California Central Coast Weekend Getaway

To me, Fall is the the season of entertaining!

From dinner parties to Friendsgivings and impromptu cocktail hours, I'm all about gathering friends to toast the season. And nothing seems to celebrate my home state of California like a road trip and harvest dinner!

Recently, I joined up with my friends Nastassia, Kate, and Kristen for a California Central Coast road trip and harvest dinner. We tasted local wines, shopped local, and threw a harvest dinner. Check out the full experience here below. 

After returning from a road trip, I'm always inspired to cook and want to bring memories of those adventures home. Around here, hosting friends and throwing dinner parties is how we preserve those memories, and of course, that goes hand in hand with wine.

Speaking of, we partnered with Zephyr to feature their new wine fridge known as the ZEPHYR PRESRV™. The newly launched Zephyr Presrv Wine Cooler is a premium wine fridge with LED lighting, full-extension racks, Dual Zone temperature control, and Active Cooling Technology. That means the wine fridge does all the work while you prep your meal so that when your meal is ready, your wine will be at the perfect temperature! 

Read on for all the recipes from our dinner party as well as the must-stop spots when you're next visiting California's Central Coast!

Fall Harvest Dinner Party Menu

All those deliciious seasonal recipes you see in the video? Kate and I made created them for the occasion and they're all make ahead yet stunning so they're perfect for a dinner party! Here are the recipes so you can make them yourself for anything from Thanksgiving to the holidays:

Mulled Wine Spiced Cranberry Toasts | Salt & Wind
Arugula Salad With Persimmons and Pomegranates | Salt & Wind
Mashed Potatoes With Charred Poblanos and Chorizo | ¡Hola! JALAPEÑO (coming soon)
Mexican Street Food Carrots | ¡Hola! JALAPEÑO (coming soon)
Pumpkin Chipotle Cheesecake | ¡Hola! JALAPEÑO  

Road Trip Itinerary

We hit the road in a GMC Yukon and played carpool karaoke and drove our way up the coast. We stopped at wineries and local shops to stock up for our Harvest Dinner. Here are a few of our favorite places in Ojai, Santa Barbara, and Santa Ynez:

Ojai Valley Area

SHOP for local wines and home decor at Tipple and Ramble
SHOP tabletop and home decor at DeKor&Co.
TASTE local olive oil at Ojai Olive Oil Company
VISIT a local grower at Friend's Ranches
BUY local produce and food at the Ojai Valley Farmers Market
STAY at the Ojai Valley Inn

Santa Barbara Area

SIP quality coffee at Handlebar Coffee Roasters
EAT healthy at Mesa Verde 
SIP, SHOP, and EAT in the Funk Zone
SHOP for gourmet provisions at Helena Avenue Bakery

Santa Ynez Area

EAT legit Italian food at S.Y. Kitchen
EAT local California-style tri tip sandwiches at Cold Spring Tavern
SHOP local gourmet food at Lucky Hen Larder
SHOP local gourmet food at Los Olivos General Store
SHOP local at Wildflower boutique
STROLL the wine tasting rooms in Los Olivos
SIP biodynamic wine at Beckman Winery
SIP local Pinot at Babcock Winery

Connect With Salt & Wind Travel

More California On Salt & Wind Travel

Sponsored Post:This post was brought to you by Zephyr, but all content, ideas, and words are our own. Thanks for supporting these sponsors who allow us to keep Salt & Wind up and running.

Thanks to GMC who provided us a Yukon car for driving around during our trip!

Photo Credit: photos by Kristen Kellogg