently located within a short drive from cities such as Santa Barbara and Ventura, these valleys of ever-green rolling hills and beautiful winery-mansions make for the ultimate Southern California wine-tasting adventure. Bordered by the Purisma Hills, Santa Ynez Mountains and San Rafael Mountains, the Santa Ynez Valley consists of over 40,000 acres of vineyards and is considered one of SoCal’s most unflawed and idyllic wine-growing regions in California. Some of the most popular wineries for limo services are the Sunstone Vineyards and Winery, Bridlewood Estate Winery, Firestone Vineyards, Kalyra Winery, Brander Vineyard and the Gainey Vineyard. Bridlewood makes for a quintessential tastings adventure and is surrounded by beautiful vineyards which are ideal for picnicking in the natural beauty of the valley. Both Bridlewood- and Sunstone Wineries are worth a visit solely because of its gorgeous architecture. While Bridlewood has an equestrian architecture, Sunstone is built after an European estate. Bring your picnic basket along and enjoy an outdoor lunch at Kalyra- or Bridlewood Winery!

1. Temecula wine tours

best-wine-tours-santa-barbaraArguably the most gorgeous vineyards in the nation can be found the famous Temecula Valley of Riverside County. Here you will find over 30,000 acres of vineyards and more than fifty wineries spread throughout the valley. With a tourism industry that accumulates over half a billion dollars per year, Temecula Valley is a tremendously popular limousine destination for both local Californians as well as tourists visiting the region. Located 85 miles south of Los Angeles, Temecula can be visited by taking a 90-minute ride south or by being combined with Palm Springs, which is relatively close by. Some of the most visited wineries by our limousine clientele include the Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyard, Mount Palomar Winery, Miramonte Winery, Leoness Cellars and Hart Family Winery. While Leoness Cellars and Mount Palomar Winery offer dining on location, the beautiful vineyards at Wilson Creek is also popular make for great picnicking. Live music and entertainment can be enjoyed at the Miramonte- and Mount Palomar Wineries. Tastings at Leoness Cellars are often served in the combination with food pairings such as cheeses and more. The beautiful palace and natural beauty surrounding the South Coast Winery Resort & Spa can make for a great getaway, complete with its own hotel, shops, restaurant, spa and more.

We serve all Southern California vineyards — from the Malibu Canyons to the Santa Ynez Mountain and down to the Temecula Valley. So for whatever kind of wine-tasting adventure you’d like to experience, contact us today at toll-free number (866) 319-LIMO to reserve your wine-tasting trip!

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Experience Santa Barbara: The Ultimate California Beach City

winetasting-santa-ynez-wine-toursThe American Riviera isn’t just gorgeous landscapes with mountains and beaches, and sun year-long with ideal temperatures. It is home to the relaxed laid-back California lifestyle. The city knows how to impress: you can experience the great surf, go on city- or wine tours, see the town’s Spanish architecture with red roofs, or learn more about the city’s interesting history. For shopping at dining, the main street called State Street is a must. The locals love their city – and with good reason! Santa Barbara can be summarized in two words: seriously beautiful. If you’re a future photographer you should make sure to bring along the camera with an extra memory card and fully charged batteries – there’s a lot of beautiful photos to be taken here. The city is Spanish inspired with a unique vibe. You can also experience the gorgeous coastal views, a perfect place to shoot Instagram- or Snapchat photos!

Do as the locals: locals often take the tour to a local frozen yoghurt shop on a sunny day. Try out McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams and Yogurt, or Yogurtland not far from West Beach. It’s delicious! Furthermore, it is one of the greatest places in the country for wine-tastings: get on Santa Maria- or Santa Ynez wine tours to see the beautiful vineyards, valleys and picturesque landscape. Cheers!! Many Americans come here to escape the noise and stress of city life in places such as Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. Stress is non-existent in the city and the laid-back lifestyle has reached new heights: time goes by slow here and you’ll be able to enjoy and treasure each and every minute. This is the perfect spot for some evening practice with the surf board. While experienced surfers often head to North County’s Jamala State Beach, newbies should start out in Southern County by heading to Stu Peak or Campus Point. But don’t let the ocean occupy you for too long, the mountains in the Los Padres National Forest behind town deserves a visit.

