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Whether you’re looking for a quick getaway or the perfect place to gather with friends and family, a Los Olivos wine-tasting weekend and a trip to the Santa Ynez Valley checks all the boxes. The just over two-hour trip from Los Angeles lands you in this peaceful and picturesque small California town that is a haven for wine lovers, foodies, and anyone who wants to play rancher for the day.

The area is home to some of California’s finest wineries, tasting rooms, and notable restaurants. Offering everything from amazing farm-to-table cuisine, Bar Le Cote, Los Olivos Wine Merchant Cafe, and Industrial Eats (in Buellton only 10 minutes away) to unique experiences feeding ostriches and emus at Ostrichland USA and horseback riding along the rolling hills offered up by Vino Vaqueros. Take a walk down Grand Avenue to explore the area’s charming boutiques, taste some of the local produce, and stop by the Carhartt Cabin for a glass of estate-grown Pinot and hang with the locals. Whether it’s oil from Olive Hill Farm or wine from one of the many wineries and tasting rooms, the epicurean in each of you will be delighted while visiting this area filled with so much we love about California.

Downtown Los Olivos wine-tasting weekend

Don’t miss the Los Olivos General Store, at 2900 Grand Avenue, right in the middle of town. Here you can stock up on oh-so-wonderful smelling candles, curated bath and body items, and books on living the ideal rancher lifestyle complete with recipes, cocktails, and cutting boards. Have a seat in one of the welcoming Adirondack chairs and take in all this quaint piece of paradise has to offer.  

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A Greek Cabin in the Spirit of Le Corbusier

In honor of French architect Le Corbusier and the seaside holiday house he built for his wife in 1952 on the Cote d’Azur across the bay from Monaco – husband and wife team, Anotnis Choudalakis and Sofia Mavroudis, built their own pair of cabins in Kissamos, Crete. Although miles from Le Corbusier’s Le Cabanon in the south of France, they carry the spirit of the original, celebrating minimalism and the sanctuary of nature referring to these cabins as a “personal utopia, hidden from the world but near beaches, celebrating the islands slow living.”

Greek Cabin in the Spirit of Le Corbusier

Sited perfectly on the hillside, with their glass facing facades and set amongst hundreds of lush olive trees these cabins seem to come alive at sunset.

Patio of the Greek Cabin in the Spirit of Le Corbusier

Lounge away the afternoon… the perfect spot to take in the endless olive trees and incredible views of the mountains and the sea.

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A Bold Brazilian Beauty

Looking to check out, relax and rejuvenate, head to the Ka Bru Beach Boutique Hotel & Villas in Barra Grande, Bahia. This Brazilian secluded luxury boutique hotel located in the state of Bahia, is an intimate beachfront hotel experience nestled at the entrance of Brazil’s third-largest bay, the stunning Camamu Bay. 

Ka Bru Beach Boutique Hotel poolside

With a bold modernist design, locally sourced organic products, and warm, welcoming climate the Ka Bru Beach Hotel is the perfect spot to soak up the quieter side of Brazilian culture.

Here in the southern part of the state, you will find idyllic seaside villages that attract vacationers and divers alike. There are tropical forests, rivers and ecological preserves as well as coral reefs and endless beaches.

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