Cold Spring Tavern

American in Santa Barbara Wine Country

Image by Clifton Wilkinson Lonely Planet

1860s stagecoach stop that’s still a popular watering hole. A rough-hewn plank floor connects a warren of dimly lit rooms decorated with an odd but charming assortment of Western memorabilia. Call ahead to check if the barbecue grill is open (usually weekends only), then order the Santa Maria–style tri-tip barbecue sandwich.

The tavern’s signposted turnoff from Hwy 154 is about a mile downhill beyond the mountain summit, then follow the signs for another 1.5 miles around the loop road.