limousine-santa-barbara-limo-serviceFor the truly outdoorsy types, venture across the channel to make a stop at the California Channel Islands and the Channel Islands National Park. Did you for instance know an island close to town has the largest sea- and sea-lion populations in North America? Many come with the hope to catch a glimpse of the migrating whales, the magnificent bald eagles or the endemic Channel Islands Fox, one of many species only found on the islands. To see various species of seals, you can venture to Point Bennett or San Miquel Island for a guaranteed chance of spotting several ones. Furthermore, Santa Barbara limo riders will enjoy that more than 30 species of whales and dolphins travel through the city’s channel. Go on a whale excursion for the best chance of spotting dancing dolphins and gigantic whales.

Just as San Francisco has the Golden Gate Bridge and San Diego has its fish tacos, the American Riviera has it’s own icon – the Old Mission. It might not be as big or visited as the Golden Gate, but this mission from the 1780’s is a signature Southern California landmark and ridiculously beautiful! The three-lined State Street is located in the heart of the historic Downtown and is home to the city’s best eateries and shopping. When the evening arrives, make sure to stroll by Stearns Wharf by the harbor for some great dining of all types. An alternative to Santa Ynez wine tours is sipping wine at the Deep Sea Tasting Room on Stearns Wharf while overlooking the vast ocean. You could end the day by taking a limousine service to a traditional Californian meal – we would recommend the city’s great authentic Mexican cuisine as well.

Few miles south of SB is the celebrity community of Montecito, home to an array of fashionable mansions and estates. For the ideal beach community and maybe a dinner by the sea, make sure to stop by Summerland nearby. A little bit up north is where we find the Danish community of Solvang, packed with Scandinavian architecture, eateries, bakeries, and more. Booking a limo or party bus for the Santa Barbara Bowl is hugely popular for live musical performances, concerts and entertainment. Those traveling with children will definitely enjoy a good time at the Santa Barbara Zoo, compact with hundreds of animals to see and hear. Those with a passion for history will love the Chumash Painted Cave nearby town, a historic cave with thousand year old pictographs from civilizations long gone.

limos-in-santa-barbara-party-bus-rentalThe American Riviera is known for its beautiful resorts, larger mansions and trendy shops, but the area is also home to many museums, galleries and festivals. Those interested in unique history and architecture will also like the Rafael Gonzalez House and the S.B. County Court House. A visit to the historic Spanish fortress at the Presidio is another must for those with a heart for history. Santa Barbara limo renters who appreciate fine arts will enjoy a day at the Museum of Art with its extensive European-, American- and Asian art collections. If newer art is appealing, check out the Contemporary Arts Forum for a gallery operated by artists and dedicated to quality art from the local area.

When strolling along the beach promenade you can easily head up State Street for world class shopping with everything from unique neighborhood shops to the more famous retailers. A true paradise for any shopper. There are affordable electric buses running up and down State Street and along the promenade which makes shopping and navigating easy. The city is recognized as one of America’s most exclusive cities and is a tourist destination throughout the year. Its mild Mediterranean climate, beautiful Spanish architecture and white sandy beaches make the American Riviera an ideal destination for many tourists renting an airport shuttle, wine tour or city transportation. With its relaxed and laid-back atmosphere, the town of barely 100,000 is smaller than most and can be easily maneuvered on foot. You can also reach the city by bus, train, limousine service, plane to the local airport or taxi service.

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After the enormous earth quake in 1925, the city was badly damaged and had to be rebuilt. Restrictions led to houses only being lawfully allowed white painting and red roofs. This has given the city its exceptional Spanish colonial style. In the 1980’s and 1990’s party bus clients recently told us they watched the tv-series Santa Barbara where they fell in love with the city. The series lasted for over nine years and the storyline surrounded the glamorous life of the wealthy Capwell family and their rivals Lockridge. Whether you’re searching for a tour of the wine country, a ride to State Street or an airport shuttle, rest assure that we can assist you with all your transportation needs and preferences.

