Los Olivos

Los Olivos

Los Olivos started from a single settler who planted 5000 olive trees on his nearby ranch in the 1880’s. The transplanted New Yorker named his property Rancho de los Olivos. Developers then adopted the name for the new town that sprang up when an off shoot of the Pacific Coast Railway line connected the area with Los Alamos.

The end of that narrow gauge railroad line in the San Marcos Pass, now State Route 154, was at Mattei’s Tavern, then a hotel and stagecoach stop for travelers going south to Santa Barbara and Los Angeles or north to San Luis Obipso and San Francisco.

Still in operation since 1886, Mattei’s Tavern is a popular local restaurant, bar and attraction. It was run by generations of the Mattei family, and is now operated as the Brothers’ Restaurant. The food is fantastic, and reasonably priced, with rave reviews for the prime rib, filet, lamb, and local wines. Ask to be seated in the Red Room, the main dining room, or the elegant Wicker Room and not the larger (and noisier) Garden Room.

Mattei’s Tavern, Highway 154, Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805) 688-4820
www.matteistavern.com Call for reservations or access the online reservation system.

Los Olivos is also home to Fess Parker’s Wine Country Inn and Spa, an elegant alternative for lodging in the Santa Ynez Valley. There are fireplaces and wet bars in each of the twenty French country inspired rooms which were all designed by Mrs. Parker. A full service spa and the Petros Restaurant are on the property. Rates range from $169 to $480/night.

2860 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805) 688-7788
Reservations : (800) 466-2455

The Fess Parker Winery and Vineyard, part of the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail, was started by television’s Davy Crockett (and Daniel Boone) and was featured in the movie “Sideways.” Besides award winning wines, the winery gift shop sells Parker’s iconic coon skin caps, bottle toppers and engraved glasses with the actor’s logo, a golden coon skin cap.

The tasting fee of $10 includes a crystal logo glass and a minimum of six wines are poured. Winery tours are available on Friday and Saturday at noon and 2 p.m. for $12 per person.

6200 Foxen Canyon Road, Los Olivos, Ca 93441
(805) 688-1545
Tasting room and Visitor Center open from Monday - Sunday, 10 to 5.