You can divide our life thus far into two periods: pre-Taylor and post-Taylor. Taylor is our active two-year-old daughter. Our lives pre-Taylor? Filled with long days at the beach and wine tasting (we live in Santa Barbara, California, after all), and globetrotting around the world. We love our “post” existence with Taylor, but still try and relive the old days as a family. Yes, life is different and that’s okay. That said, there is only so much park time we can take. After all, isn’t the world one big playground?
While we’re not kicking back in the wine tasting lounge of Sanford Winery and Gainey Vineyard, we still enjoy a relaxed picnic with a bottle of local pinot noir. (Gainey is especially ideal for picnicking.) There is plenty to explore at the wineries with kids in tow, and you can always setup a quick bocce court to keep them occupied. Who doesn’t love cheese, bread and grapes? Taylor likes to spread out the blanket and help us set out all the food. When she starts dancing on the tables, it’s a sign that she and her friends need to wrap it up, and we’re on to the next adventure.
Renowned ever since “Sideways” rocketed it onto the oenophile scene, Santa Barbara County is filled with family fun ideas along with numerous, award-winning wineries in the valley. These range from a stop at the miniature pony farm to pick-your-own blueberries. We all have a new appreciation of our “super food” when we learn first-hand how long it takes to pick a bucket of blueberries! We definitely ended up with more in our bellies than planned…
Lately, it’s our long days at the beach that keep us active—and it’s just so fun and easy-going. Not a lot of time to sit and contemplate the waves lapping at the shore, though. But you start to feel like a kid again yourself: curious to see what crabs are hiding in the sand; wrapping seaweed around our bodies; digging holes; writing our names in the sand; and practicing our surfing moves on the beach. Just soaking up the glory of the day.
Andra Escola is Conference Services Manager for Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara. Andra has travelled to more than 67 countries. She now enjoys exploring her home town of Santa Barbara. You can find her on the water sailing when not at work. She is raising two-year-old Taylor to have a love of sailing and independence.
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