SoCal’s Pre-Colonial People

historic-sight-seeing-tours-chumashSouthern California has been inhabited for many thousands years. Let’s explore some of our Native-American historic places! A region we serve on a daily basis as the largest transportation provider – Santa Barbara-, Ventura, & San Luis Obispo Counties – were all making up the areas of SoCal where the Chumash people inhabited. In this article, we will explore some of the historic and educational places where you can see, learn, and experience the Chumash culture and history. From reconstructed villages to thousand year old petroglyphs, there are tons of spots throughout the area where you can experience our counties’ native history and indigenous people. Did you know the Chumash could be the first builders of canoes in North America? Or that the Chumash traded with neighbors such as the Tongva people? And did you know that there are numerous caves you may visit to see pictographs dating back thousands of years? Or that the city name of Malibu comes from a Chumash word? Let’s explore some of SoCal’s great Native-American, pre-colonial history!

 

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The Chumash Painted Cave is a popular and educational getaway

Just 11 miles from the American Riviera we transferred customers on one of our sight seeing tours to the Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park. Foreign tourists wanting to see the thousand-year-old pictographs made by the city’s indigenous population. What makes these paintings unique is the fact that you can see them close up, only separated a few inches by a fence. This is unlike many other “pre-historic” Chumash paintings in the region, e.g. Burro Flats Painted Cave in Simi Valley or other cities such as Newbury Park and Camarillo. On the National Register of Historic Places, Santa Barbara’s Painted Cave is one of the most convenient and easy places to witness California’s ancient history. The rock paintings here are one in a kind, and it is interesting to see Santa Barbara wine tour clients trying to interpret the different paintings. But we did the research! Look for instance for the sign for the sun: red with a ring around it. You can also see signs for all kinds of other things, including men, women, fertility (a line with another line going through it), water (zic zac line), and water (several vertical lines leading to a horizontal line.) Chumash pictographs can also be seen at Painted Rock on the Carrizo Plain of San Luis Obispo County.

 

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Venture out to the Channel Islands to learn more about the Chumash way of life!

Another possible destination for people interested in Chumash history is the California Channel Islands. Maybe easiest visited on a ferry trip with the Island Packers, the Channel Islands National Park is home to an abundance of native history. There were more than 1,200 Chumash islanders living on the islands, which also was home to ten villages. You’d be surprised, but more than 300,000 Chumash artifacts have been discovered on these islands! Our local clients and foreigners flying in and using our LAX airport limos have all told us about how these islands show how California once looked. Although largely undeveloped, the islands are popular for many recreational activities. Many like to go on hikes photographing the native landscape and looking for some of the endemic wildlife found nowhere else on the planet. Others visit “North America’s Galapagos” to camp overnight, while some visit to go scuba-diving or kayaking. Some simply bring a book and visit the islands to spend the day alone on one of the many beaches. Areas of Native-American history here include petroglyphs in Olsen’s Cave on Santa Cruz Island, or Jones Cave on Santa Rosa Island. Santa Rosa, once called Wi’ma by the islanders, was populated for over 13,000 years!

 

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The Painted Rock in San Luis Obispo has hundreds of ancient pictographs!

To explore some of the different unique artifacts that have been discovered, there are many choices you have. Some Santa Barbara limo clients head to the Mission, Natural History Museum, or the Historical Society. For clients further north, check out San Luis Obispo’s Hollister Adobe Museum, the Historical Museum, or the Mission San Luis Obispo Museum. In Ventura, the most popular places of Chumash significance include the Albinger Archeological Museum, the Ventura County Museum of History and Art, or the San Buena Ventura Mission Museum. If you’re by Ojai, check out the Ojai Valley Museum, or in Santa Maria see the Santa Maria Valley Historical Society Museum. The Santa Ines Mission is your best bet in Solvang, Carpinteria has the Carpinteria Valley Museum of History and Historical Society, while Lompoc is home to the La Purisima Mission State Historical Park and the Lompoc Museum. In LA County? Check out the Chumash Discovery Village in Malibu or the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History. Mostly interested in historical displays? Check out the Presidio. Most interested in seeing how they live? On the Chumash Indian Museum in Thousand Oaks and at the Chumash Discovery Village in Malibu there are reconstructed Chumash villages. The re-constructed village tours are popular for people on sight seeing tours, families on an educational outing with or without kids, and even for classes of school children in a party bus or two.

