TWO FRIENDS GO TO LOS ALAMOS…

03/28/2017

If you want a tasteful, unbiased review of Los Alamos, you won’t get it here.

WE’RE GUSHING!

We booked this trip on a sentimental whim… Last year we stayed at Ojai Rancho Inn for our work retreat that launched Inks, we owe you Ojai Rancho!

Alamo Motel is in the Shelter Social Club family along with Ojai Rancho and a handful of other refurbished motels/inns sprinkled across California. Our intention was to get outta dodge, clear our heads and buckle down… mission accomplished, while we entirely and completely enjoyed ourselves. This town is to die for. You can stand in the middle of Bell Street and see the whole town from end to end. Which Rachel did… because there were no cars and she’s not particularly inclined to be a rule follower.

Alamo Motel is quaint and communal, Muni Wines is a teeny weeny wine bar smack dab in the courtyard of the motel. Firepit, shady Oak trees, horsehoes, adirondacks, twinkle lights and tree swings surround the bar- coaxing guests out of their rooms at dusk to loiter around (and maybe even talk to each other a little bit).

We walked to Bob’s Well Bread Bakery each morning. Clearly “the hub” of this California wine town… Ranchers and Winemakers brush shoulders and exchange familiar greetings with sleepy eyes as they get “their usual”. Just being in the place makes you feel the buzz of community, warm and vibrant, it was a miracle we ever left.

The local landscape is breathtaking, iconic rolling green hills, glittered with grapevines, horses, and wildflowers… we took full advantage of this vista on an afternoon run through the wide winding roads. No note about Los Alamos would be complete without a venture to a Winery. Bob (of Bob’s Well Bread Bakery) recommended we visit Presqu’ile Winery…boy do we love Bob. This place was pretty magnificent- 15 minutes from our hotel, it’s close to indescribable. Entering the endless gravel drive through the automatic wooden gate leading us into the foothills of the winery gave us a real Parent Trap moment. The tasting room is nestled perfectly and at the top of the property- affording it quiteeee the view. Big glass walls, cozy chairs, a great Cab Sav and a crackling fireplace later, we were two happy clams.

And another thing! Everyone’s so nice. As a native Angelino (Rachel here), I‘ve always rejected the notion that LA isn’t a “friendly city”…until now. These people! Dream. It’s really comforting and profound to feel welcomed and enjoyed. With recommendations from our new friends we made at the Winery (hey Andrea and Corey if you’re reading!), we headed off to Full Of Life Flatbread for dinner. Conveniently, it was about 100 steps from our room- but since it was FREEZING (36, don’t judge) we ashamedly drove. Wild foraged Chanterelle Gnocchetti, Pork and Lemon flatbread, and more of our now customary banter with fellow patrons and we were ready to snuggle up in our adorable room and get our brainstorms down on paper, or screen, rather.

For fear of turning this post into a full length novel, we’ll try to wrap it up. But not before we mention the plethora of local antique shops, adjacent Los Padres National Forest, the opportunity to sip soft Sylvaner (one of the only places in California this varietal is served) at Rancho Sisquoc Winery– where you’re sure to get an enthusiastic welcome from Otis the dog and Andy the human, visit the FIRST Santa Barbara Historical Landmark and one of the oldest chapels in Santa Maria- The San Ramon Chapel, and get your soul fed by the splendor of the magnificent beauty that surrounds.

We couldn’t conclude this point without a shoutout to Rachel’s mom whom secretly called our hotel and paid for our room… THANKS MOM ARE YOU SERIOUS. We’re pretty broke anyways and rarely allow ourselves the luxury of a getaway, it just made it that much sweeter.

-Inks

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This is Bob!^

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YUM

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