Los Angeles Fashion Designer Lauren Elaine explores Los Olivos, California

My Mayberry: Exploring Los Olivos


I’ll admit, I’ve never actually watched a full episode of the Andy Griffith Show. But– the idea of “Mayberry” – the iconic fictional location of the series, an idyllic American small town – immediately comes to mind when visiting Los Olivos, CA– and for all the best reasons.

Fashion Designer Lauren Elaine pictured in Los Olivos, CaliforniaLos Angeles Fashion designer Lauren Elaine explores Los Olivos, CaliforniaNow, that’s not without warrant (it actually WAS the town of “Mayberry” in the 1986 TV series ‘Return to Mayberry’) – and it’s clear at first glance, Los Olivos is special.  Not only is it a quiet, picturesque getaway from Santa Barbara and LA tucked inside the Santa Ynez Valley — but it maintains it’s charm along with being one of California’s premiere locations for wine tasting and pretty landscapes.

bridal fashion designer Lauren Elaine explores the landscapes of los olivos and santa ynez

I’ve written about Los Olivos beforeseveral times actually– and I consider it a home away from home. It’s a fantastic destination when considering a refined bachelorette weekend, a pre/post wedding getaway, or of course, a wedding (stunning example here!)  So– because I’m such a Los Olivos and Santa Ynez Valley (SYV) #superfan, I’m sharing my favorite picks for a weekend away in wine country on the California central coast.

Los Angeles Fashion Designer Lauren Elaine visits Epiphany Cellars in Los OlivosLos Angeles Fashion Designer Lauren Elaine visits the Bubble Shack in Los OlivosIn addition to dozens of tasting rooms  ( I highly recommend Epiphany Cellars in Los Olivos proper), the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn offers the feel of a bed and breakfast, with the experience and amenities of a resort, including a full spa and recently opened 5 star Texas-meets-California farm-to-table “refined ranch” restaurant– The Bear & Star.

Rose wine glasses at Epiphany Cellars in Los Olivos, CaliforniaEpiphany Wine Cellars in Los Olivos, California

Another favorite thing to do? Grab a few sandwiches or salads at Paninos (seriously THE best lunch spot!), and dine alfresco at Epiphany Cellars and The Bubble Shack (pre-wedding champagne sampling!) down the street, OR take your picnic and head up the Foxen Canyon wine trail.

Fashion Designer Lauren Elaine visits Panino's in Los Olivos, California for Once Upon a Seam BlogFoxen Canyon Wine Country in California's Central CoastLos Olivos wild buffalo grazingLos Angeles Fashion Designer Lauren Elaine visits Fess Parker winery in Santa Ynez

Foxen Canyon crawls through the SYV. It’s one of most gorgeous stretches of road on the Central Coast, and you’ll feel like you’re a million miles away from everything, with 360 degree views. Foxen Canyon is also home to the Fess Parker Winery – another personal favorite,  and a must-visit vineyard. The grounds alone are a destination.

Grapes on the vine at Fess Parker WineryLos-angeles-fashion-designer-lauren-Elaine-visits-Fess-Parker-vineyardFess Parker Winery Vineyard in Santa Ynez, CaliforniaLos Angeles bridal designer lauren elaine visits fess parker wineryLauren Elaine of Once Upon a Seam Blog visits Fess Parker Winery

Look familiar? Los Olivos and Foxen Canyon are both just so gorgeous, that I couldn’t think of a more beautiful place to photograph our “Aislin” gown.

Los Angeles Fashion Designer Lauren Elaine explores Los Olivos, CaliforniaAislin Gown by Lauren Elaine Bridal photographed in Los Olivos, California

I’ve been to Los Olivos and SYV more times than I can count, but each time I fall more and more in love, and each time I discover more new favorite hidden gems.   It’s my own personal “Mayberry” – especially for a weekend.

Los Angeles Fashion Designer Lauren Elaine explores the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail Bridal Fashion Designer Lauren Elaine visits Los Olivos

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