 

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The Chumash often ventured over the Channel to visit the islanders on the Channel Islands

Did you know that several cities throughout the region have names derived from the Chumash language? We recently learned this from curious tourists ordering an airport sedan to head straight to the reconstructed village in Thousand Oaks. Did you for instance know the city name Point Mugu derived from the Chumash name Muwu? Or Port Hueneme from Weneme? Malibu was once Humaliwo, Lompoc was Lompo, and Simi Valley was Shimiyi, which eventually became Simi. The Chumash traded with various groups in the area, including the Tongva Indians of today’s Los Angeles County. While the northern Channel Islands were inhabited by Chumash Islanders, the southern islands (San Nicolas-, San Clemente-, San Clemente Islands) were all populated by the neighboring Tongva people. There are evidence that suggests these groups not only interacted on each other’s territories, but they also sailed with canoes to visit and do trade with other indigenous peoples. Experts riding with our limousine service have explained that they traded with the Yokuts people in the north to get tobacco and obsidian, while traded with the inland Mojave people to get items more abundant in the desert regions of the Mojave Indians.

 

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Check out the replica of an ancient Chumash village at the Thousand Oaks Chumash Museum!

So how many Chumash were there? Anthropologist Alfred L. Kroeber estimated a Chumash population of 10,000 as of 1770, while Alan K. Brown believed it to have been 15,000 in the 1770’s. Sherburne F. Cook estimated a total population of between 8,000 and 20,000 when the Europeans first came to California. What we do know however is that the native population sank drastically when discovered by European settlers. By the year 1900, only 200 Chumash Indians were left. By the U.S. Census of 2000, the Chumash population had increased though to a total number of 4,032 individuals. Having inhabited Southern California for over 12,000 years, the Chumash is definitely a group worth knowing more about, and in that way, also learning more about our state’s great history! Whether you are searching for a Santa Barbara wine tour, transportation for your prom or wedding day, or to learn more about the state’s unique history at the many historic venues and museums, call us for more information on our luxury transportation services. Our fleet is the largest in the region, containing party buses, stretch limos, sedans, SUV’s, and other specialty vehicles for any group.

Looking for an LA- or Santa Barbara limo to Las Vegas? We can help you! Recently we had clients on this long trip as well wanting to take a break in Sloan, Nevada. This little hidden away small-town may didn’t seem like much, but our clients decided to stop here to visit the Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area after having researched it online. And boy were we wrong! Sloan was home to hundreds of several thousands of years old rock paintings! Looking for LAX airport limos? A party bus for a night on town with friends? Or maybe just a chauffeured vehicle for a special night on town with your love(d) one(s). Contact your local SoCal transportation company today!

5 Most Visited Landmarks in Santa Barbara, CA

winetasting-Santa-Ynez-wine-tourThe American Riviera is one of the most visited areas in Southern California. Partially because of its scenic beauty, but also because of its many famous landmarks and attractions. With its nearly ten million visitors per year, tourism gives annually more than a billion dollars in revenue for the city. Home to the most gorgeous vineyards, picturesque beaches, great shopping and fantastic dining, it is no wonder why it has become such as beloved area for many in SoCal. Stroll along the main street, State Street, for great shopping, followed by a trip to some of the region’s most lavish vineyards. With more than 300 days of sun and tons of activities, SB is the ultimate getaway destination for locals and visitors alike. Having served the Riviera of the West for more than twenty years with luxury transportation, we transfer clients daily to the many landmarks and attractions found in the county. Here are the most visited by out-of-towners using our LAX limousine services or locally in the area.

