My wife and I are planning a trip to the Santa Barbara wine country for her birthday the week after Thanksgiving. Since we have never been to this part of California I'm looking for input and ideas on whether it's best to stay in Santa Barbara or stay in the Santa Ynez area. I've read some of the past posts about the Ballard Inn and the Santa Ynez Inn so any feedback on these two would be appreciated. Also, what wineries should be targeted for a 2-3 day stay? Is it too far to go to Sea Smoke?
Again any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks.