West Coast Cruise Day 8

Day 08 Wednesday April 4, 2018

Stick with me team, this is going to be a LONG post. This was our 1st port & we saw a lot of stuff....

 Upon arrival at the port of Santa Barbara, California, I hopped out on the balcony to grab some pictures while we waited on our room service breakfast to be delivered.

A few minutes later, I hear a knock on our door. Breakfast is here!
A full tray of food

Bacon & Sausage


Breakfast Sandwich
Canadian bacon, fried egg & cheese on an English muffin

Suite Menu part 1

Suite Menu part2

After we finished eating, it's time to gather the family & meet our tour guide. We did a little site seeing en route to our four tastings (2 wineries, an olive oil ranch & a brewery)

our ride

whale skeleton

weird looking old tree

I forgot the name of this church

Our first stop was at Lafond Winery & Vineyard in Buellton, California. We arrived here, shortly after a large bus from our ship. This caused the building to become very crowded. As a result, wasn't able to get any interior photos.
Sampling list

Souvenir wine glass & olive oil

The second winery was Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard in Solvang, California. This stop was much more spacious. We also beat the tour bus & were able to enjoy a picnic lunch.

Welcome table & sampling list

One of the wines that we sampled

The owner's dog is able to roam all over the property

Huge fresh strawberries

Shelly & I ordered the same lunch

Sandwich with chips & salsa

We also got to sample some of the pepper jelly made at the vineyard

We loved the jelly so much that we bought a jar

Our third stop was at Rancho Olivos in Santa Ynez, California.
Sales floor is set up like a road side stand

Literature about the ranch

We got to pet this horse

Souvenir olive oil

We got mini bottles, one of each flavor

More propaganda

Our fourth & last stop was to Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company in Los Olivos, California. Here we enjoyed the nice weather while our tour guide served us three different beer flights. I would have liked to purchase a souvenir glass, but sadly they were sold out.
Company logo

Beer flight #1

Beer flight #2

Beer flight #3

After a full day of drinking, I enjoyed a good buzz on our ride back to the ship. Once we were back on board, we took a nap. Then it was time to get ready for dinner in the Club Class section of the main dining room.
Canapes in our stateroom
Bread basket

Roasted Garlic Cream Soup
sage and cheese croutons

Shrimp Cocktail
an American classic with horseradish-spiked cocktail sauce

Garden Mixed Greens, Radicchio and Cucumber Shoestrings
with Balsamic vinaigrette

Cold Smoked Salmon and Crayfish Tails
tomato-vodka marinated crayfish, dilled cucumber & caper salad

Our waiter tried to tell me that this was for garnish only & that it was not edible.
I showed him how to eat a crawfish!
Off Menu Item (Club Class Perks)
Grilled Steak with baked potato and grilled veggies

Fettuccine Alfredo + Grilled Chicken
An All-Time Princess Favorite
rich, comforting and entirely satisfying

Princess Love Boat Dream
chocolate mousse on brownie

Decadent Drambuie Souffle
pear anglaise

Dinner Menu

Dessert Menu

With our bellies full, we waddled back to our room. Tomorrow is our first sea day. I will tell y'all all about that in the next post.


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