In an ongoing effort to offer affordable travel amidst soaring fuel prices, Motel 6 launches the Santa Barbara Wine Country Tour as the next featured road trip on its new trip-planning website, Goin6.com. The Motel 6 Santa Barbara Wine Country Tour is specifically designed to assist the wine-tasting novice to the wine connoisseur in experiencing the beautiful scenery, small town charm, and delightful wines grown and bottled in Santa Barbara County. By staying with Motel 6, which offers the lowest price of any national chain, travelers can find accommodations for less than most drivers will spend on one tank of gas.
"Anyone that has an appreciation for wine will want to take this trip," says Jeff Palmer, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Motel 6. "We have made it easy to find clean, comfortable, and affordable Motel 6's along the route so that you can use the money you save on lodging expenses to buy a few extra bottles of your favorite wines to bring home for you and your friends to enjoy."
The Santa Barbara Wine Country Tour guides travelers along a 50-mile stretch of picturesque valleys and quaint vineyard towns from Santa Barbara to Santa Maria. While you'll never be too far from a vineyard or wine tasting, the Santa Barbara Wine County Tour also suggests historic sites in each area along the tour if you decide to give your palate a rest.
Use Goin6.com to map out a trip that includes some or all of the recommended stops along the tour. Various wine tour operators offer tasting tours through the areas near Santa Barbara, Solvang, Los Olivos, and Santa Maria.
Other wine tour highlights include: a wine tasting tour through the sustainable wineries in a Mercedes biodiesel van; Colson Canyon in Santa Maria for a day of hiking, biking, or picnicking; La Purisima Mission State Historic Park, home of the most fully-restored mission in California; the astounding Hearst Castle, a 165-room California treasure; the 20-mile stretch of Pismo Beach; and Grand Avenue of Los Olivos, the city where many scenes from the movie Sideways were filmed. An important stop along the road is the Santa Barbara County Vintners' Association in Santa Ynez, where travelers can pick up a comprehensive list of wineries and vineyards in Santa Barbara County.
The Goin'6 Web site also helps any wine enthusiast plan a trip by utilizing the "Eat," "Sleep," and "Do" feature tabs, including Motel 6 locations along the way that provide comfortable and affordable accommodations. Throughout this summer, the Goin6.com site will launch new and exciting Motel 6 journeys with opportunities for travelers to explore America on a budget. Currently, Goin6.com features additional vacation ideas like the Jazz Journey, a trip that traces the roots of jazz music from Chicago to New Orleans, the National Parks Tour Arizona/Utah Loop, featuring some of the most magnificent and family-friendly national parks in the Western U.S. region, Cradles of Liberty: D.C./Philadelphia a trip that guides travelers to sights brimming with American history along the East coast, and the Southern California Theme Park Adventure through the most exciting and family-friendly attractions in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Orange County.