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It’s National Plan for Vacation Day!

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 plan their time off for the coming year ahead. And there’s no year this activity is more needed than after 2020!

“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 the Meadows and the Groves at Rice Ranch, Santa Barbara County’s only master-planned community. 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.

Santa Barbara Wine Country is Now Open

Santa Barbara Wine Country by Santa Barbara County Wines
Photo by Santa Barbara County Wines

The Stay-At-Home order has been lifted throughout California, and Santa Barbara County wineries are now OPEN for outdoor tastings and indoor retail! For updates on hours and operating details, please contact each winery. You can find a helpful list of wineries in Los Olivos here, as well as all of Santa Barbara County here. Come see the beautiful wine country scenery and support your favorite winery or tasting room!

Restaurant Weeks in Santa Ynez and Santa Maria Valleys Vacation Day

outdoor dining at orcutt restaurants by Visit Santa Maria Valley
Photo by the Visalia Lifestyle Magazine

Restaurant Weeks are a wonderful time of the year, and they’re still happening right through Jan 31 around Orcutt in Santa Maria Valley, as well as throughout Santa Ynez Valley, just to the south. Don’t miss this chance to try something delicious and new.

San Luis Obispo County Wineries Re-Opening + Restaurant Month

man in black crew neck t-shirt holding white ceramic mug. Vacation Day
Photo by SLO Coast Wine Collective

SLO County also now has outdoor dining and wine tasting available! For elegant, crisp cool-climate wine, check out the 30 wineries of the SLO Coast – most are re-opening now. And remember that it’s still Restaurant Month in all of SLO County. See participating restaurants here.

Live Like It’s the Weekend on the Central Coast

Santa Maria Valley Wine Country Vacation by Live Like It's the Weekend
Photo by Michelle Halpern of Live Like It’s the Weekend

Travel blogger Michelle Halpern knows how to Live Like it’s the Weekend – just like our Rice Ranch residents! She explored Santa Maria and Santa Ynez Valleys with safety in mind and found some wonderful places to taste, eat, sleep, and explore. Read her blog post to find all the gems!

Rice 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 residents the freedom to create the experiences and lifestyle they deserve for themselves and their families. Long-lasting memories can be created just minutes away. The life you can live at Rice Ranch leaves those in busy, concrete cities envious of the affordable luxury you can have!

Change your life with a change in location! Make an appointment to tour new homes at Rice Ranch.

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