5. Great Museums

Home to Southern California’s largest per capita number of galleries and museums, getting cultured is easy on the American Riviera. In fact, we have often clients booking an airport sedan to head straight to the great gallery openings and similar. Among the most popular are the S.B. Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Art, Presidio, as well as the Art, Design & Architecture Museum. Popular galleries include Atkinson Art Gallery Gallery 113, UCSB’s Women’s Center Art Gallery, Peregrine Galleries, Wall-Space Gallery, Sullivan Goss Gallery as well as the Easton Gallery. At the Museum of Natural History visitors can learn about the native Chumash people, and many come to the Ty Warner Sea Center to learn more about the underwater life of the Santa Barbara Channel. The Museum of Art might be most famous for its ancient sculptures as well as American-, Latin-, and Asian arts. Clients love the surf history at the Maritime Museum, and the 90-minute Land and Sea Tours are popular for families giving you the chance of observing whales, sharks, sea lions, eagles, and more. To learn more about the city’s distinct history, check out the Historical Museum to see exhibits of everything from the city’s long gone past, including furniture, clothing, and more. For a great introduction in city history and architecture, check out the Red Tile Walking Tour! Many history lovers visit the El Presidio, founded in 1782, and the El Paseo & Casa De La Guerra, which was established between 1819-1826. Make sure to stay up to date to attend the monthly festivals and parades. For instance, some of the highlights during the winter includes the Parade of Lights, Festival of Art, the Avocado Festival, the International Film Festival and the International Orchid Show. For summer-time, check out April’s El Presidio Days, the Harbor Festival, Summer Solstice Celebration, Jazz Festival, French Festival, as well as the Old Spanish Days.

4. Stearns Wharf & Beaches

Santa-Barbara-party-bus-and-limosStearns Wharf might be the city’s most iconic landmark. Along with the beaches and waterfront, the pier has long been one of the most popular SB limo service destinations for us. Stearns Wharf is located at the end of State Street along he seaside, and dates back to 1872. The wharf is home to various stores, restaurants, and even a winetasting venue that so many of our Santa Barbara wine tours clients love. The nearby beaches such as East Beach are popular hangout spots for sunbathing, beach volleyball, swimming, and similar beaching activities. Stretching for 2,250 feet out in the ocean, Stearns Wharf is one of the longest deep-water bridges in the State of California. It is home to various shops, restaurants, and even a museum with its own shark pool and much more. A beloved activity for families is a visit to the Warner Sea Center, run by the Museum of Natural History, while many dating couples prefer winetasting at the Deep Sea Tasting Room on Stearns. What’s more iconic for the city than rollerskating down the waterfront at West Beach Park? While parking and finding a parking space can be a hassle, arriving by a limo service can make the day go more smoothly and more enjoyable. The East Beach by Stearns Wharf is a popular – and sometimes crowded – beach. For a more scenic and less crowdy beach, visit Butterfly- or Arroyo Burro Beaches. Across the street from the Four Seasons Resort the Biltmore is where Butterfly Beach is located, consistently rated as one of the most beautiful beaches in the county. Arroyo Burro (Hendry’s Beach) is surrounded by forested nature, and is a great spot for a nighttime hike with someone special. Others include Mesa Lane Steps, One Thousand Steps Beach, Hammonds Beach, and Shoreline Park Beach.

3. Historic Mission

limos-in-Santa-Barbara-the-Mission-2016The 1820 Mission is one of the city’s most popular tourist spots. Nicknamed the Queen of Mansions, the Mission is a U.S. National Historic Landmark (NHL) and particularly popular among people on a sight seeing tour of the area. One of the city’s icons, it is one of few missions found in California and is the only mission to only have been operated by the Franciscan Order. Many come here to see its beautiful gardens and courtyards, learn about the Chumash Indians that once occupied the land, and see famous paintings and artifacts from time long gone. Being the state’s largest mission, it may not be any surprise that it’s a hugely popular landmark to visit for locals and visitors as well. The affordable 90-minute trolley ride is an awesome way of checking out the city, and can stops by the Mission in Old Town. Already established in 1786, it is one the oldest buildings in the state. One of the most famous landmarks include the Old Mission Bell which is hanging way high in the big mission tower overlooking the city with views as far as the Channel Islands. A sight seeing tour of Santa Barbara is never complete without a visit to the historic city Mission. For people that prefer an older historic getaway, make sure to pay a visit to the thousand-year-old pictographs at the Chumash Painted Cave!

