by Casey Bressan

Skyview, Los Alamos

A foodie’s weekend retreat from citylife.

Absolute Highlight

A sunset meal from Norman’s was absolute bliss.

In a nutshell

No. of rooms
The design aesthetic is...
a combination of mid century and modern rustic chic.
The typical guest is...
on a getaway from Los Angeles. We met people on girls’ trips and romantic weekends.
The sustainability features (ie. plastic free, recycling, green wall, garden) are...
electric vehicle charging stations, no single use shampoos, and a focus on local produce.
The location is...
a combination of roadside and hillside! You are set on a working vineyard overlooking Santa Ynez wine country, and generally do not hear the sounds of Highway 101 set below the hills.
Interaction is encouraged by....
communal adirondacks for relaxing or picnicking, firepits, and the pool set-up right next to the onsite indoor/ outdoor restaurant. Each detail is perfectly appointed for serendipitous meetings.
You should stay here because
it is an incredibly relaxing stay, with everything you need onsite, but with a true connection to nature - especially vineyards and produce.
What took you there?

 I went to Los Alamos with my husband during quarantine in Los Angeles, looking for an accessible escape with plenty of activities to enjoy in the great outdoors (making it easy to social distance).

What was your room like?

The rooms are inspiring from a visual perspective. The design is white washed with both wooden and bold colored accents, my favorite being a blue-tiled feature fireplace. The room does not have a desk or chairs, so we got creative, pulling tables of varied heights together to take work video calls, but it was spacious, with an incredibly comfortable bed, perfectly tiled bathroom and a private balcony overlooking a small vineyard in front of the 101. 

What about the venue

Skyview is a roadside motel turned luxury boutique getaway, with a full-service restaurant, heated pool and a working vineyard. Long afternoons could be spent here, reading a book and chatting with ‘neighbors,’ rounding out the day with beautiful local wines and divine food from the restaurant, Norman, or one of the many local farm to table offerings. Perched on a hillside overlooking Santa Ynez wine country, the 5 acre outpost merges mid century style with modern rustic chic.

Tell us about the destination

Los Alamos is in Santa Ynez wine country and all about the local produce. Vast landscapes and stunning sunsets will help you connect with nature and unwind, with a world class glass of wine in hand and nurturing meals aplenty.

Who did you meet there?

COVID-19 is not conducive to meeting people on the road unfortunately, but the pool set-up allowed us to maintain distance while chatting with a couple from Santa Cruz. Like us, they sipped glasses of local wine and were onsite enjoying a safe getaway from the confines of quarantine. 

Have you stayed here? Let us know your thoughts!
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Surrounding Activities


You’ll be in the central coast wine country, and I would suggest tasting the local wine, and visiting Martian Ranch & Vineyard

Martian Ranch & Vineyard

Visit Sisters Antiques

Sisters Antiques is a historic home from 1880 curated with one of a kind vintage decor from multiple antique vendors and local artists.

Sisters Antiques


Definitely enjoy Norman at Skyview and when you venture out, head to Bell’s Restaurant for a heavenly farm to table meal.

Bell’s Restaurant