Lake Cachuma, Santa Ynez Valley, California

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When we are very busy, we make a point of getting out of town for a few hours somewhere close by. Recently we decided to drive to Buellton’s famed restaurant The Hitching Post for dinner. The Hitching Post caught national attention when it was featured in the movie Sideways, an Oscar winner for Best Screenplay. We chose it, because friends had recommended it, and the scenery is magnificent. The San Marcos Pass traverses the steep Santa Ynez Mountains. The pass connects Los Olivos and the Santa Ynez with Santa Barbara. On the way is Lake Cachuma, a manmade lake with a surface area of 2100 acres. The view of the lake as you descend from the mountains is breathtaking.

As we pulled in to the almost full parking lot, the scent of barbeque filled our senses. The place is old fashioned in décor. The entrees come complete with starters such as shrimp cocktail, salad, garlic bread, soup, etc. The service is friendly and knowledgeable. They make their own wines, and smoke their ribs. These ribs have n o sticky sauce; just the satisfying flavor of oak & the Magic Dust (spice rub). They are also one of the only restaurants making their own wine which gives a new twist to the concept of house wines. Everything was delicious.We decided that the baby back ribs are best in class, as were the triple fried French Fries. You be the judge! Check out their website.

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