2. Vineyard Tastings

winetasting-Santa-Barbara-wine-tours-tastingsWith hundreds of thousands of visitors per year, the county’s vineyards should be on anyone’s bucket list in Southern California. Santa Barbara wine tours to the Santa Maria- and Santa Ynez Valleys have never been more accessible. Less crowded than the more famous vineyards of Northern California, these vineyards are just as scenic with just as many great varietals of wines. While the Santa Ynez Valley might be the most scenic wine country we serve, we also offer Temecula Valley- and Malibu Canyons vineyard trips. For the S.B. back country, the most visited vineyards include for example Sunstone-, Bridlewood, and Firestone Wineries. Others include Fess Parker-, Zaca Mesa-, Koehler-, Rideau-, and Foxen Wineries. The vineyards are a beloved destination for many. It’s not rarely we have customers ordering an airport sedan or limousine in order to visit the quaint small-town of Los Olivos. Here clients come to enjoy great tastings, explore the small town by foot, and enjoy the gorgeous natural beauty of the valley. Many renting limos for us bring their own lunch for picnicking at for instance Sunstone Winery and its beautiful vineyards, while Firestone Winery also offers food along with its wines. Kalyra Winery is recognized for their world famous dessert wines, and definitely a great choice to add after a winery offering dinner. The Gainey Vineyard also offers pasta and some other food with their varietals of wines, a great spot of matching wines and food by taste. While the Brander vineyard in Los Olivos is mostly known for their Sauvignon Blanc, while Sunstone is said to have the world’s greatest Merlot. While many wineries in the city are simple tasting venues, many of the wineries of the Santa Ynez- and Santa Maria Valleys are picturesque old facilities surrounded by rolling green hills and gorgeous vineyards. Make sure to ask our wine concierge about the different wineries in order to customize the perfect best Santa Barbara wine tour. Having offered them for more than twenty years, you can rely on us to receive the best of services available in the SoCal area.

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1. State Street

limousine-Santa-Barbara-limo-serviceMaybe not surprisingly, but the city’s main street, State Street, is also the most-visited place in town. Here you’ll find anything and everything. Whether you want to experience the great nightlife, restaurants or endless shopping possibilities, State Street is a great place to begin your exploration of the city. While many clients wait till dark and rents a party bus for a night on town, State Street has much to offer during daytime as well. Maybe particularly for shopping. Among the most visited stores include Diani- and Diani Shoes, Yellowstone Clothing, the Territory Ahead, as well as upscale Wendy Foster. For a unique and authentic S.B. shopper’s experience, head to the Game Seeker, Lewis & Clark, Prana, Magellan’s in Loreto Plaza, or the SB Outfitters. The best shopping malls on State Street are found around El Paseo at the 800 block of Downtown, La Arcada Court (1114 State Street), Paseo Nuevo (651 State St.), as well as Victoria Court at the 1200 block of State Street. The SOho Nightclub is a popular party destination for nighttime clients, and is located upstairs as the Victoria Court, which is a two-story building with stores, diners, cafes, and more. Downtown’s El Paseo was California’s first mall, built in the 20’s, and includes various diners, pubs, antique shops, jewelry shops, as two tasting-rooms often visited on our wine tours. The city’s unique red-tile architecture, great shopping and nightlife, as well as its interesting centuries-long history are all best experienced on State Street: the gateway to the American Riviera. Begin your touring of the town with destination State Street, and discover your favorite SB hangout spot!

Didn’t find an activity that caught your attention? Rent a sailboat at the Sailing Center, or visit the famous city zoo! Many also love the sunset dining cruises as well as whale-observing trips offered by the Condor Express. From clients touring the vineyards to clients in need of an airport LAX limousine – we offer all types of transportation in the Southern California region. Whether you need a chauffeured vehicle for your bachelor party, wedding, night on town, corporate meeting or anything else, we can offer you a timely service along with our exclusive price match guarantee. Check out our reviews and call us to book your transfer! We offer SoCal’s largest fleet of luxurious vehicles, including limos, sedans, party bus vehicles, SUV’s, and more.

