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It’s National Plan for Vacation Day!

Updated: Jan 31, 2023

National Plan for Vacation Day is celebrated on the last Tuesday of each January. It’s a day when American folks and families across the nation are encouraged to dream, and to plan their time off for the coming year ahead.

“There is a wealth of information that says simply planning a vacation can increase happiness, with 97% of survey respondents saying that having a trip planned makes them happier.” —U.S. Travel Association

What vacation have you been dreaming of? And what better plan than to live where you vacation?

The Central Coast and Santa Barbara Wine Country are some of the most desirable places to live in California. The area boasts gorgeous oak-studded hills, world-famous (as well as private, undiscovered) beaches along Highway 1, celebrated chefs and restaurants and world renowned vineyards and wineries. There’s also a plethora of outdoor sports and activities: golf, cycling, water sports, off-roading, along with hiking, bird watching and more. The area offers a very high quality of life with a small town attitude.

Fun Fall Activities near Orcutt, CA on the Central Coast

Right in the middle of the Central Coast, between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you’ll find Vintage Ranch Estates, an enclave of new, modern farmhomes in northern Santa Barbara County. The location of our new home development on California’s Central Coast allows for easy access to nearby vacation spots. The city life of Los Angeles is under a three-hour drive south, while the Big Sur and Monterey luxurious coastal lifestyle is roughly three hours north.

Amazing Restaurants in North SB County

Santa Barbara County has some of the highest-rated restaurants on California’s coast! Our Chefs and restaurants have earned a Michelin star + many Michelin Bib Gourmand awards and listings, multiple awards from Food & Wine, Wine Enthusiast, and Wine Spectator, plus too many California and Local Foodie awards to count.

Santa Barbara Wine Country is Nearby

Santa Barbara Wine Country by Santa Barbara County Wines

Photo by Santa Barbara County Wines

Santa Barbara County has over 200 wineries, and many are in the area right around Orcutt. We are known for growing classic cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, award-winning Bordeaux varieties like Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon, and everything in between (even Sparkling Wine Trails).

Here are some helpful winery lists:

Come see the beautiful wine country scenery and support your favorite winery or tasting room!

Photo by Far Western Tavern

Don't Miss Santa Maria-Style BBQ

Santa Maria-style BBQ means beef tri-tip on a traditional crank-down grill. This is historic California cuisine, and a relatively small portion of the Central Coast keeps Santa Maria-style barbecue alive. From San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara, “barbecueing” means getting a tri-tip cut of beef (a flavorful, triangular cut of beef from the bottom of the sirloin), lighting up a crank-down grill (otherwise known as a Santa Maria-style grill), rubbing the meat with dry spice rub, and slow-cooking it outdoors.

Famous California Beaches Near Us

Want to swap frigid temperatures for time relaxing on the beach? Make the move to northern Santa Barbara County. Vintage Ranch in Orcutt is a short drive away from some of California’s most beautiful and famous beaches, including Avila Beach, Pismo Beach, Grover Beach/Oceano Dunes, Surf Beach and Jalama Beach.

Road Trips, Hiking & More

This part of the Central Coast is also a haven for cyclists, hikers, walkers and nature lovers, plus road trips to famous cities like Pismo Beach and Santa Barbara.

Vintage Ranch Estates

Vintage Ranch’s immediate surroundings include sought-after aspects of a luxurious vacation right outside your front door. Expansive beaches, top-notch wineries, and endless outdoor activities give you the freedom to create the experiences and lifestyle you deserve. So plan your vacation here, and then live where you vacation!

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