4 Magnificent Islands off the SoCal Coast


California-Channel-Islands-limo-in-Santa-BarbaraThe Golden State is home to dozens of islands in all shapes, sizes, and natural beauty. From historic Alcatraz, the quaint neighborhoods of Balboa – to our own offshore National Park: the California Channel Islands. Southern California has an island for everyone. What’s even better than spending the day on a Pacific island? Combining the trip with wine tours or a Santa Barbara limo pickup to your place of embarkment. Let our Santa Barbara- and Ventura limousine service present our top 4 islands of the Southern California coast.


Anacapa Island

Being the most accessible part of the Channel Islands National Park, sometimes called “America’s Galapagos”, Anacapa is an easy getaway for us in Southern California. As the smallest of the eight Channel Islands, Anacapa’s 700 acres and two-mile trail system is an easier way to check out the National Park. Just twelve miles off the coast of Port Hueneme, Anacapa is also the closest to the mainland. Our Ventura party bus recently chauffeured a big group of teenagers to the island, and told us this was their third time to the park. Our driver came back and told us about everything from “sea lion fights by the sea happens all the time”, and also happened to have visited the island many times for its great cliffs, untouched nature, great hiking, photographing, canoeing, scuba-diving, and also native fauna and flora. Many in our clientele have also told us about the great whale-migrations happening between February to March. At times there many gray whales spotted here on their way south towards Baja California. Usual visits here lasts from two to three hours, which is just enough time to explore the island. The island also has a unique history having been inhabited by the Chumash people for thousands of years. This island and any of the other islands compromising the Channel Islands National Park can be visited through the Island Packers, which has ferries departing from both Ventura and Oxnard. For sedans, limos, SUV’s or buses to the island, contact us today! We’ve even had tourists calling in to order a limousine or LAX sedan service from LAX and straight to Anacapa to explore the national park. We’ve also had tired campers calling for Malibu wine tours upon their return.

Balboa Island

limousine-Agoura-Hills-limo-service-2016Famous for its luxurious beachfront houses and many shops, Orange County’s Balboa Island has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors and vacationers for over a century. Beautifully located in the Newport Harbor, many have mistakingly assumed Balboa to be its own independent village, although it is part of the bigger City of Newport Beach. Accessible by both bridges and ferry services (the Balboa Island Ferry), it is a kid-friendly and picturesque island-village definitely worth visiting. Many renting an LA- or Ventura limousine are heading then to the ferry station near the Fun Zone for a full-day trip over to the island. For dating couples, the $1 ferry ride is a great way of adding to your special occasion. And we get it. Why go on Santa Ynez wine tours when you can taste wine under the stars on this beautiful island? Boasting California’s one and only auto ferry, bringing your car – or Ventura limousine – along is also an option here. The island is home to many small-town shops, miles of sandy beaches, cafes, restaurants, and estate homes. Make sure to check out the locally made Balboa Bar or the frozen bananas for an exclusive Balboa-experience. The village’s main street, the European-style 1 ½-mile promenade is a must to see, particularly combined with a world-famous Balboa frozen banana. An alternative or additional trip so often reserved for an LA- or Santa Barbara limo is Balboa Peninsula. This oceanfront peninsula is home to expensive estates and larger craft harbors, as well as numerous restaurants and cafes. Also boasting the most visited tourist attraction and the most beautiful beaches in the City of Newport Beach, a visit to the Balboa Peninsula is popular for tourists and other reserving our LA- and LAX sedan service. We recently transferred LAX sedan service clients here as well, for a hotel night to be spent by the seaside.

Santa Cruz Island

limousine-Ventura-limo-serviceOften overlooked, Santa Cruz is the largest island in the state of California. As Anacapa, Santa Cruz is also uninhabited as a part of the National Park. But that doesn’t stop our LA- and Ventura limousine and party bus customers from venturing out here to explore. Home to numerous species found nowhere else on Earth – including the Island Fox, the Island Scrub-Jay and re-introduced Bald Eagles. Besides all the great wildlife, this particular island has a lot more to offer visitors. With its untouched wilderness found nowhere else in the state, the island is also a popular camping spot. We’ve had full vehicles – from a Santa Barbara limo to an LA party bus – packed with camping equipment for people who are looking to camp on the island. Here you can see among the biggest sea-caves in the world and learn about the ancient people that once lived on this island for thousands of years. Many riding with our Ventura limousine vehicles have told us about the various hiking trails found on the island. With ferries from Island Packers landing in two areas, Scorpion Anchorage and at Prisoner’s Harbor, there’s a larger trail system waiting to be explored. One hike definitely worth checking out is to Potato Harbor on the northern part of the island. Potato Harbor is a gorgeous stretch of beach, often visited by seals and sea lions, while Cavern Point is a popular place for sighting the great whale migrations. Between the months of Feb.-April, Party bus clients have also told us about the amazing bloom of the island’s endemic flowers covering the island. The Pelican Bay Trail offers the best chances of witnessing more native flora than anywhere else, although varying because of variations in rain and temperatures. The relatively fast one hour ferry ride from the mainland to Santa Cruz is often accompanied with the observation of various sea mammals and birds, including oftentimes dolphins, sea-lions, eagles, pelicans, whales, and more. Want an unforgettable canoe experience? Check out Scorpion Bay, famous for being an incredible place for kayaking or canoeing. Prefer a longer hike? A favorite for many LA- and Santa Barbara limo clients is the seven mile hike to Smuggler’s Cove from the landing by Scorpion Canyon. Prefer another method of transportation to the island? Although there’s no LAX sedan service needed for LAX travels, Channel Islands Aviation flies out of Camarillo Airport. If you are looking to see more exotic animals, book safari wine tours with us to Malibu Family Wines!

Catalina Island

Nicknamed the Island of Romance, Santa Catalina Island is the California island that has it all. We take more LA- and Santa Barbara limo clients to this island than any other Californian island. Here you’ll find everything from beautiful hotels, golf courses, bars and nightlife, as well as gorgeous beaches and protected nature areas with a magnificent native wildlife and flora. Reachable by ferry and by airplane, Catalina is home to two villages: the main town of Avalon and the much smaller Two Harbors. In between is where we find the Airport in the Sky, which is located the island’s tallest mountain. Many customers looking for limos in Ventura or Camarillo love the short but exciting plane rides with Channel Islands Aviation from the Camarillo Airport. With ferries leaving from Los Angeles as well as Long Beach and Orange County, Catalina has become the most accessible of the Channel Islands Archipelago. Just twenty-six miles with boat from the mainland, famously mentioned in the song “26 Miles” by the Four Preps, Catalina is an easy getaway with much to offer. A favorite for many locals and even tourists using our LAX sedan service, spending a night in Avalon is a must for anyone visiting Southern California. At Catalina you can not only experience the great outdoors (over ninety percent of the island is protected nature areas), but the town of Avalon also boasts some great options for accommodation, dining as well as many activities. Being the only developed island of the archipelago, Catalina is also the only California island to offer a larger variety of day- and night activities for visitors. Recent clients looking for limos in Ventura for a ride to the Catalina ferry station told us: “It is the island that has it all. We visit for the underwater submarine tour and beaching at Descanso Beach.” Others have told us about the great safari tours from Avalon, where you can spot all kinds of wild animals, including buffalos, eagles, the native Island Fox, and many more. You may want to rent a golf cart or bike for a great way of exploring the areas surrounding Avalon. While a day trip might be enough on some of the other Channel Islands, Catalina is definitely a place worth staying overnight!

In what ever way you’d like to experience a backdoor Pacific island – by plane or boat, for nature or hotel night, – our Santa Barbara limo services are your natural choice in choosing transportation to the ferries. We have offered luxury Santa Barbara- and Ventura limousine services, as well as top rated Malibu- and Santa Ynez wine tours and party bus transportation, for more than twenty years in the making. For your next visit to the islands, consider reserving one of our limos or party bus rentals to begin your trip in style! Whether to visit a Pacific island, head out on wine tours, or “just” for the traditional limousine adventure, contact Blackhawk Limousine & Transportation today!

Did you know scenes from the movie Commando (1985) were filmed at the Channel Islands? Check out our Guide to Best Movies Filmed in Santa Barbara!

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